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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.

2008-10-28

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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...

2009-02-14

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Pakistan has signed a peace deal with a Taleban group that will lead to the enforcement of the Islamic Sharia law in the restive Swat valley. Regional officials urged the Taleban, who agreed a 10-day truce on Sunday, to lay down their arms permanently. Once one of Pakistan's most popular holiday destinations, the Swat valley is now mostly under Taleban control...

2009-02-16

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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...

2008-11-16

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At least 43 people have died in missile strikes by a US drone aircraft in a militant stronghold of Pakistan.

2009-06-24

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U.S. energy giants Chevron and Unocal negotiated gas and oil pipeline deals with Afghanistan’s Taliban. In 2001, Washington gave $40 million in aid to Taliban --until four months before 9/11. The U.S. only turned against Taliban when it gave a major pipeline deal to an Argentine consortium rather than an American one. The Taliban leadership had nothing to do with 9/11, a plot that, according to European prosecutors, was hatched in Germany...

2008-09-09

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Six foreign UN employees have been killed and nine wounded in an attack in Kabul, the deadliest on the UN in Afghanistan since the Taliban's fall...

2009-10-28

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Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers have attacked buildings in the heart of the Afghan capital, Kabul, setting off explosions and sparking gun battles.

2010-01-18

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It would be more sensible for Western governments to help buy the poppy crop. This would solve two problems in one blow. First, it would help deal with the world-wide shortage of medical opiates which, according to the World Health Organization, are causing a “global pain crisis.” In Africa hundreds of thousands of people are dying in agony for lack of pain relief. Second, it would prevent the opium farmers of Afghanistan being driven into...

2009-05-15

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Nato's top commander in Afghanistan has said increased troop levels could bring a negotiated peace with the Taliban. US Gen Stanley McChrystal told the UK's Financial Times newspaper that there had been "enough fighting". He said a political solution in all conflicts was "inevitable". His remarks came as the top UN envoy in Kabul said it was time to talk to the militants...

2010-01-25

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Investigators say the US military has been giving tens of millions of dollars to Afghan security firms who are channelling the money to warlords. Trucks carrying supplies to US troops allegedly pay the firms to ensure their safe passage in dangerous areas of Afghanistan. The convoys are attacked if payments are not made, according to allegations in a US military document.

2010-06-22

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The deaths earlier this month of eight foreign aid workers and two Afghans in the north-eastern Afghan province of Badakhshan show new levels of cruelty and disregard for human life.

2010-08-14

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Heavy US reliance on private security in Afghanistan has helped to line the pockets of the Taliban, a US Senate report says. The study by the Senate Armed Services Committee says this is because contractors often fail to vet local recruits and end up hiring warlords.

2010-10-08

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President Hamid Karzai's chief of staff has said British authorities brought a fake Taliban commander into sensitive meetings with the Afghan government...

2010-11-26

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Suicide attacks have targeted Afghan military bases in two cities, leaving 13 members of the security forces dead, along with at least five assailants.

2010-12-19

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French Intellectuals to be Deployed in Afghanistan to Convince Taliban of Non-Existence of God. The clean-up portion of the ground war in Afghanistan heated up yesterday when the Allies revealed plans to airdrop a platoon of crack French existentialist philosophers into the country to destroy the morale of the remaining Taliban zealots by proving the non-existence of God. Elements from the feared Jean-Paul Sartre Brigade, or 'Black...
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