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11 February 2017 11:10

  UK Defense Minister Michael Fallon says the government is shutting down a contentious seven-year-old investigation into claims of abuse by British forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT), which was set up by the UK government in 2010 to investigate allegations of abuse and torture by British soldiers, will close in the summer, Fallon said Friday. Fallon also...

6 February 2017 13:00

  An Afghan diplomat has been shot dead in the Afghan Consulate in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi. The consulate’s third secretary, Zaki Adu, was killed by a private guard, said police official Saqib Ismail on Monday. “The motive behind the killing is not clear yet,” Ismail said, adding that the guard, also an Afghan national, is in police custody. According to Deputy Inspector...

6 February 2017 12:50

  The United Nations (UN) has reported a rise in the civilian casualty toll in Afghanistan, which it says was caused by an increase in different forms of violence in the beleaguered country. The number of the civilians killed and wounded in Afghanistan rose by three percent in 2016 compared to the previous year, according to the UN’s 2016 Annual Report on...

4 February 2017 11:38

  The three countries bearing the brunt of the global war against drugs - Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan - have met in Vienna. The three sides discussed joint border management on the sidelines of an international session on fighting narcotics.

26 January 2017 15:05

  At least 27 children have lost their lives due to freezing temperatures in northern Afghanistan, officials say. The children, all under the age of five, were killed in the remote district of Darzab in Jawzjan Province over the last two or three days, said District Governor Rahmatullah Hashar on Thursday, adding that roads in the district were blocked by a blanket...

16 January 2017 14:01

  Daesh terrorists have stormed a religious seminary in eastern Afghanistan, kidnapping over a dozen teachers and administrators there, officials say. The attack involving three armed men took place in Nangarhar Province over the weekend, Mohammad Asif Shinwari, spokesman for the provincial education department, said Monday. The Ministry of Education also said the Daesh terrorists entered Mesher Mullah Sahib Madrassa while the students...

4 January 2017 16:17

  About 2,000 demonstrators, holding pictures of Shia Muslims killed in recent terrorist attacks, marched on the governor's office in the city of Herat on Tuesday. Around 2,000 people in the city of Herat marched to the governor's office on Tuesday to protest against the increasing attacks on Shia Muslims by ISIS. The protesters chanted slogans such as "Death to the enemies of...

28 December 2016 22:39

An Afghan lawmaker has been wounded in a bomb attack in a crowded area of Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul. The blast took place near the 6th police district and a mosque in Dasht-e-Barchi area in western Kabul on Wednesday morning apparently targeting the vehicle of legislator Fakuri Biheshti, who was on his way toward the parliament building at the time. Biheshti and...

4 December 2016 16:15

Iran has welcomed the Afghan government’s latest achievements in restoring peace with the Hezb-i-Islami militant group, led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, in the conflict-ridden country. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif made the remarks at the 6th Heart of Asia ministerial conference in New Delhi, India, on Sunday. Zarif reaffirmed Iran’s “strong determination ... to continue support for the Afghan government and nation in...

1 December 2016 7:36

  The United Nations has reported a dramatic increase in the number of displaced people as a result of the years-long conflict in Afghanistan. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Wednesday that more than half a million people had been displaced in 2016, the highest number since 2008. The figure also surpasses a previous record of 471,000...

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