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Use of air power in Afghanistan up sharply as Trump troop decision looms

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KABUL U.S. warplanes dropped more weapons on Afghanistan in April than in any other single month since 2012, according to new statistics, as military officials press U.S. President Donald Trump to send thousands more troops to the country.

U.S. official: No physical evidence Russia gave weapons to Taliban

WASHINGTON The director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency said on Tuesday that while there were indications that Russia had offered some support to Taliban militants in Afghanistan, he had not seen physical evidence of a transfer of weapons or money.

World, May 23 2017

Militants kill 10 Afghan soldiers in base attack: defense officials

KABUL Militants attacked an Afghan government army base in the southern province of Kandahar, killing at least 10 soldiers and wounding nine, defense officials said on Tuesday.

World, May 23 2017

Two killed, one kidnapped in Afghan capital Kabul

KABUL A German aid worker and an Afghan guard were killed and a Finnish national was abducted from a house in Kabul late on Saturday, an interior ministry spokesman said.

World, May 21 2017

At least 20 Afghan police killed in Taliban ambushes: officials

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan At least 20 Afghan policemen were killed in Taliban ambushes in south central Afghanistan, officials said on Sunday, the latest in a string of insurgent attacks that come as the NATO-led military mission considers sending thousands of additional troops to the war-torn nation.

World, May 21 2017

Three killed, dozens wounded as gunmen storm bank in Afghanistan

GARDEZ, Afghanistan Gunmen stormed a bank in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday and opened fire, killing at least three people and wounding many more before being shot dead by security forces, officials said.

World, May 20 2017

Afghan Taliban launch three-pronged assault on Ghazni city

GHAZNI, Afghanistan Taliban fighters launched a three-pronged attack on parts of the central-eastern Afghan city of Ghazni overnight, driving a Humvee packed with explosives into the entrance of a district governor's compound during the assault, police said on Saturday.

World, May 20 2017

Afghan Taliban launch three-pronged assault on Ghazni city

GHAZNI, Afghanistan Taliban fighters launched a three-pronged attack on parts of the central-eastern Afghan city of Ghazni overnight, driving a Humvee packed with explosives into the entrance of a district governor's compound during the assault, police said on Saturday.

World, May 20 2017

Amid torture allegations, Afghan vice president departs for Turkey

KABUL Afghanistan's embattled vice president, Abdul Rashid Dostum, left Kabul for Turkey on Friday night, according to Afghan officials, amid unresolved accusations that he ordered his men to abduct, beat, and rape a political rival last year.

World, Turkey May 19 2017

U.S.' Mattis says no recommendation yet on troop levels for Afghanistan

WASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday he had not yet made a recommendation on troop levels for Afghanistan to President Donald Trump.

World, May 19 2017

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