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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...

Al-Qaeda South Asia arm claims Karachi attack

Al-Qaeda South Asia arm claims Karachi attack

Al-Qaeda's new South Asia branch has claimed responsibility for a raid on a Karachi naval yard that left a sailor and three attackers dead, adding they had help from former military officials, reports Al Jazeera. It is the first attack claimed by the fighter network's new wing, whose creation was announced by chief Ayman...

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...

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...

Taliban attack on Kabul airport over

Taliban attack on Kabul airport over

Heavily armed militants who attacked Kabul International Airport with grenades and automatic weapons have been repelled, Afghan officials say. The four insurgents who took part are dead, the authorities said, with one security official wounded. The Taliban said they carried out Thursday morning's attack which lasted for nearly five hours. Deputy Interior Minister for Security Mohammad...

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...

Taliban attack Kabul oil tankers

Taliban attack Kabul oil tankers

Attackers set fire to hundreds of fuel tanker trucks in a parking lot on the outskirts of the Afghan capital, witnesses said Saturday, prompting angry drivers to block a major highway to demand reimbursement for their losses. Hundreds of other drivers stood by helplessly on Saturday morning, unable to salvage any property as flames...

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