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Harsh weather in Afghanistan kills dozens in blizzard, rainstorms

KABUL As many as 50 people have died in storms over the past three days in Afghanistan, including 25 shepherds lost in a blizzard, a government disaster management official said on Monday.

Afghan villagers flee Pakistani cross-border firing: aid group

KABUL Hundreds of Afghan families have been displaced by cross-border rocket and artillery fire by Pakistani troops, an aid group said on Monday, as tension rose after Pakistan said militants implicated in recent attacks had taken shelter in Afghanistan.

World, Feb 20 2017

Afghan training goes back to basics as Trump faces U.S. troop decision

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan At a recent, at times chaotic live-fire exercise near NATO's military base in Kandahar, Romanian army Master Sergeant Liviv Sandulache's advice to the assembled Afghan officers was simple: "I don't want anybody to do any job without your command."

World, Feb 19 2017

U.S. defense secretary scraps Afghan trip due to weather

ABU DHABI U.S. President Donald Trump's defense secretary said bad weather had forced him to scrap a visit to Afghanistan on Sunday but added that he was reviewing the next steps in the war after discussions with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the top U.S. commander.

Politics, Election 2016, Feb 19 2017

Afghanistan gunmen kidnap 52 farmers, regional officials say

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan Gunmen in Afghanistan kidnapped 52 farmers on Wednesday, most of them members of the minority Uzbek community in the remote northern province of Jowzjan, regional officials said, but the motive for the abductions was not immediately clear.

World, Feb 15 2017

Rights group says Pakistan has 'forced' mass Afghan refugee returns

KABUL The number of Afghan refugees returning from Pakistan, already at the highest level in years, may increase this year if Pakistan maintains its forceful policies, Human Rights Watch said on Monday.

World, United Nations Feb 13 2017

Coalition air strikes killed 18 Afghan civilians, U.N. says

KABUL At least 18 civilians were killed last week in air strikes by international forces in Afghanistan's Helmand province, an initial United Nations inquiry has concluded.

World, United Nations Feb 12 2017

Suicide bomber kills seven, wounds 20 in Afghan provincial capital: official

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan A suicide bomber killed seven people and wounded 20 others outside a bank in the capital city of Afghanistan's Helmand province on Saturday, the governor's office said on Saturday.

World, Feb 11 2017

Afghan military would support more foreign troops, official says

KABUL The Afghan Defense Ministry welcomed on Friday suggestions by the commander of international forces in Afghanistan that more troops were needed to train Afghan security forces, who are battling to hold back a growing Taliban-led insurgency.

World, Feb 10 2017

Trump speaks with Afghan leader, U.S. commander calls for more troops

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump and his Afghan counterpart discussed security in a phone call on Thursday, officials said, hours after the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said thousands more troops were needed to break a stalemate with the Taliban.

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