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Mortar shell explosion kills at least 9 children in eastern Afghanistan

An explosion in eastern Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan has killed at least nine children and wounded four others, according to local officials. The blast on Monday took place when a cart selling food items struck an old, unexploded mortar shell in Baiganan village in the district of Lalopar, according to a statement from […]

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Baby boy lost during Kabul evacuation reunited with family after seven weeks of negotiations

A baby boy separated from his parents in the chaos of the US evacuation of Afghanistan has finally been reunited with his family. The Taliban had just seized control of the country in August and many Afghans were desperately trying to flee. Two-month-old Sohail Ahmadi was handed to an American soldier over a fence, to […]

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Prominent Afghan university professor arrested in Kabul for openly criticising Taliban’s regime

A prominent Afghan university professor who openly criticised the Taliban’s hardline regime has been arrested in Kabul, a spokesman for the government said. Professor Faizullah Jalal made several appearances on television talk shows since the previous US-backed government was ousted in August, blaming the Taliban for the worsening financial crisis and criticising them for ruling […]

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Afghanistan: Taliban orders shop owners to remove head of mannequins

The Taliban ordered shop owners in western Afghanistan to remove the heads of mannequins, insisting the life-sized figures violate Islamic law, according to a report. A video clip showing men sawing the plastic heads off female dummies went viral on social media, the AFP reported. Since returning to power in August, the Taliban has increasingly […]

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Turkmenistan border guards skirmish with Afghan Taliban fighters along border: Report

Turkmenistan border guards skirmished with Taliban fighters along the Afghan border, according to local media reports. Details of the reported clashes in Afghanistan’s Jawzjan province early on January 3 remain unclear. Helal Balkhi, the head of the Taliban’s provincial department of information, told Afghan news website Hasht-e Subh that Turkmen border guards had killed a […]

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Afghanistan: Explosion outside Kabul passport office gate

A suicide bomber was killed at the gate of a passport office in the Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday, a government spokesman said, and several people were injured in the blast, according to unconfirmed reports. A spokesman for Afghanistan’s interior ministry said the attacker was shot and killed while trying to enter the passport office […]

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Taliban accidentally transfers $800,000 to anti-Taliban Afghan Embassy in Tajikistan

The Taliban in Afghanistan has accidentally transferred around $800,000 into the bank account of the Afghan Embassy in Tajikistan and is now asking for it to be returned. The mission, whose head has professed his allegiance to the deposed government and firm opposition to the Taliban. According to reports the embassy, the money had been […]

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No US troops will be punished over Kabul drone strike that killed 10 civilians: Pentagon

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has decided that no US military personnel will be punished over the August drone strike in Kabul that killed 10 civilians, including seven children. Following a review of the strike, Austin instructed the heads of Central Command and Special Operations Command to make recommendations to improve Defense Department policies and […]

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Pakistan: Gunmen assassinate policemen guarding polio vaccination team

Gunmen shot dead a policeman guarding a polio vaccination team in Pakistan’s northwest on Sunday in the second such killing in two days, police said on Sunday. The attack in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa came a day after two men with the Pakistan Taliban, known by the acronym TTP, gunned down another police officer […]

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Clashes erupt between Iranian soldiers and Taliban forces near Afghanistan-Iran border

Clashes erupted between Iranian soldiers and Taliban forces near the Afghanistan-Iran border, but appear to have led to no casualties and was later described as a “misunderstanding”. Multiple videos showed Taliban troops mobilising. Gunfire can be heard while one shows Iranian forces firing artillery shells in response to Taliban fire. The semi-official Iranian news agency […]

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Afghanistan: Taliban bans women from appearing in television dramas

The Taliban imposed new rules banning women from appearing in television dramas in Afghanistan. Female journalists and presenters have also been ordered to wear headscarves on screen, although the guidelines do not say which type of covering to use. Reporters say some of the rules are vague and subject to interpretation. The Taliban seized power […]

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Afghanistan: Deadly explosion hits minibus in Kabul

At least one person has been killed and four others wounded in an explosion that hit a vehicle in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, officials said. The incident on Saturday took place in Dasht-e Barchi, a Kabul suburb dominated by members of the mostly Shia Hazara community, who for years have been targeted by ISIL-affiliated fighters. The […]