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17 Rebels Killed In Kandahar Offensive

Seventeen armed rebels were killed following an operation by Afghan and foreign troops in southern Kandahar province, an official said on Monday. The clearing up offensive was conducted in the Koka area of the town on Sunday night, the Maiwand district administrative chief, Haji Abdullah, told Pajhwok Afghan News. He said Taliban fighters were meeting in Koka to devise a plan for conducting coordinated atta ...

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MSF Treats War-Wounded In Lashkargah

(MSF) said on Monday its teams had treated 68 people injured during recent clashes in southern Helmand province. The individuals were provided medical care at Boost Hospital from June 21 to July 5. Most of the injured were treated at the Emergency Hospital, which became overwhelmed from June 22 as fighting increased and, for the first time in five years, it was forced to refer war-wounded patients to Boost ...

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Contractors Rally against Interior Ministry

Dozens of contractors rallied in front of the Parliament in Kabul on Monday against the Interior Ministry failure to pay their dues worth $2.5 billion. One of the protestors, Mohammad Daud, said about 70 firms had signed some years back contracts with the ministry for logistic supplies to provincial police headquarters. Head of the Fayyaz Logistics Company, Daud said: “Under the contract, we are bound to de ...

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Taliban Unable to Retake Control of Afghanistan

A senior Taliban leader, Agha Jan Motasim has said that the Taliban militants in Afghanistan no longer have the support they need to overrun the country. Motasim called on anti-government armed militant groups to sit in for peace talks and insisted that the withdrawal of coalition forces from Afghanistan make it harder for militants to justify their war. He said Taliban militants have even lost support amon ...

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Suicide Bombing Claims Two Lives In Helmand

A suicide bomber targeted a police convoy in Helmand province on Monday, killing two people, a policeman and a civilian, a local official said. The attack took place in the Helmand provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, said Omar Zwak, the spokesman for the provincial governor. He said the explosion also wounded 15 people — eight policemen and seven civilians. The police convoy was in route to the district of S ...

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Newly dedicated byway honors vets of Iraq, Afghanistan wars

By Phil Demers, Berkshire Eagle Staff For too long, the main route through town "resembled a battlefield," but Saturday a freshly resurfaced Washington Mountain Road came full circle and was dedicated to returning veterans, particularly those of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. "I’m glad now that the closest it will come to reminding anyone of a battlefield is those signs recognizing the support that this com ...

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Firing Across Indian Border Kills, Wounds 5 Pakistanis

At least one civilian was killed and four others including two women wounded on Sunday during an exchange of fire across the working border between India and Pakistan near eastern Silakot city's Charwah and Mirajkey sectors, said officials. Pakistan Rangers claimed that Indian soldiers indiscriminately opened fire early Sunday morning in Sialkot's Mirajkey and Charwah sectors, killing one man and wounding f ...

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The Other War of Aggression That Needs to End

By: Jovanni Reyes As violence in Iraq continues, and Israel escalates its brutal assault on Gaza, the human tragedy of boundless war and militarism could not be more clear. Yet, despite overwhelming U.S. public opinion that the so-called War on Terror (which amounts to a war on a military tactic and/or a political strategy) is a failure, the U.S. continues to wage and back open-ended military aggression, in ...

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Christians Flee From Islamic State Threats

Christian families have abandoned their homes and fled Mosul after the Sunni rebel group, the Islamic State, threatened them with death if they did not convert to Islam or pay tax. "Some families have had all their money and jewellery taken from them at an insurgent checkpoint as they fled the city," Abu Rayan, a Christian who left Mosul with his family told AFP news agency on Saturday. "Some of our homes h ...

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Ukraine Rebels Accused Of Blocking Jet Probe

Pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine are being accused of blocking the investigation into the apparent shooting-down of a Malaysian passenger jet with 298 people on board. Observers from the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) arrived at the crash site for a second time on Saturday, a day after they were asked to leave after being given limited access to the farmland where the jet ...

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Gaza Under Intense Fire As Death Toll Mounts

At least 34 people have been killed in Gaza after Israeli army bombardment intensifies on the second day of a ground offensive it says is aimed at destroying Hamas' cross-border tunnels. Al Jazeera's Stefanie Dekker, reporting from Gaza, spoke of of "relentless and constant thuds" of tank fire across the eastern border of Gaza on Saturday, "with only around 10 seconds between each". She said the tanks were ...

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Kenya Governor Tried Over Lamu Massacres

The governor of Kenya's coastal region of Lamu has appeared in court on allegations of links to a spate of massacres, with the prosecution requesting more time to complete investigations. Governor Issa Timamy of Lamu county was arrested in connection with last month's killings in the town of Mpeketoni and nearby villages, which were claimed by the Somali armed group al-Shabab, but blamed by the government o ...

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Cambodian Opposition Figures Charged

Five opposition MPs-elect and an activist have been charged with sparking violent clashes between opposition-led protesters and city security guards outside the capital’s Freedom Park. Both sides accused the other of setting off pitched-battles on Tuesday, after nearly a year of political deadlock between the ruling-Cambodian People's Party (CPP) and the opposition's Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). P ...

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Dutch Held Liable For Some Srebrenica Deaths

A court has cleared the Netherlands of liability in the deaths of most of the 8,000 Bosnian Muslims slain in the Srebrenica massacre, but says it has to compensate the families of more than 300 men. The court ruled that the Dutch state was responsible for the deaths of those 300 victims in the worst atrocity on European soil since World War II. The ruling on Wednesday came after relatives of the victims lau ...

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Tens Of Thousands Flee Israeli Raids On Gaza

Tens of thousands of Palestinians have fled their homes, as Israel continued to press its offensive on the Gaza Strip. Air strikes that struck the enclave on Wednesday killed at least 17 people, including four children, bringing the total deaths of Palestinians in the nine-day conflict to 213, with more than 1,450 wounded. One Israeli was killed a day earlier by a Hamas-launched rocket, the only Israeli fat ...

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Pakistan Condemns US Drone Strike In Northern Region

The government of Pakistan condemned the incident of a US drone strike that took place near the Miranshah area in North Waziristan tribal region bordering Afghanistan during the early hours of Saturday, which led to many causalities, said the Foreign Office. In a press release by the Foreign Office, it said, "Pakistan regards such strikes as a violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity," adding ...

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Afghanistan Worried About Safety Of Its Airspace After Ukraine Crash

As flying over conflict zones comes under scrutiny following the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 in Ukraine, Afghanistan, one of the world's most dangerous places, is worried airlines might once again opt to avoid its airspace. Afraid of being shot down, some airlines have decided to circumnavigate the area where pro-Russian rebels are fighting Ukrainian force after the crash, raising concern that ...

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Kunar Drone Strike Leaves 4 Rebels Dead

At least four militants were killed in a drone airstrike in eastern Kunar province, a senior police official said on Saturday. Brig. Gen. Abdul Habib Sayedkhel, the police chief, confirmed the attack, saying the missile strike hit the Daren neighborhood of Ghaziabad district. The attack left four militants dead and two wounded. Nouman, a notorious militant commander, and a Pakistani insurgent were among tho ...

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Karzai Appoints Team To Probe Orgun Attack

President Hamid Karzai on Saturday appointed a delegation to investigate a deadly car-bomb attack in the Orgun district of southeastern Paktika province. Last week, 43 people were killed and 67 others wounded following the car-bombing in the Ahangaran bazaar of Orgun district. Many shops were razed as a result of the blast. In a statement from the Presidential Palace, Karzai promised compensation to the vic ...

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Pak Militant Group Swears Allegiance To Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi

Little known outfit Tehreek-e-Khilafat, which has claimed responsibility for a string of attacks in Karachi, has pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and vowed to raise the Islamic State's flag in South Asia, the Telegraph reported. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, declared himself as Caliph and renamed the ISIS as Islamic State. "Sheikh Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi shall c ...

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