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General warns against Afghanistan troop withdrawal

Britain's most senior general in Afghanistan has cautioned against any significant troop withdrawal until late next year, it was reported today.

Intelligence failures 'led to deaths of Afghan civilians'

Amid growing calls for US Special Operations Forces to take the lead in Afghanistan after the successful strike against Osama bin Laden, a new report has warned that systemic failures in gathering military intelligence are leading to civilian casualties during raids.

Gunmen attack Afghan governor's buildings in south

Gunmen unleashed a full-frontal assault today on government buildings in Afghanistan's largest southern city - a former Taliban stronghold where international and Afghan forces are trying to establish security and a functioning government.

Bin Laden death won't end Nato mission

US and Nato officials sought to reassure Afghans on Monday that Osama bin Laden's death will not weaken the international mission in Afghanistan, even as the Afghan president said the successful strike in Pakistan shows that the fight against terrorism should focus more outside his country's borders.

Forces search for barefoot suspects after prison break

Nato and Afghan security forces trying desperately to round up at least 475 escaped Taliban prisoners who broke out of a Kandahar jail were forced to resort to the most primitive detection methods yesterday: searching for suspects with bare feet.

Afghan forces recapture 71 Taliban prisoners

The massive security breach that allowed the Taliban to spirit more than 480 Afghan inmates out southern Afghanistan's largest prison must have involved inside collaborators, the Justice Ministry said Tuesday, as security forces worked to recapture the escaped convicts.

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At least 480 Taliban tunnel out of Afghan prison

Taliban militants tunneled at least 480 inmates out of the main prison in southern Afghanistan overnight, whisking them through a 1,000-foot-long underground passage they had dug over months.

Nine soldiers killed in Afghan suicide bombing

A suicide bomber in an Afghan army uniform killed five foreign and four Afghan soldiers in an attack on a sprawling desert base in the east of the country today, the highest toll on NATO-led troops in a single attack for several months.

Koran protests continue in Afghanistan

Demonstrators battled police in southern Afghanistan's main city on Sunday and took to the streets in the turbulent east for the first time as Western pleas failed to halt a third day of rage over a Florida pastor's burning of the Koran.

US soldier faces up to 24 years in jail over 'Afghan Abu Ghraib'

One of the five US soldiers accused of being part of a "kill team" which plotted to take the lives of unarmed civilians to help pass the time during a deployment in Afghanistan pleaded guilty last night to three counts of premeditated murder.

Hamid Karzai relative 'killed in Nato night raid'

An elderly relative of Afghan President Hamid Karzai was shot dead by Nato forces during a botched night raid in southern Afghanistan today, Karzai's brother said, stoking controversy over the war's civilian toll.

Eight dead after bomb at dog fight

Twin bomb blasts killed eight Afghans on Sunday at an illegal dog fight in the volatile south, officials said.

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