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Suicide bomber targets Afghan forces convoy in Helmand

A suicide bomber targeted a convoy of the Afghan national army (ANA) and Afghan police forces in southern Helmand province. According to the local government officials, the incident took place on Saturday afternoon in Greshk district. Preliminary reports suggest at least four Afghan police forces were martyred and two others were injured following the attack, an Afghan army official said. In the meantime, p ...

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Taliban executes woman over espionage charges in Kunar

Taliban militants have murdered a young woman over espionage charges in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan. According to local government officials, the woman was accused of spying foe American forces and was shot dead by Taliban militants inside her residence. Provincial police chief, Gen. Abdul Habib Syed Khel confirmed that the woman was killed late Sunday night in Sarkano district. Gen. Syed Khel add ...

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Deadly Taliban ambush in Sar-e-Pul

At least 22 members of the Afghan National Security Forces have been killed in a Taliban ambush and seven others kidnapped by the armed group in a mountainous region in northern Afghanistan, an official has said. Taliban fighters attacked a convoy carrying Afghan security forces on Monday, killing 22 soldiers and police, kidnapping seven, and injuring eight others. "Twelve army and police vehicles are total ...

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Second blast in Kabul leaves at least 22 people injured

At least 22 people were injured following an explosion in Qarabagh district of Kabul on Monday, local officials said. The incident took place around 9:30 am local time following an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in a crowded market. District administrative chief, Abdul Sami Sharifi, said the IED was planted near a mosque and an investigation has been launched regarding the incident. No group, inlcu ...

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Putin orders troops away from Ukraine border

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered thousands of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border to return to their usual bases, according to his spokesman. Dmitry Peskov told Russian news outlets late Saturday in Sochi that Putin had ordered approximately 17,600 troops to return home from Rostov, a southern region that borders east Ukraine, where pro-Russian insurgents have been battling governm ...

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Six Civilians Killed in Uruzgan Blasts

At least six civilians were killed and seven others were injured in separate blasts in southern Uruzgan province, local officials said on Saturday. The first blast took place on Friday night in Chora district of the province when a civilian vehicle struck a roadside mine killing four civilians and injuring four others, Provincial Governor spokesman Dost Mohammad Shah said. Shah said second blast took place ...

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Coordinated suicide attack plot foiled in Pul-e-Khumri city

Afghan intelligence operatives foiled a coordinated suicide attack plot in northern Pul-e-Khumri city. National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Saturday that a suspected Taliban militant involved in coordinating and planning suicide and terrorist attack plots was arrested during a special operation by intelligence operatives. A statement released by NDS said the detained militant was identified as Amir M ...

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Children killed in Homs double blasts

At least 10 children are among 22 people killed in a twin bombings outside a primary school in the government-controlled city of Homs in central Syria. A Syrian pro-government channel broadcast on Wednesday brief footage of the aftermath, showing parents looking for their children and schoolbags and bloodstains on the ground. Flames rose from a car nearby. Homs governor Talal Barazzi described the attack as ...

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7 Killed, 21 Wounded In Kabul Suicide Attacks

At least seven security personnel were killed and more than 20 others wounded in two separate suicide attacks in Kabul on Wednesday, a day after the signing of a security pact with the United States. Brig. Gen. Humayun Aini, in charge of the police helpline, told Pajhwok Afghan News seven Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed and 15 others wounded when one bomber targeted their bus in Karta-i-Char ...

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ISIL under heavy assault by Kurds in Iraq

Kurdish peshmerga forces backed by US-led air attacks have pushed into territory held by ISIL in Iraq, recapturing several towns and villages that had recently fallen to the group. The peshmerga began their assault on early on Tuesday in the village of Basheer, which ISIL captured in June and has used as a base for operations against Kirkuk, a key oil town 15km to the north. A senior peshmerga source told t ...

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BSA signed; Ahmadzai assuages concerns

Kabul and Washington signed a long-delayed security pact on Tuesday allowing the presence of a residual American force of 9,500 personnel to remain in Afghanistan beyond 2014. Also on Tuesday, the new national unity government signed a status of forces agreement (SOFA) with NATO, whose combat mission in the country is scheduled to end this year. National Security Advisor Hanif Atmar signed the vital securit ...

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NATO airstrike in Khost leaves 4 dead

A district development council head was killed in a militant attack in southeastern Paktia province while four people -- believed to be civilians -- lost their lives in a NATO drone strike in southern Khost on Tuesday. Paktia police chief, Brig. Gen. Mohammad Zaman told Pajhwok Afghan News the development council head for Syed Karam district Mirza Mohammad was shot dead by militants in the morning. He said ...

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US reaffirms respect for Afghan sovereignty

The United States reaffirmed its abiding respect for Afghanistan’s sovereignty on Tuesday, saying the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) would help consolidate their partnership. Speaking at the BSA ratification ceremony in Kabul, Ambassador James B. Cunningham said the US was eager to work with President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Officer Abdullah, and the new Afghan government. “Our relationship with A ...

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Karzai signs execution orders for rapists

On Saturday, President Hamid Karzai signed court orders for the execution of five men convicted of rape and robbery. Presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi wrote on his Twitter page that Karzai, who is due to leave office in a few days, signed the orders today. Earlier this month, the Kabul Court of Appeals upheld a lower court verdict against the perpetrators. Clad in police uniforms, the men stopped a vehicle ...

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Taliban behead 15 civilians including women, children in Ghazni

The Taliban militants have beheaded 15 civilians, including women and children in eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan. According to local government officials, the civilians were beheaded by Taliban in Ajristan district on Thursday night after raiding their homes. Provincial governor spokesman, Shafiq Nang said the victims were family members of the Afghan National Police (ANP) and Afghan Local Police (A ...

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Security Council Discusses Political Situation in Afghanistan

Kabul (BNA) – The toll of Afghanistan’s ongoing political impasse and the need for the formation of a national unity government were among the main topics of discussion at the United Nations Security Council’s quarterly meeting at UN Headquarters in New York on Thursday. At the well-attended meeting, a number of Member State representatives voiced their concerns about the negative effect of the impasse on A ...

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Sayyaf calls killers of Afghan forces and Jihadi leaders ‘infidels’

Professor Abdul Rab Rasul Sayyaf, a prominent religious cleric and former jihadi leader, once again took a hard stance against Taliban militants and challenged their ongoing armed campaign. Sayyaf was speaking during the commemoration ceremony to mark the 3rd anniversary of the death of former president and High Peace Council chief Burhanuddin Rabbani. Sayyaf criticized the Taliban for their armed campaign ...

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Senior Afghan militant commander killed in Pakistan

A senior Afghan militant commander was killed following military operation by Pakistani forces in North Waziristan tribal region. The Pakistani Taliban group, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), has said that the Afghan militant commander was among the high ranking TTP commanders. A statement released by the Pakistani Taliban group said a senior commander of the militant group, Mohammad Hassan, was killed duri ...

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Election Impasse Unhelpful for the Security Situation

Amidst the election stalemate, the militant groups are increasingly stepping up their attacks across the country. The Taliban clearly aim to further destabilize the country while it is experiencing two important transitions: military transition from NATO to Afghan forces and political transition through the ongoing election which is almost deadlocked now. On Tuesday, the militants who organized the bombing ...

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The Punjabi Taliban Threat to Afghanistan

The Afghan Foreign Ministry Affairs has summoned a Pakistani embassy diplomat over statements made by Pakistani Punjab Taliban leader that the group would focus on fighting in Afghanistan. Two days earlier, Asmatullah Muaweya, the leader of the Punjab branch of Pakistani Taliban announced the group was going to lay down arms against Pakistani army and cease fighting in Pakistan instead they would intensify ...

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