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Dreaded gangster wanted by Interpol held

KABUL: Ending a decade long international manhunt, the Afghan spy service claimed to have arrested the notorious criminal Raees Khudadad on Monday. Khudadad is accused of numerous murders, kidnappings, and robberies,. The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Khudadad has been on Interpol’s list of most-wanted criminals. He is also wanted by the Tajikistan government. NDS spokesman Abdul Haseeb Siddiq ...

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Kunar Gov. Demands Action Against Pakistani Shelling

Provincial Governor of Kunar, Shuja Malek Jalal, has asserted that Pakistan's missile attacks on the province are obvious violations of international law and that Pakistan should face serious consequences. About 6,018 missiles have been fired on Kunar from Pakistan since the middle of March this year. "We must first try to take a diplomatic route; but if that does not work, we should respond to their [Pakis ...

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Sangin on the verge of falling to Taliban

LASHKARGAH: Officials and residents on Sunday confirmed Taliban militants had entered the main bazaar of the Sangin district in southern Helmand province after capturing security posts. A resident of Sangin, Abdul Ahad, told Pajhwok Afghan News over the telephone that the insurgents had entered the district bazaar last night and had started launching attacks on the district headquarters. Ahad said the heavi ...

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Afghanistan blames US for killing civilians

At least 14 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in US air strikes in Afghanistan, officials have said, sparking condemnation from President Hamid Karzai who has often criticised the conduct of the NATO forces. Abdul Ghani Musamem, a spokesman for the governor of Kunar province, said 14 people died in the air strike in Narang district on Tuesday while 13 others were wounded. Civilian casualties caused ...

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Policemen among 33 killed or injured in latest spate of violence

At least 33 people, including some policemen, were killed or injured in latest spate of violence across the country, officials said Sunday. Shafiq Nang, spokesman for the Ghazni provincial governor, said at least two policemen were killed along with 7 militants following an attack on a police check post in Ghazni city on Sunday morning. In separate incidents in the western province of Herat, local officials ...

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NATO Summit on Afghanistan

NATO leaders in the alliance’s summit in Wales agreed to continue its long-term support to Afghanistan. NATO officials said that the alliance would continue backing Afghanistan in military, funding, and long-term and strategic support for Afghanistan’s efforts to rid itself of terrorism. However, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen maintained that NATO’s future cooperation with Afghanistan would only be possib ...

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33 killed, 154 wounded in Ghazni attack

GHAZNI CITY: Taliban insurgents detonated two powerful truck bombs outside the National Directorate of Security (NDS) office and a police station in southern Ghazni province on Thursday, killing 14 security personnel, including civilians, and 19 attackers while injuring 154 others, officials said. Deputy police chief Col. Asadullah Insaf told Pajhwok Afghan News the first truck bomb was followed by another ...

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Pakistan army ‘kills 910 militants in Waziristan offensive’

Pakistan's military says it has killed at least 910 suspected militants since launching an offensive in the tribal area of North Waziristan in June. Some 82 soldiers had died fighting the insurgents there and in raids across the country, the statement said. The army said the main towns in North Waziristan, which had been a Taliban stronghold, were now under its control. Media access is blocked in tribal are ...

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Afghan Army Claims Lives of 41 Taliban Militants in Joint Operations

At least 41 Taliban militants including their local commanders were killed following joint military operations by Afghan national security forces in the past 24 hours. "Afghan National Police conducted several anti-terrorism joint operations with Afghan National Army and NDS to clear some of the areas from terrorists," the Ministry of Interior said in a statement, Khaama Press reported. "The operations were ...

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DUTCH TO SEND 100 TROOPS TO AFGHANISTAN IN 2015

HE HAGUE, Netherlands - The Dutch government says it plans to send 100 troops to northern Afghanistan as part of a NATO mission due to start in 2015, when the alliance's combat mission in the war-weary nation ends. The Dutch Foreign Ministry said in a statement Monday the Dutch contingent would be made up of trainers, medical personnel, transport and security staff and a logistics unit. It will be based in ...

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Lack of Weapons Could Jeopardize Country: ANSF

On Monday, a number of Afghan military experts stated that the Afghan National Security Forces' (ANSF) lack of heavy weaponry and air support could put the country's future at jeopardy. "The lack of equipment’s and logistic support could undermine the abilities of the ANSF," political analyst Jawed Kohistani said. "It is difficult to win the war against insurgency without access to heavy weaponry." Adding t ...

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17 killed as Taliban launch attacks across Afghanistan

Jalalabad: Taliban suicide bombs hit an office of the Afghan intelligence agency in an eastern city on Saturday, killing six people, and insurgents shot dead another 11 in the west, in an upsurge of violence as foreign combat troops prepare to withdraw from the country. Seven militants were also killed during several hours of heavy fighting with Afghan security forces at the Jalalabad headquarters of the Na ...

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Pak Protests: Two Killed, 450 Injured in Police Crackdown

Mounting pressure on embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, opposition leader Imran Khan today vowed to fight till death and asked Pakistanis to rebel against the illegal regime after two persons were killed and about 450 others injured in police crackdown on protesters. "I request all the nation, civil servants, bureaucrats and police to rebel against this illegal government," Khan told his supporters. The ...

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Senior Taliban leaders among 28 killed in Nuristan operations

At least 28 Taliban militants were killed following military operations conducted by Afghan national security forces to retake the control of Du-Aab district in Nuristan province. The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Afghan national security forces launched a joint military operation under the leadership of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces to retake the control of last region from Taliban militants in Du ...

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Heavy Attack on Nangarhar Intelligence Agency

Jalalabad: At least six people were killed and dozens wounded when a suicide car bomber and Taliban gunmen attacked an office of the Afghan intelligence agency in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Saturday, officials said. Heavy fighting was continuing between the Taliban and Afghan security forces hours after the attack on the Jalalabad headquarters of the National Directorate of Security began, said Ahmad ...

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Car bomb hits intelligence office in Nengarhar city

JALALABAD, Afghanistan,- Casualties were feared as a suicide car bomb targeted the provincial intelligence office building in Jalalabad city, the provincial capital of eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, early Saturday morning, source said. "A suicide car bomb hit the gate of Nangarhar's National Directorate of Security (NDS) at around 4:50 a.m. (local time). The blast caused casualties but details will b ...

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Syrian rebels capture sole border crossing between Israel and Syria in Golan Heights

BEIRUT — Syrian rebels claimed control of the only border crossing between Syria and Israel on Wednesday, extending a series of gains in the strategically sensitive Golan Heights in recent days. The capture of the crossing point is of greater symbolic than strategic significance for the rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, given the decades-old state of war that has prevailed betwe ...

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NATO Needs New Afghan President Ahead of Summit

In an exclusive interview with TOLOnews, General Philip Breedlove, NATO's supreme allied commander for Europe, reaffirmed the coalition's hope for a new government in Kabul to be in place by the time of the NATO summit in London next week, so that future security cooperation with Afghanistan can be ensured. Although both of the Afghan presidential candidates have promised to sign the Bilateral Security Agre ...

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From A Kabul Prison to A House in Quetta; Helmand Violence Funder’s Spoor

A report by Tamim Hamid- The aged man who opened the yard’s door moments ago looks wide-eyed to the two individuals standing in front of him. He breaks the silence with a question – in Pashto language: “It is amazing! It has been the first time a journalist asks us about it.” One of the two men is a security officer said: “Can we come in and talk?” While the aged man wanted to say something, a voice heard f ...

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Kandahar Offensive Leaves 32 Militants Dead

At least 32 militants, including two suicide bombers, were killed during a clearing operation in Maiwand, Panjwai and Zherai districts of southern Kandahar province, an official said on Tuesday. The operation was conducted over the past 24 hours to foil insurgent activities, a statement from the 205th Atal Military Corps said. Seventeen rebels, including two suicide bombers who planned a group attack on sec ...

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