Gulf Times - Kabul
Mattis makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan

Mattis makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis landed in Kabul on Friday for an unannounced visit to war-torn Afghanistan, adding his weight to a flurry of diplomatic efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table.

Islamic State claims twin Kabul bomb attack that killed at least 26

Islamic State claims twin Kabul bomb attack that killed at least 26

Islamic State on Thursday claimed responsibility for a twin bomb attack at a wrestling club in the Afghan capital Kabul the previous day that killed at least 26 people.

Twin blasts rock Kabul, at least 14 people killed

Twin blasts rock Kabul, at least 14 people killed

The second bomb detonated an hour after a suicide bomber blew himself up inside the sports hall in a heavily Shia neighbourhood, as journalists and security forces gathered at the scene.

Intense fighting erupts in Kabul after rockets fired

Intense fighting erupts in Kabul after rockets fired

Afghan security forces battled militants in Kabul's old quarter Tuesday, with military helicopters firing above a mosque to quell an assault that was launched with a rocket barrage against the capital.

Gunmen attack intelligence training centre in Kabul

Gunmen attack intelligence training centre in Kabul

Several gunmen were firing on a training facility overseen by the National Security Directorate -- Afghanistan's intelligence agency -- from a nearby construction site.

Afghan special forces sent to Ghazni as casualties mount

Afghan special forces sent to Ghazni as casualties mount

The attack on Ghazni, a strategic centre on the main road linking the capital Kabul with southern Afghanistan, has come as a severe blow to President Ashraf Ghani.

Fight for Afghan city rages despite govt claim of upper hand

Fight for Afghan city rages despite govt claim of upper hand

Taliban fighters continued to roam Ghazni, torching government offices and in control of several police checkpoints.

Taliban fighters storm Afghan city before security forces hit back

Taliban fighters storm Afghan city before security forces hit back

Heavily armed Taliban fighters attacked the strategic central Afghan city of Ghazni on Friday, burning police checkpoints and seizing control of parts of the centre before being driven back by US-backed forces, officials said.

Three foreign nationals abducted and killed in Kabul: police

Three foreign nationals abducted and killed in Kabul: police

Afghan police in Kabul Thursday recovered the bodies of three foreign nationals who they said had been abducted and killed, in the latest incident targeting foreigners in the war-torn capital.

Three wounded as rockets are fired into Kabul

Three wounded as rockets are fired into Kabul

The rockets landed in residential areas "near the mountains in PD5 (police district)" in the west of the city, police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai said.

Afghans 'tired of war', say exhausted peace marchers

Afghans 'tired of war', say exhausted peace marchers

The march was triggered by a car bomb in Helmand on March 23 that killed at least 14 people and wounded dozens.

IS says behind Afghanistan car bombing which kills 26 during Eid

IS says behind Afghanistan car bombing which kills 26 during Eid

A car bomb killed at least 26 people at a gathering of Taliban and Afghan armed forces in the eastern city of Nangarhar on Saturday, an official said, as soldiers and militants celebrated an unprecedented Eid ceasefire.