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Pakistan Taliban sack spokesman for IS vow

Pakistan Taliban sack spokesman for IS vow

Pakistan Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid has been sacked after pledging allegiance to Islamic State (IS). The militants said he had been replaced but did not name his successor. A statement reiterated support for Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar. It emerged last week that Shahidullah Shahid and five other Pakistan Taliban (TTP) commanders had defected to...

Split in Taliban ranks

THE rise of the self-styled Islamic State was always going to have repercussions for the militant complex in Pakistan. The only real question is: how much of an effect will IS have here? The announcement this week by several TTP commanders, headlined by Taliban spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid, that their allegiance now lies with Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi has underlined the lure of IS has for splashy headlines, but the real impact may be limited. Certainly, the banned TTP stands further weakened...

Nobel Peace Prize goes to Malala, Kailash

Nobel Peace Prize goes to Malala, Kailash

Pakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian child rights campaigner, have jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize. At the age of just 17, Malala is the youngest recipient of the prize. The teenager was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in October 2012 for campaigning for girls' education. She now...

Pakistan Taliban vow support for IS

Pakistan Taliban vow support for IS

The Pakistani Taliban have expressed their support for Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria and Iraq. In a statement marking the Muslim festival of Eid, the group appealed to Islamists there to unite against the "enemy" - the US-led alliance. IS has taken over large parts of Syria and Iraq, but has also been battling...

Taliban kill three in Kabul attack

Taliban kill three in Kabul attack

At least three people were killed when a Taliban suicide bomber attacked an Afghan army bus in Kabul on Thursday, the interior ministry said. Local media said at least seven others were injured in the attack. The bombing is the fourth such Taliban attack since the swearing in of new President Ashraf Ghani on Monday. At...

7 killed, 21 injured in Taliban suicide attack

7 killed, 21 injured in Taliban suicide attack

Taliban suicide bombers struck two buses carrying Afghan soldiers in Kabul early Wednesday, killing seven people and wounding 21, just a day after the signing of a key US-Afghan security pact. The long-awaited deal allows US forces to remain in the country past the end of 2014, ending the uncertainty over the fate of...

Afghan villagers hang Taliban after offensive

Afghan villagers hanged four Taliban fighters from a tree after hundreds of militants launched a major offensive, officials said yesterday, as security forces fought to recapture ground in the eastern province of Ghazni. About 100 police, soldiers and civilians have been killed in clashes over the past week, with the Taliban beheading 12 of the victims, according provincial officials. This summer's fighting season has seen worsening violence, with the Taliban pushing forward in several provinces as US-led NATO troops withdraw and...

The distrust continues

VIOLENCE on both sides of the Pak-Afghan border continues. It is a dangerous trend that has evolved in recent years with no end in sight. As the foreign ministries of the two countries sparred over the implications of Punjabi Taliban leader Asmatullah Muawiya's announcement that his group will no longer commit violence inside Pakistan, but continues to believe in jihad elsewhere, Pakistani security personnel came under attack from Afghan-based anti-Pakistan militants. While a further escalation in tensions seems unlikely —...

STRANGER THAN FICTION

Obama has a “Strategy” now!

Obama has a “Strategy” now!

ONE may not subscribe to the conspiracy theories that imaginative Muslims have been circulating since 9/11 attacks, the latest being the portrayal of the ISIS “Caliph” as a Jewish, planted by Israel to further destabilize the region. One may, however, consider the formation of Obama's “Coalition of the Willing” of more than 30...

Suicide car bomber kills 3 foreign troops in Kabul

Suicide car bomber kills 3 foreign troops in Kabul

A suicide car bomber killed at least three foreign troops in an attack on a convoy near the US embassy in Kabul on Tuesday, the NATO-led coalition said, one of the worst attacks on international forces in the Afghan capital in months. The attack near the heavily fortified embassy comes amid a months-long political...

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