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Taliban attack Afghan security forces in north, killing 52

Taliban insurgents launched separate attacks on Afghan security forces in the country’s north, killing at least 52, provincial officials said Monday.


U.S. Defense secretary makes surprise visit to war-weary Kabul

Defense Secretary James Mattis made a surprise visit to Afghanistan’s war-shattered capital on Friday, the U.S. command in Afghanistan said, just days after a suicide bomber killed 21 people in …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 7:01 p.m.

Rockets strike Afghan capital in latest spike of violence

Rockets slammed into the heart of the capital of Kabul on Tuesday as President Ashraf Ghani delivered a speech marking a Muslim holiday, the latest in a series of brazen …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 7:27 p.m.

Suicide bomber targets Shiite students in Kabul, killing 48

A suicide bomber struck a private education center in a Shiite neighborhood of Kabul on Wednesday where high school graduates were preparing for university entrance exams, killing 48 young men …


Blast in Afghanistan’s Kabul kills 14, returning VP unharmed

A suicide bomber carried out an attack near Kabul’s airport in Afghanistan on Sunday killing 14 people, and narrowly missing the country’s vice president who was returning home after living …


Ahead of truce, suicide bomber kills at least 13 in Afghan capital

A suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance of an Afghan government building Monday, killing at least 13 people the day before a truce with Taliban insurgents is supposed …


Suicide bombers strike in Afghan capital, killing 7

Suicide bombers struck two police stations in Afghanistan’s capital on Wednesday, killing at least seven people and wounding 17, officials said.


UPDATED: Sun., April 22, 2018, 4:29 p.m.

Islamic State suicide bomber kills 57 in Afghan capital

An Islamic State suicide bomber carried out an attack at a voter registration center in the capital Kabul on Sunday, killing 57 people and wounding more than 100 others, said …


Afghan authorities: 3 protecting voter registration killed

Three police protecting voter registration centers in two Afghan provinces were killed by militants over a two-day period this week, authorities said Saturday.


UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018, 7:20 p.m.

Library on wheels brings joy of books to Afghan kids

The children of Kabul love the blue bus – they rush toward it every time it pulls into their street, eager to come onboard, their young eyes brimming with excitement.


Suicide bomber kills 9 in Kabul; Taliban kill 16 in province

An Islamic State suicide bomber targeted Afghanistan’s ethnic Hazaras on Friday, blowing himself up at a police checkpoint near a gathering of the minority Shiites in western Kabul, killing nine …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 23, 2018, 9:23 p.m.

Official: Suicide bomber kills 1 in diplomatic area in Kabul

An Afghan official says a suicide bomber killed at least one person in an attack in the diplomatic area of Afghanistan’s capital.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 2, 2018, 7:52 p.m.

Militant hideout found in Afghan capital shows security woes

The discovery of an Islamic State hideout filled with explosives and suicide vests in a poor Kabul neighborhood reflects the failure of Afghanistan’s corruption-wracked government to protect the capital, analysts …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 27, 2018, 10:59 p.m.

Bomber in ambulance detonates at Afghan checkpoint; 95 dead

A suicide bomber drove an ambulance into a commercial area by pretending to be carrying a patient to a hospital and then detonated his explosives at a checkpoint near the …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 23, 2018, 7:39 a.m.

U.S. says multiple Americans among casualties in Kabul attack

Multiple American citizens were among the dead and wounded in the Taliban’s 13-hour siege of an upscale hotel in the capital Kabul over the weekend that left 22 dead, the …


Survivors of Taliban attack on Kabul hotel recount ordeal

Survivors of the Taliban attack on Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel recounted on Monday the ordeal of the deadly, 13-hours-long weekend standoff that claimed 18 lives, including 14 foreigners.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 21, 2018, 12:22 p.m.

Afghan forces end deadly Taliban siege at Kabul hotel

Security forces said Sunday they had killed the last of six Taliban militants to end an overnight siege at Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel that left at least 18 people dead, including …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 28, 2017, 8:45 p.m.

Islamic State kills 41 in attack on Afghan cultural center

An Islamic State suicide bomber struck a Shiite cultural center in Kabul on Thursday, killing at least 41 people and underscoring the extremist group’s growing reach in Afghanistan even as …


Suicide bomber kills 6 in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber struck Monday near an office of the Afghan intelligence service in the capital, Kabul, killing at least six people, including a woman in a passing vehicle, officials …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 20, 2017, 3:34 p.m.

Suicide bombings in Afghanistan hit mosques, killing 63

An Afghan official at the Interior Ministry says suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in western Kabul has killed at least 30 people and wounded 45.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 6:08 p.m.

Taliban target Mattis’ plane at Kabul airport; woman killed

The Taliban unleashed a barrage of rockets at the Kabul international airport on Wednesday in a brazen attack that the insurgents said targeted the plane of visiting U.S. Secretary of …


Suicide bomber hits Kabul bank ahead of holiday rush, killing 5

A Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up at a bank not far from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, killing five people Tuesday as government employees lined up to withdraw salaries …


UPDATED: Fri., June 2, 2017, 9:25 p.m.

Authorities: Several demonstrators killed in Kabul protest

A demonstration in downtown Kabul turned violent Friday as police fired at rock-throwing protesters demanding better security in the Afghan capital in the wake of a powerful truck bomb attack …


Kabul bombing massive; coverage isn’t

Kabul, with a death toll over four times as high as Manchester, gets mentioned only in brief reports.


Anger and sorrow grip Kabul after devastating bombing in diplomatic zone

Afghanistan joined in both anger and sorrow Thursday amid the aftermath in bomb-shattered Kabul, as mourners buried the dead and officials grappled with questions over how to confront a seemingly …


UPDATED: Wed., May 31, 2017, 5:03 p.m.

Truck bomb kills 90, wounds hundreds in Afghan capital

A suicide attacker struck the fortified heart of the Afghan capital with a massive truck bomb Wednesday, killing 90 people, wounding 400 and raising new fears about the government’s ability …


UPDATED: Tue., May 30, 2017, 11:02 p.m.

Explosion in diplomatic area of Kabul kills, wounds dozens

A massive explosion rocked a highly secure diplomatic area of Kabul on Wednesday morning, causing casualties and sending a huge plume of smoke over the Afghan capital. At least 50 …


Afghan troops surround vice president’s compound in Kabul standoff

Government troops surrounded the fortified luxury home of First Vice President Abdurrashid Dostum in the Afghan capital Tuesday in an all-day standoff, raising fears of a violent confrontation with his …


Twin bombings in Afghanistan’s capital kill 38

KABUL, Afghanistan – Two large bombs – one triggered by a suicide attacker – exploded near government offices Tuesday, killing at least 38 people and wounding dozens of others in …


Explosion hits largest U.S. military airbase in Afghanistan, casualties reported

An explosion hit Bagram Airfield, the largest and main US military airbase in Afghanistan’s central Parwan province on Saturday, NATO’s Resolute Support said.