Afghan drug users nearly double

Kabul - The number of drug users in Afghanistan soared to a record high of three million last year, almost doubling over a two-year...

Afghan airforce boosted by C-130 cargo planes

Kabul  - Afghanistan's fledging air force on Wednesday took delivery of its first two C-130 cargo planes in a boost for the country's military...

New Afghan schoolbooks shun history of wars

KABUL  - The Afghan government has published new textbooks for schoolchildren that shun the country's modern history of conflict in an effort to promote...

Afghan peace team to visit Taliban commander Baradar

Kabul  - Afghan negotiators seeking peace with the Taliban will soon travel to Pakistan for their first meeting with key militant commander Mullah Baradar,...

Taliban behead 17 at Afghan party ‘with music and dancing’

KANDAHAR  - Taliban Islamist insurgents beheaded 17 civilians, including two women, who were holding a party with music in a southern Afghanistan village, officials...

Taliban infiltrator kills 11 Afghan police

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan :   Eleven Afghan policemen were killed Saturday when one of their colleagues, believed to be a Taliban infiltrator, opened fire on...

Kerry and Karzai strike upbeat note in Kabul

KABUL-  US Secretary of State John Kerry held a second round of talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul on Tuesday after the...

Four NATO troops killed by ‘Afghan police’

KABUL :  Four NATO soldiers were killed Sunday in the second suspected attack by Afghan police in two days, as officials detailed unprecedented damage...

Karzai summons top NATO commander in Afghanistan

KABUL - Afghan president Hamid Karzai has summoned the new commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan over an air strike that allegedly killed ten...

Afghan election heads for Abdullah-Ghani run-off

Kabul :  Afghanistan's presidential election is set for a second-round vote, preliminary results showed Saturday, as former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah and ex-World Bank...

Afghan president announces new ministers to complete cabinet

Kabul - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced Saturday 16 new names to complete his cabinet nearly two months after parliament rejected two thirds of...

Man in Afghan uniform kills NATO soldier

KABUL :  A soldier with NATO's US-led coalition in Afghanistan was killed by a man in Afghan army uniform on Sunday, a spokesman for...

Cold kills 35 Afghan children in northeast: official

KABUL - Severe cold weather has killed 35 children in the past two days in northeastern Afghanistan, an official said Monday.The children died in...

Afghan leader vows new chapter in US ties

Washington  - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani professed deep gratitude to the American people Wednesday for their service and sacrifice in a protracted war in...

Abdullah rejoins audit of fraud-tainted Afghan election

Kabul (Afghanistan)  - Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has agreed to rejoin an audit of the votes, the United Nations said Sunday, after tense...

French defence minister flies into Kabul

KABUL - France's defence minister arrived in Kabul on Saturday for top-level talks as Paris warned it could accelerate its withdrawal from the 10-year...

Wedding bomb in Afghanistan wounds nine: officials

Kunduz (Afghanistan)  - At least nine people including children have been wounded in a bomb blast at a wedding party in northern Afghanistan, provincial...

Afghan Taliban announce ‘spring offensive’ to start Friday

Kabul  - The Afghan Taliban said their annual "spring offensive" will begin on Friday, vowing nationwide attacks in what is expected to be the...

Six ‘terrorists’ hanged in mass Afghan executions

KABUL  - Afghanistan on Wednesday executed six "criminals and terrorists", an official said, a day after eight other death row prisoners were hanged in...

Afghan forces set to take over nationwide security

KABUL :  Afghan security forces will soon take over responsibility for the whole of the country, officials said, a major milestone as the NATO-led...