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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...

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...

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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...

Taliban militants ‘killed’ for chopping voters' fingers

Taliban militants ‘killed’ for chopping voters' fingers

Afghan security forces say they have killed two Taliban insurgents accused of cutting off the ink-stained fingers of a group of elders who voted in Saturday's presidential election. The elderly men were seized after voting in western Herat province, and then mutilated. All voters must dip a finger into ink to register their ballot. Although the...

Fresh militant attack near Karachi airport

Fresh militant attack near Karachi airport

Security forces at Pakistan's busiest airport in the city of Karachi have come under attack, a day after militants stormed one of its terminals. Officials say gunmen on motorbikes shot at a security training camp just outside the airport and fled. Subsequent firing which lasted for up to an hour was shots fired by the...

Pakistan Taliban claim airport raid

Pakistan Taliban claim airport raid

The Pakistani Taliban have said they were behind an attack at the country's largest airport that killed at least 28 people, including 10 militants. Pakistani Taliban claim responsibility for Karachi airport attack http://t.co/NbRueQbAqR — Reuters World (@ReutersWorld) June 9, 2014 The raid happened late on Sunday at a terminal used for cargo and VIP flights at...

Obama defends deal with Taliban to free US soldier

President Barack Obama yesterday defended a prisoner swap deal with the Taliban to free a US soldier held for five years, following attacks from his Republican foes. Obama said that he saw an opportunity for a swift deal amid concerns for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl's health and that he had a "sacred" obligation to try to free captured US servicemen and women. "We seized that opportunity," Obama said, adding that there had not been time to fully consult Congress on the...

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