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US 'to expand' 2015 Afghanistan combat role

US 'to expand' 2015 Afghanistan combat role

US troops in Afghanistan will be allowed to target Taliban fighters from 2015, US officials say, expanding their role after the end of major combat operations. Guidelines approved by President Barack Obama will also provide air support for Afghan missions, US media report. The US force in the country is be cut to 9,800 by...

Global terror attack deaths rose sharply in 2013: Report

Global terror attack deaths rose sharply in 2013: Report

The number of deaths from terrorism increased by 61% between 2012 and 2013, a study into international terrorism says. There were nearly 10,000 terrorist attacks in 2013, a 44% increase from the previous year, the Global Terrorism Index 2014 report added. The report said militant groups Islamic State, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and the Taliban were...

Afghan woman MP survives car attack

Afghan woman MP survives car attack

A suicide bomber has targeted a prominent female Afghan politician, killing three civilians and wounding others in an attack on a Kabul convoy. Shukria Barakzai, a women's rights advocate and ally of new President Ashraf Ghani, was slightly injured in the attack. "[Barakzai] is fine and suffers small injuries," Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi tweeted. "Unfortunately...

Taliban bombs kill 10 cops in Afghanistan

Taliban bombs kill 10 cops in Afghanistan

Bombs exploded in three cities in Afghanistan on Monday killing at least 10 policemen, officials said, a day after a Taliban suicide bomber blew himself in Kabul's police headquarters killing one person. The Taliban were ousted from power in 2001 by US-led forces and they have been fighting ever since to oust foreign troops...

Taliban suicide attack kills one at police HQ

Taliban suicide attack kills one at police HQ

An Islamist Taliban suicide bomber attacked police headquarters in the Afghan capital on Sunday, killing at least one person and wounding six, police and the insurgents said. A second explosion in the centre of Kabul did not kill or injure anyone, the government said. The insurgents, who were ousted from power by an American-led coalition...

Border blast: Pakistan Taliban group vows revenge

Border blast: Pakistan Taliban group vows revenge

New Pakistani Taliban group Tehreek-e-Taliban, which was behind this week's devastating suicide bombing at the Wagah border, said today that attack aimed at India is in the pipeline. At least 57 Pakistanis were killed during a popular flag-lowering ceremony on Sunday when a bomber tried to get as close as possible to the border...

Provincial deputy governor shot dead in Afghanistan

Provincial deputy governor shot dead in Afghanistan

The deputy governor of Kandahar province in south Afghanistan has been shot dead at a university in the provincial capital, a spokesman for the governor said on Monday. Sunday's shooting was the latest in a string of deadly attacks this year on officials and powerbrokers in Kandahar, once a base for the Islamist Taliban's...

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...

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