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In separate incidents within the span of a day, five Australian troops were killed in Afghanistan: three in an apparent "green-on-blue" attack and two in a helicopter crash, officials said Thursday.

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Haqqani network militant killed, Afghanistan saysupdated: Sun Aug 26 2012 15:15:00

A militant leader blamed for high-profile attacks in Afghanistan, including last year's 20-hour attack on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, has been killed, an Afghan official said Sunday.

Shrapnel hits Joint Chiefs chairman's plane at Afghan baseupdated: Tue Aug 21 2012 11:33:00

Shrapnel from rocket fire Tuesday damaged the plane that had carried the top U.S. military officer to Afghanistan, officials said.

Panetta: Afghanistan forces must be rigorously vettedupdated: Sun Aug 19 2012 08:08:00

U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is urging Afghanistan to rigorously vet its security force recruits following a spate of attacks that has seen Afghan soldiers and police turn their weapons on NATO troops.

4 killed in Afghanistan attackupdated: Sat Aug 18 2012 04:13:00

A bomb explosion left four people dead and 11 others injured Saturday in southwestern Afghanistan, authorities said.

Why women face challenges in Afghanistanupdated: Thu Aug 16 2012 20:54:00

CNN's Becky Anderson talks to a filmmaker and former ambassador to Afghanistan about the video of an execution.

Attacks kill scores in Afghanistanupdated: Tue Aug 14 2012 13:29:00

Afghanistan endured an unusually bloody day Tuesday, with three separate attacks leaving at least 41 people dead and at least 138 wounded, according to government and police officials.

Two top Afghan ministers sacked over cross-border shellingupdated: Sat Aug 04 2012 16:05:00

Afghanistan's parliament voted to sack its two top security ministers on Saturday for failing to respond to rocket shelling from Pakistan.

Suicide bomber detonates at Afghan wedding, kills at least 17updated: Sat Jul 14 2012 10:25:00

A lone suicide bomber detonated a vest filled with explosives at a wedding in northern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing at least 17 guests, including a top politician, authorities said.

Opinion: Islam key to Afghan Dreamupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 18:31:00

We watched in horror this week at the execution of an Afghan woman who was shot nine times, while a crowd of roaring men who call themselves Muslim, cheered and screamed. We were reminded of a similar tragedy that took place in 1999, where a mother of five, clad in a blue burqa, was shot dead in a soccer stadium in Kabul. Both of these women were wrongfully accused of adultery as there was no proof, evidence, fair trial, due process, or justice.

Public execution of woman sparks outrageupdated: Mon Jul 09 2012 06:21:00

The public execution of an Afghanistan woman by a Taliban commander has sparked outrage.

6 American troops killed in Afghanistan IED attackupdated: Sun Jul 08 2012 17:32:00

Six U.S. troops were killed by an improvised explosive device Sunday in eastern Afghanistan, a U.S. official said.

Roadside bombs kill dozens in Afghanistanupdated: Sun Jul 08 2012 07:22:00

Dozens of people were killed in roadside bombings in Afghanistan on Sunday, officials in the war-torn country said.

U.S. apology opens Afghan supply linesupdated: Sun Jul 08 2012 03:26:00

Pakistan reopens supply routes for NATO into Afghanistan after the U.S. apologizes for an incident.

Report: Afghanistan war mishandledupdated: Sat Jul 07 2012 02:26:00

A new report claims that the Obama administration made several important strategic mistakes in Afghanistan.

France hands over Afghan provinceupdated: Wed Jul 04 2012 06:15:00

The French military handed over control of the Afghan province of Kapisa to local forces, a French military spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Pakistan reopens NATO supply routes to Afghanistan as Clinton apologizes for friendly-fire incidentupdated: Tue Jul 03 2012 16:15:00

Pakistan has decided to reopen supply routes that the United States and its allies have used for their troops in Afghanistan, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday.

5 killed in Afghan blastsupdated: Sat Jun 30 2012 14:01:00

Bombs killed five people died on Saturday in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, the U.S. military said.

Eight Pakistani soldiers killed in cross-border attackupdated: Mon Jun 25 2012 05:33:00

More than 100 Taliban fighters crossed over from Afghanistan and attacked three Pakistani military posts Sunday night, killing at least eight soldiers, Pakistani military officials said.

In Afghanistan, a mother bravely campaigns for presidentupdated: Tue Jun 19 2012 09:55:00

The mother with an important but dangerous job sat down to write a goodbye letter to her two young daughters. Just in case, she thought. The Taliban could get lucky this time and finally kill her.

Rockfall set off by quakes kills scores in northern Afghanistanupdated: Tue Jun 12 2012 05:52:00

A landslide set off by earthquakes has killed scores of people in a remote area of northern Afghanistan after rocks crushed their mud houses, a local official said Tuesday.

Afghanistan quake kills 2updated: Mon Jun 11 2012 13:19:00

Two people died and another 14 were hurt when a 5.7 magnitude earthquake shook northeastern Afghanistan Monday night, according to a provincial spokesman.

Unexploded munitions a dangerous legacy of war in Afghanistanupdated: Fri Jun 08 2012 15:24:00

The sounds of battle echo across a desolate stretch of land just east of Bagram Air Base, America's biggest base in Afghanistan. As it turns out, it's just battle practice.

Bombers kill dozens in Afghanistanupdated: Thu Jun 07 2012 08:57:00

CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom reports on the suicide bombings that killed dozens of people in Afghanistan.

U.S. helicopter believed shot down in Afghanistan; 2 killedupdated: Wed Jun 06 2012 13:36:00

The United States believes one of its armed helicopters was shot down over Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing both crew members on board, a U.S. military official said.

4 aid workers rescued in Afghanistanupdated: Sat Jun 02 2012 13:23:00

Four aid workers kidnapped last month in a remote area of northeastern Afghanistan were rescued Saturday morning, the International Security Assistance Force said.

Suicide attack kills 5 in southern Afghanistanupdated: Thu May 31 2012 05:09:00

A suicide bomber attacked a district police office in southern Afghanistan Thursday morning, killing four police officers and one civilian and wounding six others, the Kandahar governor's office said.

Afghan school poisonings an omen?updated: Wed May 30 2012 09:16:00

Afghan schoolgirls sit in the spotlight as their classrooms face alleged poison attacks in the north and threats from insurgents in the south. Questions surround the shadowy incidents, which come at a fragile time in the country's transition. And in many ways, as goes girls' education, so goes the country's procession toward progress.

2 killed in Afghanistan helicopter crashupdated: Mon May 28 2012 12:03:00

Two International Security Assistance Force troops were killed in one of two helicopter crashes Monday in eastern Afghanistan, officials said.

U.S. sailor is 3,000th Afghanistan war deathupdated: Fri May 25 2012 17:32:00

A U.S. sailor who died last week of medical complications was the 3,000th death among coalition forces in the Afghanistan war, according to CNN's count based on information provided by the U.S. Defense Department and the International Security Assistance Force.

Karzai: Still no agreement with NATOupdated: Fri May 25 2012 06:20:00

Afghan Pres. Hamid Karzai tells CNN's Wolf Blitzer there is still no resolution on allowing supplies into Afghanistan.

Official: 122 girls, 3 teachers poisoned at Afghan schoolupdated: Wed May 23 2012 11:52:00

More than 120 girls and three teachers were admitted to an Afghanistan hospital Wednesday after being poisoned in their classes with a type of spray, a Takhar provincial official said.

5 aid workers kidnapped in Afghanistanupdated: Wed May 23 2012 03:44:00

Two women and three men that were working for an aid group were kidnapped in a remote area of Afghanistan this week, authorities said.

'Every year, it gets worse': Afghan-Americans have their sayupdated: Tue May 22 2012 16:52:00

With NATO meeting this week in Chicago to discuss the war in Afghanistan, CNN reached out to some everyday Afghan-Americans to see what they think.

NATO accepts Obama timetable to end war in Afghanistan by 2014updated: Tue May 22 2012 09:36:00

NATO leaders signed off Monday on President Barack Obama's exit strategy from Afghanistan that calls for an end to combat operations next year and the withdrawal of the U.S.-led international military force by the end of 2014.

8 killed in Afghan suicide bombingupdated: Sat May 19 2012 08:18:00

A suicide bombing in southeastern Afghanistan killed eight people, including two police officers, Saturday afternoon, authorities said.

Hollande sticking to Afghanistan withdrawal by year's endupdated: Fri May 18 2012 22:17:00

France's newly elected President Francois Hollande said Friday that he is sticking to his campaign pledge to remove his country's forces from Afghanistan by the end of the year.

House passes $643 billion defense billupdated: Fri May 18 2012 16:36:00

The GOP-controlled House of Representatives on Friday passed a nearly $643 billion defense bill -- a measure at odds with prior military spending agreements and President Barack Obama's Pentagon plans.

Why ordinary Afghans worry about NATO summitupdated: Fri May 18 2012 10:53:00

Afghanistan's recent signings of strategic partnerships with the United States and other countries have provided a measure of reassurance to Afghans about the international community's sustained engagement in the country beyond 2014, when the drawdown of NATO combat forces will be complete. But these documents are short on specifics and do not fully tackle the political, economic and regional challenges that need to be addressed so the Afghan army and police can take responsibility for the security of the country.

Suicide attack on provincial governor's compound in Afghanistan kills 7updated: Thu May 17 2012 06:17:00

Suicide attackers with explosives stormed a governor's compound in southwestern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing themselves and seven people, officials said.

Afghanistan blast kills nine, Interior Ministry saysupdated: Mon May 14 2012 08:58:00

A bomb exploded inside a shop in the northern Afghanistan province of Faryab on Monday, killing nine people, according to the Afghan Interior Ministry.

26 dead, 100 missing in Afghanistan floodupdated: Mon May 07 2012 06:28:00

Flash flooding in northern Afghanistan killed at least 26 people in northern Afghanistan and rescue workers fear the toll may rise, officials said Monday.

Are Afghan troops ready to take the lead?updated: Mon May 07 2012 05:35:00

Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Mike Rogers weigh in on the future of Afghanistan as U.S. troops withdraw.

Deployed soldier investigated over child porn allegationsupdated: Fri May 04 2012 22:19:00

A soldier serving in Afghanistan is under investigation on allegations involving the production and possession of child pornography and blackmail, the Washington State Patrol said Friday.

Obama signals Afghan war's next chapter updated: Wed May 02 2012 20:13:00

President Barack Obama marked the first anniversary of the death of terror mastermind Osama bin Laden with an unannounced visit to Afghanistan, signing a long-awaited strategic partnership agreement meant to set the conditions of an American withdrawal from the war-torn nation.

In Afghanistan, Obama pledges cooperation, vows to 'finish the job'updated: Wed May 02 2012 00:12:00

President Barack Obama, speaking early Wednesday in Afghanistan at the tail end of a surprise visit there, discussed how the war will end and promised a steady drawdown of U.S. troops.

Transcript: Obama hails 'light of a new day' in Afghanistanupdated: Tue May 01 2012 20:29:00

Good evening from Bagram Air Base. This outpost is more than 7,000 miles from home, but for over a decade it has been close to our hearts. Because here, in Afghanistan, more than half a million of our sons and daughters have sacrificed to protect our country.

Get U.S. troops out of Afghanistan updated: Tue May 01 2012 13:11:00

One year ago, the enemy that had haunted America for nearly a decade met his end in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Official: Gunmen attack Afghan governor's compoundupdated: Sat Apr 28 2012 04:04:00

Two gunmen attacked a governor's compound in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing two police officers, the interior ministry said.

U.S., Afghanistan near vital deal on future tiesupdated: Mon Apr 23 2012 07:13:00

The United States and Afghanistan appeared close to signing a vital diplomatic deal Sunday, a pact that would continue cooperation between the two countries after the planned departure of NATO troops in 2014.

2 NATO service members die in Afghanistan blastupdated: Mon Apr 23 2012 03:39:00

Two service members with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force were killed in a blast in eastern Afghanistan, the force said Monday.

Huge explosives haul seized in Kabul, Afghan officials sayupdated: Sat Apr 21 2012 12:58:00

Afghan security officials said Saturday they had seized 10 tonnes of explosives and foiled plans to stage attacks in the capital, Kabul.

Taliban claim responsibility for downing helicopter in Afghanistanupdated: Fri Apr 20 2012 06:42:00

The Taliban claimed responsibility Friday for downing a Black Hawk helicopter in southern Afghanistan.

Official: Helicopter crashes in Afghanistan, likely killing 4 Americansupdated: Thu Apr 19 2012 18:55:00

A Black Hawk helicopter crashed Thursday in southern Afghanistan, likely killing all four of its crew members -- all of them Americans -- a U.S. military official said.

Australia looks to leave Afghanistanupdated: Tue Apr 17 2012 12:14:00

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh discusses what Australia's troop drawdown will mean for Afghan security.

Q&A: International troops in Afghanistanupdated: Tue Apr 17 2012 10:10:00

When Afghan forces repelled a barrage of attacks from insurgents near Kabul's green zone over the weekend it was hailed as proof of how far local security forces had come.

Weekend attacks in Afghanistanupdated: Mon Apr 16 2012 23:43:00

The Taliban says it was behind a string of weekend attacks in Afghanistan.

Manhunt for militants in Afghanistanupdated: Mon Apr 16 2012 10:46:00

Nick Paton Walsh accompanied U.S. and Afghan forces on a manhunt for most-wanted militants in the Taliban heartland.

Weekend attacks in Kabul, Afghanistanupdated: Sun Apr 15 2012 22:33:00

CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom reports on the explosions and gunfire in central Kabul.

New explosions rock Kabul after Afghan forces repel earlier attacksupdated: Sun Apr 15 2012 22:33:00

A series of explosions rocked central Kabul early Monday, the day after Afghan security forces said they repulsed a wave of insurgent attacks in the capital and three other provinces.

Deadly blasts rock Afghanistanupdated: Tue Apr 10 2012 14:59:00

Two deadly explosions kill dozens in Afghanistan. CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom reports.

U.S., Afghanistan reach night raids dealupdated: Sun Apr 08 2012 13:13:00

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reports on a new deal between the U.S. and Afghanistan on ending U.S. led raids on local homes.

Fuel tanker crashes in Afghanistan, killing 7updated: Fri Apr 06 2012 05:21:00

A fuel tanker ran of the road and burst into flames in southern Afghanistan on Friday, killing seven people, according to a local police official.

Taliban claims responsibility for strike in Afghanistanupdated: Wed Apr 04 2012 11:17:00

The Taliban says it launched a suicide attack in northern Afghanistan that left at at least nine people dead.

Suicide bomber strikes in Afghanistanupdated: Wed Apr 04 2012 11:17:00

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reports that Taliban influence is growing in the north of Afghanistan.

Women's boxing in Afghanistanupdated: Tue Apr 03 2012 08:57:00

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh meets some young Afghan female boxers preparing for this year's London Olympics.

Police: Two children killed in Afghanistan acid attackupdated: Sat Mar 31 2012 11:08:00

Two children have been killed in an acid attack in Afghanistan's eastern Ghazni province, the provincial police chief said Saturday.

Afghan police officer kills 9 comradesupdated: Fri Mar 30 2012 10:04:00

An Afghan police officer shot and killed nine other officers in southeast Afghanistan on Thursday night, authorities said.

Panetta: Polls won't change Afghan strategyupdated: Tue Mar 27 2012 19:31:00

U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said Tuesday polls would not change the strategy in Afghanistan, underscoring the fact that he realizes the American people have tired of war.

Sgt. Robert Bales charged with murderupdated: Mon Mar 26 2012 22:53:00

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales has been charged with 17 counts of murder and six counts of assault and attempted murder.

Billions in cash smuggled out of Afghanistan every yearupdated: Mon Mar 26 2012 22:29:00

In the busy street markets of Kabul, stacks of cash sit in piles as moneychangers shout the day's exchange rate to shoppers bustling by. Currency is bought and sold in the open air.

Billions in cash leaving Afghanistanupdated: Mon Mar 26 2012 22:29:00

Afghans are carrying out an estimated $8 billion in cash a year, concerned by the country's security situation.

Missteps, closed culture undermine confidence in military justice systemupdated: Sat Mar 24 2012 09:12:00

It began with scant details released by the military about a heinous allegation: A soldier slipped away from a remote outpost in southern Afghanistan and went on a shooting rampage at nearby villages that left 17 people dead.

Soldier charged with 17 murder counts in Afghan rampage, may face deathupdated: Sat Mar 24 2012 08:59:00

Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales could be sentenced to death if convicted on any of the 17 counts of murder filed against him Friday for allegedly embarking on a bloody shooting rampage in Afghan villages, the U.S. military said.

Reduction of troops in Afghanistan?updated: Fri Mar 23 2012 04:06:00

Sen. Carl Levin wants President Obama to stick to a 2014 timetable for pulling U.S. troops out of Afghanistan

Afghan official calls for 'swift, transparent' massacre investigationupdated: Wed Mar 21 2012 21:13:00

Afghanistan's foreign minister called for a "swift and transparent investigation" into the killings of 16 men, women and children Wednesday as the U.S. soldier arrested in the massacre awaited charges.

Taliban demand Afghan trial for alleged shooterupdated: Mon Mar 19 2012 16:52:00

A Taliban commander expressed skepticism that one soldier carried out a massacre last week that left 16 Afghan civilians dead, and anger that the suspect subsequently was flown out of Afghanistan.

Afghanistan acts to curb flight of capitalupdated: Sun Mar 18 2012 22:56:00

Afghanistan has taken new steps to combat rampant capital flight after the central bank found that the amount of dollars flown out of Kabul doubled to $4.6bn last year.

Roadside bomb kills 13 in Afghanistanupdated: Thu Mar 15 2012 23:03:00

Thirteen people were killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan's southern Uruzgan province, police said Thursday.

The future of the Afghanistan missionupdated: Thu Mar 15 2012 16:17:00

In light of recent violence, Gary Berntsen, former CIA commander, weighs in on America's future strategy in Afghanistan.

US on Afghanistan: We're making progressupdated: Thu Mar 15 2012 05:49:00

President Obama and British PM David Cameron say both countries are on track to achieve goals in Afghanistan by 2014.

Suspect in Afghan killings flown to Kuwaitupdated: Wed Mar 14 2012 18:10:00

The U.S. soldier accused of killing 16 civilians during a weekend rampage has been transferred out of Afghanistan while awaiting charges, the NATO command said late Wednesday.

How shootings unfolded in Afghanistanupdated: Tue Mar 13 2012 15:51:00

A look at the timeline of events of the alleged shootings in Afghanistan by a U.S. soldier. CNN's Tom Foreman reports.

Q&A: Sorrow, search for answers by Afghan villagersupdated: Mon Mar 12 2012 18:57:00

An American soldier went on a house-to-house shooting spree in two villages in the Kandahar region of Afghanistan early Sunday, Afghan officials said, killing 16 people.

Leave Afghanistan nowupdated: Mon Mar 12 2012 13:25:00

Nearly two years ago in June 2010, the war in Afghanistan surpassed the Vietnam War to become the longest war in American history. Although the U.S. ousted the Taliban from power and killed Osama bin Laden last year in Pakistan, it is clear that recent incidents, including the tragic killing of civilians by a U.S. soldier, are costing Americans the hearts and minds of the people of Afghanistan.

America's self-defeating cycle in Afghanistan updated: Mon Mar 12 2012 12:05:00

The past month has been the worst for the United States in Afghanistan since the war began after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

U.S. soldier accused of Afghan killing spreeupdated: Sun Mar 11 2012 21:10:00

An American soldier went on a house-to-house shooting spree in two villages in southern Afghanistan early Sunday, Afghan officials said, killing 16 people in what Afghanistan's president called an "unforgivable" crime.

Reid: Afghanistan timetable still worksupdated: Sun Mar 11 2012 15:49:00

Sen. Harry Reid responds to breaking news that a U.S. soldier opened fire on civilians in Afghanistan.

Condolences, questions over Afghan shootingsupdated: Sun Mar 11 2012 15:49:00

Condolences, calls for justice and questions arose from across the political spectrum Sunday in response to reports that a U.S. soldier shot to death 16 civilians in Afghanistan.

6 UK soldiers missing, feared dead in Afghanistanupdated: Wed Mar 07 2012 13:24:00

Six UK soldiers are missing and presumed dead following an explosion in southwest Afghanistan, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

Avalanches kill at least 37 in Afghanistanupdated: Tue Mar 06 2012 07:13:00

Avalanches killed at least 37 people Tuesday in a remote northeastern province of Afghanistan and officials feared the death toll would rise.

Heightened U.S.-Afghan tensions threaten strategic talksupdated: Mon Mar 05 2012 08:05:00

The United States appeared Monday to raise the possibility there may be no long-term strategic agreement with Afghanistan after American troops withdraw in 2014, a move that comes amid heightened tensions over the burning of Qurans by U.S. soldiers.

Two U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistanupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 12:39:00

Authorities say two gunmen killed two service members with a NATO-led security force in Afghanistan.

Gunmen kill NATO forces in southern Afghanistanupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 12:39:00

A gunman in an Afghan National Army uniform and another man shot dead two NATO soldiers at a combat outpost in southern Afghanistan Thursday, authorities said.

Cost of keeping one soldier in Afghanistan is risingupdated: Tue Feb 28 2012 16:43:00

Keeping one American service member in Afghanistan costs between $850,000 and $1.4 million a year, depending on who you ask. But one matter is clear, that cost is going up.

Afghan relations with U.S. testedupdated: Tue Feb 28 2012 07:07:00

CNN's Barbara Starr looks fallout from the recent killings of U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan.

Bodies of slain U.S. officers return homeupdated: Tue Feb 28 2012 07:07:00

Troops in white gloves and camouflage carried a pair of flag-draped caskets off an Air Force transport in Delaware Monday as the bodies of two senior U.S. military officers killed inside Afghanistan's interior ministry arrived home.

9 killed by suicide bomb in Afghanistanupdated: Mon Feb 27 2012 20:10:00

Nick Paton Walsh reports on the Taliban claiming responsibility for a suicide bombing in Afghanistan after Quran burnings.

4 killed in Afghanistan amid outrage over Quran burningupdated: Sat Feb 25 2012 16:18:00

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets Saturday across Afghanistan, the fifth day of demonstrations over the burning of Qurans at a U.S. base, officials said.

5 killed as protests over Quran burning rage in Afghanistanupdated: Wed Feb 22 2012 13:54:00

Violent protests left at least five dead and others wounded Wednesday as demonstrations over Quran burning intensified in Afghanistan.

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