Afghan official: Blast rocks country’s capital

A suicide blast rocked Afghanistan’s capital city on Saturday during a gun battle with security forces, officials said, killing at least two people a day after hopes for all-encompassing peace talks collapsed. At least six people were wounded. (April 20)

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Hero refugee chased gunman away from Christchurch mosque

When Afghan refugee Abdul Aziz saw a man brandishing a gun outside his mosque in Christchurch, he ran towards the gunman and tried to stop the attack.

Afghan trailblazer describes confronting Taliban

Fawzia Koofi was hesitant to face the Taliban militants who jailed her husband, threatened to stone her for wearing nail polish, and — when she became a high-profile MP and women’s rights champion — tried to assassinate her. But the politician and mother of two daughters could not refuse a rare invitation to travel to Moscow earlier this month and stand before her oppressors to declare that Taliban misogyny and prejudice would never again take root in Afghanistan.

Civilian deaths in Afghan war hit record in 2018

Patients from a packed Kabul hospital recall how they got injured as according to a UN report, more civilians are killed in the Afghan war in 2018 than during any other year on record after nearly two decades of fighting.

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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