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U.S. unleashes ‘mother of all bombs’ for first time in Afghanistan

April 14, 2017 By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States dropped “the mother of all bombs,” the largest non-nuclear device it has ever unleashed in combat, on a network of caves and tunnels used by Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, the military said. President Donald Trump touted the bombing as evidence of a more muscular U.S. foreign policy since he took office in January after eight years of President Barack Obama. The 21,600 pound (9,797 kg) GBU-43 bomb, which has 11 tons of explosives, was dropped…

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Barber-turned-rapper crowned ‘Afghan Star’ in talent show

March 21, 2017 By Tommy Wilkes KABUL (Reuters) – A barber-turned-rapper has been crowned the winner of an Afghan talent show that offered its audience some relief from daily stories of insurgents and suicide bombs. Sayed Jamal Mubarez, from Afghanistan’s long-marginalized Hazara ethnic minority, won viewers over with lyrics capturing both the hope and despair of young people living through a war against Taliban militants now in its sixteenth year. “Afghan Star”, modeled on singing contests popular across the world, is in its 12th season on Afghanistan’s biggest private television…

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