It used to be all the rage in Khost to keep Taliban anthems, fighting videos and other insurgent propaganda on one’s mobile phone.

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“Nawa district is now under the control of Taliban, people are facing many problems there”, said Zainuddin, a resident of Nawa, speaking in Ghazni city. “There are no schools or hospitals. Sick people are usually taken to Ghazni city, but they often die before getting to the hospital due to the bad roads.”

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Residents of Afghanistan’s capital are following military operations in the north with more interest than usual lately: The outcome of the battle will determine how much electricity flows to the nation’s capital during these cold winter days.

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Among the protesters I saw a lot of ethnic groups. Beside the Hazaras, I saw Pashtuns, Tajiks, Uzbeks, Pashai, and Hindus among the crowd. It was encouraging and heartening. It became even more encouraging when, the day after the Kabul protest, the people of Herat, Jalalabad, Mazar-e-Sharif, Bamyan, and Daikundi protested too.

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For several months now Khas Uruzgan has been the site of battles between the Taliban and the government. Caught between the warring factions, civilians are bearing the brunt of it. With no medical facilities available to them, they are dying of ordinary sickness.

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The 30-second video is difficult to watch: a young woman buried up to her neck in a hole, is being stoned by a group of men. She shouts pitifully, appealing to her killers for mercy and emphasizing their common religion. The woman, whose name was Rokhshana, eventually succumbed to her injuries.

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Zarnegar Park, Pul-e_Kheshti mosque and the streets of Kabul are now living spaces for those displaced from Kunduz. The fall of Kunduz was a shock for Afghans. The Taliban attack forced them out of their houses to seek protection in other provinces like Kabul, Takhar, Baghlan, Badakhshan and Balkh.

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Two weeks ago, the Taliban attacked Kunduz City, and with a small but fierce force drove out the Afghan security forces and raised their flag over the central square. The city is now back under government control, but enormous damage was done. Thousands of residents were displaced, and many others had their homes destroyed. Now those people are in Kabul, Balkh, Takhar and other provinces, trying to survive.

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When Kunduz, one of Afghanistan’s major cities in the North, fell into Taliban hands at the end of September, residents in neighboring Baghlan began to feel the danger. A steady stream of cars was seen leaving the provincial capital, Pul-e-Khumri, heading for areas perceived to be safer, such as Mazar-e-Sharif, or even Kabul. The price […]

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Afghanistan celebrated the one year anniversary of its National Unity Government in a dark and somber way: with the collapse of the northern city of Kunduz. It was the first major city to fall to the Taliban since the US-led invasion in 2001.

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The Taliban are developing their own “hearts and minds” strategy

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Afghanistan’s First Vice President earns applause and gratitude for battling the Taliban in the North. But his triumph may be short-lived.

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In early August, the Taliban launched an unprecedented series of attacks in Kabul city leaving dozens dead and hundred injured. Here are some of their stories

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Residents in Samangan are concerned at the increasing insecurity in their province

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As a kid, I always wanted to see the Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, writes Mohib Shadan

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If not addressed, the situation can be a threat to the security of Kabul-North highway, warn members of Baghlan provincial council

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Citizen Journalist Ajmal Omari says that Taliban have shot a BM1 missile that hit an area 100 meters near the police chief’s office

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In truth, Laghmani’s hero status always involved some level of disavowal. Taken by his charisma, we overlooked that and allowed Laghmani his possibly tall tale, writes Ali M Latifi

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As development in Khanashin takes a backseat, residents claim the region has been forgotten by government

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Taliban are collecting taxes, and providing tax-payers receipts on Taliban letter heads, reports Paiwandgāh Citizen Journalist Ajmal Omari

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