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IS kidnaps 12 demining staff in Afghanistan

Kabul, July 19 (IANS) Armed men from the terror group Islamic State (IS) have kidnapped 12 mine removal staff working for an Afghan organization in the country's Kunar province, an official said on Thursday. The kidnapping of the members of the Agency for Rehabilitation and Energy Conservation in Afghanistan (AREA), which clears mines, took place in Manogai province, provincial governor'...

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Afghan forces kill 17 Taliban militants

Kabul, July 19 (IANS) At least 17 insurgents were killed and over a dozen others injured after Afghan security forces repulsed Taliban attacks on security checkpoints in Kunduz province on Thursday, police said. A big number of Taliban militants attacked security checkpoints in Imam Sahib district at 1.30 a.m. local time today (Thursday) but their vicious designs have been foiled and the...

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Amarinder urges Sushma to ensure safety of Sikhs in Afghanistan

Chandigarh, July 18 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has urged External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to take all possible steps to ensure the safety, security and well-being of Sikhs settled in Afghanistan. In a letter to Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday, he expressed concern at the recent bombings in Kabul, besides the earlier series of terror attacks in Afghanistan, that had le...

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11 Afghan journalists killed in six months

Kabul, July 18 (IANS) Eleven Afghan journalists and media workers have been killed in the first half of the year amid deteriorating security, an independent media safety group said on Wednesday. The first six months of 2018 was the bloodiest reporting period for journalists and the media community in Afghanistan. About 89 cases of violence and intimidation were reported, 11 of which invo...

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IS beheads Taliban commander in Afghanistan

Kabul, July 18 (IANS) Militants loyal to the Islamic State captured and beheaded a senior commander of the rival Taliban on Wednesday amid fierce fighting between the two groups in Afghanistan's Jawzjan province, a government spokesman said. The two groups have been locked in a battle over the past one week in Darzab district. On Wednesday, the Islamic State militants killed Taliban's Mu...

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IS militants behead Taliban commander in Afghanistan: Official

Kabul, July 18 (IANS) Militants loyal to the Islamic State (IS) terror group captured and beheaded a senior commander of the rival Taliban on Wednesday amid fierce fighting continuing between the two groups in Afghanistan Jawzjan province, a government spokesman said. The rival groups have been locked in a battle over the past one week in the Darzab district and on Wednesday IS militants...

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62 militants killed in Afghan airstrikes

Kabul, July 17 (IANS) At least 62 militants were killed in airstrikes in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, a military official said on Tuesday. The Army aircraft targeted Taliban hideouts in Maroof district in the past 24 hours during which the militants including a key commander were killed, the official told Xinhua news agency. --IANS ksk/mr ...

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Afghan police gun down would-be suicide bomber

Kabul, July 16 (IANS) Police in the Afghan capital Kabul shot dead a would-be suicide attacker before he could reach his target, obviously a peace rally here on Monday, police said. A suicide bomber had intended to blow himself up among peaceful demonstrators in Shahr-e-Naw park but fortunately was identified and gunned down by police before reaching his target, a police spokesman told t...

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Taliban-IS fighting claims 10 lives in Afghanistan

Kabul, July 16 (IANS) At least 10 militants including six Taliban fighters have been killed in a clash with Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan's northern Jawzjan province on Monday, police said. The clash flared up in Tashjawaz area and the dead included four IS militants, reports Xinhua news agency. Eight more fighters from both sides have been injured, said the official. ...

4 days ago
8 killed in Kabul suicide bomb attack

Kabul, July 16 (IANS) At least eight people were killed and 17 others wounded after a suicide bomber blew himself up near a government ministry office in Kabul on Sunday, authorities said. The preliminary findings show that seven civilians and the bomber were killed on the spot and 17 people injured in the blast, Xinhua quoted an official as saying. A terrorist detonated his expl...

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Record number of Afghan civilians killed in first half of 2018: UN

Kabul, July 15 (IANS) A total of 1,692 Afghan civilians were killed due to conflicts and terrorist attacks in the first half of this year, hitting a record high, a UN mission said on Sunday. Latest figures released today by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) show continuing record high casualty rates being inflicted on the Afghan civilian population by the warring parties X...

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31 troops, 50 Taliban rebels killed in Afghan clashes

Kabul, July 12 (IANS) At least 31 security force members and 50 Taliban militants were killed and 15 other officers were wounded in several attacks on checkpoints in northeastern Afghanistan, officials told the media on Thursday. Coordinated attacks on several checkpoints and an Afghan security forces base in Kunduz province and neighbouring Takhar began early on Thursday, said spokesper...

8 days ago
Ten die in Afghan education office attack

Kabul, July 11 (IANS) At least 10 people were killed and many others injured in an attack on Wednesday on an education department office in Afghanistan's Jalalabad, an assault that security forces ended after several hours of fighting. In this attack so far 10 people are killed and 10 more injured. More details will be shared later, said the Nangarhar province governor spokesperson Attau...

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Explosion rocks Afghan education office, 1 dead

Kabul, July 11 (IANS) An explosion on Wednesday rocked a provincial education office in the Afghan city of Jalalabad. At least one person was killed in the ensuing gunfire, an official said. Unidentified gunmen attacked the institute in Nangarhar province at 9.30 a.m. and the clashes were ongoing, an official told Tolonews agency. A number of gunmen stormed the building and opene...

9 days ago
10 killed in Afghanistan suicide attack

Kabul, July 10 (IANS) At least 10 people, mostly civilians, were killed and four others were wounded on Tuesday in a suicide attack on a security checkpost in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province. A rebel detonated his suicide vest around 10 a.m. in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar, the regional governor's spokesperson Attaullah Kogyanai told Efe news. The attack, which also damag...

10 days ago
Pompeo in Afghanistan on surprise visit

Kabul, July 9 (IANS) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo paid an unannounced visit to the Afghanistan capital on Monday. The visit is Pompeo's first since becoming the top US diplomat. He met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and was scheduled to meet US forces in Afghanistan before leaving the country, CNN reported. At a news conference alongside Ghani, Pompeo said he had come to Afgh...

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US service member killed in Afghan 'insider attack'

Kabul, July 8 (IANS) A US service member was killed and two were injured in an apparent insider attack in Afghanistan, the coalition forces said on Sunday. The ambush occurred in southern Afghanistan on Saturday night, US military officials said in a statement. However, details of the attack's location were not revealed, reports The Washington Post. The injured American...

11 days ago
34 militants killed in Afghanistan

Kabul, July 8 (IANS) Thirty-four militants were killed and 18 others injured in Afghanistan's Balkh province during security operations, a police official said on Sunday. The militants were killed during the cleanup operations in Chamtal district on Saturday, the official told Xinhua news agency. Two security personnel were also injured. --IANS ksk/mr ...

15 days ago
Iran denies training Taliban militants

Tehran, July 4 (IANS) Iran on Wednesday denied allegations that it was training Afghanistan's Taliban militant group. Such fake and undocumented allegations are aimed to wage a psychological war and damage friendly relations between the Iranian and Afghan governments, the Iranian Embassy in Kabul said in a statement, according to Xinhua news agency. Iran seeks to promote internat...

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Pakistan, US to work towards peace in Afghanistan

Islamabad, July 4 (IANS) Pakistan and the US have agreed to remain engaged for peace in Afghanistan, a media report said on Wednesday. The agreement came during a meeting between US Deputy Assistant Secretary at the State Department's Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Ambassador Alice Wells and Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa here on Tuesday, reports Dawn news. Both reaffirmed...

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