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Afghanistan: A landlocked south-central Asian country
Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country in Asia. Afghanistan is bordered by Pakistan to the east and south; Iran to the west; Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan to the north; and in the far northeast, China. Occupying 652,000 square kilometers (252,000 sq mi), it is a mountainous country with plains in the north and southwest. Kabul is the capital and largest city. The population is 32 million, mostly composed of ethnic Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras and Uzbeks.

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Qatar says played role in release of professors held in Afghanistan

Qatar on Thursday welcomed the release of U.S. and Australian university professors held in Afghanistan and said it had played an instrumental role in their release this week.
Reuters - Published

Red Cross says it handed over 10 Afghan soldiers after release by Taliban

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Thursday it facilitated the release of 10 Afghan security force members detained by the Taliban and handed them over to Afghan authorities.
Reuters - Published

Videos for Afghanistan


U.S., Australian hostages freed by Afghan Taliban in swap [Video]U.S., Australian hostages freed by Afghan Taliban in swap

Afghan and Taliban sources confirm that a prisoner swap has successfully released American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks, faculty at the American University in Kabul, in exchange for captured..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:25Published

Najwa Alimi talks about being a female journalist in Afghanistan [Video]Najwa Alimi talks about being a female journalist in Afghanistan

A trailblazing journalist at Afghanistan's first all-female TV station tells Al Jazeera her story.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:10Published

Pompeo says ISIS fight shifting to Africa [Video]Pompeo says ISIS fight shifting to Africa

The global coalition to defeat Islamic State is turning its attention to combating the group in North and West Africa, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday. Zachary Goelman reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:21Published

Medals of bravery awarded to animals who died in wars [Video]Medals of bravery awarded to animals who died in wars

Posthumous medals were awarded to animals who died while serving in the armed forces of the United States.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:35Published

Afghanistan to swap Taliban leaders for western professors [Video]Afghanistan to swap Taliban leaders for western professors

Afghanistan to swap Taliban leaders for western professors

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 05:10Published

Taliban prisoner swap shows 'intention for peace' - Ghani [Video]Taliban prisoner swap shows 'intention for peace' - Ghani

Afghanistan will release two senior Taliban commanders and a leader of the Haqqani militant group in exchange for an American and an Australian professor who were kidnapped in 2016, Afghan President..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:57Published

Taliban prisoner swap for U.S., Aussie professors [Video]Taliban prisoner swap for U.S., Aussie professors

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says he has secured the release of two professors from the American University of Afghanistan in exchange for three captured Taliban. It's part of a wider effort to revamp..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:25Published

Meghan's first visit to Westminister Abbey's Field of Remembrance [Video]Meghan's first visit to Westminister Abbey's Field of Remembrance

Britain's Duchess of Sussex, Meghan, made her first visit to Westminster Abbey's Field of Remembrance on Thursday (November 7), joining her husband Prince Harry in planting a memorial cross ahead of..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:20Published

Trump Compares Chicago Crime To Afghanistan [Video]Trump Compares Chicago Crime To Afghanistan

President Donald Trump visited Chicago and had nothing but bad things to say about the city. According to Reuters, the president compared the crime in Chicago to Afghanistan. He said: “Afghanistan is..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

US cutting troops but ‘still committed’ to Afghan solution: Esper [Video]US cutting troops but ‘still committed’ to Afghan solution: Esper

Reducing the number of foreign troops in Afghanistan was goal of recent talks between the US and the Taliban.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:19Published

House speaker Pelosi makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan [Video]House speaker Pelosi makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other senior members of Congress made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Sunday, her office said. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:58Published

Esper in Afghanistan as U.S. looks to kickstart Taliban talks [Video]Esper in Afghanistan as U.S. looks to kickstart Taliban talks

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Kabul on Sunday in a bid to bring talks with the Taliban back on track after President Donald Trump abruptly broke off negotiations last month seeking to..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:36Published

Blasts in Afghanistan mosque kill scores of worshippers [Video]Blasts in Afghanistan mosque kill scores of worshippers

Local officials put death toll at 62, warn casualty rate could rise after explosions rock mosque in Nangarhar province.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:08Published

At least 62 killed in Afghan mosque bombing [Video]At least 62 killed in Afghan mosque bombing

A spokesman for Nangarhar province's governor says there were multiple blasts from explosives placed inside the mosque in the Jawdara area of Haska Mena district. Mia Womersley reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:38Published

Afghanistan's delayed election results raising concerns [Video]Afghanistan's delayed election results raising concerns

Afghanistan’s Election Commission is struggling to meet its own deadline to announce preliminary results of last month's presidential poll.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:54Published

Attacks on Afghan schools soar [Video]Attacks on Afghan schools soar

At least 700 schools have closed due to conflict and more than 3.7 million children are currently out of school.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:00Published

40,000 toy soldiers highlight plight of injured British veterans [Video]40,000 toy soldiers highlight plight of injured British veterans

An installation of 40,000 miniature toy soldiers in a shopping centre in Manchester, northern England, highlights the plight that many British soldiers face if their careers are ended by injury. Rough..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:47Published

Afghan forces face heavy toll after US troop pullout [Video]Afghan forces face heavy toll after US troop pullout

Since US withdrew soldiers from Afghanistan, conflict with Taliban fighters has killed at least 45,000 Afghan troops.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:28Published

Violence, conflict blamed for low voter turnout in Afghan presidential election [Video]Violence, conflict blamed for low voter turnout in Afghan presidential election

A preliminary count of voter participation in the first round of Afghanistan's presidential vote indicates a sharp drop in turnout, in an election held amid Taliban threats to disrupt the process.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:32Published

 

Trump says he hopes release of captives in Afghanistan prompts ceasefire

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he hopes the release of two Western prisoners held hostage by the Afghan Taliban this week could help pave the way to an end to the war in Afghanistan.
Reuters - Published

Two U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash: U.S. military

Two United States service members were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Wednesday, the U.S. military said in a statement.
Reuters - Published

Taliban frees two Western prisoners, U.S. sees hope for wider Afghan peace

The Afghan Taliban released American and Australian university professors held hostage for more than three years on Tuesday, Afghan, U.S. and Australian officials said, completing a delayed prisoner..
Reuters - Published

U.S. sees hope for wider Afghan peace in release of two hostages

The United States welcomed the release on Tuesday of two U.S. and Australian men held by the Afghan Taliban and said the gesture, a recent decline in violence, and other developments gave it hope that..
Reuters - Published

Afghanistan's president claims victory over Islamic State

Security forces have "obliterated" Islamic State (IS) militants in Afghanistan, President Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday, hours after a prisoner swap with Taliban insurgents raised hopes of a lull in..
Reuters - Published

U.S., Australian hostages freed by Afghan Taliban in swap

The Afghan Taliban released American and Australian university professors held hostage for more than three years on Tuesday, Afghan government officials said, completing a delayed prisoner swap and..
Reuters - Published

Western hostages freed by Afghan Taliban in swap for top commanders: sources

The Afghan Taliban released two Western hostages on Tuesday, Afghan government officials said, completing a delayed prisoner swap for three of the militant group's commanders and raising hopes for of a..
Reuters - Published

Taliban frees U.S. and Australian hostages in a prisoner swap: Afghan officials

Taliban insurgents released two Western hostages - Kevin King from the United States and Timothy Weeks from Australia - on Tuesday in a prisoner exchange deal with the Afghan government, two Afghan..
Reuters - Published

Pentagon's Esper says military justice ready to hold troops to account

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper expressed confidence on Sunday in the U.S. military justice system's ability to hold troops to account, two days after President Donald Trump pardoned two Army..
Reuters - Published

Taliban shifted Western hostages as prisoner swap postponed: sources

A plan to swap two Western hostages with three Taliban prisoners has been postponed, an Afghan government official told Reuters on Friday, and Taliban sources said the group had moved the Westerners to..
Reuters - Published

Afghan prisoner swap for American, Australian did not occur: diplomat

The planned exchange of two senior Taliban commanders and a leader of the Haqqani militant group for an American and an Australian kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2016 has not taken place, a diplomat said..
Reuters - Published

Car bomb explosion kills seven in Afghan capital

At least seven people were killed and 10 others, including four foreign nationals, wounded in Kabul on Wednesday when a van packed with explosive targeted a vehicle belonging to a foreign security..
Reuters - Published

Pakistan anti-government protesters block highway in campaign to oust PM

Anti-government protesters in Pakistan blocked a key highway linking the country to Afghanistan on Wednesday, as part of what they called the "second phase" of action aimed at ousting Prime Minister..
Reuters - Published

Result of Afghan presidential vote postponed again: election commission

The results of Afghanistan's presidential election, that were due on Nov. 14, have been postponed for a second time, the election commission said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Seven killed after car bomb blast near Afghan interior ministry in Kabul

Seven people were killed and seven injured on Wednesday after a car bomb explosion near the interior ministry in the Afghan capital of Kabul, a government spokesman said.
Reuters - Published

Afghanistan to swap Taliban militants for American, Australian captives

Afghanistan will release two senior Taliban commanders and a leader of the Haqqani militant group in exchange for an American and an Australian professor who were kidnapped in 2016, Afghan President..
Reuters - Published

Afghan poll results may be delayed again as candidates spar over recount: officials

The result of the Afghan presidential election may be further delayed, two officials said, after the main challenger to incumbent Ashraf Ghani said on Sunday he would not agree to the addition of..
Reuters - Published

Three judges killed at Taliban checkpoint in Afghanistan, officials say

Three judges and a court staffer were killed in Afghanistan on Thursday after Taliban militants stopped their car in the latest attack on the judiciary, officials said.
Reuters - Published

Nine children killed in Afghanistan mine blast

Nine Afghan children were killed on Saturday when a mine exploded as they walked to school, police said, the latest victims in a growing toll of civilian casualties in the war.
Reuters - Published

Rajnath Singh meets Afghan chief executive in Tashkent

The leader laid emphasis on economic cooperation during his address at the SCO meeting earlier in the day. He also underlined the importance for SCO countries to come together to deal with the menace..
IndiaTimes - Published

Afghan woman politician sees Taliban talks as only hope for future

Afghan women have no choice but to hope the Taliban respect their rights for the sake of peace, said Fauzia Kofi, the first woman to lead a political party in Afghanistan.
Reuters - Published

CIA-backed Afghan units carry out illegal killings, other abuse: group

Afghan security units backed by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have carried out extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, indiscriminate air strikes and other rights abuses and..
Reuters - Published

Greece's draft law on asylum threatens migrants' rights: Human Rights Watch

Greece should scrap a draft law that threatens to restrict access to protection for asylum seekers from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Afghanistan says death of Islamic State leader delivers big blow to Afghan faction

Afghanistan welcomed the killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as a major blow to terrorism that is expected to weaken the South Asian branch of the Middle Eastern militant group.
Reuters - Published

Top U.S. negotiator in Kabul to brief Afghan government

U.S. President Donald Trump's top negotiator for Afghanistan was in Kabul on Sunday to brief the Afghan president on peace efforts on his first trip back since Trump ended talks with the Taliban aimed..
Reuters - Published

Afghan rivals to meet in China after U.S. talks stall

China is organizing talks among Afghanistan's rival factions as part of efforts to end years of war after negotiations between the Taliban and the United States on the withdrawal of U.S. forces broke..
Reuters - Published

U.S. Defense Secretary Esper affirms 'longstanding commitment' to Afghanistan

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday that while the United States did not have a commitment to defend Syrian Kurdish fighters against Turkey, it does have a “longstanding commitment” to..
Reuters - Published

U.S. House speaker Pelosi makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other senior members of Congress made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Sunday, her office said.
Reuters - Published

Pentagon chief in Afghanistan as U.S. looks to kickstart Taliban talks

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Afghanistan on Sunday, as the United States seeks to bring talks with the Taliban back on track after President Donald Trump abruptly broke off negotiations..
Reuters - Published

Pompeo says U.S. committed to Afghan peace after deadly explosions

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday Washington remained committed to peace and stability in Afghanistan as police searched for bodies in the rubble of a mosque in eastern Nangarhar..
Reuters - Published

Afghans search for bodies after at least 69 killed in mosque explosions

Police and local people searched on Saturday for more bodies in the rubble of a mosque in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province after bomb blasts in which at least 69 people were killed during..
Reuters - Published

Blasts collapse roof at Afghan mosque, killing at least 62 at Friday prayers

Multiple explosions at a mosque in eastern Afghanistan collapsed the roof on worshippers during Friday prayers, killing at least 62 and wounding more than 100, officials said.
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Blasts in Afghanistan mosque kill at least 62, wound more than 100

Blasts in a mosque in eastern Afghanistan during Friday prayers killed at least 62 men who had gathered for worship, local officials said.
Reuters - Published

Bomb kills at least 29 and wounds more than 100 inside mosque in eastern Afghanistan

A bomb exploded in a mosque in eastern Afghanistan during Friday prayers, officials said, killing at least 29 men who had gathered for worship.
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Bomb explodes inside mosque in eastern Afghanistan during Friday prayers

A bomb exploded in a mosque in eastern Afghanistan during Friday prayers, officials said, killing and wounding at least 10 men who had gathered for worship.
Reuters - Published

Pakistan scrambled F-16s after SpiceJet flight confusion

The Pakistan air force last month scrambled two F-16 jets to escort a SpiceJet plane flying from Delhi to Kabul till it exited its airspace and entered Afghan airspace because the Pakistani aviation..
IndiaTimes - Published

Afghanistan suffers record 4,300 civilian casualties in three months: U.N.

A record 4,313 civilians were injured or killed in Afghanistan's war against the Islamist Taliban between July and September, the United Nations said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Afghanistan to miss Oct 19 deadline for presidential poll results: sources

Preliminary results in Afghanistan's presidential election will be delayed beyond Saturday's deadline, two officials from the independent election commission told Reuters, probably for more than a..
Reuters - Published

India to send 75000 tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan

India first sent a consignment of wheat via Chabahar in 2017 when they started the supply of 1.1 million tonnes of wheat for Afghanistan.
DNA - Published

Taliban truck bomb in Afghanistan kills at least three, wounds dozens

A Taliban suicide bomber killed at least three people and wounded 27 on Wednesday when he set off explosives in a truck near a police headquarters in Afghanistan, officials said.
Reuters - Published

India hands over second pair of Mi-24V helicopters to Afghan forces

India on Tuesday handed over the second pair of Mi-24V helicopters to war-torn Afghanistan, boosting the capability of the Afghan forces. The helicopters were officially handed over by Indian..
IndiaTimes - Published

Afghanistan election violence left 85 dead, U.N. report says

Violence linked to Afghanistan's election last month left 85 civilians dead and more than 370 wounded, a United Nations report said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

EU sees spike in Afghan migrants as many leave sanctions-stricken Iran

More Afghans than Syrians have migrated to the European Union so far this year, official data shows, making them the largest nationality illegally entering the bloc, with many relocating from Iran..
Reuters - Published

Afghan suspected of killing one, wounding another in Austria knife attacks

A knife-wielding Afghan man is suspected of killing one person and badly wounding another in a series of attacks in Austria on Monday, police said.
Reuters - Published

Shortage of arms in Kashmir forces terrorists to loot weapons: Northern Army Commander

Speaking to mediapersons in Bhaderwah, Singh also refuted reports about infiltration of Afghan militants into the valley. Terrorists are facing a shortage of weapons in Kashmir. So they try to snatch..
IndiaTimes - Published

Afghanistan says al Qaeda leader killed in September wedding party clash

Afghanistan's intelligence service said that a top al Qaeda militant commander was among those killed during an operation last month in Helmand province that also caused civilian deaths at a wedding..
Reuters - Published

U.N. report says U.S. air strikes on Afghan drug labs unlawful, hit civilians

U.S. air strikes on alleged Taliban drug labs in Afghanistan in May killed or wounded at least 39 civilians, including 14 children, and violated international humanitarian law as the victims were..
Reuters - Published

US air strikes kill UP terrorist heading al-Qaida in Indian subcontinent

Maulana Asim Umar, the chief of al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) is learnt to have been killed in US air strikes in Afghanistan in September. Umar was a resident of Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh,..
IndiaTimes - Published

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