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Taliban Says Talks Over US Soldier’s Release Suspended – New York Times

New York TimesKABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban confirmed publicly on Sunday that they had been in talks with the United States over the release of an American soldier, but said the talks had now been suspended. In an unrelated development, at least 19 Afghan soldiers …Afghan Taliban kill 21 soldiers, suspend prisoner swap attemptReutersTaliban Attack […]

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US says freed Afghan prisoners are a threat to civilians, troops – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesKABUL, Afghanistan — Over strong U.S. objections, Afghanistan on Thursday released 65 prisoners it has said it cannot prosecute despite American warnings that they could return to attacking coalition forces and civilians. The U.S. military had expected the …US-Afghan ties so discordant, even vow to sign security deal hits a sour note (+ […]

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Taliban and Government Imperil Gains for Afghan Women, Advocates Say – New York Times

New York TimesAdvocates for women in Afghanistan see proposed laws and violent attacks as signs of an effort to diminish the status of women. Mauricio Lima for The New York Times. KABUL, Afghanistan — Advocates say that women’s rights and security in Afghanistan …Afghan war takes rising toll on civiliansTehran TimesReport: Afghan civilian casualties rose […]

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Afghan presidential election campaign under way – The News International

The News InternationalKABUL: Candidates for Afghanistan’s April 5 presidential election officially launched their campaigns Sunday with a series of rallies held in Kabul, but it remains to be seen whether the next president will have a closer relationship with the United States than …Campaigns start for Afghan presidencyHerald ScotlandAfghan presidential election campaign beginsBBC NewsAfghan Presidential […]

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Afghan presidential election campaign begins – BBC News

BBC NewsThe campaign for Afghanistan’s presidential election has been formally launched, with rallies for key candidates in the capital, Kabul. The election is scheduled to take place on 5 April, with 11 candidates to replace Hamid Karzai, who cannot stand again.Afghan Presidential Campaign Kicks OffVoice of AmericaAfghan presidential election campaign kicks offThe Daily StarAfghanistan presidential […]

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Afghan presidential election campaign under way – BBC News

BBC NewsThe campaign for Afghanistan’s presidential election has been formally launched, with rallies for key candidates in the capital, Kabul. The election is scheduled to take place on 5 April. There are 11 candidates to replace Hamid Karzai, who cannot stand again …Afghan elections offer Taliban an easy targetThe AustralianResult of unfair elections unacceptable: Afghan […]

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Kabul terror attack demonstrates reach of Afghan war – Financial Times

Financial TimesA deadly Taliban suicide attack on a restaurant frequented by foreigners in central Kabul has shown that even major cities controlled by the Afghan government are not immune to the spreading violence of the civil war as Nato prepares to withdraw.Tributes paid to ‘funny, big-hearted and humble’ Labour candidate killed in …Mirror.co.ukUS condemns Taliban’s […]

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Canadians Peter McSheffrey, Martin Glazer among 21 killed in Taliban attack in … – CBC.ca

CBC.caThe death toll from a Taliban attack on a Kabul restaurant popular with foreigners and affluent Afghans has risen to 21 people, officials said Saturday, in the deadliest violence against foreign civilians in the country since the start of the war nearly 13 years ago.13 foreigners among 21 killed in Kabul restaurant attackPakistan Daily TimesTwo […]

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Taliban attack on restaurant in Afghan capital kills at least 14 – Washington Post

Washington PostKABUL — At least 14 people, including Afghans and foreigners, were killed Friday evening in a commando-style attack by Taliban insurgents on a popular restaurant in the Afghan capital, local police and United Nations officials said. The attack, one of the …Up to 21, mostly foreigners, killed in Kabul suicide attackReutersIMF official among 21 […]

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Up to 15, mostly foreigners, killed in Kabul suicide attack – Reuters

ReutersKABUL (Reuters) – Up to 15 people, mostly foreigners, were killed on Friday when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a popular Lebanese restaurant in the Afghanistan capital of Kabul, police said. Islamist Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for …Suicide bomb attack on Kabul restaurant ‘kills 14’BBC NewsTaliban Attack Restaurant Favored by WesternersNew York TimesKabul […]

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Afghanistan’s Hamid Karzai orders release of prisoners seen as threat by US – CNN

CNNKabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai has authorized the release of dozens of prisoners seen as a security threat by the United States. A judiciary meeting chaired by Karzai decided Thursday to free 72 prisoners from Bagram prison …Karzai not seen meeting US deadline on security dealReutersUS ‘concern’ over Afghan prisoner releasesBBC NewsAfghan […]

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Afghanistan: Ten-year-old girl apprehended trying to carry out suicide bomb attack – The Independent

The IndependentA provincial official in Afghanistan say a suicide car bomber has attacked a security checkpoint in the country’s east, killing three police officers. Musa Khan Akbarzada, the governor of Ghazni province, says the attack Monday also wounded three officers in …Afghan girl, 10, in suicide attack attempt: officialsThe AustralianAfghan girl wearing suicide bomber’s vest […]

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3 coalition soldiers killed in Kabul car bombing – USA TODAY

USA TODAYKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide car bomber attacked a convoy of international troops in an eastern district of the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday, killing three service members and wounding six Afghans, officials said. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah …Car Bomb Kills Three Coalition Soldiers in AfghanistanTIMEThree NATO personnel killed in Kabul suicide car bombTelegraph.co.uk3 […]

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Foreign convoy attacked in Afghan capital, three dead – Reuters

ReutersKABUL (Reuters) – A suspected suicide bomber attacked a foreign military convoy on the eastern outskirts of the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Friday, killing at least three foreign soldiers, police and the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said …Afghan Blast Strikes Military ConvoyVoice of AmericaSuicide car bomb targets foreign forces in KabulWRAL.com all 22 […]

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Taliban Rockets Hit US Embassy in Kabul – New York Times

New York TimesKABUL, Afghanistan — A pair of rockets fired by the Taliban struck the United States Embassy in Kabul shortly before dawn on Wednesday, sending hundreds of American diplomats and aid workers based at the mission scrambling into fortified bunkers to …US Embassy in Kabul attacked on ChristmasBoston.comChristmas Day attacks show security challenges in […]

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US Embassy Fired on in Kabul – TIME

TIMETwo rounds of fire hit the grounds of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul early Christmas morning. The embassy has said all Americans are accounted for and no casualties were reported in the attack. News agencies say that at least one other attack also occurred …Taliban attack American embassy in Kabul on Christmas DayTelegraph.co.ukRockets explode in […]

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Bomb blast near Kabul airport – The Hindu

The HinduA car bomb went off on Wednesday near a gate used by NATO troops in the northern section of the Kabul airport, the Afghan Interior Ministry said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the pre-dawn bombing, which caused no casualties. The German military …Huge blast rocks Kabul airportTelegraph.co.ukSuicide bomb targets NATO convoy outside Kabul airportBusiness […]

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Hagel to Discuss Afghanistan During Visit to Pakistan – Businessweek

BusinessweekU.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, right, steps off of a helicopter after arriving at the International Security Assistance Force Headquarters, on December 7, 2013 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photographer: Mark Wilson/Getty Images. U.S. Defense Secretary …Hagel Warns Pakistan to Help Open NATO Supply RouteBloombergHagel Urges Pakistan to Reopen Afghan Supply RouteWall Street JournalHagel to meet with […]

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Hagel Brings Holiday Wishes, Listening Ear to Afghanistan – Department of Defense

Department of DefenseKABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 8, 2013 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spent a full day today with two sets of people he seldom sees in Washington: deployed U.S. troops and Afghan military leaders.US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Embarks On Trip To Middle EastGetty ImagesHagel to visit Pakistan on MondayAFPHagel offers troops rare glimmer of […]

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Hagel: Afghan minister says security pact to be signed in ‘timely manner’ – CNN

CNN(CNN) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says his Afghan counterpart assured him that an important security pact will be reached with Kabul in a “timely manner,” despite a failure so far to forge a deal. Hagel made the remark during a visit to Afghanistan …Hagel Gets Assurances on Afghan DealVoice of AmericaUS-Afghan security pact […]