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9-Hour Siege on American University Ends With 12 Dead

Dozens wounded in assault US State Department calls 'attack on future of Afghanistan'

(Newser) - A brazen, hourslong militant attack on the American University of Afghanistan ended early Thursday after at least 12 people were killed and dozens were wounded in the assault on the sprawling campus on Kabul's outskirts, a government spokesman says. The attack—called "an attack on the future of... More »

Students Trapped in Attack on American University in Kabul

18 people were wounded and a university guard was killed

(Newser) - An attack Wednesday on the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul left dozens of students and foreign staff trapped inside campus buildings, Reuters reports. The attack by suspected militants armed with guns and explosives started around 6:30pm and was followed by more than an hour of shooting when Afghan... More »

US Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

Another was wounded by roadside bomb

(Newser) - The US military says an American soldier has been killed and another wounded by a roadside bomb during an operation in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, the AP reports. A statement says their patrol was struck by a roadside bomb on Tuesday in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital, and that... More »

Deer at Brink of Extinction Survives Afghan Conflicts

Bactrian deer were spotted by researchers for the first time in decades in 2013

(Newser) - In Afghanistan—in spite of multiple wars, habitat destruction, and unregulated hunting—one species feared to have gone extinct in the nation has been spotted and may even be staging a comeback: the rare and majestic Bactrian deer. When they were last surveyed in the 1970s, their local numbers were... More »

American Pulled From SUV by Gunmen in Kabul

An Australian was also abducted

(Newser) - Five gunmen wearing Afghan military uniforms have abducted an American and an Australian in Kabul, a security official said Monday. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the abduction, reports the AP . The two foreigners were taken from their SUV while driving on Sunday night on a main road near the... More »

Afghan Mullah Arrested for Marrying 6-Year-Old

Sayed Mohammad Karim says girl was 'gift' from her parents; they say she was kidnapped

(Newser) - A case in Afghanistan has pitted a religious figure against the outraged parents of a 6-year-old girl, underscoring the ongoing problems surrounding child marriages there. Per Radio Free Europe , Sayed Mohammad Karim, a mullah in the Ghor province said to be in his 50s, was arrested last week and charged... More »

61 Killed in ISIS Attack on Kabul Protest

Minority Hazaras were protesting a power line

(Newser) - At least 61 people were killed and another 207 wounded in Kabul on Saturday, when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-packed clothing among a large crowd of demonstrators, officials and witnesses say. Officials say many of the injured are in very serious condition and the death toll is likely to... More »

Afghan Soldiers Fire Weapons Just to Sell Spent Ammo for Scrap

Ammo that the US paid more than $300M for in 2015

(Newser) - The US spent more than $300 million on ammunition for the Afghan army and police in 2015. So where'd that ammo end up? Mostly in scrapyards, apparently. Reuters reports Afghan soldiers and police are selling the casings from spent ammo to scrap dealers, from whom they can get more... More »

Pregnant Teen Reportedly Burned to Death for Dad's Misdeed

'Honor killing' said to be revenge after girl's father eloped with off-limits bride

(Newser) - After his young daughter had been married off, 45-year-old Mohammad Azam struck a deal with his new in-laws: He'd marry the cousin of his daughter's husband. But the marriage deal went sour and Azam's pregnant 14-year-old daughter, Zarah, ended up paying the price, tortured and burned to... More »

ISIS Flag Found in Room of Train Attacker

Afghan migrant may have been 'self-radicalized'

(Newser) - Authorities say they've found an Islamic State flag in the home of the 17-year-old Afghan migrant shot dead Monday after slashing five people in Germany. The hand-painted flag was found in the teen's room in his foster home in Ochsenfurt, where he had only lived for two weeks,... More »

US Sending 560 More Troops to Iraq

And getting ready to take Mosul back from ISIS

(Newser) - The US will send 560 more troops to Iraq to help recapture Mosul from Islamic State militants, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday on an unannounced visit to the country. Most of the new troops will be devoted to the buildup of the newly retaken Qayara air base, about 40... More »

Obama Alters Plan, Will Keep More Troops in Afghanistan

8.4K troops is a compromise amid a Taliban resurgence

(Newser) - President Obama is slowing the drawdown of US troops in Afghanistan, leaving 8,400 troops there into next year, he announced Wednesday. Originally he had planned to drop troop levels from 9,800 to 5,500 by the end of 2016. The numbers reflect a compromise between Obama's original... More »

CIA Kept Man in Secret Prison Despite Knowing He Was Innocent

New report details the 'outrageous' case of Khaled al Masri

(Newser) - German citizen Khaled al Masri was held and interrogated in a secret CIA prison in Afghanistan for five months in 2004—during which time he was kept in a “small cell with … a bucket for his waste”—despite the CIA being fairly certain he wasn't a... More »

Taliban Exploiting Afghan Police's Addiction to Sex With Boys

'The Taliban are sending boys—beautiful boys, handsome boys'

(Newser) - The Taliban is using child sex slaves as Trojan Horses to destroy Afghanistan's police forces from within, AFP reports. "Bacha bazi" is an ancient custom of having sex with young boys, and it's rampant among police commanders, for whom "boys without beards" are "objects of... More »

12 Freed Gitmo Inmates Linked to US Deaths

Sources say former detainees have killed at least 6 in Afghanistan

(Newser) - Information about former Guantanamo Bay detainees who returned to militancy is very slowly leaking out—and it will give ammunition to those fighting to keep the detention center open. Sources tell the Washington Post that around 12 released Gitmo prisoners—all of them freed during the George W. Bush administration—... More »

NPR Photographer Killed in Afghanistan

He's first non-military US journalist killed in 15-year war

(Newser) - NPR is mourning veteran photojournalist David Gilkey, who has become the first American journalist outside the military to be killed in almost 15 years of US involvement in Afghanistan. Gilkey, 50, was killed alongside 38-year-old Afghan interpreter Zabihullah Tamanna when their vehicle was hit by shellfire as they traveled in... More »

Forbidden Afghan Lovers Fight for Asylum in NYC

Her family has been trying to kill them in the name of honor since 2014

(Newser) - Zakia and Mohammad Ali, the "Afghan Romeo and Juliet," eloped in 2014. Since then, her family has been hunting the couple, believing Zakia needs to be killed to preserve their honor. The New York Times has been chronicling the couple's plight. And on Tuesday, they finally arrived... More »

Taliban: Yes, Leader Killed in US Strike

Afghan officials confirm death of Mullah Mansour, key figure blocking peace process

(Newser) - A senior commander of the Afghan Taliban confirmed Sunday that the group's leader, Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansour, has been killed in a US drone strike. Mullah Abdul Rauf, who recently reconciled with Mansour after initially rebelling against his ascension to the leadership, told the AP that Mansour died in... More »

US Airstrike May Have Killed Taliban Leader Mullah Mansour

The drone strike took place on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border

(Newser) - The Pentagon has announced that the US has conducted an airstrike targeting Taliban leader Mullah Mansour, the AP reports. One American official says the U.S. believes Mansour was killed in a drone strike authorized by President Barack Obama. Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said the attack occurred in a... More »

52 Dead After Buses Collide With Tanker

Collision in Afghanistan also injures 73 more

(Newser) - Two buses and a fuel tanker collided Sunday on a major highway in Afghanistan, killing 52 people, officials say. Another 73 people who had been on the buses were wounded in the accident, which set all three vehicles ablaze, says Jawed Salangi, spokesman for the governor of the eastern Ghazni... More »

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