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Gunbattles between rival Taliban factions leave 5 dead

It was the first confirmed report of deadly Taliban infighting after an announcement last month that Mullah Omar had been dead for more than two years.

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Afghan blast: 11 dead in Herat gas explosion, victims mostly children

Rafiq Sherzai, spokesman for the Herat Regional Hospital, said on Tuesday that 18 people were also wounded in the blast late Monday.

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Afghanistan blast: Car bomb kills 3 foreigners among 10, says NATO

The attack Saturday struck near the private Shinozada hospital in Kabul’s Macrorayan neighborhood. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Afghan officials: Vice president escapes Taliban ambush

Sultan Faizy, who is Dostum’s spokesman, says the ambush happened on Friday afternoon in northern Faryab province as the convoy was driving through Qaysar district.

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Afghanistan claims ‘Pakistani military interference’ in Kabul attacks

Hassib Sediqi, the spokesman for the National Directorate of Security, said today that Afghan authorities have confirmed “Pakistani military interference” in the attacks last Friday.

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In 20 tweets, Afghan president Ghani blasts Pakistan for supporting insurgents

“We know they have sanctuaries there, we know they are active there,” Ghani said, referring to Taliban leaders living in Pakistan. “We need all those activities to be stopped.”

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Five dead in Taliban suicide blast on Kabul airport road

This attack comes days after series of suicide attacks in the Afghan capital killed dozens and wounded hundreds more.

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Top Taliban negotiator lashes out at Pakistan-backed leadership

The statement is a sharp attack on Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansur, who was controversially picked to replace Mullah Omar after the organisation announced the jihadist leaders’ death last month.

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Kabul blasts: Two explosions kill 35, challenge President Ashraf Ghani’s peace plan

Two blasts, one near a government and military complex in a residential area and the other a suicide bombing outside a police academy, killed at least 35 people.

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17 killed in Afghanistan military helicopter crash

The military helicopter went down due to technical reasons in Shinkay, a district relatively free of insurgent activity in Zabul.

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Afghan official: Suicide truck bomb kills 8, wounds 12

Din Mohammad Darwish, spokesman for the governor of Logar province, near Kabul, says the dead from Thursday’s attack include three police officers and five civilians. Five police are among the wounded.

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India’s consulate in Herat moves to former US complex

The move assumes significance in the wake of heightened security threat to Indian missions in Afghanistan, following a leadership change in Taliban after Mullah Omar’s death.

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Afghan government says it won’t separately deal with Taliban

Fledgling peace talks between the Taliban and the government halted last week when officials announced Taliban figurehead Mullah Mohammad Omar had died in April 2013.

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Drone strike kills 20 members of Islamic State group: Afghan official

Nangarhar has seen heavy fighting in recent months between militants purported to be from the Taliban and the Islamic State group, battling for control of trade routes.

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Taliban’s reclusive leader Mullah Omar: All you need to know

Citing Afghan government and intelligence sources, the BBC said that Mullah Omar died two to three years ago. No further details were released.