NATO agrees Afghanistan troop boost but no combat role

NATO will increase troop numbers in Afghanistan to help train local forces facing a resurgent Taliban but will not return to a combat role, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on June 29.

The alliance ended its longest-ever military operation in 2014 when it handed over post-9/11 frontline duties to the Afghan military and took on an advice and training mission.

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Imagine such a life: Almost all of your decisions are made by somebody else; there is no free area in your life. Your education, job, marriage, free time, books and newspapers to be read… All of these are decided for you, and you need only obey. 

Turkey condemns terror attack in Pakistan that kills at least 15 people

The Turkish Foreign Ministry has condemned a terror attack in the northeastern Pakistani city of Lahore that killed at least 15 people. 

At least 15 people were killed late on Feb. 13, emergency official Ahmad Raza told Agence France-Presse, including six police officers, while up to 87 were injured when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden vest at a busy protest. 

Afghan child casualties soar as urban warfare escalates: UN

Child casualties have soared in Afghanistan this year as the Taliban stepped up attacks in urban areas, the United Nations said on April 17, branding the figures "appalling."

Between January and March, 161 children were killed and 449 others injured - a 29 percent increase from a year earlier - the U.N.'s mission in Afghanistan said in a report.