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The Pakistani official was targeted by a bomb in a volatile federally administered tribal district along the Pakistani-Afghan border, while an Afghan market was also hit by militants.

The Afghan government could form a vast paramilitary system by arming 20,000 civilians to defend territories re-captured from the Taliban and Islamic State group.

NATO apologises for offensive Quran leaflet

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NATO apologises for offensive Quran leaflet

A US commander on Wednesday apologised for leaflets dropped in Afghanistan that were deemed offensive to Islam.

Chorus of anger over Rohingya crisis

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Chorus of anger over Rohingya crisis

Nearly 90,000 Rohingya have flooded into Bangladesh in the past 10 days following an uptick in fighting between militants and Myanmar's military ...

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's latest film 'gives refugees humanity' Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's latest film 'gives refugees humanity'

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Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's latest film 'gives refugees humanity'

A 23-country epic about the migration crisis by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, aiming to "give refugees humanity", has had its international premiere ...

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US military under-reported soldiers fighting in Afghanistan by 30%

The US military did not report the number of temporary soldiers being used to counter a presidential limit on troop numbers.

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UK deportation stopped after Turkish pilot refuses to take-off

Samim Bigzad, a failed asylum seeker who faced beheading in his home country of Afghanistan, had his deportation diverted after a Turkish pilot ...

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Dozens of civilians killed in US airstrike in Afghanistan

Several civilians have been killed in an US airstrike in eastern Afghanistan, local officials said on Friday, a week after Washington confirmed ...

Usaid Siddiqui

America, not Pakistan is responsible for failings in Afghanistan

Comment: The narrative that Pakistan has hampered American efforts to 'rebuild' Afghanistan is a fallacy that American governments are happy to ...

<em>Afghan</em> officials 'talk nearly every day with Taliban'

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Afghan officials 'talk nearly every day with Taliban'

Documents have revealed terms the Taliban has drawn up for a future Afghanistan constitution, as officials reveal the government and militant ...

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Pakistan postpones top US official's visit after Trump speech

Pakistan has postponed the visit of a top US official after protests broke out in the country following comments by Donald Trump accusing ...

Scores killed in IS attack on Kabul Shia mosque Scores killed in IS attack on Kabul Shia mosque

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Scores killed in IS attack on Kabul Shia mosque

Twenty people were killed and dozens wounded in a suicide bomb and gun attack claimed by the Islamic State group on a Shia mosque in Kabul ...

The US in Afghanistan: Different president, same policies

Gareth Browne

The US in Afghanistan: Different president, same policies

Comment: A failure to invest Afghanistan now, is likely to only create greater problems in the future, writes Gareth Browne.

US warns Pakistan against <em>Afghan</em> militant support

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US warns Pakistan against Afghan militant support

Washington says it wants to work with Pakistan as it expands its own support for Kabul in the battle against the Taliban, but warned it to close ...

Taliban suicide bomber kills civilians in southern Afghanistan

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Taliban suicide bomber kills civilians in southern Afghanistan

A suicide bomber detonated an explosive-filled car in the southern city of Lashkar Gah on Wednesday, killing five civilians and wounding dozens ...

James Snell

America first, everywhere else second, Afghanistan last

Comment: The White House has finally announced a strategy in Afghanistan, but the risk of an outsourced, mercenary approach is not off the cards, writes James Snell.

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Trump set to outline new US strategy for Afghanistan

President Donald Trump is set to outline the Washington's latest strategy on Afghanistan following months of deliberation and policy review.

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Trump mulls new US strategy in Afghanistan

In-depth: Trump has assembled his national security team at Camp David as the administration remains split over what stance to adopt on the ...

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US soldier killed in Afghan operation against IS

A military operation targeting Islamic State group insurgents in Afghanistan left one US soldier dead, commanders said on Thursday.

US airstrike kills senior <em>Afghan</em> IS commanders

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US airstrike kills senior Afghan IS commanders

US military command names the Islamic State group's provincial emir for Kunar province as one of four militant leaders killed on Saturday.

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UAE and Saudi Arabia 'vied to host Taliban'

Afghan mediator says Saudi and Emirati accusations against Qatar over the Taliban are misplaced, given the two countries' earlier ...

IS 'playing whack-a-mole' in Afghanistan

Mohammed Harun Arsalai

IS 'playing whack-a-mole' in Afghanistan

In-depth: IS-Khorasan, the Afghan franchise of the Islamic State group's network, disappears from the site of one attack only to ...

UAE ambassador admits Taliban embassy claims 'half-right'

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UAE ambassador admits Taliban embassy claims 'half-right'

The UAE's Ambassador to the United States Yousef al-Otaiba confessed that plans to host a Taliban embassy in Abu Dhabi were 'half' true.

Taliban, IS 'jointly massacred' 50 civilians in Afghanistan

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Taliban, IS 'jointly massacred' 50 civilians in Afghanistan

The Taliban and Islamic State group jointly massacred dozens of civilians in an Afghan village, officials said on Monday, highlighting ...

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