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BBC investigation exposes US, UK protecting IS in Syria

A BBC expose, with graphic visuals, is quite emphatic: The US and British-led coalition forces enabled hundreds of IS jihadists escape from Raqqa after the headquarters of their self-declared Caliphate was bombarded out of recognition. This will set the cat among the pigeons. The matter will surely come up in the British Parliament and Congressional hearings in Washington. More such misc...

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Construction work playing spoilsport at IITF: Afghan exhibitors

New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) After a bad experience last year due to demonetisation, Afghan exhibitors -- usually one of the hot favourites at the India International Trade Fair (IITF) -- say they are looking at a second bad year in a row due to the construction work underway in a part of the Pragati Maidan venue. However, they are hopeful of things improving once the trade fair is opened t...

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IS-Khorasan bomber kills 18 in Kabul political gathering

Kabul, Nov 16 (IANS) At least 18 people were killed and several others wounded when a suicide bomb ripped through a banquet hall in a northern neighbourhood of Afghanistan's capital of Kabul on Thursday, police and witnesses said. A terrorist wearing an explosives-packed jacket tried to enter Qasr-e-Naween Hall at midday in Khair Khana Mina locality shortly before a political gathering e...

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Suicide bomber hits political gathering in Kabul, 10 killed

Kabul, Nov 16 (IANS) At least 10 people were killed and nine others wounded when a suicide bomb ripped through a banquet hall in a northern neighbourhood of Afghanistan's capital of Kabul on Thursday, police and witnesses said. A terrorist wearing an explosives-packed jacket tried to enter Qasr-e-Naween Hall at midday in Khair Khana Mina locality shortly before a political gathering ende...

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7 killed in Kabul suicide bombing

Kabul, Nov 16 (IANS) At least seven people were killed in a suicide bomb attack outside a hotel in the Afghan capital on Thursday, police said. The attacker wanted to enter the hotel but was identified by police guarding the hotel. He then detonated his explosives in front of the hotel on the main road, Kabul Police spokesperson Basir Mujahid told Efe news. --IANS soni/m...

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Record opium production in Afghanistan in 2017

Kabul, Nov 15 (IANS) Opium production in Afghanistan grew by 87 per cent in 2017 to an estimated 9,000 tonnes -- a record number that was accompanied by a 63 per cent rise in the area dedicated to poppy cultivation -- according to a joint report by the Afghan government and the UN presented on Wednesday in Kabul. According to the Afghanistan Opium Survey 2017, the area under opium poppy ...

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19,700 Afghans die from diabetes annually

Kabul, Nov 15 (IANS) More than 19,700 people die due to diabetes in Afghanistan annually, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday. The 2012 International Diabetes Federation finding shows that 19,773 out of some 849,000 people affected by diabetes die of the disease annually in Afghanistan, said Qamaruddin Hafiz, a senior ministry official. Hafiz said the ministry was making effort...

3 days ago
22 policemen, 45 militants killed in Afghan attack

Kabul, Nov 14 (IANS) At least 22 policemen and 45 militants were killed after the Taliban attacked security checkpoints in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, a senior official said on Tuesday. The attack took place on Monday night in Maywand district, Xinhua news agency reported. About 15 policemen and 35 militants were also injured in the attack, the official added. --IANS...

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Suicide attack on foreign military convoy in Afghanistan

Kabul, Nov 13 (IANS) Casualties were feared as a suicide car bomb targeted a foreign military convoy in Afghanistan's Kandahar province on Monday, officials said. A terrorist riding an explosives-laden car parked it alongside a road in Dand district and blew it up next to a military convoy of foreign forces today (Monday) afternoon, a government official told Xinhua news agency. ...

6 days ago
US Congress authorises $700mn for Pakistan

Washington, Nov 11 (IANS) The US Congress has authorised up to $700 million in Coalition Support Fund (CSF) to reimburse Pakistan for activities carried out in support of American operations in Afghanistan. The authorisation was included in the reconciled text of the House and Senate versions of the 2018 National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA-2018), which was released earlier this week...

6 days ago
Four killed in Afghan suicide attack

Kabul, Nov 11 (IANS) Four people were killed and five others injured on Saturday in a suicide attack targeting a military camp in Afghanistan's Helmand province, a police officer said. A Taliban terrorist driving an explosive-laden car was attempting to enter the military camp but was identified and shot dead by security personnel outside. However, two more terrorists accompanying the su...

7 days ago
Two killed in Afghan suicide attack

Kabul, Nov 10 (IANS) Two persons were killed and five security personnel injured on Friday in a suicide attack in Afghanistan's Helmand province, police said. The attack occurred outside a police checkpoint at Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital, a police official told Xinhua news agency. A terrorist riding an explosive-laden car was attempting to enter a police checkpoint but wa...

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UN food aid trucks seized in Afghanistan

Kabul, Nov 9 (IANS) Suspected Taliban fighters on Thursday seized six trucks belonging to the World Food Programme, the UN agency in charge of food aid, and kidnapped the drivers in a western Afghanistan province, government officials said. The trucks were reportedly transporting cooking oil, flour and rice from the province of Herat to Ghor when they were intercepted along a highway in ...

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Afghan, US leaders discuss Afghan situation

Kabul, Nov 8 (IANS) Afghan President Ashraf Ghani held a telephone conversation on Tuesday evening with US Vice President Mike Pence on the situation in Afghanistan and the region, the Presidential Palace said on Wednesday. The two sides exchanged views over topics of mutual and regional interests, Xinhua news agency quoted a statement from the palace as saying. The subjects inc...

10 days ago
15 killed in police training centre attack in Afghanistan

Kabul, Nov 8 (IANS) At least 15 insurgents were killed after Taliban attacked a police training centre in Afghanistan's Wardak province on Tuesday. One terrorist detonated a car bomb at the front gate of Dasht-e-Toap Police Training Centre at evening, enabling the gunmen to make their way to the facility, a source told Xinhua anonymously. The attack triggered a heavy clash betwee...

10 days ago
4 killed in IS-claimed Kabul TV station attack

Kabul, Nov 7 (IANS) At least four persons, including two attackers, were killed and 20 injured in an attack on a television station here on Tuesday. The incident occurred in the morning after two terrorists, disguised as police officers, attacked Shamshad TV, a private Pashto language channel, in Chaman-e-Huzuri neighbourhood. The attackers lobbed grenades before storming the building, t...

10 days ago
2 killed in Kabul TV station attack

Kabul, Nov 7 (IANS) Two people were killed and three others wounded when an explosion and ensuing gunfire rocked a TV station in Kabul on Tuesday. At least four gunmen were involved in the attack at the Shamshad TV headquarters in Chaman-e-Huzuri neighbourhood in Police District 8 of the city, a security source told Xinhua news agency. Witnesses said the attackers, disguised in...

10 days ago
Gunmen storm Kabul TV station

Kabul, Nov 7 (IANS) Gunmen stormed into a local television station in Kabul on Tuesday with reports that people have been killed and injured. Witnesses say the attackers threw grenades and fired guns as they entered the Shamshad TV headquarters. Hashmat Istankzai, a reporter for Shamshad TV, who managed to escape told that the BBC the attackers were still inside the building with...

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Pakistani consulate official shot dead in Afghanistan

Islamabad, Nov 6 (IANS) Unidentified gunmen on Monday shot dead a senior Pakistani official near his residence in Afghanistan's eastern Jalalabad city, embassy sources said. Two gunmen riding a motorcycle sprayed bullets at Nayyar Iqbal Rana, Assistant Private Secretary at the Pakistani consulate, outside his residence in the evening, the sources said. The gunmen fled after the incident....

11 days ago
India's influence in Afghanistan has created chaos: Pakistan

Islamabad, Nov 6 (IANS) Indias influence in Afghanistan has created chaos in the war-torn country, Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said on Monday. Pakistan is against India's intervention in Afghanistan, Asif told the media after the fourth round of Pakistan-US Track-II diplomatic talks in Islamabad, Geo reported. The Minister also emphasised the need for immediate removal...

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