Posts Tagged ‘ Afghanistan ’

Afghanistan: Suicide car bomber kills regime soldier

November 19, 2015
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Omaha World    

"An Afghan official says a suicide car bombing targeting a government compound in the south of the country has killed one soldier and wounded four others. Samim Khopalwaq, the spokesman for the governor of Kandahar province, says the attack happened on Thursday morning at a checkpoint in Arghandab district in the center of the province." (11/19/15)

http://www.omaha.com/news/world/afghan-official-suicide-car-bomber-kills-soldier/article_69f0c405-81c3-59eb-ba7e-9dd07fe88db2.html  

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Afghanistan: Kabul protest over Hazara killings turns violent

November 11, 2015
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NBC News NBC News    

"Thousands of angry protesters attempted to enter Afghanistan's presidential compound as a march over the brutal murders of seven minority Hazaras turned violent. Presidential palace guards fired in the air in an attempt to block protesters from entering the palace. There was no immediate confirmation of casualties, though Afghanistan's TOLO News reported eight people were injured. The protesters were demanding government action to halt sectarian violence following the beheadings of seven Hazaras by suspected ISIS-linked militants." (11/11/15)

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/isis-terror/kabul-protest-over-hazara-killings-afghanistan-turns-violent-n461276  

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Doctors Without Borders: US gunship shot victims fleeing hospital

November 6, 2015
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NBC News NBC News    

"A U.S. warplane shot people trying to flee a burning hospital destroyed in airstrikes last month, according to the charity that ran the facility. 'Thirty of our patients and medical staff died [in the bombing],' Doctors Without Borders General Director Christopher Stokes said during a speech in Kabul unveiling a report on the incident. 'Some of them lost their limbs and were decapitated in the explosions. Others were shot by the circling gunship while fleeing the burning building.' ... After the U.S. gave shifting explanations for the incident -- which Doctors Without Borders has called a war crime -- President Barack Obama apologized to the charity. The U.S. and Afghan governments have launched three separate investigations but the charity, which is also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), is calling for an international inquiry." (11/05/15)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/u-s-plane-shot-victims-fleeing-doctors-without-borders-hospital-n457871  

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Afghanistan echoes Vietnam again, as the “credibility gap” looms

November 5, 2015
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by A Trevor Thrall  

"Recent reports make it clear that the U.S. military knew that the Doctors Without Borders facility in Kunduz, Afghanistan was, in fact, a functioning hospital but thought that it was under Taliban control. What is not clear is the extent to which the U.S. military has covered up the truth in this case. General John F. Campbell, commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, has finally called for a high-level investigation into the tragedy. That is a positive step, but it comes only after the military has been forced to change its story multiple times. Even worse, this episode is not an isolated incident." (11/05/15)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/afghanistan-echoes-vietnam-again-credibility-gap-looms  

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Get the hell out of Afghanistan already!

October 21, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Ron Jacobs  

"The US war machine scored another win. Not in Syria, but in Afghanistan. After lying about a prolonged attack on the Medicin Sans Frontiers hospital in Kunduz, a recent decision from the White House to leave at least 10,000 troops in that country for an undetermined amount of time seems to make no sense. However, when one looks at the justification from various politicians and think tanks, the reasoning is proven to be the same as it has been for years." (10/21/15)

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Afghanistan: Taliban kill at least 22 regime police officers

October 21, 2015
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New York Times    

"Days after overrunning a major district in the northwestern Afghan province of Faryab, the Taliban killed at least 22 policemen and captured the district's security chief along with many of his men after they ran out of ammunition, officials said on Tuesday. The officials said that an Afghan Army base of several hundred soldiers and a road-construction camp housing Afghan police officers remained surrounded in the district, Ghormach, which has long been contested by the Taliban. The fighting there intensified as the insurgents have kept up an intense series of offensives all around the country." (10/20/15)

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Afghanistan: Taliban car bomb targets British military convoy, wounds three civilians

October 12, 2015
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Telegraph [UK]    

"A Taliban suicide car bomber struck a British forces convoy in central Kabul on Sunday, triggering a powerful explosion in an attack that comes two weeks after the resurgent militant group overran a key northern city. The rush-hour bombing, which sent a plume of smoke into the sky, wounded at least three civilians including a child, as the Taliban ramp up attacks on government and foreign targets." (10/11/15)

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Obama apologizes for Kunduz attack; MSF demands independent probe

October 8, 2015
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Reuters    

"U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday apologized to Medecins Sans Frontieres for the deadly bombing of its hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, while the medical charity pressed its demand for an international commission to investigate what it calls a war crime. MSF said that an independent humanitarian commission created under the Geneva Conventions in 1991 should be activated for the first time to handle the inquiry. Three investigations have already begun into Saturday's air strike that killed 22 people, including 12 MSF staff." (10/07/15)

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The US bombed a hospital, whoops

October 8, 2015
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Lucy Steigerwald Antiwar.com
by Lucy Steigerwald  

"It helps when defenders of US policy can act like the aggrieved party in these incidents. Rutgers political science professor Ross K. Baker demonstrates this sycophantic attitude in a recent USA Today piece about the deeply offensive, somehow vaguely anti-semitic audacity of MSF doctors in calling the attack on their hospital 'a war crime.' You can argue the accuracy of that term, and whether the attack is likely to constitute such a thing based on precedent and legal interpretation. But Baker has gone so far beyond that kind of pragmatic questioning. A war crime, he suggests, is something that Hitler or at least someone in the SS does. It is not something the US does." (10/08/15)

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We have committed a war crime: “Patients were burning in their beds”

October 8, 2015
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Salon
by Ben Norton  

"The U.S. story about the bombing of Doctors Without Borders is contradictory, ever-changing and possibly criminal." (10/07/15)

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Afghanistan: Taliban “seize provincial HQ” in Kunduz

September 29, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"The Taliban say they have captured the provincial government headquarters in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, and are advancing on the airport. Hundreds of militants stormed the strategic city before dawn and quickly seized key buildings. The Taliban are also reported to have captured the city jail, freeing hundreds of prisoners. The government says it has sent reinforcements to Kunduz and fighting is still going on." (09/28/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34377565  

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Afghanistan: Attack on cricket match kills nine, wounds more than 50

September 28, 2015
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Reuters    

"A suicide car bombing killed at least nine people and wounded more than 50 at a cricket match in Afghanistan on Sunday, officials said. The attack took place in southeastern Paktika province, on the border with Pakistan, the officials said. Authorities initially said the game being played at the time of the blast was soccer, but an interior ministry statement later said it was a cricket match. The attack probably targeted members of the local government watching the game, officials said." (09/27/15)

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Afghanistan: Fifteen regime troops killed in attacks

September 23, 2015
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Seattle Times    

"Separate attacks in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday killed at least 15 Afghan troops, including 10 soldiers who died in an 'insider attack' when a fellow soldier smuggled insurgents inside a checkpoint to kill his colleagues, officials said. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the assaults." (09/22/15)

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Afghanistan: Hundreds escape after Taliban attack on prison

September 14, 2015
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NBC News NBC News    

"Several hundred inmates escaped after Taliban militants attacked a prison overnight, Afghan officials said. The siege began when a suicide bomber detonated a device near the gate of the main prison in Ghazni at around 2 a.m. local time, Deputy Provincial Gov. Mohammad Ali Ahmadi told NBC News. ... The assault sparked a firefight, which lasted almost an hour and left at least four police officers and three attackers dead." (09/14/15)

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Afghanistan: Gunman in regime uniform kills two US troops

August 27, 2015
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Al Jazeera Al Jazeera America    

"A man wearing an Afghan security force uniform opened fire Wednesday inside a base in southern Afghanistan, killing two U.S. soldiers in what appeared to be the latest so-called 'insider attack' to target foreign troops or contractors in the country. NATO said two men in Afghan uniforms were shot in return fire and wounded, correcting an earlier NATO statement that had said two gunmen attacked the soldiers before being shot dead. NATO said the gunman opened fire on a vehicle carrying international troops inside the base in Helmand province. Afghan authorities said the shooting took place after an altercation." (08/26/15)

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Afghanistan: Kabul suicide bomb kills 12 including three US contractors

August 24, 2015
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Bloomberg    

"At least nine Afghan civilians and three U.S. civilian contractors were killed Saturday in a powerful suicide car bombing in Kabul, officials said. A vehicle of DynCorp International carrying staff members was 'tragically attacked,' the company said on its website. They were contractors of NATO's Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, according to an e-mailed statement. More than 60 others -- all civilians including women and children -- were wounded, said Wahidullah Mayar, a Health Ministry spokesman. No one has claimed responsibility." (08/22/15)

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Afghanistan: Suicide truck bomb kills six

August 6, 2015
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"Six people have been killed after a Taliban suicide truck bomber struck a police compound in Afghanistan, in the first major insurgent attack since the announcement of leader Mullah Omar's death. The attack in Pul-i-Alam, the capital of the country's restive Logar province, south of Kabul, highlights growing insecurity as Afghan forces face their first summer fighting season without full Nato support." (08/06/15)

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Bernie Sanders: Savior or seducer of the anti-war left?

July 27, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Howard Lisnoff  

"In spite of claims of being antiwar, his 'hawkish' support of Clinton's military actions in the 1999 Kosovo War caused one of his advisers to quit. When antiwar activists occupied Sanders'[s] office in 1999 because of that support of Clinton's war policies, he had them arrested. In 2001, Sanders did not support the vote in Congress to oppose the war in Afghanistan. Congresswoman Barbara Lee stood alone! This vote was followed by his support for appropriations to support both the war in Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2003 he supported the resolution that gave support to George W. Bush in both Iraq and in the larger war against terrorism, although Sanders has been a critic of the Iraq War." (07/27/15)

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Afghanistan: Suicide bomber on motorcycle kills 15

July 23, 2015
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Reuters    

"A suicide bomber on a motorcycle killed at least 15 people and wounded 38 near a busy marketplace in northwest Afghanistan on Wednesday, officials said. No one claimed responsibility, but Taliban militants have regularly use suicide bombers to attack Afghan government and foreign troops in the area. The main target was believed to be a nearby police checkpoint in Almar, a district of Faryab province which borders Turkmenistan, local officials added." (07/22/15)

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Afghanistan: US airstrike kills eight regime troops

July 20, 2015
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Washington Post    

"A U.S. airstrike in eastern Afghanistan killed at least eight Afghan soldiers at a military outpost Monday morning, according to Afghan officials. The apparent 'friendly fire' incident unfolded at around 7 a.m. in Logar Province, south of the capital Kabul, targeting an Afghan national army outpost. The area, in the province's Baraki Barak district, is believed to be infested with Taliban insurgents, said Halim Fedayee, the provincial governor in a telephone interview, adding that a U.S. Apache helicopter had bombed the post." (07/20/15)

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Afghanistan: Suicide attack on military base kills 25

July 13, 2015
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United Press International United Press International    

"A suicide car bomb attack on a checkpoint near Camp Chapman, adjacent to the city of Khost, Afghanistan, killed 25 people on Sunday, according to reports. Foreign soldiers, including U.S. troops, are based at Camp Chapman alongside Afghan security forces, but all of the dead are believed to be Afghan, according to Al Jazeera. No groups have claimed responsibility for the bombing. The incident comes after U.S. drone strikes in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, just north of Khost province, last week killed the commander of the region's Islamic State cell, Hafiz Saeed Khan, as well as two of the group's senior commanders." (07/12/15)

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Afghanistan: One killed, 19 wounded in attack on occupation convoy

June 30, 2015
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New York Times    

"The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing that targeted a NATO convoy in Kabul on Tuesday. The claim came in a text message sent to The Associated Press. Interior Ministry spokesman Seddiq Sediqqi says one civilian was killed in the attack, which also wounded 19 people. The attack took place less than a kilometer (half mile) from the US Embassy." (06/30/15)

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Afghanistan: Suicide bomber, gunmen attack parliament

June 22, 2015
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"More than 30 people were injured in a brazen bomb and gun attack on the Afghan parliament in Kabul. A suicide car bomber and six gunmen were killed in the attack which sent a plume of smoke over the city. MPs were evacuated to safety amid chaotic scenes. The speaker of the Parliament, Abdul Rauf Ibrahim, managed to continue talking during the blast in moment of calm under fire captured live on TV." (06/22/15)

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Afghanistan: Militants kill nine aid workers in overnight attack

June 2, 2015
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Reuters    

"Unidentified militants shot and killed nine Afghan employees of a Czech-backed aid group, People in Need, in an attack early on Tuesday in Afghanistan's northern Balkh province, government officials said. ... Government officials blamed the Taliban for the attack, about 50 miles (80 km) south of the provincial capital." (06/02/15)

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Afghanistan: Four Taliban gunmen killed after attack on Kabul guesthouse

May 27, 2015
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Reuters    

"Four Taliban insurgents armed with assault rifles and a grenade launcher stormed a guesthouse in the diplomatic quarter of the Afghan capital overnight and held out for hours until they were killed by government forces early on Wednesday, officials said. No casualties other than the attackers were reported, Afghanistan's deputy interior minister General Ayoub Salangi said. Kabul police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said the guesthouse was owned by a prominent Afghan political family that includes Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani." (05/27/15)

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