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    Past masters: Saving Afghanistan's artisans from extinction

    Ceramics, carpentry, calligraphy and gem cutting: centuries of Afghan craftsmanship honed on the ancient Silk Road are being preserved in Kabul, a rare success story for an aid project in the war-torn country.

    Art and Culture
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    Afghan forces find mass graves at site of village attack

    Mass graves containing the bodies of more than 40 civilians allegedly massacred by Taliban and Daesh militants were found after Afghan forces recaptured the village where they died, officials said on Tuesday. 

    Central Asia
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    Afghan conflict: "They took everyone away from me"

    “My daughter was so frightened that she couldn’t even cry. She was just shivering,” said Dordana, a 47-year-old mother in Sar-e-pul Province, in northern Afghanistan.

    Central Asia
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    US-led airstrike kills 16 civilians in Afghanistan

    An air raid conducted by foreign forces in Afghanistan has claimed the lives of at least 16 civilians in the eastern province of Nangarhar, which borders Pakistan.

    Central Asia
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    Pak asks US to shun force in Afghanistan

    In its input for the ongoing review by the United States on Afghanistan, Pakistan has advised the Trump administration to follow the path of negotiations instead of relying on the use of force to find a solution.

    Central Asia
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    Insurgents butcher 50 civilians in Afghan village

    Militants have massacred dozens of civilians, mostly Shia Hazaras, in “a brutal, inhumane way” after attacking a village in a remote area of Afghanistan’s northern province of Sar-e Pul, officials and locals say.

    Central Asia
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    Suicide bombing on Afghanistan mosque kills 29

    A suicide bomber stormed into the largest Shiite Muslim mosque in Afghanistan's Herat province Tuesday night opening fire on worshippers before blowing himself up, killing at least 29 and wounding 64 others.

    Central Asia
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    26 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack on Kandahar base

    The militants “attacked an army camp in the Karzali area of the Khakrez district of Kandahar last night,” General Dawlat Waziri, a spokesman for the Afghan Defense Ministry, said on Wednesday.

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    35 killed as car bomb explodes in western Kabul

    The Taliban earlier claimed responsibility for the blast in the western part of Kabul. The government official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to talk to the media about the incident.

    Central Asia
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    16 Afghan policemen killed in US airstrike

    A US airstrike killed 16 Afghan police and wounded two others in Helmand province, officials said Saturday.The incident took place Friday as Afghan security forces were clearing a village of Taliban elements.

    Central Asia
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    Afghan cycling sisters take refuge in home of 'Grand Boucle'

    With discreet black scarves tucked beneath their helmets, Afghan refugees Zahra and Masomah Alizada hurtle down Brittany’s rural and winding roads… the sisters back on their bikes training after the Ramadan recess.

    Sports
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    Pak, Afghan,Tajikistan to establish joint commission on Trilateral Corp

    A Joint Commission on Trilateral Cooperation is expected to be established between, Pakistan, afghanistan and Tajikistan to develop and implement a mutual strategy on various subjects.

    Central Asia
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    Why ISIS Have Declared War On The Hazara Shias Of Afghanistan

    Mohammad (PBUH) and the fourth caliph of Muslims. Masjid Al-Zahra, a popular mosque in Shia-dominated Dasht-e-Barchi area of Kabul which Haji Ramazan founded, was packed with worshippers.

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    Taliban leader: Afghan war will end only when Nato leaves

    The leader of the Afghan Taliban said on Friday that a planned US troop surge will not end the protracted war in the country and vowed to fight on until a full withdrawal of Nato troops from Afghanistan.

    Central Asia
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    29 killed in southern Afghanistan bombing

    At least 29 people were killed in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province on Thursday.The bombing targeted Afghan troops and government employees waiting to collect their salaries.

    Central Asia
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    India,Afghanistan start air freight corridor to bypass Pak

    An aircraft packed with 60 tons of Afghan plants with medicinal uses marked the opening of the first air cargo corridor between Afghanistan and India on Monday.

    Business
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    US 'not winning' in Afghanistan: Pentagon chief

    Pentagon chief Jim Mattis told exasperated lawmakers Tuesday that America still is “not winning” in Afghanistan, as US military commanders push for additional troops to help stabilise the country’s security crisis.

    Central Asia
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    In a first, China seeks to mediate between Pakistan, Afghanistan

    China is willing to mediate between Pakistan and Afghanistan and help organised a meeting so the countries can improve their relations, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s office said in a statement on Tuesday.

    Central Asia
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    Qatar-Saudi rift beyond war of words

    Qatar – today a regional economic powerhouse – has tried to introduce itself as a key player in Middle East politics over the past few years. It has even attempted to act as a peace broker in several crisis points.

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    Afghanistan must stand firm and resist US war-making

    President Trump is expected to make a decision on a proposal to strengthen US military presence in Afghanistan and send between 3,000 to 5,000 additional American troops to the country. Under the new plan.

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    80 killed, 300 injured in massive Kabul car bombing

    A car bomb killed at least 15 people and wounded 300 in Kabul on Wednesday, a public health official said, adding that the casualty toll would increase.The explosion occurred during the morning rush hour.

    Central Asia
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    Security in Afghanistan likely to 'deteriorate': US intelligence

    The head of US intelligence agencies offered a pessimistic assessment on Thursday of the security situation in Afghanistan, where the US government is planning to send more troops to combat resurgent militants.

    Central Asia
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    Iran warns will hit militant 'safe havens' inside Pakistan

    "We cannot accept the continuation of this situation," General Mohammad Baqeri said, adding, "We expect the Pakistani officials to control the borders, arrest the terrorists and shut down their bases."

    West Asia
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    Kabul uneasy as former warlord Hekmatyar returns after 20 years

    A former warlord branded the “Butcher of Kabul” made a triumphant return to the Afghan capital Thursday, met by uneasy residents two decades after leaving the city where he stands accused of killing thousands of people.

    Central Asia

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