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  • March 20, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan police station attack leaves at least 18 people dead
    BBC News: Taliban fighters have killed at least 10 policeman in an attack on a city in eastern Afghanistan. Gun battles started early on Thursday morning in Jalalabad after a “multi-pronged” attack by insurgents. Police said they shot dead seven attackers, all of them wearing suicide bomb vests.      Full news...

  • March 18, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Suicide attack kills 15, injures at least 27 in north Afghanistan: officials
    AFP: A suicide bomber killed at least 15 people at a crowded market in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, officials said, as security is ramped up ahead of presidential elections. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack in Maimanah city, the capital of Faryab, a remote province that borders Turkmenistan and has a mixed population of Uzbek, Turkmen and Pashtun ethnic groups.      Full news...

  • March 14, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    6 civilians killed in Helmand blast
    UPI: At least six civilians, including two women and two children, were killed in a roadside bomb explosion in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, officials said. Local government officials said Thursday’s blast occurred after a civilian vehicle struck the improvised explosive device, Khaama Press reported Friday.      Full news...

  • March 9, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Weekend Violence Kills 11 Civilians in Afghanistan
    The Associated Press: A roadside bomb ripped through a car in southern Afghanistan, the deadliest of a series of weekend attacks that killed 11 civilians, officials said Sunday. Seven people, including three women and two children, were killed and eight others wounded when the car was hit while traveling in the volatile Helmand province, according to a statement by the provincial governor’s office.      Full news...

  • February 8, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Civilian casualties up by 14pc in 2013: UN
    Reuters: War took an increasing toll on Afghanistan’s civilians in 2013 as fighting intensified between the government and insurgents, the United Nations said in a report on Saturday, with total casualties rising 14 percent. The gradual withdrawal of foreign troops has left Afghan government forces more vulnerable to attack by insurgents, and the resulting battles helped account for last year’s rise in casualties, according to the report.      Full news...

  • January 26, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Six dead, 30 wounded in two attacks in Afghanistan
    The Hindu: At least six people including two Army officers were killed and 30 others injured on Sunday in two separate attacks in Afghanistan, officials confirmed. A roadside bomb hit a vehicle on its way to a wedding in the eastern province of Nangarhar, killing two civilians and injuring eight others.      Full news...

  • January 25, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban kidnap, shoot man dead, and burn his body
    PAN: The Taliban kidnapped an 18-year-old man on Friday, shot him dead and set his body alight in a gruesome incident in northern Balkh province, police said. Balkh police spokesman Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai told Pajhwok Afghan News the morning incident in the Sholgar district prompted a security operation that left three rebels dead. Commander Mullah Janak was among six others detained.      Full news...


  • 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...



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