Unease over US exit in Afghan valley where Soviets were routed

Thirty years on, former mujahideen fighters recount the days of battling the Red Army in Afghanistan after the Soviet Union invaded the country in December 1979. The Soviets left the country for good on February 15, 1989 having suffered 15,000 losses — many in the unforgiving mountain passes of Panjshir.

Acting US Defense Secretary Shanahan in Afghanistan

Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Monday to meet with US commanders and Afghan leaders amid a push for peace with the Taliban. (Feb. 11)

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US troops withdrawal from Afghanistan not fixed: Taliban

“No timeline has been fixed so far” concerning the US troops withdrawal from Afghanistan, says Taliban spokesperson Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai on the second day of unprecedented talks between the Taliban and powerful Afghan politicians in Moscow.

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(28 Jan 2019) Here are the top stories for Monday, January 28th: White House announces sanctions on Venezuela; Severe weather strikes the Midwest; Afghan president assures country about Taliban talks; Rare footage recorded of Amur tiger cubs.

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(22 Jan 2019) Here’s the latest for Tuesday January 22nd: Senate Republicans introduce plan to reopen government; Dozens killed in attack on Afghan military base; Plane crash in Ohio kills 2; Man shot dead in Illinois mall.

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Dozens feared dead in Afghan military base attack

At least 12 people were killed in a Taliban-claimed attack on a military compound in central Afghanistan but dozens more are feared dead, as the insurgents continue to batter the war-torn country’s beleaguered security forces.

Air pollution

Videographic on air pollution. A thick layer of toxic smog has blanketed the Afghan capital Kabul as cold air traps pollution caused by people burning coal, wood, car tyres and even garbage to stay warm.VIDEOGRAPHIC

Unwanted Afghan refugees pin hopes on Pakistan’s Imran Khan

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has ignited a national debate with a controversial vow to grant citizenship to Afghan refugees born in Pakistan — potentially creating more than a million new citizens.

Would you couchsurf in Afghanistan?

Despite security concerns, Afghanistan attracts backpackers seeking an “authentic” experience by staying with Afghan strangers found on the Couchsurfing website –a social networking platform that connects travellers around the world with locals who are willing to put them up for free.