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Unicef expresses concern over Afghan children

Kabul, Nov 19 (IANS) The UN Children's Fund (Unicef) has expressed concerns over the status of children, poor access to school and malnutrition in Afghanistan. We have very serious concern about the education of children in Afghanistan because there are 3.5 million children who are out of school while they are supposed to be in school, Adele Khodr, Unicef's country representative, told X...

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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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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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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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India wants to sabotage CPEC: Pakistan

Islamabad, Nov 14 (IANS) India is trying to sabotage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project through its intelligence agency RAW, a senior Pakistani military officer said on Tuesday. RAW has established a special cell at a cost of $500 million to sabotage the CPEC, Geo News quoted General Zubair Mehmood Hayat, Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee (CJCSC), as saying here.

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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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2 Pakistani soldiers killed in Afghan border attack

Islamabad, Nov 13 (IANS) At least two soldiers of the Pakistan Army were killed in a suspected militant attack on a checkpost near the Afghan border on Monday, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. Terrorists from the Afghanistan side attempted an attack on Pakistani posts along the Pak-Afghan border in Bajaur Agency. The attempt was effectively responded killing 8-10 fleeing ...

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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...

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Pakistan rejects NATO secretary general remarks on Taliban bases

Islamabad, Nov 10 (IANS) Pakistan on Thursday rejected NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg's recent remarks that Taliban still have bases in Pakistan, which he had described as a big challenge to efforts aimed at bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan. We have to address the big challenge that the Taliban, the insurgents are working also out of bases in Pakistan. And we have rai...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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After China, Afghanistan now blocks WhatsApp

Kabul, Nov 4 (IANS) In yet another jolt to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Afghanistan on Saturday imposed a 20-day ban on WhatsApp in the country -- nearly a month after China reportedly blocked all the services of the popular instant messaging app. In the move seen as an attempt to curb freedom of expression of the citizens, the Afghanistan government has asked several private telecommun...

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Afghanistan temporarily bans WhatsApp

Kabul, Nov 4 (IANS) In a move that can curb freedom of expression, the Afghanistan government has asked several private telecommunication companies to suspend WhatsApp and Telegram instant messaging services in the country. Although the apps, popular among the country's elite, were still working on private telecom operators on Friday, customers of Salaam Telecom, a government-owned servi...

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US shares names of 20 terror groups with Pakistan

Washington, Nov 2 (IANS) The White House retains a list of 20 terrorist groups that it claims are operating in Pakistan and Afghanistan and is believed to have shared this list with Islamabad, the media reported on Thursday. However, the list was not given to Pakistani authorities by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson when he visited Islamabad last week, diplomatic sources told Dawn new...

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Four militants killed in Afghan airstrike

Kabul, Nov 1 (IANS) Four Taliban militants in Afghanistan's Kunduz province were killed and several injured on Wednesday in an airstrike, an army spokesman said. Acting upon intelligence input, the security forces conducted airstrikes against Taliban hideout in Nawabad area of Chardara district, killing four rebels on the spot, Ghulam Hazrat Karimi told Xinhua news agency. Taliba...

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IS bomber kills five outside embassies in Kabul

Kabul, Oct 31 (IANS) At least five persons were killed and many others injured when an explosion ripped through Kabul's heavily-fortified diplomatic area on Tuesday. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. The Health Ministry confirmed that at least five people, mostly government employees, had died and nearly 30 others were injured, the Afghan media reported. The blast ...

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Pakistan needs comprehensive policy to avoid catastrophe

The 2017 report of the Fragile States Index places Pakistan among the first 20 failed countries, which should be worrisome for Islamabad. Instead of continuing with the low intensity war against its neighbours, Pakistan should make efforts to implement reforms in diverse fields. Pakistan was carved out of India on the basis of the two-nation theory broadly intended to foster separation a...

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War authorisation shouldn't have time, geographic constraints: US officials

Washington, Oct 31 (IANS) US Defence Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson laid out conditions that they want Congress to follow should it pass a new war authorization, the media reported. On Monday, Tillerson and Mattis said a new war authorization should not have time or geographic constraints. They also said the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF)...

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