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War inflicting toll on Afghans

KABUL: Afghanistan’s war is inflicting an increasingly devastating toll on the civilian population, with the number of casualties rising by almost a quarter in the first half of this year, the United Nations said in a report on Wednesday. US-led forces are gradually withdrawing from military bases scattered across Afghanistan after 12 years of war against Taliban insurgents, contributing to deteriorating se ...

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31 Killed In Massive Taliban Attack In Afghanistan

"A total of 22 suicide bombers launched a massive offensive against the police headquarters and provincial governor's office this morning and security personnel retaliated, killing all the attackers within an hour," Raziq said at a press conference. He also said that two suicide bombers were killed in self-detonated explosions while the remaining 20 were shot dead during the subsequent clash with the securi ...

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Kandahar Governor’s Office Under Attack

KABUL: Militants Wednesday launched a massive offensive against the police headquarters and the provincial governor's office in Kandahar, the capital of Afghanistan's Kandahar province, 450 km south of Kabul. "A group of militants first carried out a suicide car bomb attack next to the Kandahar police headquarters and minutes later some militants opened fire on the governor's office," Dawa Khan Minapal, spo ...

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Suicide attack kills 16, including 4 Czech soldiers

The bomber was in a crowd of Afghans talking to soldiers who were investigating rocket attacks against Bagram airbase. A Taleban suicide bomber killed 16 people including 10 civilians and four Czech soldiers in an attack in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, officials said, as foreign troops wind down their war against the insurgents. Czech chief of staff Petr Pavel told reporters in Prague that the bomber was ...

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Market Blast Kills Two In Somali Capital

At least two people have been killed and seven wounded when a bomb ripped through a busy market in the Somali capital, a government official said. It is not clear who carried out Monday's attack but in the past similar explosions in Mogadishu have been claimed by al-Shabab fighters. The group had previously vowed to wage a series of attacks during Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month which started on Sunday. O ...

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Mass Hong Kong Democracy Protest Looms

Hong Kong is bracing for its largest protest in more than a decade after nearly 800,000 voted for full democracy in an unofficial referendum, a move likely to stoke anti-China sentiment in the former British colony. The annual July 1 rally, marking the day the territory returned to China in 1997, will focus on pressuring Beijing's Communist Party leaders for full electoral freedom, organisers said, and coul ...

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Sunni Rebels Declare New ‘Islamic Caliphate’

A Sunni armed group which controls large areas of Iraq and Syria has announced the establishment of a "caliphate" straddling the two countries, urging other groups to pledge allegiance. In an audio recording released on Sunday, the group formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant declared its chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, "the caliph" and "leader for Muslims everywhere". "The legality of all ...

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Parliament Approves Access To Information Law

KABUL: The lower house of the Afghan parliament (Wolesi Jirga) has approved Access to Information Law with some amendments by a majority of votes today. Ministry of Justice had sent the six-chapter Access to Information Law containing 32 articles to the Wolesi Jirga for approval in the middle of March this year. The draft law was today presented at a general session of the Jirga by its commission for religi ...

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Iraq’s Military Battles to Wrest Back Control of Tikrit

BAGHDAD - Iraqi helicopter gunships struck suspected insurgent positions in Tikrit on Sunday as part of a government offensive to retake the northern city from Sunni militants led by the al-Qaida breakaway Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, residents and officials said. The Iraqi military opened its campaign to wrest back Tikrit, the hometown of former dictator Saddam Hussein, on Saturday with a multi-pr ...

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Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza after Rocket Attacks

Palestinian medics said two people were wounded in air strikes on eight sites. Israeli officials said only six sites were bombed. Three people were injured in the attack on the Israeli factory, a paint manufacturing plant in the southern town of Sderot that caught fire, police said. "Over the weekend, the Israel Defence Forces attacked multiple targets in response to firing at Israel from the Gaza Strip," P ...

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North Korea Launches Two Missiles, Defies U.N. Ban

- North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into seas east off its coast on Sunday, South Korea's military said, defying a U.N. ban on the isolated country testing such weapons. The launch came days before Chinese President Xi Jinping's scheduled state visit to South Korea. China is the main benefactor of the North, which is also under sanctions for conducting nuclear tests. North Korea is also d ...

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Large Fires Occurred in 8th Precinct of Kabul

large fires occurred in 8th precinct of Kabul this noon. Mohammad Zahir head of anti-crime of eight precinct police said BNA, the fires occurred in a timber sales of 8th precinct of Kabul , and the fire is also threatening homes in the area. ...

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Poll workers killed in North blast

At least 11 people, including election workers, have been killed in Afghanistan’s north when a roadside bomb blew up their bus, according to a local official. The governor of the northern province of Samangan told the Reuters news agency that the blast came on Saturday evening, after polls closed in a second-round, run-off vote to elect a successor to President Hamid Karzai. Four of the victims were employe ...

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If Karachi airport used fake bomb detectors, they should have known better

It was the shoes that betrayed Corporal Faiz Mohammad's would-be killers. When 10 Taliban militants attacked Pakistan's busiest airport on Sunday night, sparking a five-hour gun battle that killed at least 34 people, Mohammad and his fellow officers from the Airports Security Force (ASF) were the first line of defense. "There was a moment of confusion because the militants had the same ASF uniforms as us," ...

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Karzai condemns string of terror attacks in Pakistan

KABUL: President Hamid Karzai on Monday strongly denounced terrorist attacks on Karachi airport and Shiite pilgrims in Pakistan, urging the neighbouring country to sincerely wipeout terror. At least 23 people were killed and 18 others injured after a 10-member heavily armed suicide bomber squad attacked Pakistan´s busiest airport in the southern port city of Karachi on Sunday night. A statement from the pre ...

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3 killed, 5 injured in Jalalabad court assault

JALALABAD: Three heavily armed militants were shot dead by security forces during a fierce gunbattle after they stormed a courtroom in the capital of eastern Nangarhar province on Monday, police said. The attackers laced with guns and hand grenades stormed the court building in Jalalabad at round 3pam and the attack came to an end with the death of all the three attackers at 5pm, Nangarhar police chief Fazl ...

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Deadly floods in Baghlan

Flooding in a remote part of northern Afghanistan has claimed more than 50 lives and forced thousands to flee their homes. It was the latest in a string of deadly flash floods, landslides and avalanches in Afghanistan's rugged northern mountains, where roads are poor and many villages are virtually cut off from the rest of the country. Lt. Fazel Rahman, the police chief in the Guzirga i-Nur district of the ...

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Suspected Suicide Bomber Kills Two Pakistan Military Officers

A suspected suicide bomber attacked a Pakistani security forces vehicle in Rawalpindi, home to army headquarters, on Wednesday, killing five people including two officers, a military source said. The attack in Rawalpindi, next to the capital, Islamabad, came days after the Pakistani Taliban split into two groups, limiting the government's chances of finding a negotiated settlement to end the insurgency. "A ...

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3 Children Killed, 60 Homes Destroyed In Floods

KHOST CITY: Three children died and two others sustained injuries as a result of flash floods that swept through the capital of southeastern Khost province following heavy rains, an official said. The governor’s spokesman, Mubariz Zadran, told Pajhwok Afghan News the floods emerged on Tuesday night in Khost City, destroying more than 60 houses. He said the flooding damaged crops in Ismail Khail and Mohmand ...

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315 more Pakistani rockets land in Kunar, child injured

ASADABAD/JALALABAD: Police on Wednesday claimed Pakistan fired more than 300 rockets into eastern Kunar province, as protests in neighbouring Nangarhar province against the periodic shelling entered a second day. Kunar police chief Brig. Gen. Abdul Habib Syedkhel told Pajhwok Afghan News 315 rockets were fired from Pakistan on Wednesday morning, landing in the Shultan Dara area of Shegal district and Goriga ...

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