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6 killed in attack on Afghan intelligence agency

6 killed in attack on Afghan intelligence agency

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...

Further slide or turnaround?

Further slide or turnaround?

The Bangladesh cricket team leave the city tonight for a 37-day tour of West Indies with questions about their ability to emerge from their rough patch this year hanging over their heads. There is not much strength to be drawn from what they achieved during their last Caribbean trip in 2009 against an...

Bomb kills religious leader, guards in Pakistan

Bomb kills religious leader, guards in Pakistan

A bomb killed a Pakistani religious leader and two of his guards during a celebration at a northwestern shrine on Monday, police said, as officers prepared for a militant backlash over a continuing military operation. Pakistan launched a military offensive in June to seize control of the Taliban stronghold of North Waziristan, a remote...

Afghan vote audit stalls again

Attempts to resume the audit of Afghanistan's presidential election stalled yesterday as candidate Abdullah Abdullah disagreed over the criteria to address alleged fraud in the June run-off election. Abdullah and rival Ashraf Ghani agreed to the inspection of all 8.1 million ballots cast in the June 14 poll in a deal brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry, but the recount has since faced several suspensions as the candidates sparred over how to disqualify ballots. The audit had been expected...

Karzai's cousin killed in suicide bomb attack

Karzai's cousin killed in suicide bomb attack

President Hamid Karzai's powerful cousin, a close ally of presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani, was killed on Tuesday in a suicide bomb attack at his home, the office of the southern province of Kandahar said. Hashmat Karzai was hosting an event at his house for the Eid al-Fitr holiday when a man set of hidden...

Why we cannot abandon Afghanistan

THE recent spate of suicide bombings across Afghanistan remind us that the Taliban-al-Qaeda forces are alive and well, and are becoming increasingly active as the time for the Nato withdrawal nears. The suicide car bomb attacks on July 15 in a market place and a mosque in Paktika province claimed 89 lives, mostly women and children. The attacks are aimed at creating panic and despondency among the Afghans who had, despite Taliban threat, held the third presidential election on...

BETWEEN THE LINES

Defeat Talibanisation

I find it strange that New Delhi is not seriously considering the pros and cons of what happens once the American and Nato forces reduce their presence in Afghanistan only by a few thousand troops. US Secretary of State Kerry has visited Kabul to devise the policy after the withdrawal. But New Delhi is not in the picture. No doubt, the Afghans have the best goodwill towards India because it has helped them to set up hospitals, schools and build...

PLEASURE IS ALL MINE

Ranking of the country, Afghan vote auditing ...

FRAGILE States Index authored by the US-based Fund for Peace and published by Foreign Policy (FP) has ranked countries based on “an annual snapshot of their vitality and stability (or lack thereof).” It is the same research body that used to bring out Failed States Index. Now they have changed the name of the project into Fragile States Index, thinking that “fragility puts the emphasis on human beings” more than the states. Methodology, however, remains the same. The study has...

Top Bangladeshi UN official resigns

Top Bangladeshi UN official resigns

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says Ameerah Haq is stepping down as the UN undersecretary-general in charge of providing logistics and support for the more than 100,000 UN peacekeepers deployed around the world, Indian news agency PTI reports. Ban expressed “tremendous gratitude” to Haq on Tuesday “for her outstanding service” during a 38-year UN career which...

Taliban attacks in Afghanistan kill 13

A roadside bombing targeting police officers and an attack on a convoy of de-miners killed at least 13 people in Afghanistan, authorities said Friday, separate attacks blamed on the Taliban ahead of foreign troops withdrawing from the country. In the western province of Ghor, seven police officers died in the roadside bombing Thursday in Charsada district, provincial Gov. Sayed Anwar Rahmati said. Rahmati said the blast was followed by a four-hour gunbattle between Taliban fighters and police officers that killed...

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