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    309 days ago

    16 killed in suicide attack at Kabul restaurant

    A Taliban suicide bomber and two gunmen attacked a Lebanese restaurant in Kabul that is popular with foreigners and affluent Afghans, killing 16 people, including foreigners dining inside and two other gunmen, officials said.

    363 days ago

    Afghan council backs US troops deal - but Karzai delays signing

    Afghanistan’s president has said he will not immediately sign a security deal with the United States, ignoring a recommendation by an assembly of Afghan elders and leaders that he do so by the end of the year.

    371 days ago

    Six killed in Kabul suicide bombing

    A suicide bomber tore through the Afghan capital, killing at least six people near the site where thousands of elders are to gather next week to discuss a controversial security agreement with the United States, officials said.

    406 days ago

    US Secretary of State extends Afghan security talks

    US Secretary of State John Kerry has extended talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai over the contentious security deal to allow American troops to remain in the country after the Nato-led military mission ends next year.

    430 days ago

    Afghan election official killed by Taliban

    A gunman has killed the head of the election commission in a northern Afghan province, local officials said.

    440 days ago

    NATO accused of killing Afghan civilians

    Afghan officials have accused Nato of killing civilians in an airstrike that left at least 10 people dead in the country’s remote east.

    443 days ago

    Afghan militants 'kill female author'

    Militants in Afghanistan have killed an Indian woman whose memoir about marrying an Afghan man and life under the Taliban was made into a Bollywood film, officials said.

    475 days ago

    Afghan flash-floods death toll rises to 35

    Afghan officials say flash floods have killed at least 35 people in four eastern provinces, while an estimated 50 people are still missing.

    503 days ago

    14 Afghan soldiers killed in separate attacks

    Fourteen Afghan soldiers and 64 Taliban militants have been killed in fighting and roadside bombings across the country in the past 24 hours.

    515 days ago

    11 members of one family killed in Afghanistan

    Eleven members of one family were killed when a minibus hit a bomb buried in the road in southern Afghanistan, officials said today.

    520 days ago

    Taliban offers to free US soldier

    The Afghan Taliban has said it is ready to hand over a US soldier held captive since 2009 in exchange for five of its senior operatives being held at Guantanamo Bay.

    522 days ago

    US agrees to talks with Taliban after group announces Qatar office

    US officials say they will begin formal talks with the Taliban over Afghanistan at the group’s new Qatar office within days

    539 days ago

    Four killed in Afghan attacks

    Nato said three of its service members and one civilian working with the international coalition in Afghanistan have been killed in three separate attacks in the country’s east and south.

    543 days ago

    Afghan police killed at checkpoint

    Two Afghan gunmen have killed a police commander and six of his men at a checkpoint in a remote district in the country’s south.

    553 days ago

    Female politicians help block women's rights legislation in Afghanistan

    Conservative religious politicians in Afghanistan blocked legislation today aimed at strengthening provisions for women’s freedoms, arguing that parts of it violate Islamic principles and encourage disobedience.

    567 days ago

    Five US troops killed by roadside blast in Afghanistan

    Five troops killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan are all American, a Nato official has confirmed.

    571 days ago

    Three British soldiers confirmed killed in Afghan blast

    Three soldiers killed in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan yesterday have been confirmed as British by the Ministry of Defence. Their next of kin have been informed.

    575 days ago

    Thirty dead as bus crashes into truck left by Taliban

    Thirty people on board a bus were killed when their vehicle crashed into the wreckage of a truck that had been attacked by Taliban insurgents in southern Afghanistan, officials said.

    579 days ago

    Taliban capture 9 from helicopter

    A helicopter owned by an Afghan company made an emergency landing in a Taliban-controlled area of eastern Afghanistan and the insurgents took all nine people on board hostage, officials said today.

    594 days ago

    Ten children reported killed in Nato airstrike

    Ten children and two women are reported to have been killed in a Nato airstrike in eastern Afghanistan.

    595 days ago

    Suicide bomber kills Afghan doctor

    A suicide bomber has targeted a provincial governor’s convoy near a hospital in southern Afghanistan.

    600 days ago

    Afghan teenager stabs US soldier to death

    An American soldier was stabbed to death by an Afghan teenager as he played with a group of local children.

    651 days ago

    'Innocent family driving home' killed by roadside bomb

    A roadside bomb has struck a car in southern Afghanistan, killing six civilians.

    680 days ago

    US to end Afghan combat role early

    President Barack Obama and Afghan president Hamid Karzai have agreed to speed up the schedule for moving Afghanistan’s security forces into the lead across the country, with US troops shifting fully to a support role.

    682 days ago

    US 'could pull all troops from Afghanistan'

    The US has signalled it might not leave any troops in Afghanistan after its pull out, in spite of the Pentagon claiming thousands may be needed to contain al-Qaida.

    698 days ago

    US Navy commander dies in suspected suicide

    The US military is investigating the apparent suicide of a Navy SEAL commander in Afghanistan.

    699 days ago

    Afghan policewoman kills US adviser

    An Afghan policewoman has killed an American adviser at Kabul’s police headquarters.

    699 days ago

    Taliban 'does not want power monopoly'

    Taliban representatives have said they do not insist on monopolising power in a post-conflict Afghanistan.

    703 days ago

    France to host meeting with Taliban

    Afghan officials are meeting Taliban rebels and envoys from another Islamist militant group near Paris, looking beyond Afghanistan's uprising to a future long after international forces have returned home.

    703 days ago

    Karzai welcomes troop withdrawal

    Afghan president Hamid Karzai has welcomed news that nearly half of Britain's troops will be withdrawn from the country next year.

    712 days ago

    Taliban to attend Paris talks on future of Afghanistan

    The Taliban will attend a meeting in France to talk about Afghanistan's future but will not discuss peace and reconciliation, the militant group's spokesman has said.

    732 days ago

    France ends Afghan combat role

    France has ended its combat operations in Afghanistan, fulfilling promises to end its role on a faster track than other Nato allies.

    741 days ago

    Afghanistan solider killing 'an insider attack'

    A gunman wearing an Afghan army uniform has shot and killed a service member fighting with US-led coalition forces in Afghanistan, according to Nato.

    747 days ago

    US general faces sex abuse charges

    A US general has been charged with sex crimes against five women, including four military subordinates and a civilian.

    749 days ago

    Police chief killed in Afghan roadside bomb

    A roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan has killed a district police chief, officials said.

    753 days ago

    Two die in Afghan 'insider attack'

    Two Nato troops have been killed in an apparent insider attack in southern Afghanistan.

    758 days ago

    At least 20 dead in Afghan mosque bombing

    A suicide bomber has blown himself up outside a mosque in northern Afghanistan, killing at least 20 people and wounding 50.

    770 days ago

    Eight killed in Afghan attacks

    At least eight people were killed today in attacks in southern Afghanistan, including one incident where a suicide bomber on a motorbike blew himself up at a local intelligence office, officials said.

    783 days ago

    US military confirms 2,000 troop deaths in Afghanistan

    The US military has confirmed the death of an American service member in eastern Afghanistan, bringing the number of American troops killed in Afghanistan in the long-running conflict to 2,000.

    796 days ago

    Nine killed in Afghan suicide bomb

    A suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into a mini-bus carrying foreign aviation workers to the airport in the Afghan capital early today, killing at least nine people in an attack a militant group said was revenge for an anti-Islam film that ridicules the Prophet Mohammed.

    803 days ago

    US hands control of jail back to Afghhanistan

    Formal control of Afghanistan's only large-scale US-run prison has been handed over to Kabul, even as disagreements between the two countries over the thousands of Taliban and terror suspects held there marred the transfer.

    804 days ago

    Boy, 12, killed in Afghan bombing

    Authorities in Afghanistan say two bomb blasts near the governor’s compound in a western province have killed a 12-year-old boy and wounded 16 other civilians.

    805 days ago

    Suicide bomber kills six in Kabul

    A suicide bomber has blown himself up near Nato headquarters in Kabul, killing at least six people, according to Afghan authorities.

    812 days ago

    Afghanistan: 12 killed in attack on US base

    Two suicide attackers, one driving a fuel tanker, blew themselves up near a US base in eastern Afghanistan today, killing at least 12 people.

    814 days ago

    Karzai moves to replace Ministers

    Afghan president Hamid Karzai is moving to replace the country's intelligence chief and the ministers of defence and interior.

    815 days ago

    Two Nato troops killed in helicopter crash

    Two Nato service members have been killed in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan, the international military coalition said today.

    831 days ago

    Afghan policeman fires at Nato troops

    An Afghan policeman has opened fire on Nato soldiers in the fifth such attack in a week, but this time no-one was killed.

    848 days ago

    Karzai issues anti-corruption decree

    Afghan president Hamid Karzai has issued an ambitious list of government reforms that orders his ministries, prosecutors and judiciary to fight bribery, nepotism and cronyism.

    861 days ago

    23 killed by wedding suicide bomber in Afghanistan

    A suicide bomber has blown himself up in a wedding hall in northern Afghanistan, killing at least 23 people including a prominent warlord-turned-politician and three Afghan security force officials, in an attack that deals a setback to efforts to unify the nation’s ethnic factions, Afghan officials said.

    861 days ago

    Commander among 20 killed in Afghan wedding blast

    A suicide attacker blew himself up in a wedding hall in northern Afghanistan, killing more than 20 people, including Ahmad Khan Samangani, a well-known commander in northern Afghanistan who was also a member of parliament.

    863 days ago

    Three killed in Afghanistan blasts

    Two separate bombings in Afghanistan have killed a Nato service member as well as an official with the Afghan ministry of women’s affairs and her husband.

    863 days ago

    Give up guns, Karzai tells Taliban

    Afghanistan’s president has called on the Taliban to give up their weapons, saying that the group and its leader should join the political process.

    867 days ago

    Roadside bombs leave 20 dead in Afghanistan

    Roadside bombs have killed 14 Afghan civilians, five policemen and one member of the US-led international military coalition in southern Afghanistan, Afghan and Nato authorities said today.

    868 days ago

    US declares Afghanistan 'major ally'

    Barack Obama’s government declared Afghanistan the United States’ newest “major non-Nato ally” today.

    871 days ago

    Uniformed gunman shoots Nato troops in Afghanistan

    A man in an Afghan army uniform has shot and wounded coalition troops in eastern Afghanistan, in the latest incident of an insider attack.

    873 days ago

    Afghan 'policeman' kills three British soldiers

    Three British soldiers have been killed by a man wearing an Afghan police uniform who shot them at a checkpoint.

    879 days ago

    Afghanistan militants behead Pakistan troops

    Militants crossed into Pakistan from Afghanistan and killed 13 Pakistani troops, beheading seven of them, the Pakistani military have charged.

    883 days ago

    18 killed in Afghan hotel attack

    Heavily armed Taliban insurgents have killed 18 people – most of them civilians - in an attack on a lakeside hotel just north of Kabul.

    884 days ago

    Suicide bombers target Afghan hotel

    Afghan police say Taliban suicide bombers have attacked a lakeside hotel north of Kabul, and that militants armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades have taken hostages and are continuing to fight Afghan security forces there.

    886 days ago

    Seven killed attacking Afghan base

    Seven attackers were killed today after storming a base of the Nato coalition in Kandahar province of southern Afghanistan.