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Kabul: Capital of Afghanistan
Kabul is the capital and largest city of Afghanistan, located in the eastern section of the country. It is also a municipality, forming part of the greater Kabul Province, and divided into 22 districts. According to estimates in 2019, the population of Kabul is 4.114 million, which includes all the major ethnic groups of Afghanistan. Afghanistan's only city with a population of over 1 million, Kabul serves as its political, cultural and economical center. Rapid urbanization had made Kabul the world's 75th largest city.


Afghanistan President: Pakistan still shelters insurgents

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani said on Thursday that Pakistan continued to give sanctuary to an insurgent group that helps the Taliban in its war against Kabul and the United States, directly..
Reuters - Published

Afghan officials say Taliban kill 6 members of same family

afghan officials say taliban kill 6 members of same family
KABUL: Afghan officials said Sunday that the Taliban executed six members of the same family, including an infant girl, in a remote village in the country's north. The Taliban denied any involvement,..
WorldNews - Published

Videos for Kabul

First round of resurrected US-Taliban peace talks open in Qatar [Video]First round of resurrected US-Taliban peace talks open in Qatar

Renewed negotiations expected to pave the way for direct talks between Taliban and Kabul to end 18 years of war.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:48Published


Severe weather in Afghanistan, Pakistan leaves 43 dead

severe weather in afghanistan, pakistan leaves 43 dead
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Severe winter weather has struck parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan, with heavy snowfall, rains and flash floods that left at least 43 dead, officials said Monday as..
WorldNews - Published

London exhibitions put spotlight on forgotten Company paintings

A group of 10 merchants from Kabul and Iran sit outside a tent, with a young boy holding a weighing scale to measure walnuts and other dry fruits.
IndiaTimes - Published

2 US troops killed by roadside bomb in Afghanistan

2 us troops killed by roadside bomb in afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two U.S. service members were killed and two others injured when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said in a statement..
WorldNews - Published

John Bass, U.S. Envoy to Afghanistan, Steps Down on Cusp of New Peace Deal

The State Department said it was typical for ambassadors to serve only two years in Kabul, given the high-stress nature of the job. - Published

Taliban council agrees to cease-fire in Afghanistan

taliban council agrees to cease-fire in afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban said Sunday they have agreed to a temporary cease-fire nationwide. It provides a window during which a peace agreement with the United States could be signed. A..
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Taliban attack kills 17 militia in northern Afghanistan

taliban attack kills 17 militia in northern afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban attack in northern Afghanistan killed at least 17 local militiamen, an Afghan official said Sunday. The attack apparently targeted a local militia commander who..
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Taliban target Afghan army in country's south, kill 10

taliban target afghan army in country's south, kill 10
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban staged a complex attack that killed at least 10 Afghan soldiers in the southern Helmand province, an Afghan official said Saturday. A powerful explosion first..
WorldNews - Published

U.S. service member killed in Afghanistan: U.S.military

u.s. service member killed in afghanistan: u.s.military
KABUL (Reuters) - A U.S. service member was killed in action in Afghanistan on Monday, the U.S. military said in a statement. It gave no further details and withheld the name of the service...
WorldNews - Published

Afghan president wins 2nd term in preliminary vote count

afghan president wins 2nd term in preliminary vote count
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's president won a second term, earning 50.6% of a preliminary vote count, but his opponents can still challenge result, according to an announcement by the..
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Officials say insider attack left 9 dead in Afghanistan; Taliban says two dozen

officials say insider attack left 9 dead in afghanistan; taliban says two dozen
Kabul, Afghanistan – At least one member of an Afghan militia opened fire on his fellow militiamen early Saturday, killing nine, in what the country’s interior ministry called an insider attack, an..
WorldNews - Published

U.S. officials 'pause' Taliban talks after suicide attack

U.S. negotiators are taking a "brief pause" from talks with the Taliban after the militants launched a suicide attack on a U.S. base outside Kabul killing two civilians, Special Envoy for Afghanistan..
Reuters - Published

U.S. peace envoy in Kabul for revival of talks

U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Kabul on Wednesday in a bid to breath new life into efforts to end the war in Afghanistan, discussing with President Ashraf Ghani steps that could lead to..
Reuters - Published

US’s Afghan peace envoy makes surprise stop in Kabul

us’s afghan peace envoy makes surprise stop in kabul
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Washington’s special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday to launch an “accelerated effort” to get Afghans on both sides of the..
WorldNews - Published

U.S. envoy to rejoin Doha talks with Taliban after Kabul visit, says State Department

U.S. Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, after a visit to Kabul, will travel to Qatar to rejoin talks with Taliban negotiators on steps that could lead to a ceasefire and a settlement to the war in..
Reuters - Published

Gunmen kill head of Japan aid agency, 5 others in east Afghanistan

gunmen kill head of japan aid agency, 5 others in east afghanistan
KABUL: Gunmen killed six people, including the head of a Japanese aid agency, on Wednesday in an attack on their vehicle in Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan, officials said. Afghan security forces..
WorldNews - Published

Germany insists Afghan government must be involved in Taliban talks

germany insists afghan government must be involved in taliban talks
Germany's defense minister has called for Afghan politicians to play a role in peace talks with the Taliban. The militant Islamist group has refused to engage with Kabul, instead focusing on direct..
WorldNews - Published

Afghan official: 2 intelligence officials shot dead in Kabul

afghan official: 2 intelligence officials shot dead in kabul
An Afghan official says a gunman has opened fire on a vehicle in the capital, Kabul, killing two intelligence officials and wounding three others. Afghan interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi says..
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Same source of terror impacting India, Afghanistan: Indian envoy to Kabul

If we have peace in Afghanistan, we all stand to benefit from that peace by various cooperative mechanism, Indian ambassador to Afghanistan Vinay Kumar said.
DNA - Published

EU, Uzbek special envoys on Afghanistan to visit India next week

India's official policy has been an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace process and has backed the government in Kabul.
DNA - Published

After Trump's Kabul visit, Taliban says ready to resume peace talks

The Taliban said on Friday they were ready to restart peace talks with the United States, a day after President Donald Trump made a surprise visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan and said he believed the..
Reuters - Published

Trump makes surprise Thanksgiving trip to Afghanistan

President Donald Trump made an unannounced Thanksgiving visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan on Thursday, his first trip to the country since becoming president and a week after a prisoner swap between..
Reuters - Published

American killed in attack on U.N. vehicle in Kabul on Sunday: Pompeo

A U.S. citizen was killed in an attack on a United Nations vehicle in Kabul on Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, as he condemned the act.
Reuters - Published

Grenade thrown at U.N. vehicle in Kabul, one foreigner killed

A grenade was thrown at a vehicle belonging to United Nations in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday, killing a foreign national and wounding five others, a government spokesman said.
Reuters - Published

Hostages from U.S., Australia have been freed, Taliban says

hostages from u.s., australia have been freed, taliban says
KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban said they freed on Tuesday an American and an Australian hostage held since 2016 in exchange for three top Taliban figures who were released by the Kabul government..
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Taliban officials: 3 Taliban in Qatar for prisoner swap

taliban officials: 3 taliban in qatar for prisoner swap
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Three ranking Taliban prisoners released by the Kabul government have been flown to Qatar for an expected swap for an American and an Australian hostage held by the insurgents since..
WorldNews - Published

Back-to-back blasts hit Afghan capital; at least 4 wounded

back-to-back blasts hit afghan capital; at least 4 wounded
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Back-to-back explosions targeting a military training center in the Afghan capital wounded at least four Afghan national army soldiers early Monday, police and the interior..
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Taliban shifted Western hostages as prisoner swap postponed: sources

taliban shifted western hostages as prisoner swap postponed: sources
By Jibran Ahmed and Hamid Shalizi PESHAWAR, Pakistan/KABUL (Reuters) - A plan to swap two Western hostages with three Taliban prisoners has been postponed, an Afghan government official told Reuters on..
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Car bomb explosion kills seven in Afghan capital

At least seven people were killed and 10 others, including four foreign nationals, wounded in Kabul on Wednesday when a van packed with explosive targeted a vehicle belonging to a foreign security..
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Seven killed after car bomb blast near Afghan interior ministry in Kabul

Seven people were killed and seven injured on Wednesday after a car bomb explosion near the interior ministry in the Afghan capital of Kabul, a government spokesman said.
Reuters - Published

Pakistan has played active and negative role in Afghan affairs for decades: US Congressional report

pakistan has played active and negative role in afghan affairs for decades: us congressional report
WASHINGTON: For decades, Pakistan has played an active but negative role in Afghanistan, a Congressional report has said, asserting that Islamabad wants a weak government in Kabul. In its latest report..
WorldNews - Published

Trump calls off secret talks with Taliban

CBS News foreign correspondent Charlie D'Agata reports from Kabul, Afghanistan, where an American soldier was killed this week in a Taliban suicide car bombing.
CBS News - Published

Kabul under siege while America's longest war rages on

In 16 years, the Afghan War has cost 2,400 American lives and $1 trillion. But with the country's capital under siege, the end still seems far away. Lara Logan reports.
CBS News - Published

Top U.S. negotiator in Kabul to brief Afghan government

U.S. President Donald Trump's top negotiator for Afghanistan was in Kabul on Sunday to brief the Afghan president on peace efforts on his first trip back since Trump ended talks with the Taliban aimed..
Reuters - Published

US has quietly reduced troops in Afghanistan despite absence of peace deal

us has quietly reduced troops in afghanistan despite absence of peace deal
(CNN)The United States has quietly reduced the number of US troops in Afghanistan by 2,000 over the last year despite the lack of a peace deal with the Taliban, Gen. Scott Miller, the head of US and..
WorldNews - Published

Defense Secretary Mark Esper Visits Afghanistan to Chart a Path Forward

defense secretary mark esper visits afghanistan to chart a path forward
(KABUL, Afghanistan) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived Sunday in Afghanistan, where stalled peace talks with the Taliban and persistent violent attacks by the insurgent group and Islamic..
WorldNews - Published

Pakistan scrambled F-16s after SpiceJet flight confusion

The Pakistan air force last month scrambled two F-16 jets to escort a SpiceJet plane flying from Delhi to Kabul till it exited its airspace and entered Afghan airspace because the Pakistani aviation..
IndiaTimes - Published

Pakistani F-16s intercepted Kabul-bound SpiceJet flight last month after mistaking it for Indian Air Force jet

The event occurred at a time when the Pakistani airspace was not closed to India.
DNA - Published

After ATC mix up, Pakistan F-16 jets intercepted Delhi-Kabul Spicejet flight last month

Amid tensions between New Delhi and Islamabad after Balakot air strikes in February, Pakistani fighter jets intercepted a Kabul-bound Indian passenger plane for almost an hour over their airspace last..
IndiaTimes - Published

India hands over second pair of Mi-24V helicopters to Afghan forces

India on Tuesday handed over the second pair of Mi-24V helicopters to war-torn Afghanistan, boosting the capability of the Afghan forces. The helicopters were officially handed over by Indian..
IndiaTimes - Published

Asim Umar, Chief of Al-Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent Region, Killed in US Airstrikes in Afghanistan

asim umar, chief of al-qaeda in indian subcontinent region, killed in us airstrikes in afghanistan
Kabul, October 8: The National Directorate of Security, based in Kabul, confirmed on Tuesday the demise of Asim Umar, the chief of Al-Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS). According to the NDS, Umar was..
WorldNews - Published

Afghan official says bomb kills at least 10 in eastern city

afghan official says bomb kills at least 10 in eastern city
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An afghan official says a bomb blast in eastern Nangarhar province has killed at least 10 people, including a child. Ataullah Khogyani, the governor's spokesman, said 27..
WorldNews - Published

Afghan passenger, hiding gold worth Rs 45 lakh in sandals, held at IGI airport

The Afghan passenger, travelling from Kabul to New Delhi, was intercepted by the customs officers at terminal 3 of Indira Gandhi International Airport.
DNA - Published

Taliban Meet US Peace Envoy in Pakistan for First Time Since 'Dead' Deal

taliban meet us peace envoy in pakistan for first time since 'dead' deal
Kabul: The Taliban met US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Pakistan capital for the...
WorldNews - Published

Afghanistan elections: Both front-runners claim victory ahead of official results

afghanistan elections: both front-runners claim victory ahead of official results
Both the front-runners for Afghanistan's presidency, incumbent Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission is gathering votes from Saturday's election, have declared victory, echoing an election..
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Blast hits Afghan polling centre, 15 injured

blast hits afghan polling centre, 15 injured
Kabul: At least 15 people were injured on Saturday when a blast hit a polling centre in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province amid the ongoing presidential election, a police official said. Provincial..
WorldNews - Published

Afghan voters torn between fear, frustration, sense of duty

afghan voters torn between fear, frustration, sense of duty
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Torn between fear, frustration and a sense of duty, Ahmad is undecided about defying Taliban warnings not to vote in this weekend’s Afghan presidential election. He has..
WorldNews - Published

Numbed by war, generations of Afghans seek solace in voting

Nearly two decades ago, an Afghan man risked his life to protect the country's prized artefacts by hiding them in the basement of the central bank office in Kabul as Taliban Islamists destroyed the..
Reuters - Published

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