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Car bomber hits NATO convoy in Afghanistan, civilians wounded


KABUL A car bomber attacked a Danish convoy belonging to the NATO-led military mission in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Sunday, wounding a number of civilians but leaving international forces unharmed, security officials said.

Taliban shut down clinics in southern Afghan province, official says

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan The Taliban has shut down dozens of clinics in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan in the past few days, officials said, amid demands for special treatment for its fighters who control most of the embattled region.

World, Sep 24 2017

Trump, Ghani agree U.S. can help develop Afghanistan's rare earth minerals

U.S. President Donald Trump and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday backed having companies from the United States develop Afghanistan's reserves of rare earth minerals, despite formidable obstacles to industrial mining in the country.

World, Sep 22 2017

U.S. government watchdog calls for changes in Afghan training effort

WASHINGTON Even as thousands of additional American troops head to Afghanistan, a U.S. government watchdog is warning that tens of billions of dollars could be wasted unless changes are made in the training of Afghan security forces.

World, Sep 21 2017

Thursday Morning Briefing

U.S. Senate Republicans plan to vote on healthcare, Trump weighs whether to scrap the Iran deal and the search continues in Mexico for survivors of the 7.1-magnitude quake.

Leaked memo fuels accusations of ethnic bias in Afghan government

KABUL A leaked memo from an staff member in Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's office this week has set off a storm of criticism and accusations that the note lays bare systematic favoritism to Ghani's own Pashtun ethnic group.

World, Sep 21 2017

Afghan president says Trump war plan has better chance than Obama's

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump's strategy to win the war in Afghanistan will work where his predecessor's failed because the Afghan army is stronger and Trump wants a regional approach and a harder line with Pakistan.

World, Sep 20 2017

US Military surgeons in Afghanistan treat civilian injuries

(Reuters Health) - At U.S. military facilities in Afghanistan, roughly half of the surgeries done for local civilians during more than a decade of war have been for non-combat injuries and health problems, a recent study suggests.

Health, Sep 19 2017

Afghan Air Force receives first Black Hawk helicopters

KABUL The Afghan Air Force took delivery of its first four U.S.-made UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters on Tuesday as part of a planned replacement of its aging fleet of Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters, officials said.

World, Russia, Sep 19 2017

U.S. to send over 3,000 troops to Afghanistan: Mattis

WASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday the United States would send over 3,000 troops to Afghanistan and that most were either on their way or had been notified of their deployment.