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Alleged Russian Taliban's U.S. Trial To Begin July 30

The U.S. trial of a former Soviet army officer accused of fighting for the Taliban in Afghanistan was postponed until July 30. More

Afghan National Killed In Serbia

Serbian police say an Afghan national was killed on July 27 in a fight involving migrants near the border with Hungary. More

20 Killed In Afghan Wedding Gunfight

Local officials say a shoot-out at a wedding party in northern Afghanistan has killed at least 20 people and wounded 10 others. More

Afghan Taliban Takes Military Base

Afghan officials say the Taliban has taken control of a military base in the northeastern province of Badakhshan after three days of fighting. More

Taliban Attacks North Afghan Outposts

A government official in Afghanistan’s northeastern province of Badakhshan has said that a group of about 100 Taliban fighters attacked several security outposts in the mountainous region in the past two days. More

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Tajikistan: The Far Outpost Of Great Powers

The risk to Tajikistan of Afghan spillover is probably not great, but it is real. Fortunately, China, Russia, and the United States take this threat to Tajikistan very seriously, and their combined efforts arguably make Tajikistan the Central Asian state least likely to experience serious difficulties emanating from Afghanistan. More

Is Faryab Province Quickly Slipping From Afghan Government Control?

The situation in Afghanistan's northern Faryab Province, which borders Turkmenistan, has become critical. Militants who started attacks in the province in early July have seized more than 100 villages in little over a week. More
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Features & Commentary

Kabul Vendors Buzzing Over Alcohol-Free Beer

With alcohol forbidden in Afghanistan's strict Islamic society, nonalcoholic beer has become a popular thirst-quencher in the capital.

Afghans Driven By Taliban To Northern Area

Thousands of Afghans are being driven from their homes by soaring violence in northern Afghanistan. Many are fleeing to Balkh, the last bastion of relative peace in region.

Migrants Undeterred In March To EU

An RFE/RL correspondent recently rode on a Belgrade bus packed with Afghans and other refugees heading to the EU. What she saw on the trip shocked her.

Audio Slide Show Afghanistan's Underbelly: The Exposed North

The Afghan government has turned to a risky war strategy to tackle the Taliban in the country's north -- teaming up two rival former warlords with a history of animosity toward each other.

Atta Noor: Unlikely Coalition To 'Inflict A Powerful Blow' Against Taliban

Atta Mohammad Noor, the powerful governor of Afghanistan's Balkh Province, has blamed the government's weak leadership for the soaring violence in the country's north. To carve himself a bigger role in Kabul's strategy in the north, Noor has teamed up with a former rival and current government official to push militants from the region.

Afghanistan's Instant Hero: Soldier 'Single-Handedly' Stops Attack On Parliament

An Afghan soldier has catapulted to fame after claiming to have killed six Taliban fighters who attacked the parliament building in Kabul.

Video Reporter's Notebook: Security Felt 'Loose' Ahead Of Afghan Parliament Attack

An RFE/RL Radio Free Afghanistan correspondent who was at the scene of the Taliban bomb and gun attack on parliament says security arrangements appeared remarkably loose ahead of the assault.
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