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Up to 17 Afghan security forces killed in west of country: officials

HERAT, Afghanistan Up to 17 members of the Afghan security forces were killed on Sunday in Farah province on the border with Iran, according to officials in the region, where the Taliban have been pressuring government forces for months.

Forced to fight as soldiers and taking casualties, Afghan police demand reforms

GHAZNI, Afghanistan/KABUL Afghanistan's poorly armed and underpaid police are usually on the frontlines against Taliban militants and they lost 90 men defending the strategic city of Ghazni last month, underlining chronic weaknesses that are likely to face further tests.

World, Sep 17 2018

Afghan military helicopter crashes, kills all five aboard

KABUL A helicopter carrying security forces crashed in western Afghanistan, killing all five people on board, including the pilot, officials said on Saturday, but ruled out a militant attack.

World, Sep 15 2018

Afghanistan's Charlie Chaplin says he aims to make people smile, forget grief

KABUL Afghanistan's Charlie Chaplin says he has witnessed suicide attacks, explosions and threats from hardline Islamic militant groups, but is determined to waddle and bumble to fulfill the primary goal of his life. | Video

World, Sep 13 2018

Death toll from Afghanistan blast rises to 68

KABUL The death toll from a suicide bomb attack at a protest gathering in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar on Tuesday has risen to 68, with 165 wounded, a government official said.

World, Sep 12 2018

Mattis says Afghan forces increasing vetting to avoid insider attacks

WASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who recently visited Kabul, said on Tuesday that the Afghan government was increasing the vetting and training of local forces in order to minimize so-called insider attacks.

World, Sep 11 2018

Dozens killed and injured in suicide attack at Afghan protest

KABUL A suicide bomber in Afghanistan killed at least 32 people and wounded more than 120 at a demonstration on Tuesday on the highway between the eastern city of Jalalabad and the main border crossing into neighboring Pakistan, officials said.

World, United Nations Sep 11 2018

Afghan media under pressure after journalist deaths

KABUL Afghan media are facing growing pressure to cut back coverage of militant attacks following the death of two television reporters who were among 20 killed in an attack on a sports club in Kabul last week. | Video

World, Sep 11 2018

More Afghans displaced by drought than conflict, U.N. says

GENEVA A total of 275,000 people have been displaced by drought in western Afghanistan - 52,000 more than the number uprooted by conflict this year - with over two million threatened by the effects of water shortages, the United Nations said.

World, United Nations Sep 11 2018

Afghan Taliban prepare for new peace talks with U.S.: sources

PESHAWAR, Pakistan The Taliban are preparing to send a delegation for further talks with U.S. officials about ending the conflict in Afghanistan, two officials involved with the process said on Tuesday, adding that the meeting could address a possible prisoner swap.

World, Sep 11 2018