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US present in South Asia to create chaos: Hina Rabbani

Islamabad, Jan 17 (IANS) The US is not present in South Asia for peace and stability but to create chaos in the region, Pakistan's former Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said. As George Friedman states in his book 'The Next 100 Years', the US is present there to create chaos in the region so that Russia, China, Iran and other regional countries can be contained, Khar told CNN in a...

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Taliban senior commander among 6 killed

Kabul, Jan 17 (IANS) Six militants including a senior Taliban commander were killed after security forces air bombed a hideout of the Taliban in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province. The dead commander was identified as Mohibullah alias Yaser, an official statement said. --IANS soni/mr ...

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US calls for new relationship with Pakistan

Islamabad, Jan 16 (IANS) The US on Tuesday called for a new bilateral relationship with Pakistan at the conclusion of a top US diplomat's two-day visit here. Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia Alice Wells highlighted the need to step up measures against terrorism in order for the US-Pakistan relationship to develop, Efe news agency reported. Ambassador Wells un...

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5 killed in insurgent mortar shelling in Afghanistan

Kabul, Jan 16 (IANS) Five civilians were killed and 45 others injured as insurgent used mortar to shell a local bazaar in Afghanistan's northern province on Tuesday, police said. The incident occurred in the morning as insurgents fired three rounds of mortars against Khwaja Sabz Posh district's market in Faryab province, Xinhua reported. The wounded were shifted to the district h...

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Afghan air force kills 32 militants in latest raids

Kabul, Jan 15 (IANS) At least 32 militants were killed in two separate airstrikes in Afghanistan, the Defence Ministry said on Monday. In one raid conducted by Afghan National Army (ANA) Air Force on Sunday against a Taliban's position in Khaki Safed district of western Farah province, 28 insurgents were killed and 10 others injured, the ministry said in a statement. Those among ...

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Rocket lands at Indian Embassy in Kabul, all Indians safe

New Delhi, Jan 15 (IANS) A rocket landed at the Indian Embassy in Kabul on Monday but there were no casualties, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said. A rocket has landed in our Chancery compound in Kabul, Sushma Swaraj tweeted late Monday evening. The rocket clipped the top of the three-storeyed ITBP (Indo-Tibetan Border Police) barracks, she said. There are no casualties...

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UNSC delegation makes 1st Afghan visit in 8 years to assess situation

Kabul, Jan 15 (IANS) A delegation of the United Nations Security Council on Monday concluded a three-day visit to Kabul, the first such mission in eight years, to meet the Afghan President and the Chief Executive, and assess the country's efforts to start a viable peace process, according to a report released by the UN. The group, formed by representatives of the 15 member countries of t...

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Afghan Taliban rejects reports of peace talks

Kabul, Jan 14 (IANS) The Afghan Taliban outfit on Sunday rejected reports that a Taliban delegation was taking part in peace negotiations in Turkey. Zabiullah Mujahid, a purported Taliban spokesman, said in an online statement that reports about delegation of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan participating at talks in Turkey are baseless, Xinhua news agency reported. The Taliban mil...

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26 militants killed in Afghanistan

Kabul, Jan 13 (IANS) At least 26 armed insurgents have been killed and 16 injured since Afghan security forces launched operations across the country over the past 24 hours, the Defence Ministry said on Saturday morning. The joint Afghan security forces also detained three suspected militants and those among the killed militants were 13 Islamic State (IS) fighters, the ministry said in a...

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20 Afghan media workers killed in 2017

Kabul, Jan 12 (IANS) Twenty journalists and media workers were killed in violence in Afghanistan in 2017, the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee (AJSC), an independent media safety group protecting the reporters' rights, said on Friday. Last year was the deadliest for journalists and media in the history of Afghanistan, with 67 percent increase of incidents against them compared to 2016...

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20 killed in Kabul suicide bombing

Kabul, Jan 5 (IANS) At least 20 persons have been killed and 30 others injured here in a suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State terror group, an official said. The attack happened on Thursday night in Banaee area of Kabul where a group of police officers were handling a protest, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. A police official told Efe news that the suicide att...

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In touch with Taliban for peace talks: Ex-Afghan warlord

Kabul, Jan 4 (IANS) Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the leader of Hezb-e-Islami group, said on Thursday that he is in touch with the top Taliban leadership to convince the group to join peace talks. Hekmatyar told media here that the Hezb-e-Islami strongly supports the peace process and will stand with those who are willing to join the peace process, Khaama Press reported. However, he did n...

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Afghan intelligence agency dismantles large IS cell

Kabul, Jan 3 (IANS) Afghanistan has successfully dismantled a large Islamic State terror organization cell operating here, the country's intelligence agency said on Wednesday. According to the National Directorate of Security (NDS), the network was made up of 13 militants of various nationalities who were planning attacks in the Afghan capital. The network had a plan to carry out...

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Over 445,000 Afghans displaced by conflict in 2017

Kabul, Jan 3 (IANS) More than 445,000 Afghans were displaced in 2017 by conflicts and the dragging insurgency, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Wednesday. From January 1 to December 31, 2017, a total of 445,335 people were displaced due to the conflict in Afghanistan, it said in a statement. The number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs...

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60 IS militants killed in Afghanistan

Kabul, Jan 2 (IANS) Sixty Islamic State (IS) militants were killed after Afghan security forces raided hideouts in Nangarhar province on Tuesday, an official said. The militants were killed in Haska Mina district. Eighteen militants were also injured in the early morning raids, reports Xinhua news agency. According to the official, the militants have been using civilian houses in...

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Accusing Pakistan of lying, Trump halts all aid

Washington, Jan 1 (IANS) US-Pakistan relations took a major blow on Monday when President Donald Trump halted all aid to Islamabad after accusing it of lying and giving safe haven to terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan. Pakistan, a close ally of the US for 70 long years, vowed to respond soon and tell the world the truth... (the) difference between facts and fiction. In an announce...

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Taliban asks world community to urge US to quit Afghanistan

Kabul, Jan 1 (IANS) The Afghan Taliban has pressed the world community to ask the US and its Western allies to leave Afghanistan instead of asking the group to stop its armed struggle. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid's comment came amid the latest call for peace talks by the Foreign Ministers of Afghanistan, China and Pakistan at a trilateral dialogue in Beijing on December 26. <...

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5 IS militants killed in Afghan air raids

Kabul, Jan 1 (IANS) At least five Islamic State militants were killed in an airstrike in eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, the Special Forces said on Monday. As a result of an airstrike launched by Afghan Special Operation Forces in district Dih Bala, Nangarhar province on Sunday evening, five militants from the IS died and two IS fighters wounded, Operational Coordination Group Afgh...

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Suicide bomber kills 12 in Afghanistan

Kabul, Dec 31 (IANS) At least 12 people were killed and 16 others injured when a suicide attacker detonated his explosive device among mourners at a funeral in Afghanistan's Jalalabad city on Sunday. A terrorist blew himself up at the funeral ceremony of the former Governor of Haska Mina district, killing 12 mourners, an official who declined to be named told Xinhua news agency. ...

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Indian design to hamper CPEC will be foiled: Pakistan Minister

Islamabad, Dec 29 (IANS) Pakistan's Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has alleged that conspiracies are being hatched by India against the ambitious China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), and they would be foiled, a media report said. Iqbal told the media on Thursday that India was using the soil of Afghanistan for such conspiracies, but expressed the hope that the CPEC project would be ma...

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