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Stories with place: Afghanistan
  • Civilians biggest losers on Afghan war's new northern front 
    Updated: May-29-15 2:58 am

    KUNDUZ, Afghanistan - When the Taliban descended a month ago on Dam Shakh, a hamlet on the wheat-growing plains of northern Afghanistan's Kunduz province, nobody was prepared.

  • AP Interview: Afghanistan's first lady breaks taboos 
    Updated: May-27-15 2:26 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghanistan's first lady has broken numerous conventions in a society that traditionally sequesters women behind closed doors - speaking out on issues such as violence against women, the rule of law and the power of religion. But perhaps Rula Ghani's biggest taboo breaker is simply being the country's first presidential spouse in decades to be seen and heard in public.

  • 4 Taliban militants die in attack in Afghan capital story has photos
    Updated: May-26-15 11:28 pm

    KABUL, Afghanistan - An all-night siege in an upscale neighborhood of Afghanistan's capital ended in the early hours of Wednesday morning with the deaths of four heavily armed Taliban attackers, though no civilians or security personnel were injured or killed, an Afghan official said.

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    Updated: May-26-15 11:06 pm

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  • Fort Bragg-based soldier from Florida dies in Afghanistan 
    Updated: May-26-15 7:37 am

    FORT BRAGG, North Carolina - A Fort Bragg-based Special Forces soldier from Florida has died in Afghanistan.

  • Across nation, veterans' sacrifices honored in many ways story has video
    Updated: May-26-15 3:14 am

    ARLINGTON, Virginia - President Barack Obama saluted Americans who died in battle and made special mention on Memorial Day of the families of lost loved ones "who represent the best of who we are."

  • Afghan forces struggle as Taliban seeks northern stronghold 
    Updated: May-26-15 2:25 am

    KUNDUZ, Afghanistan - Taliban insurgents, their ranks swelled by foreign fighters pushed across the border from Pakistan, nearly surrounded this northern Afghan city last month with an offensive that stunned local authorities and raised concerns over their ability to defend the country without U.S. and foreign combat troops.

  • Mom of fallen soldier builds retreat for grieving families 
    Updated: May-25-15 11:44 am

    PORT ANGELES, Washington - A heavy door creaks and Betsy Schultz steps into a century-old cottage littered with workbenches and plywood.

  • Top US commander says IS actively recruiting in Afghanistan 
    Updated: May-23-15 12:23 pm

    KABUL, Afghanistan - The commander of international forces in Afghanistan said on Saturday that the Islamic State group is actively recruiting in Afghanistan but is not yet operational there.

  • Corvallis-based Bravo company returns home from Afghanistan 
    Updated: May-21-15 2:00 pm

    CORVALLIS, Oregon - After more than a year of serving his country in Afghanistan, Cpl. Kevin Brower couldn't wait a second longer to propose to his girlfriend, Aubrie Irons.

  • Report: Afghanistan's Taliban sends delegation to Iran 
    Updated: May-19-15 9:17 am

    TEHRAN, Iran - A delegation from Afghanistan's Taliban has arrived in Iran to discuss the situation of Afghan migrants and issues in the Islamic world, Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency reported Tuesday.

  • 11 Afghan police get year in jail over mob killing of woman 
    Updated: May-19-15 6:11 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan judge on Tuesday sentenced 11 policemen to one year in prison for dereliction of duty during the mob killing of a woman in Kabul who was falsely accused of burning a Quran.

  • Pakistan, Afghanistan sign accord to share intelligence 
    Updated: May-19-15 5:10 am

    ISLAMABAD - The spy agencies of Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to share intelligence and carry out "coordinated intelligence operations" against militants operating along their porous border, in the latest sign of improved relations following years of mistrust that undermined the fight against the Taliban.

  • Severely injured vets find healing, hope through sports story has video
    Updated: May-18-15 4:46 pm

    EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Florida - As an Air Force crew chief in Afghanistan and Iraq, part of Sgt. Tim McDonough's dangerous mission was recovering the remains of soldiers killed in combat.

  • Army weighs if ex-Green Beret hero should be dismissed 
    Updated: May-16-15 10:52 am

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - An Army officer stripped of a medal for heroism under fire and his right to call himself a Green Beret is fighting for his military career after accusations he tracked down and killed a suspected bomb-maker in Afghanistan.

  • Father: American killed in Afghanistan worked to help poor story has photos
    Updated: May-15-15 2:58 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - The American killed in this week's Taliban attack at an Afghanistan guest house was dedicated to helping the poor, especially women, in less-developed nations, her father said Friday.

  • Q&A: The Taliban in Afghanistan 
    Updated: May-14-15 12:59 pm

    More than a decade after being swept from power by the 2001 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, the Taliban remain a potent threat in much of the country, including the heavily-guarded capital Kabul, where the insurgents killed 14 people, including nine foreigners, in an attack on a guesthouse late Wednesday. Here's a look at the Taliban's goals and strategies.

  • School launched by father of Afghan baby closes amid attacks 
    Updated: May-14-15 11:30 am

    INDIANAPOLIS - A school in Afghanistan founded by the father of a baby who received life-saving heart surgery in Indianapolis in 2005 but died upon returning to his homeland has closed because of unrest in the region.

  • Pentagon recommends new Navy, Army chiefs 
    Updated: May-13-15 4:23 pm

    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter nominated two top military officers Wednesday to take charge of the Army and Navy, selecting men who have faced public scrutiny over the past year for their key leadership roles in high-profile cases.

  • Decade after Uzbekistan massacre, justice remains elusive 
    Updated: May-13-15 3:11 am

    KIEV, Ukraine - Thousands of protesters jammed into Babur square in the city of Andijan, relishing a rare burst of defiance as one speaker after another condemned hardship under Uzbekistan's despotic government.

  • Pakistan, Afghanistan pledge to fight terrorism together 
    Updated: May-12-15 10:25 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif renewed their nations' vows on Tuesday to jointly combat the mutual threat of militant groups operating along the two countries' shared border.

  • JBLM Green Beret honored for valor in combat in Afghanistan 
    Updated: May-12-15 6:15 am

    TACOMA, Washington - A Green Beret was awarded the third-highest medal for valor in combat at Joint Base Lewis-McChord for his role in turning back an attack on his base in Afghanistan in 2013.

  • Illinois soldiers to serve with Polish team in Afghanistan 
    Updated: May-12-15 4:55 am

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Five soldiers from the Army National Guard base in Springfield will deploy to Afghanistan as part of a specialized team that will train with Polish soldiers.

  • Afghanistan, Myanmar pick neutral venues for World Cup games 
    Updated: May-11-15 11:53 am

    ZURICH - FIFA says Afghanistan will host its first 2018 World Cup qualifying match in Iran, and Myanmar chose Thailand as its home venue.

  • 6 South Dakota National Guard soldiers going to Afghanistan 
    Updated: May-11-15 6:10 am

    RAPID CITY, South Dakota - Six soldiers with the South Dakota Army National Guard in Rapid City are being deployed to Afghanistan for a year