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Jailed Afghan rape victim freedupdated: Fri Dec 16 2011 11:52:00

An Afghan woman imprisoned for adultery after a relative raped her has been freed after President Hamid Karzai intervened on her behalf.

Uncommon attacks target Shiite Muslimsupdated: Wed Dec 07 2011 14:40:00

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh explains why today's suicide bomber attacks in Kabul are unprecedented.

Rare Kabul attack: Who did it and why?updated: Wed Dec 07 2011 07:11:00

Tuesday's deadly suicide attack targeting Afghan Shia just didn't fit the pattern of what had come before in this troubled country.

Rockets fired into Kabul as national assembly continuesupdated: Thu Nov 17 2011 05:23:00

Two rockets were fired into the Afghan capital on Thursday as President Hamid Karzai met tribal elders to discuss the future of U.S. military presence in the nation, authorities said.

Security forces kill suicide bomber near meeting siteupdated: Mon Nov 14 2011 10:08:00

Afghan security forces on Monday killed a suicide bomber near where an important meeting of tribal elders will be held in the capital, Kabul, this week, the nation's Interior Ministry said.

Kabul's 'unnoticed' child workersupdated: Tue Oct 18 2011 07:55:00

From dusk until dawn, 12-year-old Fayaz toils at his uncle's blacksmith shop in Kabul.

Children forced to work in Afghanistanupdated: Tue Oct 18 2011 07:55:00

A talk with the filmmakers of "Unnoticed: Children of Kabul" -- a film about child labor in Afghanistan.

What do Kabul attacks signal in the fight for Afghanistan's future?updated: Thu Sep 15 2011 07:28:00

After a 20-hour battle, a Taliban assault on the U.S. Embassy and NATO command center in central Kabul was brought to a bloody end Wednesday with the deaths of half a dozen militants.

Retracing steps of Kabul terror attackupdated: Thu Sep 15 2011 07:28:00

CNN's Suzanne Malveaux walks through the building where terrorists tried to launch an attack against the U.S. Embassy.

High profile Kabul assaultsupdated: Wed Sep 14 2011 21:58:00

CNN's Jim Clancy reports on recent militant attacks on coalition targets in Kabul.

Brazen attack in Kabulupdated: Wed Sep 14 2011 01:47:00

The U.S. embassy and other centers of power in Kabul come under attack by insurgents. CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

In central Kabul, tension ripples amid Taliban assaultupdated: Wed Sep 14 2011 01:47:00

Fighting that raged for hours in Kabul Tuesday afternoon after a dramatic Taliban attack on the U.S. Embassy and NATO's command calmed down greatly during the evening hours, a military spokesman told CNN

Pentagon: Afghan insurgency 'less effective' this yearupdated: Tue Sep 13 2011 15:01:00

Explosions and gunfire in the heart of Kabul got plenty of attention Tuesday as insurgents attacked the heart of the U.S. presence in Afghanistan.

Suicide bombers hit UK council in Kabulupdated: Fri Aug 19 2011 13:49:00

The Taliban is taking credit for suicide bombings at the British Council in Kabul. David Ariosto reports.

Tackling climate change still a luxury in developing worldupdated: Wed Aug 17 2011 06:23:00

A few years ago I came across a newspaper article about illegal human trafficking into the EU.

Suspected Taliban spy arrested in Kabul, officials sayupdated: Sun Jul 31 2011 07:22:00

A suspected Taliban spy who worked at the Afghan Defense Ministry headquarters in Kabul has been arrested after allegedly leaking critical security information to insurgents, officials said Sunday.

Illegal alcohol destroyed in Kabul, officials sayupdated: Fri Jul 22 2011 05:46:00

Thousands of bottles of alcohol were destroyed in Kabul this week, in what authorities described as the product of a crackdown on illegal smuggling and sales.

Grenade attack at Afghan school injures 25updated: Sun Jul 03 2011 22:05:00

At least 25 people were injured Sunday when a man on a motorbike hurled a grenade at a high school in northern Afghanistan, an official said.

Hotel attack ends with deathsupdated: Thu Jun 30 2011 03:03:00

Jerome Starkey of "The Times" discusses an attack on a luxury hotel in Kabul.

Hotel guest talks about Kabul attackupdated: Wed Jun 29 2011 12:15:00

CNN's Andrew Stevens interviews a hotel guest about what happened during the Kabul Hotel Inter-Continental attack.

Attack on hotel in Kabul ends with deaths of 7 Taliban, 11 othersupdated: Wed Jun 29 2011 00:36:00

Seven Taliban attacked Kabul's Hotel Inter-Continental in a brazen, carefully orchestrated operation that began Tuesday night and continued into Wednesday, ending with their deaths and those of 11 other people some six hours after it began, police said.

NATO puts end to Kabul hotel siegeupdated: Wed Jun 29 2011 00:36:00

Anderson Cooper speaks with journalist Erin Cunningham about a brazen attack on a hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan.

A look at the eight U.S. service members, contractor killed in Kabulupdated: Fri Apr 29 2011 22:20:00

Eight American service members and an American contractor were killed by an Afghan pilot earlier this week in a shooting at an airport in Kabul. The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan has said the military pilot opened fire on the troops, sparking a gunfight on Wednesday. An investigation into the shooting is under way.

Aftermath of Kabul attackupdated: Mon Feb 14 2011 08:47:00

See the aftermath of a suicide bomber's attack on a shopping center in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Afghan official: 6 Pakistanis accused of plotting attacks arrestedupdated: Tue Jan 25 2011 05:43:00

A group of six alleged Pakistani terrorists accused of planning suicide attacks on the Indian embassy and the city of Kabul have been arrested, according to the spokesman of Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security.

Biden talks BCS playoffs in Kabulupdated: Mon Jan 10 2011 17:07:00

U.S. Vice Pres. Joe Biden discusses the BCS playoffs while in Kabul to assess the progress to an Afghan-led security.

More than just a skateboarding schoolupdated: Wed Jan 05 2011 02:34:00

A skateboarding school in Afghanistan offers more than an escape into sport for youth. CNN's Arwa Damon reports.

Skateboard school ramps up Afghan dreamsupdated: Wed Jan 05 2011 02:34:00

The girls come tumbling through the door giggling and shrieking with excitement. They dash towards the neatly stacked shoes, knee guards, helmets, and skateboards.

Officials: Afghan blast kills policeman, wounds 3updated: Tue Jan 04 2011 03:15:00

A police officer trying to defuse a roadside bomb in Kabul was killed in the ensuing blast Tuesday, officials said.

No school for Kabul's boy mechanicsupdated: Thu Oct 21 2010 15:06:00

CNN's Barbara Starr meets the boy mechanics of Kabul who've known little or no schooling.

Civilian cargo plane crashes near Afghan capitalupdated: Tue Oct 12 2010 19:26:00

The eight people on a civilian cargo plane that crashed in the Afghan mountains near Kabul on Tuesday are presumed dead, a spokesman for Afghanistan's minister of transport said.

Fraud, violence threaten Afghan electionupdated: Sat Sep 18 2010 14:11:00

CNN's Ivan Watson reports threats and a history of electoral cheating may dampen enthusiasm for parliamentary elections.

Afghan police, anti-U.S. protesters clash in Kabulupdated: Wed Sep 15 2010 07:16:00

An anti-American demonstration in the Afghan capital turned violent Wednesday as five Afghan police officers were injured and two demonstrators were shot by police, officials said.

Militants killed, detained in connection with Kabul Conference raidupdated: Tue Jul 20 2010 07:28:00

Several insurgents were killed and two were detained while troops were looking for a Taliban facilitator who was believed to be in the final stages of planning an attack against an international conference in Kabul, authorities said Tuesday.

Hillary Clinton to visit Afghanistan next week for conferenceupdated: Sat Jul 17 2010 13:41:00

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is heading to Afghanistan on Saturday on a mission that will take her to a major international conference in Kabul focusing on the problems and the future of the war-torn nation.

Will Afghan women's rights be bargained away?updated: Fri Jul 16 2010 14:18:00

On a recent afternoon I visited with a Kabul girls' high school principal, whose office looks out on a beautiful and blooming garden. Trained in mathematics, she works 12 hours a day at a school that teaches more than 4,000 girls in three shifts each day.

Kabul police officials quit; ordered to finish terror caseupdated: Sun Feb 28 2010 10:45:00

Kabul's police chief and chief of criminal investigations have submitted their resignations to the Afghan Interior Ministry, but the ministry ordered them to complete their probe into Friday's suicide attacks first, a ministry spokesman told CNN.

17 killed in Kabul suicide blastsupdated: Fri Feb 26 2010 14:36:00

Deadly blasts targeting foreign nationals in the Afghan capital Friday killed at least 17 people and wounded many others.

Militant attack kills 5 in heart of Kabulupdated: Mon Jan 18 2010 15:42:00

An attack in which the Taliban claimed to have infiltrated key government sites in downtown Kabul killed at least five people Monday morning, hospital and government officials said.

2 killed in blast outside U.S. base in Kabulupdated: Fri Nov 13 2009 01:03:00

Two Afghans died when a bomb exploded outside a U.S. military base on the outskirts of Kabul on Friday morning, a spokesman for NATO-led forces in Afghanistan said.

Strong earthquake rocks Afghanistanupdated: Fri Oct 23 2009 02:23:00

A strong earthquake rumbled deep beneath mountainous regions northeast of Kabul early Friday, waking residents and sending some into the streets.

14 from U.S. Embassy security staff in Afghanistan firedupdated: Sat Sep 05 2009 02:32:00

Fourteen employees of a U.S. security contractor accused of wrongdoing at the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan have been fired and were leaving the country, the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan said Friday.

Wackenhut aids inquiry into its Afghanistan contractorupdated: Thu Sep 03 2009 20:05:00

The parent company of a security contractor said Thursday it is "fully cooperating" in the investigation of allegations that the contractor allowed mistreatment, sexual activity and intimidation within the ranks of private guards hired to protect the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan.

Kabul embassy reportupdated: Thu Sep 03 2009 08:57:00

A new report finds a complete breakdown of discipline at the U.S. embassy in Afghanistan. CNN's Jill Dougherty reports

Afghan police: Bomb attacks preventedupdated: Thu Aug 20 2009 13:44:00

Police in northeast Afghanistan prevented two bomb attacks Thursday, as the country held presidential and provincial elections, authorities said.

Monitoring the polling stationsupdated: Thu Aug 20 2009 13:44:00

Election monitors look at voter turnout at polling stations throughout Afghanistan.

Robbers killed in gunbattle at Kabul bankupdated: Wed Aug 19 2009 03:26:00

Police stormed a bank and killed three armed robbers Wednesday in Afghanistan's capital after their robbery attempt had escalated into a gun battle with security officers.

Pre-election violence kills 7 in Afghan capitalupdated: Tue Aug 18 2009 20:58:00

The Afghan capital, Kabul, came under attack Tuesday, two days before national elections. The violence included a rocket attack that damaged the presidential palace and a deadly suicide strike.

Operation Panther's Clawupdated: Tue Aug 18 2009 20:58:00

ITN's Lindsey Hilsum follows the British ambassador as he ensures Afghan locals they'll be able to reach polls safely.

Rocket hits Afghan presidential compoundupdated: Tue Aug 18 2009 03:57:00

A rocket struck the compound of the presidential palace in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, two days before national elections, a palace official said Tuesday.

Kabul street beggar revisitedupdated: Fri May 08 2009 22:41:00

CNN's Atia Abawi reunites with a beggar girl named Banafsha in Kabul.

Taliban poised at the gates of Kabulupdated: Thu Mar 12 2009 15:53:00

A top Taliban commander has told CNN his insurgents are poised and ready to attack Kabul and could strike virtually anywhere in the city.

Bomber strikes near embassyupdated: Sun Nov 30 2008 10:25:00

Afghan police said a suicide bomber on foot blew himself up near a German Embassy vehicle in Kabul, killing two Afghans.

Suicide cyclist kills 2 in Afghan capitalupdated: Sun Nov 30 2008 10:25:00

A suicide bomber on a bicycle detonated explosives Sunday near a car from the German Embassy in Kabul, a local police official said.

Four killed in blast near Afghan U.S. Embassyupdated: Thu Nov 27 2008 00:56:00

A suicide car bomb blast, apparently targeting a military convoy, killed four people and wounded 15 others in Kabul Thursday morning, officials said. Gunmen Kidnap French National in Kabul updated: Mon Nov 03 2008 03:45:00

Security officials in Afghanistan say gunmen have kidnapped a French aid worker in Kabul. Taliban Militants Storm Afghan Ministryupdated: Thu Oct 30 2008 08:00:00

Taliban militants stormed a government building in the center of the Afghan capital and one of them blew himself up inside, killing five people

Two foreign nationals, one Afghan killed in Kabul shootingupdated: Sat Oct 25 2008 12:30:00

Afghan authorities have arrested 13 people, including employees of DHL courier service, after a shooting killed two foreign nationals and a security guard in Kabul Saturday, an Interior Ministry official said.

Do we care more about animals than humans?updated: Wed Oct 22 2008 11:34:00

Over the years, I've found myself in some dangerous places, from Baghdad to Kabul, Ramallah to Rwanda.

Blast wounds Kabul police officialupdated: Wed Sep 24 2008 03:36:00

An explosion in Kabul on Wednesday wounded a senior police official and killed two of his bodyguards, authorities said. 7,000 Police Flood Kabul for Holidayupdated: Sun Aug 17 2008 18:35:00

The Afghan police ordered 7,000 officers onto the streets of Kabul to guard against attacks on senior leaders during Independence Day celebrations Monday

Kabul car blast kills 41, including Indian envoysupdated: Mon Jul 07 2008 22:14:00

A car bomb went off on a crowded street Monday near the Indian Embassy in Afghanistan, killing at least 41 people and wounding more than 100, officials said.

Traveling to Kabulupdated: Mon Jun 23 2008 07:47:00

CNN's Nic Robertson highlights his travels to Kabul, Afghanistan.

Remote-controlled bomb kills 1, injures 5 in Afghanistanupdated: Sun Jun 01 2008 01:16:00

A remote-controlled bomb targeting a mini-bus carrying Afghan army personnel went off in Kabul Sunday morning, killing a woman and wounding five others, police said.

Suicide blast kills six in Kabulupdated: Thu Mar 13 2008 04:43:00

A suicide bomber rammed his sedan into a convoy carrying U.S. troops near the Kabul airport Thursday, killing at least six civilians and wounding 18 others, authorities said.

Suicide bombing in Kabulupdated: Thu Mar 13 2008 04:43:00

A suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan kills six Afghan civilians.

Afghan suicide blasts claim 7 livesupdated: Thu Jan 31 2008 23:43:00

Suicide bombers killed seven people, including a leading provincial official, in two attacks in and near mosques in Afghanistan on Thursday.

Explosion in Kabulupdated: Thu Jan 31 2008 23:43:00

A car bomb detonates near a military bus in Kabul, Afghanistan on wounding five. Losing Kabul: A Bombing's Legacyupdated: Wed Jan 16 2008 11:00:00

For Westerners living in the Afghan capital, the attack on a prized social sanctuary may mark the end of their access to streets and the people they're here to help

'The Kite Runner'updated: Mon Dec 17 2007 04:59:00

A selected film clip of the movie "The Kite Runner." Taliban Bombings Rock Kabulupdated: Tue Nov 27 2007 05:00:00

Three attacks in four days highlight the deteriorating security situation in the Afghan capital as ordinary Afghans find themselves increasingly in the crosshairs

Canadian soldier dies of gunshot wounds in Afghanistanupdated: Wed Aug 29 2007 02:20:00

A Canadian soldier based in the Afghan capital, Kabul, died of a gunshot wound Wednesday after he was found injured in his room, the defense ministry said.

German hostage freed in Afghanistanupdated: Sun Aug 19 2007 06:54:00

Afghan police freed a female German hostage from a Kabul neighborhood and arrested a group of kidnappers early Monday, an Interior Ministry spokesman said. The Kidnappers of Kabulupdated: Sat Aug 18 2007 16:00:00

A German woman is the latest victim of a trend that is targeting not only foreigners but locals as well

German aid worker seized in Kabulupdated: Fri Aug 17 2007 23:31:00

Armed assailants abducted a German woman from a restaurant in Kabul on Saturday, officials said, as a Taliban spokesman said negotiations over 19 South Korean hostages held since July have failed.

Troops strike in Afghan mountainsupdated: Thu Aug 16 2007 01:20:00

Hundreds of U.S. and Afghan soldiers have embarked on a major operation against militants in the eastern Afghan region of Tora Bora, near the border with Pakistan, officials have told CNN. Awaiting Takeoff in Afghanistanupdated: Fri Jul 13 2007 19:00:00

With the country unraveling Kabul's newly renovated airport may simply serve as a gateway for the Western exodus Terror Target: The Afghan Policeupdated: Thu Jun 21 2007 12:00:00

In a chilling parallel to the violence that has now engulfed Iraq, a suicide bomber attacks the police force in Kabul

Bomber kills 35 Afghan policeupdated: Sun Jun 17 2007 01:50:00

A suicide bomber walked on to a bus carrying officers to a police academy and detonated himself in Kabul, killing at least 35 police officers, police say. Afghan Woman Broadcaster Murderedupdated: Wed Jun 06 2007 16:35:00

Three gunmen fatally shot a female owner of a radio station in northern Afghanistan early Wednesday, less than a week after another female reporter was gunned down in her house

Bomb targets U.S. Embassy convoy in Kabulupdated: Mon Mar 19 2007 04:05:00

A suicide bomber attacked a U.S. Embassy convoy in Kabul on Monday morning on a busy highway injuring several people, an embassy spokesman told CNN.

Kabul explosion kills at least 13, injures 15updated: Tue Mar 13 2007 23:32:00

A powerful explosion ripped through the Old City section of Kabul Wednesday morning, killing at least 13 people and injuring 15 others, Kabul's chief of police said.

Kabul comes undoneupdated: Thu Jun 01 2006 15:10:00

One day you're shopping in Kabul's famous Chicken Street; the next you're in a locked down military base listening to gunfire ripple across the city.

Deaths as riots sweep Kabulupdated: Mon May 29 2006 02:47:00

At least eight people were killed and more than 100 injured on Monday in Afghanistan's capital from riots after a U.S. military truck crashed into a crowd of pedestrians, military and Afghan officials said.

Fortune: Cobbling a Media Empire in Kabulupdated: Fri Jan 06 2006 10:40:00

SAAD MOHSENI WORKS THE departure lounge at Dubai's Terminal 2 like a Davos pro. Okay, this isn't exactly the Swiss Alps--it's 100° F in the desert outside--but 6 A.M. is the best time to meet the real road warriors of world business, people like Mohseni, Central Asia's newest media czar.

Bid to disrupt Afghan vote 'fails'updated: Sun Sep 18 2005 09:50:00

The U.S.-led coalition said Afghan and coalition forces had "stymied" militant designs to disrupt voting in Afghanistan's parliamentary elections on Sunday.

'28 die' in Afghan munitions blastupdated: Mon May 02 2005 08:38:00

A huge explosion at an ammunition dump in a northern Afghan village has killed 28 people and wounded 70, the international peacekeeping force said.

U.S. sends team to Afghan crashupdated: Tue Feb 08 2005 16:47:00

The U.S.'s National Transportation Safety Board says it has sent a team to Afghanistan to aid the investigation of last week's plane crash southwest of Kabul.

Human remains at Afghan crash siteupdated: Mon Feb 07 2005 01:56:00

A search and rescue team has arrived at the wreckage of an Afghan passenger jet that crashed last week in mountainous terrain southwest of Kabul, spending a few hours on the mountain, acording to a NATO spokeswoman.

Missing Afghan jetliner crashed outside Kabulupdated: Sat Feb 05 2005 01:50:00

Rescue teams have located the wreckage of an Afghan passenger jet that crashed two days ago with 104 people aboard, but severe weather and mountainous terrain have prevented rescuers from reaching the site.

Search for Afghan jet called offupdated: Fri Feb 04 2005 04:37:00

Bad weather forced rescuers to call off their search for a missing Afghan passenger jet with 104 people aboard that went missing near Kabul during a snow storm a day earlier.

Kidnapped U.N. hostages freedupdated: Tue Nov 23 2004 01:09:00

Three U.N. workers abducted in Kabul nearly a month ago were freed on Tuesday morning, a spokesman for the NATO-led peacekeeping force said.

Two dead after Kabul attackupdated: Sun Oct 24 2004 00:16:00

An American woman and a Afghan girl have died of wounds sustained in a suicide grenade attack in the center of of Kabul that also injured three international peacekeepers.

Kabul suicide attack: 7 injuredupdated: Sat Oct 23 2004 09:21:00

A suicide grenade attack in the center of the Afghan capital of Kabul Saturday injured seven people, including three international peacekeepers.

Blast in Kabul on eve of polls updated: Fri Oct 08 2004 03:05:00

A rocket has exploded near the U.S. military compound in Kabul one day before Afghans vote to elect their president for the first time.

Kabul blast on U.S. office kills 9updated: Sun Aug 29 2004 10:12:00

An explosion that destroyed a building in downtown Kabul killed 9 people -- at least three of them Americans -- and wounded at least seven others, witnesses said.

Americans held over 'fake prison'updated: Fri Jul 09 2004 05:06:00

Afghan authorities have arrested three American citizens accused of running a fake prison in Kabul, U.S. State Department and Afghan officials say.

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