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Stories with place: Afghanistan
  • Afghan president calls for 'holy war' against corruption 
    Updated: Sep-01-15 5:28 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghanistan's president called for a "holy war" against corruption Tuesday, one of the major problems facing his war-torn country as he tries to improve its economy and create jobs.

  • Afghan Taliban offer leader's biography amid power struggle story has photos
    Updated: Aug-31-15 5:02 pm

    KABUL, Afghanistan - Defying warnings from Washington and the fury of Afghanistan's government, Pakistani authorities are turning a blind eye to a meeting of hundreds of Taliban supporters in a city near the Afghan border aimed at resolving a dispute over the group's leadership following the death of figurehead Mullah Mohammad Omar.

  • Afghan airfields built for war seen as economic hubs 
    Updated: Aug-31-15 2:07 am

    KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan - It is a striking vision for a country torn to pieces by war and jihadi insurrection: a series of airports, built by NATO to fight the Taliban, are being handed over to the Afghan government in a civil aviation upgrade that optimists hope will fuel not only regional trade but even tourism.

  • US envoy discusses Afghan peace efforts on Pakistan visit 
    Updated: Aug-30-15 2:05 pm

    ISLAMABAD - U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice met with Pakistani leaders during a visit to the country on Sunday to discuss efforts to revive peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban which were suspended after the announcement of the death of longtime Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar.

  • Sailor shot overseas is keen to redeploy 
    Updated: Aug-30-15 8:08 am

    HONOLULU - Navy Senior Chief Raina Hockenberry was a couple of paces behind Army Maj. Gen. Harold Greene on a visit to an Afghan military academy near Kabul when the bullets started to fly.

  • Europe's migrant crisis brings new death by land and sea story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Aug-28-15 4:28 pm

    VIENNA - Death and desperation mounted in Europe's migrant crisis Friday as Austrian police said 71 people appeared to have suffocated in the back of an abandoned truck, while an estimated 200 people were feared drowned off Libya when two overloaded boats capsized.

  • EXCHANGE: Joliet park renamed for fallen soldier 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 9:26 am

    PLAINFIELD, Illinois - The first time Andrew Meari experienced freedom was going to the Mayfair neighborhood park at the corner of Ruth Fitzgerald and Joe Adler drives.

  • The Latest: Red Crescent: At least 105 dead in sea off Libya story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Aug-28-15 8:47 am

    GENEVA - Here are the latest developments Friday regarding the tens of thousands of migrants trying to reach Europe.

  • Air Force: 2 special ops troops killed in Afghan attack 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 10:16 am

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says the two Americans killed in Afghanistan in an apparent insider attack by Afghan soldiers were Air Force special operations troops.

  • Ex-deputy sheriff dies in Afghanistan suicide car bombing 
    Updated: Aug-23-15 2:29 pm

    ATLANTA - Local officials say a former deputy sheriff from Georgia was among the victims of a suicide car bombing in Afghanistan.

  • Ex-deputy sheriff dies in Afghanistan suicide car bombing 
    Updated: Aug-23-15 1:25 pm

    ATLANTA - A northwest Georgia sheriff's department says a former deputy sheriff died in a suicide car bombing in Afghanistan.

  • 100 National Guardsmen returning from Afghanistan 
    Updated: Aug-23-15 5:17 am

    BALTIMORE - The Maryland National Guard is welcoming home about 100 citizen-soldiers from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan.

  • Thousands of migrants rush past police into Macedonia story has photos
    Updated: Aug-22-15 3:02 pm

    GEVGELIJA, Macedonia - Thousands of rain-soaked migrants on Saturday rushed past Macedonian riot police who were attempting to block them from entering Macedonia from Greece. Police fired stun grenades and dozens of people were injured in the border clashes.

  • Afghan ties with Pakistan sour as Taliban gain strength story has photos
    Updated: Aug-21-15 4:29 pm

    KABUL, Afghanistan - One of the world's testier strategic relationships is deteriorating by the day as Afghanistan accuses Pakistan of meddling in its affairs and prolonging a 14-year war by aiding Taliban militants in a cynical quest for influence.

  • Ex-Air Force contract official avoids prison in ethics case 
    Updated: Aug-21-15 11:31 am

    SIOUX CITY, Iowa - A former U.S. Air Force contracting official in Afghanistan will avoid prison time for violating an ethics law.

  • Gentle giant leads volunteers helping migrants in Hungary story has photos
    Updated: Aug-20-15 4:14 am

    BUDAPEST, Hungary - He's 6-foot-6, built like a heavyweight boxer and has tattoos all over his body. Baba Mujhse may sound like the type of guy most people would run away from - but hundreds of desperate migrants are instead running to him for help.

  • Investigation: Bales showed signs of potential violence story has photos
    Updated: Aug-18-15 5:58 pm

    WASHINGTON - A soldier convicted two years ago of one of the worst American atrocities of the war in Afghanistan had exhibited warning signs of unwarranted violent behavior, but none that indicated he was capable of slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians, including seven children, and burning some of their bodies, according to a military investigation report released Tuesday.

  • Funeral held for Rhode Island soldier killed in Afghanistan 
    Updated: Aug-17-15 8:50 pm

    WARREN, Rhode Island - An Army Green Beret killed in Afghanistan weeks after being honored at a July Fourth parade in his hometown was laid to rest on Monday.

  • Pentagon plans to increase drone flights by 50 percent 
    Updated: Aug-17-15 7:52 pm

    JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Virginia - Faced with escalating aggression from Russia and China, the Pentagon is planning to increase its use of drones by about 50 percent over the next several years, using the Army and civilian contractors to put more of the unmanned aircraft in the air.

  • Afghan police: German national kidnapped in Kabul 
    Updated: Aug-17-15 5:40 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan - A German woman was kidnapped in Kabul on Monday by armed assailants, a senior Afghan police official said.

  • Part of western Michigan highway dedicated to fallen sailor 
    Updated: Aug-16-15 4:25 pm

    KENTWOOD, Michigan - A stretch of western Michigan highway has been dedicated to a Navy SEAL killed four years ago in Afghanistan.

  • Hamid Gul, a Pakistan spy master tied to militants, dies story has photos
    Updated: Aug-16-15 2:53 pm

    ISLAMABAD - Hamid Gul, who led Pakistan's powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency as it funneled U.S. and Saudi cash and weapons to Afghan jihadis fighting against the Soviets and later publicly supported Islamic militants, died late Saturday of a brain hemorrhage. He was 78.

  • Soldier's journey to heal spotlights 'soul wounds' of war 
    Updated: Aug-15-15 9:21 am

    SAN DIEGO - "It was just another day in Mosul," the soldier began, his voice shaking. Sgt. 1st Class Marshall Powell took a deep breath. He couldn't look at the other three servicemen in the group therapy session.

  • Al-Qaida leader pledges allegiance to new Taliban chief 
    Updated: Aug-13-15 2:23 pm

    CAIRO - Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri purportedly pledged his group's allegiance to the new leader of the Taliban following the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar in an audio recording that surfaced Thursday.

  • Afghan officials in Pakistan to discuss peace efforts story has photos
    Updated: Aug-13-15 12:56 pm

    ISLAMABAD - A high-level Afghan delegation arrived in Pakistan on Thursday to discuss security cooperation and peace efforts after Afghanistan's president said Pakistan was involved in a spate of devastating Taliban attacks that rocked Kabul last week, killing dozens of people.