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# afghan - Wednesday 18 April, 2018

Dublin man jailed for 18 months for unprovoked beer bottle attack on Afghan cyclists

One of the three victims was a 13-year-old boy, who has since left Ireland as ‘he doesn’t feel safe here’.

# afghan - Monday 22 January, 2018

'Pray for me. I may die': Kabul hotel guest's plea during siege

At least 18 people were killed, including 14 foreigners, in the 12-hour ordeal.

# afghan - Thursday 13 July, 2017

Afghan girls to attend US robotics event after Donald Trump allows visa u-turn

The six girls from Herat, Afghanistan, were reportedly blocked from attending the robotics competition.

# afghan - Sunday 9 July, 2017

Afghan Sesame Street gets 'proud brother' muppet who reveres his educated sister

It’s hoped the new character will help millions of children see the value in education.

# afghan - Sunday 4 December, 2016

Teenage asylum seeker arrested in Germany on suspicion of medical student's rape and murder

The murder made big news in Germany and was followed by another as yet unsolved crime.

# afghan - Wednesday 11 May, 2016

Man arrested and charged with attacking Afghan family in South Dublin

John Connors, 21, is alleged to have taken part in an assault on two Afghan brothers and their nephew in Ballinteer last Thursday night.

# afghan - Friday 16 October, 2015

Migrant crisis: Man shot dead trying to enter Europe from Turkey

It comes as the EU and Turkey reach a deal to stem the flow of refugees into Europe.

# afghan - Saturday 18 April, 2015

Victims lying in pools of blood after deadly Islamic State suicide attack

More than 100 people were wounded.

# afghan - Saturday 20 December, 2014

After a decade at Guantanamo, four detainees are going home

This moves Obama closer to his goal of closing the military jail.

# afghan - Wednesday 28 May, 2014

US to keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan after end of combat operations

Under the plan announced at the White House, America will gradually withdraw troops until only a small residual force remains.

# afghan - Saturday 5 April, 2014

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A life's work: Stunning photos taken by journalist killed in Afghanistan

The photojournalist was shot dead by police yesterday ahead of the country’s presidential election vote.

# afghan - Friday 8 November, 2013

British marine found guilty of murdering Afghan insurgent

The marine was convicted by a seven-strong board, consisting of officers and non-commissioned officers, following a two-week trial.

# afghan - Thursday 30 May, 2013

US soldier to admit Afghan killings to escape death penalty USA

US soldier to admit Afghan killings to escape death penalty

Robert Bales is accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers last year, and also faces six charges of attempted murder and seven of assault.

# afghan - Saturday 9 March, 2013

Unsolved murder highlights plight of Afghan women

16-year-old Shakila was found dead in the house where she worked as a maid just over a year ago.

# afghan - Wednesday 5 December, 2012

Iran earthquake kills five, destroys villages in rural area

The quake registered 5.5 on the moment magnitude scale and hit at around 5pm GMT.

# afghan - Friday 19 October, 2012

15 wedding guests killed in roadside bomb in Afghanistan

The passengers were on their way to a wedding in northern Afghanistan when the bomb went off.

# afghan - Thursday 2 August, 2012

Afghanistan: 7 killed in gun battle and bomb attack

Five people were killed in the gun battle today just outside Kabul while two NATO service members were killed in a separate bomb attack in the south of the country.

# afghan - Wednesday 18 July, 2012

22 NATO supply trucks destroyed in Afghanistan

All the trucks were parked in the Rabatak area of the province where the truckers had stopped to rest.

# afghan - Wednesday 9 May, 2012

UK: Nine men jailed in racially charged sex ring case UK

UK: Nine men jailed in racially charged sex ring case

The men, all of South Asian descent, were found to have lured girls as young as 13 into sexual encounters using alcohol and drugs. Far-right parties protested outside the court

# afghan - Wednesday 18 April, 2012

NATO leaders meet to discuss handover and exit from Afghanistan

Funding of the fledgling Afghanistan security forces is expected to top the agenda at the two-day talks in Brussels.

# afghan - Wednesday 14 March, 2012

Vehicle explodes on Afghan runway as US Defence Secretary's plane lands

It is not immediately clear if Leon Panetta was being targeted in the incident.

# afghan - Monday 30 January, 2012

Family found guilty of murdering three daughters in "honour killing"

Prosecutors said the defendants killed the teenage sisters for defying rules on dress, dating, socialising and using the internet.

# afghan - Sunday 20 November, 2011

Afghan students protest US security pact negotiations

Protest follows tribal leaders’ decision to back negotiations for a new security agreement with the US.

# afghan - Thursday 14 July, 2011

Four dead in suicide bombing at Karzai brother's memorial service

Afghan president was away in Kabul when attack was launched on Kandahar mosque. UN figures show number of Afghan civilians killed this year is up on figures for last year.

# afghan - Tuesday 12 July, 2011

Afghan president’s brother assassinated

Ahmad Wali Karzai has reportedly been killed by his bodyguard.

# afghan - Monday 28 March, 2011

Suicide bombers kill 20 civilians in Afghanistan

A truck was loaded with explosives in eastern Afghanistan and then detonated in the grounds of a construction company, killing 20 civilians and wounding about 50 others.

# afghan - Sunday 29 August, 2010

Taliban attack Nato base in Afghanistan

Foreign and Afghan troops have repelled a Taliban attack in Khost province.

# afghan - Monday 16 August, 2010

A YOUNG MAN AND woman have been stoned to death by the Taliban in northern Afghanistan for allegedly having an affair.

The man, 28, was married and the woman, 23, was engaged to another man.

The governor of the district concerned said that the Taliban had read a statement to the village of Mullah Quli yesterday claiming the couple had confessed to adultery. The two young people were then stoned to death.

This was the second recorded public execution by the Taliban this month.

Last week, the Taliban shot a pregnant woman to death after first punishing her with 200 lashes for an alleged affair.

In April last year, a young couple was executed by firing squad after their parents handed them over to the Taliban because they were allegedly planning to elope together without the consent of their parents.

# afghan - Tuesday 20 July, 2010

INTERNATIONAL LEADERS attending a conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, have endorsed the Afghan leader’s plan for a security handover. Hamid Karzai called for full security control to be given to his country’s authorities by 2014.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Karzai’s plan was “comprehensive”. She said she believed the one-day conference, which was attended by ministers and diplomats from about 70 countries, marked a turning point for Afghanistan.

David Cameron echoed her sentiments, saying he believed the handover plan was realistic. China’s foreign minister said that his nation wanted to see a peaceful Afghanistan, adding, “We should respect Afghanistan’s sovereignty, and work together for the realization of Afghanistan run by the Afghans.”

NATO’s secretary general clarified support for the handover by pointing out that there would be no quick withdrawal of international troops from the country. Today, two US soldiers and one Afghan soldier were killed during a training exercise in northern Afghanistan. Almost 2,000 coalition forces troops have been killed in and around Afghanistan since 2001.

Attending the conference, French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner called on Afghans to get involved in local politics and to voice their views for change:

AFGHAN PRESIDENT Hamid Karzai has outlined his aims for the future of the country in an international conference held in  Kabul today.

The future of Afghan development, reconstruction and security policy was discussed for the first time since the US-led invasion in 2001.

Over the past number of years other international meetings have been held about Afghanistan, however this meeting is the first on Afhan soil – and the first to discuss the Afghan government regaining control of the country.

Representatives from around 70 countries and organisations attended the conference, including the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

The conference has agreed that Afghan security forces should begin taking some responsibility this year, with an aim of achieving a full handover of military responsibility for all of the country’s 34 provinces in 2014.

At the moment, NATO and the US have 143,000 troops in Afghanistan. That number is set to peak over the next few weeks to 150,000.

A plan for at least 50% of development aid from the international community to be channelled through the Afghan government was also outlined by Karzai.

The talks centred around seven main issues: security, aid, governance and corruption, women’s rights, economic and social development, peace outreach and integration, and regional cooperation.

The plan to offer Taliban members jobs and money in exchange for them ending their campaign was also on the agenda, according to reports from Al Jazeera.

This conference comes at a turning point in the Afghan war: June was the deadliest month for US forces, and NATO and Afghan troops are currently pushing into Taliban strongholds. There  has also been a recent changeover of US security command. Gen David Petraeus assumed control of troops after his predecessor, Gen Stanley McChrystal was fired for insubordination.

Kabul was under extremely heavy security for the conference but despite this, explosions were heard in the capital in the hours before Hillary Clinton arrived.

Afghan forces ambushed a compound on the outskirts of the city later in the morning, killing several people who they believed to be plotting an attack.