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Karzai cousin killed in Afghan suicide attack, say officials

Smoke billows from a building after an attack on a police station in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 20, 2014. Taliban insurgents staged a multi-pronged attack on the police station, using a suicide bomber and gunmen to lay siege to the station, government officials said. Two remotely detonated bombs also exploded nearby. AP

A suicide attacker killed a cousin of outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai near the volatile southern city of Kandahar on Tuesday, officials said, raising tensions during a struggle over the contested election result.

Posted: July 29th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Top US commander: Obama ended Afghan uncertainty

President Barack Obama applauds those who serve in Iraq and Afghanistan as he deliverers the commencement address to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point's Class of 2014, in West Point, N.Y., Wednesday, May 28, 2014. In a broad defense of his foreign policy, the president declared that the U.S. remains the world's most indispensable nation, even after a "long season of war," but argued for restraint before embarking on more military adventures. AP

The top U.S. and coalition commander in Afghanistan said Wednesday that President Barack Obama’s decision to keep about 10,000 American troops in the country past 2014 has eliminated any uncertainty Afghans may have had about America’s commitment.

Posted: May 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Afghan detainees walk free from jail in push for peace

Released Taliban prisoners greet their relatives after a ceremony in Pul-e-Charkhi jail on the outskirts of Kabul on January 4, 2013. With tears streaming down their rugged faces, scores of Afghan prisoners embraced waiting relatives and walked to freedom -- the latest government move to foster reconciliation after 11 years of war. The 80 men, all wearing white skull caps, were released on Friday at a ceremony held inside Pul-e-Charkhi, Afghanistan's largest prison located on dusty flat lands east of the capital Kabul. AFP / MASSOUD HOSSAINI

With tears streaming down their faces, scores of suspected Afghan militants embraced waiting relatives and walked to freedom — just one sign of increasing attempts at reconciliation after 11 years of war.

Posted: January 6th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Afghan president under lockdown in Kabul attacks—aide

A NATO soldier stands guard at the scene of an attack by Taliban militants in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, April 15, 2012. The Taliban launched a series of coordinated attacks on at least seven sites across the Afghan capital on Sunday, targeting NATO headquarters, the parliament and diplomatic residences. Militants also launched near-simultaneous assaults in three other eastern cities.  AP PHOTO/AHMAD JAMSHID

President Hamid Karzai was moved to a safe area and his palace went into lockdown as Kabul was hit Sunday by a wave of attacks including a failed attempt to target one of his deputies, officials said.

Posted: April 15th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »