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.
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
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..
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..
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..
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..
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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 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. 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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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'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.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
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