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UNICEF expresses concern over Afghan children’s malnutrition, poor access to school

According to a report of UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan released in October, the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan had caused 2,480 child casualties including 689 deaths during the first three quarters of this year.

A case was lodged at the Anwarganj police station and the two were arrested.

More than 30 rescued in Afghan raid on Taliban prison

Those rescued in the raid in Helmand’s Nawzad district included four children under the age of 12 and two policemen, the officials said.

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Afghans slightly more optimistic despite turmoil suggests poll by Asia Foundation

Most respondents expressed concern about the security and future of the country, and 38.8 per cent said they would leave Afghanistan if they had the opportunity, the second-highest number recorded since the survey began in 2004.

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Eight militants killed in Afghanistan’s Logar province

Afghan security forces have beefed up security operations against militants as Afghans have been witnessing a surge in attacks by Taliban and Islamic State (IS) militants across the country. 

Deputy governor of Afghan province abducted in Pakistan

The Pakistani police source said the Afghan government had not told them about Ahmadi’s visit, adding that “otherwise we would have provided him with security”.

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US wants India to help strengthen capacities in Afghanistan, says official

India’s focus of assistance has mainly been on the developmental side, which the US wants to continue and accelerate further.

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India condemns Taliban attack in Kandahar army base, says states hosting terrorists must eliminate them

Kandahar attack: The Taliban claimed the attack in a media statement. Without naming any nation, India also said the countries harbouring terrorist sanctuaries must eliminate them.

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Europe returning more Afghans despite violence: Amnesty report

Many Afghans who leave the country to seek asylum in Europe do so by crossing into countries such as Iran and Turkey with a visa, then crossing the Mediterranean Sea by boat.

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US citizen convicted in 2009 suicide attack in Afghanistan

Farekh was captured in Pakistan and brought to the US in 2015. “Today, an American al-Qaeda member was brought to justice in a US courtroom,” said Bridget Rohde, the acting US attorney for the Eastern District of New York, using an alternate spelling for the militant group’s name.

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No country should use terror as foreign policy: Chief Executive of Afghanistan

No country can be allowed to use terror as an instrument of foreign policy and Afghanistan expects its good intentions towards its neighbours to be reciprocated, the country’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah.

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Hospital official says 4 killed in Kabul suicide bombing

Hospital program coordinator Dejan Panic confirmed the fatalities from the attack, which came as worshippers were leaving the Hussainia Mosque in central Kabul following Friday prayers.

Europe has interest in helping Afghanistan: Nato chief

Stoltenberg said Afghan forces, which have suffered thousands of casualties fighting the insurgency, had been “managing a very difficult situation”.

Jim Mattis, NATO chief renew commitment to Afghan conflict

Under Trump’s plan, the US is sending more than 3,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, on top of the 11,000 already on the ground, to train and advise the country’s security forces. NATO allies have around 5,000 troops deployed around the country.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrives in Afghanistan as rockets hit Kabul airport

The visit comes after US President Donald Trump announced a new strategy for Afghanistan, promising a stepped-up military campaign against Taliban insurgents who have gained ground as they seek to reestablish Islamic law after their 2001 ouster.

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No Indian troops in Afghanistan, says Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

Nirmala Sitharaman also raised the issue of terrorist havens in Pakistan. “The same forces that find havens in Pakistan hit New York and Mumbai. My request is that Secretary Mattis speaks out when he visits Pakistan,” she said.