Afghanistan

Afghanistan to return to its default setting

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron rambled a bit on his visit to Afghanistan last December, but ended up sounding just as deluded as United States President George W. Bush had been when he proclaimed ''Mission accomplished'' six weeks after the invasion of Iraq.

Uneasy progress

Nothing about recently announced Afghan peace talks points to an easy or a quick resolution, despite each party involved in the process putting on a brave face.

Does seeing help believing?

Does seeing help believing?

New Zealanders and other Western countries have during the past few years increasingly questioned their military role in Afghanistan.

Children killed in NATO attack

Children killed in NATO attack

Eleven children and a woman were killed by an air strike during a NATO operation targeting Taliban commanders in eastern Afghanistan, officials in the region say.

Dozens killed in Afghanistan court attack

Dozens killed in Afghanistan court attack

Nine Taliban suicide bombers have killed themselves and 44 others in an attack on a courtroom in western Afghanistan where 10 of their comrades were on trial, a local official said.

Karzai to expel US forces from key Afghan province

Karzai to expel US forces from key Afghan province

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has given US special forces two weeks to leave a key battleground province after some US soldiers there were found to have tortured or even killed innocent people, the president's spokesman says.

Bomber kills US soldier at Afghanistan base

Bomber kills US soldier at Afghanistan base

A suicide bomber killed one American service member and wounded three other US troops outside a base in southern Afghanistan shortly after a visit there by US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, officials say.

Thousands of British troops set to quit Afghanistan

Britain plans to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan next year, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond says, as pressure mounts to end British involvement in the costly and unpopular war.

Marines face charges over urination video

Marines face charges over urination video

Two US Marines are facing criminal charges for urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, actions caught on a video that was widely circulated on the Internet, the Marine Corps say.

Six die in Afghanistan 'insider' attacks

Six die in Afghanistan 'insider' attacks

Four US troops fighting with the NATO-led alliance have been killed in another suspected "insider" attack in southern Afghanistan, bringing the total number of deaths this weekend caused by Afghans turning on their allies to six.

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