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  • January 1, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan-Pakistan: The Covert War
    The Diplomat: When American special forces plucked the second in command of the Pakistani Taliban from the hands of Afghan officials this October, they laid bare the extent of a largely covert war between Afghanistan and Pakistan that has been going on for several years. With a drawdown – perhaps even to zero – of U.S. troops from Afghanistan next year, the secret war might just become an open one.      Full news...

  • December 19, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Police in Taleban Arms Sales
    IWPR: Officials and elected councillors in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province have raised the alarm about illicit arms deliveries to the Taleban. Police, they say, are happily trading away their ammunition to the insurgents they are supposed to be shooting at. "On the basis of evidence in our possession, we can absolutely confirm this,” Mohammad Ali Ahmadi, the deputy governor of this southeastern province, told IWPR.      Full news...

  • December 7, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Taliban’s Enablers
    Middle East Quarterly: Since the 9/11 attacks, numerous books have been written about the Taliban, documenting its history and resurgence. Many writers fault the United States for failing to turn Afghanistan into the Shangri La that it could be, claiming that beginning with the Bonn conference in December 2001, the Afghanistan war has been a disaster punctuated by one missed opportunity after another, guided by a hubristic new imperialism.      Full news...


  • October 27, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Officials: 18 Killed in Afghanistan Roadside Blast
    VOA: A roadside bomb blast hit a bus in eastern Afghanistan Sunday, killing 18 civilians, most of them women. Afghan officials said the blast occurred in the Andar district of Ghazni province as the bus was going from one village to another just before dusk. Fourteen women, three men and a child were reported killed. Five other women were were wounded, and a police official said two were in critical condition.      Full news...

  • October 24, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    21 would-be child bombers detained
    PAN: Intelligence operatives in eastern Laghman province have detained 21 children, some as young as 7, being taken to Pakistan for receiving suicide attack training, an official said on Thursday. The children, aged between 7 and 12 years, were detained a day earlier after they entered Laghman from Nuristan province, the provincial National Directorate of Security (NDS) spokesman Nasrullah Nasrat told a press conference.      Full news...

  • September 8, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban-led suicide attack kills 10, wounds 120 in Afghan town
    Xinhua: Ten people, including six suicide attackers, were killed and 120 civilians injured as a group of suicide bombers stormed a compound of National Directorate for Security (NDS), the country’s intelligence agency in Wardak's provincial capital Maidan Shahr 35 km west of Kabul on Sunday, the provincial government said in a statement released here.      Full news...

  • September 1, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Over 200 killed in attacks across Afghanistan in August
    Xinhua: At least 203 people, most of them civilians, were killed and hundreds wounded in bombings and attacks across Afghanistan last month, according to official figures. Among a total of 50 major bomb attacks launched by the Taliban and other militant groups, around 20 were of the suicide nature.      Full news...

  • August 31, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    At least six people killed and 30 wounded in deadly attacks
    Al Jazeera: At least six people have been killed and 30 others wounded in two attacks in southern Afghanistan, according to local authorities. An explosion took place on Saturday morning at a checkpoint near a branch of the New Kabul Bank in Kandahar, Javed Faisal, a provincial spokesman, said.      Full news...

  • August 28, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    At least 26 killed in flurry of bombings across Afghanistan
    Reuters: Six people were killed in a bomb attack on a base operated by Polish and Afghan forces in the eastern Afghan province of Ghazni on Wednesday, local officials and a Reuters witness said. Another 20 people - including at least nine soldiers - died in a spate of bombings elsewhere in the country.      Full news...

  • August 27, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taleban execute 13 civilians in Afghanistan
    Reuters: The Afghan Taleban executed 13 Afghan workers in two provinces after accusing them of working for the government, officials said on Tuesday, the latest in a series of brutal attacks on civilians this year. President Hamid Karzai condemned the killings with a swipe at Pakistan, which he has been visiting for two days.      Full news...

  • August 17, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: 20 killed in militant bomb, gun attacks
    CNN: A series of attacks in Afghanistan claimed the lives of 20 people -- all but one of them civilians -- in the space of less than 24 hours, officials said Saturday. Ten people died when a group of insurgents attacked a police checkpoint in the country’s western Herat province Friday evening, police spokesman Abdul Rauf Ahmadi said.      Full news...


  • August 11, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Landmines kill five including three women, child
    PAN: Three women were among five civilians killed during two separate but near simultaneous roadside bombings in the Charchino district of central Uruzgan province on Sunday, officials said. The three women and one child were killed and another child wounded when a landmine ripped through their vehicle in the Sarab area, moments after another similar blast killed one civilian and wounded another on a motorcycle in the same area...      Full news...

  • August 8, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Graveyard picnic bomb kills 14 women and children in Afghan east
    Reuters: A bomb planted in an Afghan graveyard killed 14 women and children on Thursday, many of them picnicking at the graveside of a family member during the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday, officials said. The bomb exploded in a rural district of eastern Nangarhar province, said the provincial governor's spokesman, Ahmad Zia Abdulzai.      Full news...

  • August 8, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A mother whose Eid is marred by son’s loss
    PAN: “The bomber took the life of my only son and changed this year’s Eid festival into a sea of sorrows for me,” says the mother of a 24-year-old who was among 14 killed in a February suicide attack in northern Kunduz province. The attack left another 19 people injured in Kunduz City, the provincial capital. Most of those killed were traffic police officials. They included counterterrorism chief, provincial traffic police chief and Abdul Qadir, the only son of Laila.      Full news...

  • August 4, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Taliban backers win 150 million USD in US contracts
    The Independent: The US government has awarded more than 150m USD (98m GBP) in contracts to companies and individuals in Afghanistan that are known to support the Taliban, according to a US spending watchdog. Multimillion dollar contracts have been given over the past five years to 43 companies working in construction, logistics, road building and IT that have links to the insurgents.      Full news...

  • August 3, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Suicide bomber kills 8 passersby in Afghanistan near Indian Consulate
    NBC News: A suicide bomber blew himself up, killing another suicide bomber and eight other people in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on Saturday, an official said. Abdul Zai, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, said three suicide bombers wearing explosive vests were driving toward the Indian Consulate in the city when they were stopped by the security services.      Full news...


  • July 29, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Constant violence on perilous highways
    The Killid Group: There has been an upsurge of violence on the highways in the south and east of the country. Journeys that took only a few hours three years ago can be interminable. There are daily bloody skirmishes, trucks carrying NATO supplies are targeted by magnetic bombs and IEDs, and civilians travelling on work could be stuck for hours because of blockades by security forces.      Full news...

  • July 19, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Bombings kill 15 people in southern Afghanistan
    The Associated Press: Officials say a wave of bombings in southern Afghanistan has killed 15 people, including six members of the country’s security services. Omar Zwak, a spokesman for the governor of Helmand province, says there were four bombings. All of them took place late on Friday in different locations in Helmand.      Full news...

  • July 10, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    UK forces in Helmand “made matters worse”, says report
    The Guardian: Under intense pressure from British and US troops, the Taliban have been demoralised and put on the back foot in the Afghan province of Helmand; yet they have proved remarkably resilient, and will try to “retake” the province once foreign forces withdraw, at the end of next year, according to a study published in the influential International Affairs journal.      Full news...

  • July 5, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    2 suicide attacks kill 16, wounds 17 in Afghanistan
    Xinhua: At least 16 Afghans were killed and 17 others sustained injuries as two suicide attacks rocked the southern provinces of Kandahar and Uruzgan on Friday, officials asserted. In the latest deadly suicide bombing which hit Uruzgan’s provincial capital Trinkot 370 km south of Kabul, 12 people mostly policemen were killed and five others sustained injuries, spokesman for provincial administration, Abdullah Humat said.      Full news...

  • July 4, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Six Children Killed by Hidden Bombs in Afghanistan
    The New York Times: Thursday was another bad day for girls in Afghanistan. Four girls aged 5 to 8 who were at a wedding party in southern Helmand Province went out to fetch water from a hand pump, and as they were carrying the buckets of water back one of the girls stepped on a hidden bomb, which exploded and killed all of them, according to Omar Zwak, a spokesman for the provincial governor.      Full news...

  • June 25, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban Strike Near Presidential Palace Inside Kabul
    The New York Times: At least three suicide bombers launched a sophisticated attack on the heart of the Afghan government early Tuesday morning, using at least two land cruisers similar to those used by international soldiers here, fake badges and vehicle passes, which allowed at least one to get inside the heavily guarded area, according to Kabul’s deputy police chief.      Full news...

  • June 16, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Roadside bomb kills 6 civilians in Afghanistan
    Pakistan Today: Six civilians were killed and four others sustained injuries when a roadside bomb ripped through their vehicle in Afghanistan’s central province of Uruzgan on Sunday. The early morning blast took place in the Chura district, a statement from the governor’s house media centre said.      Full news...


  • June 11, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    55 killed and wounded in car bomb attack outside Kabul court
    Los Angeles Times: A suicide bomber detonated his vehicle in front of the Supreme Court in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, several hundred yards from the U.S. Embassy, killing 17 people and wounding 38, police said. The Taliban claimed responsibility in a statement sent to reporters, adding that the bomber, whom it identified as an engineer named Abdul Wajid, detonated his explosives-packed Toyota Corolla...      Full news...

  • June 10, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban beheads two boys, aged 10 and 16, in southern Afghanistan
    Reuters: Taliban fighters beheaded two boys aged 10 and 16 as a warning to villagers not to cooperate with the Afghan government, local officials said. The boys, named Khan and Hameedullah, had travelled to Afghan army and police checkpoints near their home in the southern province of Kandahar, scrounging for leftover food to bring to their families, the officials said.      Full news...

  • June 4, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Father, 3 children killed by road bomb in Afghanistan as violence soars
    The Associated Press: An official says three children and their father died when their car hit a bomb on a road in western Afghanistan, the latest deaths in a sharp rise in civilian casualties. Farah province spokesman Abdul Rahman Zhawandai says the family was driving early Tuesday when their car hit the buried bomb. The father and children were killed instantly. The mother was critically injured.      Full news...



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