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New York Times photographer injured in Afghanistan

A photographer for The New York Times was seriously injured by a mine today in southern Afghanistan where international forces are pushing into Taliban strongholds to try to turn the tide of the war.

Nato surge on Taliban stronghold drives civilians into the line of fire

As troops step up their attack on the militants' Kandahar heartland, Julius Cavendish meets the ordinary people caught on the frontline

Nato launches major offensive to clear Taliban heartland

The final and critical phase of the offensive to clear Kandahar, the spiritual home of the Taliban, began yesterday with hundreds of troops carrying out an air assault on the main insurgent base in the region.

US soldier 'refused to leave wounded comrade' at Fort Hood shootings

A wounded soldier with a clear path to the exit refused to leave his fallen comrade behind even as a gunman fired off shots near them during last year's deadly rampage at the Fort Hood Army base, a military court heard yesterday.

Ahmed Wali Karzai: 'The stories are very hurtful. The only thing I haven't been accused of is prostitution'

If you believe his critics, Ahmed Wali Karzai is a corrupt gangster who has allowed the Taliban to flourish but remains untouchable because he is the President's brother. But, in a rare interview, he tells Kim Sengupta that his hands are clean

Deadly traps lie in wait as Nato surge begins to drive Taliban out of Kandahar

Sophisticated roadside bombs greet troops on first day of fight for control of insurgents' birthplace, writes Kim Sengupta in Malajat

Dispensable? RAF's contribution has never been more vital

In Afghanistan, the need for the RAF is plain, says the man who runs Kandahar airfield

Suicide bomber kills five Afghan police and one civilian

A suicide bomber perched on the back of a motorcycle killed five Afghan policemen and one civilian in the increasingly violent northern province of Kunduz today.

Two die in Islamic pilgrimages office bombing

The director of an office for facilitating pilgrimages to Islamic holy sites was killed in a bomb attack in the volatile southern city of Kandahar today, Afghan police said.

Seven American soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Seven American soldiers were killed in Afghanistan in separate incidents yesterday, the US military has confirmed. Five were killed by one improvised explosive device and the other two soldiers were killed by a second IED.

'We want to talk to the Taliban. But they would rather kill themselves'

Control of Kandahar is key to withdrawal from Afghanistan. But the coming US offensive there will be a bloody one, writes Kim Sengupta

Afghan, NATO troops pursue Haqqani fighters

More than 20 insurgents including Arab, Chechen and Pakistani fighters have been killed by NATO and Afghan forces who are ramping up operations in the east against a Taliban faction linked to al-Qaida, the international coalition said today.

Insurgents attack Afghan Nato base

Insurgents launched a ground attack on Nato's largest base in southern Afghanistan today, but did not breach its defences, officials said.

Twenty six killed in Afghan bus crash

Police say 26 people were killed when a speeding bus crashed in southern Afghanistan.

Taliban take two US soldiers hostage in Afghanistan

Five Americans are killed in separate bombings
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