Posts Tagged ‘ Afghanistan ’

Afghanistan: Gunmen murder five women airport employees

December 18, 2016
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euronews [EU]    

"Five female airport guards have been killed in a gun attack in Afghanistan. They were attacked on their way to work at Kandahar airport. The driver of their minibus has also been killed. A spokesman for the governor of Kandahar says the women were in charge of searching female travellers at Kandahar airport. They had been hired by a private security company. 'Two gunmen on a motorbike followed their van and opened fire,' Samim Khpulwak told reporters." (12/17/16)

http://www.euronews.com/2016/12/17/five-women-airport-workers-gunned-down-in-afghanistan  

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Afghanistan: Suicide Bomber Hits Shiite Baqir-ul Ulom Mosque in Kabul, Killing 27

November 21, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"At least 27 worshippers were killed Monday after a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a packed mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul, officials said. ... The attack took place on the first floor of the two-story building where Shiite worshipers had gathered to commemorate the death of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson and an iconic Shiite martyr, in Karbala, Iraq in 680 A.D, according to a Associated Press report from the scene." (11/21/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/isis-uncovered/how-all-female-isis-morality-police-khansaa-brigade-terrorized-mosul-n685926  

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Afghanistan: At least four dead in suicide attack at Bagram air base

November 12, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"A man wearing a suicide vest killed at least four people inside the largest NATO military base in Afghanistan early Saturday, a senior U.S. military official told NBC News. Around 14 others were injured in the attack on Bagram Airfield, according to a statement released by the NATO mission in Afghanistan. The attack occurred around 5:30 a.m. local time as people were gathering for a post-Veterans Day fun run. There was no immediate word on the identities of the victims." (11/12/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/suicide-attack-kills-least-4-bagram-airfield-afghanistan-n682866  

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Afghanistan: Two dead in Taliban attack on German consulate

November 11, 2016
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Business Standard [India]    

"At least two persons were killed and more than two dozen injured in an overnight Taliban car bombing against German consulate in the Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif, local officials said on Friday. 'One terrorist detonated a car bomb near the gate of German Consulate office late Thursday night, killing himself and one other person and injuring 28 others,' a security source told Xinhua news agency. UN official sources put the number of the injured at 90 by the powerful explosion which occurred roughly at 11.15 p.m. on Thursday." (11/10/16)

http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/taliban-attack-on-german-consulate-kills-2-in-afghanistan-116111100086_1.html  

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Afghanistan: Two occupation troops killed

November 3, 2016
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Toledo Blade    

"Two U.S. service members were killed today battling Taliban insurgents in northern Afghanistan alongside local troops, NATO said, rare combat deaths for American forces who largely handed over securing the war-torn nation to Afghan troops some two years ago. Local officials later said they were investigating claims that civilians also were killed in the fighting, possibly in a retaliatory airstrike. NATO described the Americans killed and two other Americans wounded in the assault as being part of 'a train, advise and assist mission' in Afghanistan's Kunduz province." (11/03/16)

http://www.toledoblade.com/World/2016/11/03/NATO-says-2-US-service-members-killed-in-Afghanistan.html  

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International Criminal Court poised to open Afghanistan war crimes investigation

November 2, 2016
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Foreign Policy    

"The prosecutor's office of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is ready to initiate a full investigation of a range of possible war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan, including some by U.S. personnel, according to several knowledgeable sources. The ICC move would mark the first time that a formal ICC investigation has scrutinized U.S. actions and sets up a possible collision with Washington. Multiple sources have indicated that the chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, will seek to initiate an investigation in the coming weeks, likely after the U.S. presidential election but before the end of the year. U.S. officials visited The Hague recently to discuss the potential investigation and to express concerns about its scope." (10/31/16)

http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/10/31/exclusive-international-criminal-court-poised-to-open-investigation-into-war-crimes-in-afghanistan/  

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Afghanistan: Regime claims it thwarted attack on Indian consulate

October 26, 2016
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Reuters    

"Afghan authorities have arrested two men who were planning to attack the Indian consulate in the city of Jalalabad and seized bomb-making equipment, the National Directorate for Security said on Wednesday. The arrests come at a time of heightened tensions between India and Pakistan over Kashmir and after an attack on a police academy in the Pakistani city of Quetta this week in which around 60 people were killed." (10/26/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-india-attack-idUSKCN12Q1X7  

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Afghanistan: Taliban use drone to film suicide attack

October 26, 2016
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Yahoo! News Yahoo! News    

"The Afghan Taliban have released aerial footage of a suicide car bombing in southern Helmand province, marking the first time the media-savvy militant group has used a drone to record an attack. The 23-minute video shows a suicide bomber ramming a Humvee into a military base in volatile Nawa district, triggering a mushroom cloud of flames and smoke and razing the entire compound. With pro-Taliban poems playing in the background, the video reported Tuesday by the US-based SITE Intelligence group shows a turban-clad bomber in front of a Humvee, hugging fellow fighters before he departs." (10/25/16)

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/afghan-taliban-drone-film-suicide-attack-105846912.html  

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Afghanistan: Occupation troop, civilian contractor killed in attack on base

October 20, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Two Americans were killed and another three were ­injured in a rare attack on foreign troops in the Afghan capital Wednesday, U.S. and Afghan ­officials said. A gunman fired on international advisers at an ammunition depot near Camp Morehead, a training site for Afghan commandos, about six miles south of Kabul. The attack, which took place near the entrance of the base, killed one U.S. service member and injured another. One U.S. ­civilian was also killed, and two more were wounded in the ­assault, a statement from the ­NATO-led coalition said." (10/19/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/two-americans-killed-in-attack-on-base-in-afghanistan/2016/10/19/bcb4680c-9605-11e6-9cae-2a3574e296a6_story.html  

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Afghanistan: Gunman kills 14 at Shiite shrine in Kabul

October 12, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"A gunman opened fire in a Shiite shrine in Kabul on Tuesday morning, killing 14 people before Afghan security forces killed him, reported Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs. The attack happened about 7:50 a.m. at the Karte Sakhi shrine. A police officer and a child were killed and 36 people were wounded, including 19 women, Sediqqi said. After a two-hour gunbattle, security forces killed the gunman. No group has claimed responsibility yet." (10/11/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/11/middleeast/kabul-shrine-shooting/  

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Afghanistan: Enduring occupation

October 11, 2016
posted by

Voltaire Network
by Manlio Dinucci  

"The fifteenth anniversary of 11 September was featured in the front pages for days. This contrasts with the media blackout for the fifteenth anniversary of the war in Afghanistan, launched on 7 October 2001 through operation Enduring Freedom. The official justification: hunting down Osama bin Laden, the lead organizer of the September 11 attacks, hidden in an Afghan cavern under the protection of the Taliban. In actual fact, we will later find out that a plan for the operation had already been laid out on President Bush's table prior to September 11. What the strategic objectives might be emerged clearly from the report, Quadrennial Defense Review, published by the Pentagon on 30 September 2001, a week before the beginning of the war in Afghanistan." (10/11/16)

http://www.voltairenet.org/article193627.html  

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Afghanistan: At least seven killed in helicopter crash

October 10, 2016
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Business Insider    

"An Afghan air force helicopter crashed in northern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing at least seven people on board, said Afghan Defence Ministry officials who described the crash as an accident. Four crew members and three soldiers were among the those killed in the crash of the Russian-made Mi-17 helicopter, said Defence Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri. 'An Afghan army helicopter crashed in northern Baghlan province due to some technical problem,' he said. 'An investigation is under way.' Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid however claimed the Islamist group's fighters had shot down the helicopter ..." (10/09/16)

http://www.businessinsider.com/helicopter-crash-in-northern-afghanistan-2016-10  

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Afghan: Regime forces regain control of Kunduz after Taliban raid

October 4, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Afghan forces have regained control of the center of the strategically important northern city of Kunduz from Taliban fighters, Afghan police said Tuesday. Mahfoz Akhbari, spokesman for the chief of Kunduz police, said battles continued in and around the city where Taliban fighters were using civilian homes to launch attacks. Forty Taliban fighters have been killed, he added. On Monday, the Taliban launched a pre-dawn raid on the city, which it had briefly captured in September 2015." (10/04/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/03/middleeast/taliban-afghanistan-kunduz/  

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India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan pull out of SAARC Summit

September 28, 2016
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India Today [India]    

"Apart from India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan have also pulled out of the SAARC Summit in Islamabad in November, indirectly blaming Pakistan for creating an environment which is not right for the successful holding of the meet, resulting in its collapse. Amidst heightened tension with Pakistan over Uri terror attack in which 18 jawans were killed, India had announced its decision of pulling out of the Summit late last night citing increased 'cross-border' attacks." (09/28/16)

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/afghanistan-bangladesh-and-bhutan-pull-out-of-saarc-summit/1/775290.html  

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Afghanistan: At least eight regime police killed in US air strikes

September 19, 2016
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Daily Mail [UK]    

"An Afghan official says at least eight Afghan police officers have been killed in two U.S. airstrikes in southern Uruzgan province in what was apparently a friendly-fire incident. Rahimullah Khan, a provincial operational commander, says the first airstrike killed one policeman at a security outpost outside the provincial capital of Tirin Kot, while the second, which struck the same area, killed seven others." (09/19/16)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-3796425/Afghan-official-US-airstrikes-kill-8-policemen-south.html  

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Afghanistan: Third blast follows fatal twin Kabul bombings

September 6, 2016
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Deutsche Welle Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"Kabul was hit by a third massive explosion late on Monday after an earlier attack in the Afghan capital killed at least 24 people. Witnesses reported hearing gunfire in a central area of the city near some embassies and the Interior Ministry, but there was no immediate claim of responsibility nor official word on possible casualties. ... Earlier on Monday, twin blasts near the Defense Ministry complex killed at least 24 people and wounded 91 others in Kabul's deadliest attack in months. The Afghan Taliban claimed the attack, which they said killed 58 officers and commanders." (09/05/16)

http://www.dw.com/en/third-blast-follows-fatal-twin-kabul-bombings/a-19528253  

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Afghanistan: IED targets occupation force, killing one

August 23, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"A U.S. service member was killed after their patrol triggered an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan Tuesday, officials said. Another American service member and six Afghan soldiers were wounded in the blast, near the city of Lashkar Gar, in Helmand Province, according to a U.S. military statement. The Department of Defense said it was withholding the identity of the dead person until their family had been informed." (08/23/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/ied-kills-u-s-service-member-patrol-helmand-afghanistan-n636416  

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Afghanistan: American, Australian kidnapped, police say

August 8, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Investigators in Afghanistan are searching for an American and an Australian who were kidnapped in western Kabul, the city's police chief told CNN. The two men, lecturers at the American University of Afghanistan, were kidnapped Sunday evening when two gunmen stopped the car they were riding in, an Afghan security official told CNN. One assailant broke the passenger-side window with his gun and took the two men away. A driver and bodyguard were left unhurt, the official said. There has been no claim of responsibility." (08/08/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/08/asia/afghanistan-foreigners-kidnapped/  

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Afghanistan: Taliban attack Kabul guesthouse for foreigners

August 1, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"Afghan authorities say an overnight attack on a Kabul guesthouse for foreign contractors that was claimed by the Taliban left one policeman dead and four wounded. The Interior Ministry says 'terrorists' used a truck full of explosives to breach the guesthouse wall of the Northgate Hotel around 1:30 a.m. on Monday. Three gunmen then entered the premises and started shooting. ... The Taliban issued a statement claiming responsibility, saying they had sent heavily armed operatives as part of the attack. Abdul Rahman Rahimi, the Kabul chief of police, says the attackers were killed and none of the hotel's residents were harmed." (08/01/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/afghan-official-strong-explosion-shakes-city-possible-attack/  

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Afghanistan: Powerful blasts kill at least 80 in Kabul protest

July 24, 2016
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Al Jazeera Al Jazeera [Qatar]    

"Twin explosions targeting a large demonstration by members of Afghanistan's ethnic Hazara minority in Kabul have killed at least 80 people and wounded more than 230, officials have said. The attack on Saturday, near one of the most heavily fortified areas of the Afghan capital, was quickly claimed by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), who have previously targeted the Hazara people. 'Two fighters from Islamic State detonated explosive belts at a gathering of Shi'ites in... the city of Kabul in Afghanistan,' Amaq, an ISIL-linked website, said." (07/23/16)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/07/deadly-blast-kills-10-kabul-protest-160723105351090.html  

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Turkey and the war on Afghanistan

July 24, 2016
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Glenn Greenwald asks a provocative question: Would Turkey be justified in assassinating or kidnapping a Turkish citizen named Fethullah Gulen, who resides in Pennsylvania. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Gulen of being a terrorist who helped orchestrate the recent military coup attempt in Turkey. What causes Greenwald to ask such a question? The situation is strikingly similar to the events leading up the U.S. invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, a brutal occupation that has taken the lives of countless Afghan citizens and that continues to this day, 15 years later." (07/22/16)

http://fff.org/2016/07/22/turkey-war-afghanistan/  

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Fool’s errand: NATO pledges four more years of war in Afghanistan

July 12, 2016
posted by

Ron Paul Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul  

"The longest war in US history just got even longer. As NATO wrapped up its 2016 Warsaw Summit, the organization agreed to continue funding Afghan security forces through the year 2020. Of course with all that funding comes US and NATO troops, and thousands of contractors, trainers, and more. President Obama said last week that the US must keep 3,000 more troops than planned in Afghanistan. The real reason is obvious: the mission has failed and Washington cannot bear to admit it. But Obama didn't put it that way." (07/11/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/fools-errand-nato-pledges-four-years-war-afghanistan  

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The longest war

July 11, 2016
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Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"President Obama announced, Wednesday, that he would leave more troops in Afghanistan when he exits office than previously planned. Instead of cutting the current troop deployment of 10,000 down to 5,500 soldiers, Obama will now keep 8,400 'in country,' continuing our longest war. Entering the 15th year of armed conflict and military occupation, thousands of lives lost along with hundreds of billions in treasure spent to equip and train Afghan forces and build infrastructure -- and buy off warlords -- recent U.N. estimates find the tyrannical Taliban controlling more actual territory in Afghanistan today than before the 2001 U.S. invasion." (07/08/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/07/08/the-longest-war/  

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Obama breaks promise to end Afghanistan war. Again.

July 7, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"About 8,400 U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan when President Obama's term in office ends in January, Obama said Wednesday, far more than the 5,500 he had previously promised. The changing troop levels reflect a continuing readjustment of troop levels by Obama as he's struggled between competing goals of maintaining stability in the former terrorist safe haven while fulfilling promises to end the war by the end of his presidency." (07/06/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/07/06/obama-afghanistan/86746010/  

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Afghanistan: Suicide attack on police convoy kills 37

June 30, 2016
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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review    

"A twin suicide attack on a convoy of buses carrying police cadets killed 37 people and wounded 40 others on Thursday, an Afghan official said. The attack took place in Paghman district, some 20 kilometers west of the Afghan capital, Kabul, according to Mousa Rahmati, the district governor of Paghman. The first suicide attacker struck two buses carrying trainee policemen, and a second attacker targeted those who rushed to the scene to help and hit a third bus, Rahmati said. He said that four civilians were among those killed." (06/30/16)

http://triblive.com/usworld/world/10717970-74/attack-suicide-trainee  

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