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The US and the Taliban have signed an agreement aimed at paving the way towards peace in Afghanistan after more than 18 years of conflict. The US and its Nato allies have agreed to withdraw all their troops from the country within 14 months if the militants uphold the deal.
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Relations between President Karzai's Afghan government and Washington are at an all-time low.


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Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to make contact with militant groups - including the Taleban - to try to end the violence in their border region.


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The US military has failed to keep track of thousands of weapons shipped to Afghanistan, leaving them vulnerable to being lost or stolen, a report says.


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Explore Afghanistan through the eyes of the Western photographers and artists who visited the country in the 19th and early 20th Centuries.


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As Russia marks the 20th anniversary of its withdrawal from Afghanistan, officials in Moscow are warning that US and Nato-led forces are making exactly the same mistakes as the Soviet Union made when it invaded the country in 1979.


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Twenty years ago this week, Soviet troops pulled out of Afghanistan, after nine years of occupation. Lyse Doucet was our correspondent in Kabul then and she's back in the Afghan capital now.


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An Afghanistan appeal court has upheld 20-year jail terms for two men who published a translation of the Koran. The prosecution said the translation contained mistakes and called for the defendants to be executed. The men were convicted of modifying the Muslim holy book into Persian while not including the original Arabic text. ... There is no law in Afghanistan prohibiting the translation of the Koran but modification is viewed as...


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The number of civilians killed in the conflict in Afghanistan rose 39% last year, the United Nations says. Militants were to blame for 55% of the 2,118 civilian deaths, while US, Nato and Afghan forces were responsible for 39%, according to the UN report.


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Detainees being held at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan cannot use US courts to challenge their detention, the US says. The justice department ruled that some 600 so-called enemy combatants at Bagram have no constitutional rights. Most have been arrested in Afghanistan on suspicion of waging a terrorist war against the US. The move has disappointed human rights lawyers who had hoped the Obama administration would take a different line to...


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Sixty per cent of the Afghan police in the country's southern province of Helmand use drugs, it is claimed.


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Pte (Jessica) Lynch told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that US officials' accounts of her fiercely fighting the enemy were not true and that most of her injuries were from a road accident. "The bottom line is the American people are capable of determining their own ideals of heroes and they don't need to be told elaborate tales," she said. ... Questions have been raised over the details of her...


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President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan has offered to provide security for the Taleban's reclusive leader, Mullah Omar, if he agrees to peace talks. Mr Karzai made the offer despite the multi-million dollar bounty offered for the militant leader's capture by the United States. He said that if the US and other Western countries disagreed, they could either leave the country or remove him.


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Afghan President Hamid Karzai has called on his international allies to change the way the "war on terror" is being fought in his country.


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Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been urged by the UN and Western aid agencies to abolish a new law that they say legalises rape within marriage.


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Afghanistan has established its first national park in a spectacular region of deep blue lakes separated by natural dams of travertine, a mineral deposit. Band-e-Amir is visited by thousands of Afghans and pilgrims, though foreign tourism stalled with the increase in violence since 1979.


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