Kabul - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Kabul Afghan official: 20 forces killed in coordinated attacks KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Militants launched attacks on several check points in southern Afghanistan killing at least 20 security forces, a provincial official said. Gul Islam Seyal, spokesman for the provincial governor in Zabul province, said Sunday the battles began late Saturday when dozens of Taliban fighters launched coordinated attacks on security posts in the Shah Jo... Sun, 21 May 2017 11:57:00 GMT 2017-05-21T11:57:00Z Afghan officials: 3 killed after gunmen storm bank KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Three people were killed and 30 others injured on Saturday when gunmen stormed New Kabul Bank's branch in eastern Paktia province, according to provincial officials. Gen. Toryalai Abdyani, the province's police chief, said five militants attacked the bank; first a suicide bomber carried out an attack, then four gunmen started shooting and were later... Sat, 20 May 2017 14:28:00 GMT 2017-05-20T14:28:00Z Afghan air force pounds area after death of IS commander KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's air force has pounded Islamic State targets in an eastern province where an Afghan and U.S. military raid last month killed the militant group's top commander, the government said on Monday. The Interior Ministry said the airstrikes killed at least 34 IS fighters over the past 24 hours and destroyed an insurgent-con... Mon, 08 May 2017 10:15:00 GMT 2017-05-08T10:15:00Z Afghan women fear loss of shelters as funding dwindles KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — As Afghanistan slides back into chaos, with a resurgent Taliban and dwindling international aid, many fear that the country's women's shelters could be forced to close, leaving those who rely on them at the mercy of an often harshly conservative society. Nearly 30 shelters across the country — a legacy of the 2001 U.S.-led invasi... Thu, 04 May 2017 06:17:00 GMT 2017-05-04T06:17:00Z Afghan army chief, defense minister resign following attack KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's army chief and defense minister resigned on Monday, following a Taliban attack over the weekend that struck a northern army base, killing more than 100 military and other personnel, officials said. The attack — the biggest ever by the Taliban on a military base in Afghanistan — involved multiple gunmen and suicide b... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:19:00 GMT 2017-04-24T14:19:00Z The Latest: US general suggests Russia arming Taliban WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' visit to Afghanistan (all times local): 10:15 a.m. The top American general in Afghanistan is suggesting that Russia is arming the Taliban. At a news conference with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at his side, Gen. John Nicholson avoided offering specifics ab... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:18:00 GMT 2017-04-24T14:18:00Z Afghan officials: 100 casualties in Afghanistan attack KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Authorities on Saturday raised the casualty toll to 100 in an attack on a military compound in northern Afghanistan a day earlier by gunmen and suicide bombers wearing army uniforms. Gen. Daulat Waziri, spokesman for the Afghanistan Ministry of Defense, said the attack Friday on a compound of the 209th Corps of the Afghan Nationa... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 18:05:00 GMT 2017-04-22T18:05:00Z Afghan officials: Suicide bomber strikes in Kabul, killing 5 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official confirmed that at least five people were killed when a suicide bomber on foot carried out an attack in the capital, Kabul. Najib Danish, deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said three others were wounded in Wednesday's blast in central Kabul. The Islamic State group claimed responsibi... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:02:00 GMT 2017-04-12T14:02:00Z Taliban take key Afghan district in south; 9 killed in north KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban captured a key district center in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province on Thursday while in the country's north, an officer turned his rifle on sleeping colleagues, killing nine policemen, officials said. The fall of Sangin district, once considered the deadliest battlefield for British and U.S. troops in Afghanist... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:53:00 GMT 2017-03-23T12:53:00Z Pakistan hosts Afghan Taliban leaders to talk peace talks ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani officials have hosted seven Taliban leaders in Islamabad to try and press the insurgents into peace talks ahead of a multi-nation meeting in April in Moscow, according to two Taliban officials. Islamabad has been under international pressure to try and bring Taliban leaders, who have lived in Pakistan since their rule in Afghani... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:04:00 GMT 2017-03-23T12:04:00Z Aid group says millions of Afghan children are not in school KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Nearly a third of all children in war-torn Afghanistan are unable to attend school, leaving them at increased risk of child labor, recruitment by armed groups, early marriage and other forms of exploitation, an aid group said Thursday. Save the Children said more than 400,000 Afghan children are expected to drop out of school thi... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:08:00 GMT 2017-03-23T05:08:00Z Afghan-Pakistani border tensions costing millions PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — The closure of the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan is more than inconvenient; it is costly. Officials on both sides of the border say in just one month, the closure has resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost trade, and tons of perishable goods have rotted in stranded trucks. The two countr... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:27:00 GMT 2017-03-15T14:27:00Z Pakistan says it closed Afghan border to avoid more attacks ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan on Thursday shut its porous border with landlocked Afghanistan after opening it for two days, saying the measure was necessary to save Pakistanis from attacks from militants operating inside Afghanistan. Nafees Zakaria, spokesman for Pakistan's foreign ministry, told reporters the country was forced to close the border because of... Thu, 09 Mar 2017 15:56:00 GMT 2017-03-09T15:56:00Z Afghan experts probe site of deadly Kabul hospital attack KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Hundreds of mourners gathered Thursday at a graveyard on the northern edge of Kabul to bury a 37-year-old pharmacist — one of 31 people killed in an attack on a hospital in the Afghan capital the previous day that was claimed by the Islamic State group. The brazen daytime assault saw four gunmen in white lab coats storm the milit... Thu, 09 Mar 2017 11:52:00 GMT 2017-03-09T11:52:00Z IS gunmen in white lab coats kill 30 in Kabul hospital KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Gunmen wearing white lab coats stormed a military hospital in Afghanistan's capital on Wednesday, killing at least 30 people and wounding dozens in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. The attack on the 400-bed military facility, located near two civilian hospitals in Kabul's heavily-guarded diplomatic quarter, set off c... Thu, 09 Mar 2017 02:48:00 GMT 2017-03-09T02:48:00Z 8 civilians killed in Afghanistan by alleged air strike KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least eight Afghan civilians, including four children, were killed in an attack late Friday night in western Farah province, according to Afghan officials. However there is disagreement over what exactly caused the deaths. Mohammad Naser Mehri, spokesman for the provincial governor, said Saturday that the incident was a roadsi... Sat, 04 Mar 2017 10:47:00 GMT 2017-03-04T10:47:00Z Taliban suicide attacks, shootout kill 16 in Afghan capital KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Near-simultaneous Taliban suicide bombings and an hours-long shootout with Afghan security forces left at least 16 people dead and over 100 wounded in Kabul on Wednesday — a stark reminder of the militants' ability to stage large-scale and complex attacks in the country's capital. The brazen noon-time attacks also underscored the... Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:24:00 GMT 2017-03-02T00:24:00Z Taliban leader encourages people to plant trees KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Springtime in Afghanistan usually brings a spike in violence as the Taliban takes advantage of the thaw to launch a wave of fresh attacks. But the Taliban's leader has just issued a statement calling on Afghans to plant more trees. In a public letter issued Sunday in four languages, including English, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzad... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 13:18:00 GMT 2017-02-26T13:18:00Z The Latest: Pakistani ambassador summoned by Afghanistan ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Latest on developments in Pakistan (all times local): 2:05 p.m. The Afghan government has summoned Pakistan's ambassador in protest of recent shelling in Afghanistan's eastern provinces. Afghanistan's foreign ministry summoned Ambassador Abrar Hussain in Kabul, where Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 09:24:00 GMT 2017-02-18T09:24:00Z Pakistan cracks down on militants after IS shrine attack ISLAMABAD (AP) — A brutal attack on a beloved Sufi shrine that killed 88 people raised fears that the Islamic State group has become emboldened in Pakistan, aided by an army of homegrown militants benefiting from hideouts in neighboring Afghanistan, analysts and officials said Friday. Pakistani security forces have carried out sweeping country-wide raids ... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:53:00 GMT 2017-02-17T19:53:00Z The Latest: Pakistan says Afghans failing to take action ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of the massive attack by the Islamic State group at a Sufi shrine in southern Pakistan that killed 88 worshippers (all times local): 4:40 p.m. Pakistan's highest ranking foreign ministry official says neighbor Afghanistan has ignored repeated demands to take action against militants targeting Pakistan from sanctuaries on its soil ... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:49:00 GMT 2017-02-17T11:49:00Z International Red Cross suspends activities in Afghanistan KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The international Red Cross on Thursday temporarily suspended its activities in Afghanistan following an attack that killed six of its employees the previous day in a northern province. According to Thomas Glass, spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross, the aid group's "activities are on hold" until next Tuesda... Thu, 09 Feb 2017 17:38:00 GMT 2017-02-09T17:38:00Z Gunmen in northern Afghanistan kill 6 Red Cross staff KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Gunmen killed six employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross in northern Afghanistan on Wednesday, the aid group said, adding that two other staffers were missing. The eight-person team was delivering livestock materials near the northern town of Shibirghan, capital of the Jowzjan province, when the gunmen attacked... Wed, 08 Feb 2017 18:12:00 GMT 2017-02-08T18:12:00Z Suicide bomber strikes Afghan Supreme Court, killing 19 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber struck an entrance to Afghanistan's Supreme Court on Tuesday, killing at least 19 people in the latest in a series of attacks on the country's judiciary. The attacker was on foot, and targeted a side door as court employees and other people were exiting the building in downtown Kabul, the Interior Ministry said. Public Health Minist... Tue, 07 Feb 2017 18:25:00 GMT 2017-02-07T18:25:00Z UN: More than 900 children killed in Afghanistan in 2016 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — More than 900 children were killed in Afghanistan's conflict last year, the United Nations said Monday, calling it the most violent year for children since it started keeping records. The U.N. mission said the nearly 25 percent increase in child deaths from the previous year was largely caused by mines and munitions left over fro... Mon, 06 Feb 2017 16:04:00 GMT 2017-02-06T16:04:00Z Germany deports 26 rejected Afghan asylum-seekers BERLIN (AP) — Germany has deported 26 Afghan migrants as part of the government's efforts to increase the number of rejected asylum-seekers leaving the country after an influx of more than 1 million migrants in the last two years. The German news agency dpa reported that the Afghans arrived Tuesday in Kabul where members of the German Embassy and Afghan a... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:42:00 GMT 2017-01-24T09:42:00Z Taliban release video showing American, Australian captives KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban released a video Wednesday showing an American and an Australian who were kidnapped in August, the first time they have been seen since their abduction. The two men, an American identified as Kevin King and an Australian identified as Timothy Weekes, were abducted outside the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, where they worked... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 02:12:00 GMT 2017-01-12T02:12:00Z Afghan official says foreign national abducted in the north KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A foreign national was abducted by gunmen in northern Kunduz province in an attack on a Red Cross convoy, an Afghan official said Tuesday. Spain's Foreign Ministry confirmed that the abductee is a Spanish citizen. Mahmood Danish, spokesman for the provincial governor, said Tuesday that armed men stopped a convo... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 15:29:00 GMT 2016-12-20T15:29:00Z 34 deported Afghan asylum seekers return from Germany KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A group of 34 Afghan asylum seekers returned home on Thursday after being deported from Germany the day before, an official said, a move that was made possible after a recent Afghan-Germany deal to stem the influx into the European country. The plane carrying the deportees — all young men without families — landed in Kabul around... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 12:30:00 GMT 2016-12-15T12:30:00Z