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WATCH: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani tells Congress that Islamic State is a threat to Central Asia.

Video Ghani Thanks Americans For Sacrifice

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has thanked the United States for its involvement in what has become the longest foreign war in U.S. history. More

WATCH: Suicide Bombing Strikes Government District In Kabul

Video At Least Seven Dead In Suicide Attack In Kabul

Afghan officials say a suicide attack in Kabul has killed at least seven people. More

Taliban Says U.S. Troop Cut Delay Hurts Peace Prospects

A Taliban spokesman says the U.S. decision to delay the reduction of troops in Afghanistan will badly undermine the chances for peace More

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani (left) and U.S. President Barack Obama address a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington on March 24.

U.S. To Slow Afghan Troop Withdrawal

President Barack Obama says the U.S. will slow down its military withdrawal from Afghanistan and maintain its current number of 9,800 troops until the end of the year. More

WATCH: Thousands Protest In Kabul In Wake Of Mob Killing

Video More Protests Over Afghan Woman's Lynching

Thousands of people have marched through the Afghan capital for a second straight day demanding justice for a woman who was beaten to death by a mob after being accused of burning the Koran. More

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The Black Flag South Of The Amu-Darya

The black flag of the Islamic State (IS) militant group has reportedly been raised in areas of northern Afghanistan, just south of the border with Central Asia, and Ashgabat, Tashkent, and Dushanbe have taken notice. More

Extremists Flourish South Of Turkmenistan

n some of the areas adjacent to Turkmenistan it appears militant groups hold as much, and possibly more, territory than the Afghan government can claim to have under its control. And what is worse, there seems to be at least three extremist groups now present in districts just south of the Turkmen border. More
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Features & Commentary

Farkhunda's Lynching Hits Nerve In Afghanistan

The lynching of an innocent young woman in front of a Kabul shrine has cast unprecedented attention on women's rights in Afghanistan.

U.S. Reassesses Central Asia Strategy

The State Department says it has completed a review of U.S. policy toward Central Asia at a time of economic and political uncertainty in the region.

Haunted By The Bamiyan Buddhas

For two farmers forced to take part in the Taliban-orchestrated demolition of the ancient Bamiyan Buddhas, the missing statues stand as a monument to their remorse.

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.
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