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A total of 273 civilians were killed in Afghanistan during the month of October, the Civilian Protection Advocacy Group said Thursday.

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The Afghan government lost control or influence of three more districts between May and July, the US government's top watchdog said in a report on Wednesday.

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Doing business in Afghanistan has become easier as the country carried out a record number of business reforms in the past year to the extent it emerged as one of top 10 improvers in the latest global rankings, the World Bank said on Wednesday.

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A woman has been arrested for allegedly killing her two sons in Afghanistan's northern Takhar province, police said Thursday.

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The top US general in Afghanistan, who took over last month, has said that a more aggressive posture was adopted against the Taliban due to heavy casualties among Afghan forces.

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Any US military role in Afghanistan after peace would be conditions-based, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis said on Tuesday.

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An army helicopter crashed in western Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing all 25 it carried, an official said.

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At least seven people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up near Pul-i-Charkhi prison, Afghanistan's largest detention facility, in capital Kabul on Wednesday.

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Five members of the Afghan Taliban who were freed from US Guantanamo prison as part of a deal to free US soldier Bowe Bergdahl have joined the group's political office in Qatar, the group's spokesman said Tuesday.

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A square near Kabul airport is to be renamed in honour of General Raziq, the police chief of Kandahar province, who was assassinated nearly two weeks ago.

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