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Central Asians Reported Among Militants Killed In Afghanistan

Afghan officials say Russian-speaking Central Asians were among dozens of militants killed in southern Afghanistan on March 4. More

U.S. State Department To Honor International Women Of Courage

The United States will present 10 women from around the world with the 2015 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award. More

Raid Seeks To Free Afghan Hostages

Afghan security officials said an operation aimed at freeing a group of kidnapped civilians in southern Afghanistan was continuing after a battle on March 4 killed dozens of militants but failed to secure the hostages' release. More

HRW Report Slams Afghan 'Rights Abuses'

Human Rights Watch has released a report that calls on new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his government to prosecute officials and commanders "whose serious human rights abuses have long gone unpunished." More

Suicide Attack Kills Afghan Soldiers, Civilians

Afghan officials say at least seven people were killed in the southern Helmand Province when a suicide bomber detonated his explosive-laden vehicle near an army base. More

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Afghan Men Don Burqas To Support Women

Dozens of men clad in burqas have held a demonstration in Kabul in support of women's rights. More

Central Asia And Afghanistan As The Drawdown Deadline Arrives

The deadline for the drawdown of foreign forces from Afghanistan has arrived. Only about one-10th of the once 140,000-strong foreign force will be in Afghanistan in 2015 and that number will gradually decrease in the years to follow. More
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Features & Commentary

Flocking Home Amid Claims Of Intimidation, Harassment

Tens of thousands of Afghan refugees have returned home from Pakistan in recent months, but it is far from a storybook ending. Many say they were harassed and intimidated into leaving and say conditions are not right for their return to Afghanistan.

Video Afghanistan Celebrates Historic Cricket Win

Afghans are whooping it up after their team's first-ever win in the Cricket World Cup against Scotland.

Mass Abduction Of Hazaras In Afghanistan Raises Fears Of Islamic State

The kidnapping of dozens of Hazaras in southern Afghanistan by unidentified militants has heightened fears about the presence of the Islamic State group.

Afghanistan Wakes Up To Islamic State Threat

When Islamic State militants announced their arrival in Afghanistan, skeptics questioned whether they could gain a foothold in a crowded militant scene. But recent moves show that Kabul is beginning to take the threat very seriously.

Red Tape, Not Red Carpet, For Afghan Man Who Saved Life Of U.S. Soldier

When an Afghan villager saved an American soldier from the Taliban, it was a story fit for the silver screen. But there is no Hollywood ending for Mohammad Gulab in his quest for asylum in the United States.

Afghanistan's (Dis)Unity Cabinet Fiasco

Afghanistan's proposed "unity government " -- painstakingly assembled after months of wrangling and initially lauded for its diversity and fresh faces -- is quickly revealing Kabul's disunited ways.

Afghanistan's Unity Government Takes Shape

The proposed Afghan cabinet features many new faces, but stays true to the old guard. How is Kabul's unity government shaping up?

Muslim Press Reacts To Charlie Hebdo Attack

Media in the Muslim world have published a wide variety of reactions to the deadly attack on the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris.
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