New Afghanistan president Ghani to visit China

Kabul – Afghanistan’s new President Ashraf Ghani will head to China next week for a three-day visit, his office said in a statement Tuesday, his first trip abroad since being sworn in last month. Ghani will be accompanied by a high [...]

Afghan poppy growing hit record high in 2013

Washington  - Poppy production in Afghanistan hit record levels last year even though the United States has poured some $7 billion into destroying the deadly crop which supplies some 80 percent of the world’s opium. A new report released [...]

Taliban blast in Kabul kills four Afghan soldiers

Kabul – At least four Afghan soldiers were killed and around a dozen people including six civilians wounded when a roadside bomb planted by the Taliban exploded in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, officials said. The blast, caused by a [...]

New Afghan president hosts Turkey’s Erdogan in Kabul

Kabul  - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Afghanistan Saturday, the latest world leader to visit the war-ravaged country since President Ashraf Ghani took power after a prolonged political standoff. Erdogan met Ghani, his [...]

Afghanistan Captures 2 Haqqani Commanders

ISLAMABAD— Afghanistan’s spy agency announced Thursday it has captured two key commanders of the feared Haqqani Network, which is fighting the U.S.-led coalition forces alongside the Taliban. The detainees include a son of Jalaluddin Haqqani, [...]

One dead as suicide car bomber hits foreign convoy in Kabul

Kabul, At least one person died and three others were injured after a suicide car bomber hit a foreign convoy in Kabul on Monday, media reports said. The explosion had reportedly occurred in east Kabul along the road to Jalalabad which comprises [...]

Taliban ambush in northern Afghanistan kills 22 police

Mazar-i-Sharif (Afghanistan)  - Taliban militants killed 22 police officers and wounded eight after ambushing a police convoy in northern Afghanistan on Monday, officials said. The early morning attack in Sari Pul province highlights Afghanistan’s [...]

Civilian dead in Taliban suicide attack on NATO convoy in Kabul

Kabul – A Taliban suicide bomber targeted an NATO convoy in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Monday, killing an Afghan civilian but causing no casualties among foreign troops, officials said. The explosion struck around dawn in Kabul’s [...]

German aid worker freed in Kabul after two-year ordeal

Kabul  - A German aid worker who was taken hostage by masked gunmen in Pakistan over two years ago was released in neighbouring Afghanistan this week, Berlin said on Friday. German special forces were involved in the non-violent handover at [...]

Five Afghan men hanged for gang-rape despite UN appeal

Kabul – Five Afghan men were hanged on Wednesday for the gang rape of four women despite the United Nations and human rights groups criticising the trial and urging new president Ashraf Ghani to stay the executions. The brutal attack [...]

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