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Afghanistan's Bamiyan on frontline of warzone tourism

Afghanistan's Bamiyan on frontline of warzone tourism

Famous for its empty hillside niches that once sheltered the giant Buddha statues blown up by the Taliban, Bamiyan is a rare oasis of tranquillity in Afghanistan. The city was named this year's cultural capital of South Asia, in an effort to boost tourism there.

Wednesday, 22 July, 2015, 6:18pm

US gives Afghanistan year-end deadline to sign crucial security deal

Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaking to the Loya Jirga on Thursday. Photo: EPA

President Hamid Karzai triggered uncertainty about a vital security pact with the United States on Thursday by saying it should not be signed until after Afghanistan’s presidential election next April, prompting the White House to insist on a year-end deadline.

22 Nov 2013 - 4:56pm 1 comment

Afghan president Hamid Karzai wants to defer signing of US deal

Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Photo: EPA

The Afghan president urged tribal elders on Thursday to support a security deal with the United States, but in a surprising about-face said he would defer the signing of the agreement to the winner of next year’s presidential elections, which he is barred from contesting.

21 Nov 2013 - 9:45pm

Afghan security deal clouded by dispute over US admission of ‘mistakes’

Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul. Photo: EPA

Last-minute efforts to finalise a security pact between the United States and Afghanistan were clouded on Tuesday by differences over whether President Barack Obama had agreed to issue a letter acknowledging US mistakes made during the 12-year war.

20 Nov 2013 - 2:34pm

One killed in attack on US consulate in Afghanistan

Gunmen staged an attack on the US consulate in Herat, western Afghanistan early on Friday leaving at least one person dead and 18 wounded, officials said.

13 Sep 2013 - 11:42am

Pakistan releases seven Taliban prisoners

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (R) and Afghan President Hamid Karzai attend a press conference at The Prime Ministers House in Islamabad, capital of Pakistan. Photo: Xinhua

Pakistan on Saturday announced the release of seven senior Afghan Taliban figures to help the peace process in war-torn neighbour Afghanistan, the foreign ministry said.

7 Sep 2013 - 3:04pm

Afghan security death toll ‘unsustainable’, says Nato commander

US General Joseph Dunford. Photo: AP

The Nato commander in Afghanistan has warned that the current casualty rates suffered by the Afghan army and police force are “unsustainable”, in an interview published in Tuesday’s Guardian.

US General Joseph Dunford told the paper that Afghan security forces may need five more years of western support before being able to take over full responsibility.

3 Sep 2013 - 10:44am

Taliban kill 15 police in west Afghanistan

Afghan security forces search a building following an insurgent attack. Taliban insurgents killed 15 police on the main highway in western Afghanistan. Photo: AFP

Taliban insurgents killed 15 police on the main highway in western Afghanistan, officials said on Thursday, in the latest attack to highlight an escalation in rebel strikes as Nato-led troops withdraw.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:46pm

Insurgents kill 10 at Afghan construction camp

Afghan policemen keep watch at a checkpoint for Taliban militants. Insurgents killed 10 people at a construction camp in Afghanistan’s western Herat province on Saturday. Photo: AFP

Insurgents killed 10 people at a construction camp in Afghanistan’s western Herat province on Saturday, while five members of a family died in a separate roadside bomb explosion in the south, officials said.

17 Aug 2013 - 5:52pm

Lawyers for US soldier in Afghanistan rampage want prosecutors dismissed

Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales. Photo: AP

Lawyers for a US soldier who pleaded guilty in June to the slaughter of 16 Afghan civilians sought the dismissal of the prosecution team at a hearing on Tuesday, saying a document they saw could compromise the fairness of the upcoming sentencing proceeding.

14 Aug 2013 - 2:29pm

Lawyers for US soldier in Afghan killings want prosecutors ousted

Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. Photo: AP

Lawyers for a US soldier who pleaded guilty in June to killing 16 Afghan civilians in cold blood have moved to dismiss the prosecution team weeks before a scheduled sentencing hearing that will decide if he will ever have a chance at parole.

8 Aug 2013 - 3:55pm

9 Afghans killed in attack on Indian consulate

An Afghan security official stands guard at the site of a suicide car bomb blast near Indian consulate in Jalalabad, Afghanistan on Friday. Photo: AFP

Three suicide attackers killed at least nine civilians, most of them children, in a botched attack on Saturday on the Indian consulate in an eastern Afghan city near the border with Pakistan, security officials said.

3 Aug 2013 - 6:05pm

Civilian casualties up 23pc in Afghan war, says UN

The wreckage of motorcycle at the site of a bomb blast in Aqcha in the Afghan province of Jawzjan last week. The explosion killed four including a policeman and wounded 11 civilians. Photo: AFP

Civilian casualties in the Afghan war rose 23 per cent in the first half of this year due to Taliban attacks and increased fighting between insurgents and government forces, the UN said on Wednesday.

31 Jul 2013 - 5:30pm

US Army won’t bar contractors linked to Afghan insurgents

US soldiers in action in Afghanistan. The US Army is refusing to bar 43 individuals or companies from getting US contracts in Afghanistan despite information that they support the Taliban. Photo: AFP

The US Army has refused to bar 43 individuals or companies from getting US contracts in Afghanistan despite information that they support the Taliban or other enemies of US forces, a government watchdog said on Tuesday.

30 Jul 2013 - 4:11pm

Afghans flee war to India

Two-year-old Hussain runs in the family's small flat as his mother Sharifa Jan, centre, and siblings sit on mattresses in Bhogal in New Delhi, India. Jan and her children fled Afghanistan for India last year. Photo: AP

Sharifa Jan fled Afghanistan for India last year when the Taliban killed her husband and threatened her six children. New Delhi’s chaos baffled her but the city also provided a safe haven.

But like thousands of other Afghan refugees and asylum seekers in India her security comes at a price: Jan’s family is trapped in limbo.

24 Jul 2013 - 5:23pm 1 comment

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