Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:09:01 GMT
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has made an unannounced Anzac Day-eve visit to Iraq and Afghanistan to meet serving Australian troops, and leaders of both countries. In a strictly controlled visit - the details of which were kept secret to protect the safety of Mr Turnbull and his travelling party - the prime minister visited Iraq on Sunday, and Afghanistan on Monday.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:10:38 GMT
Al-Qaida's leader, al-Zawahri, has urged his followers and all militants in Syria to unite ranks and prepare for protracted... . In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian opposition fighters hold their weapons as they prepare to board a bus to leave the last rebel-held neighborhood of al-Waer in Homs province, Syria, Monday, April 24, ... .
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:10:37 GMT
In this 1998 file photo, Ayman al-Zawahri poses for a photograph in Khost, Afghanistan. Al-Qaida's leader, al-Zawahri, has urged his followers and all militants in Syria to unite ranks and prepare for protracted jihad, or holy war.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:07:18 GMT
Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, right, greets U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at his residence, the Sea Palace, in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, April 22, 2017. Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, right, talks with U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, center, and U.S. Ambassador to Qatar Dana Shell Smith at his residence, the Sea Palace, in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, April 22, 2017.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:07:17 GMT
An injured soldier recovers in a hospital after Friday's attack at a military compound in Mazar-e-Sharif province north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, April 22, 2017. Gunmen wearing army uniforms stormed a military compound in the Balkh province, killing at least eight soldiers and wounding 11 others, an Afghan government official said Friday.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:07:16 GMT
US Secretary of Defense James Mattis has arrived in Afghanistan, where he is meeting government officials including President Ashraf Ghani. Mattis started his visit at the headquarters of Operation Resolute Support, the NATO-led mission to train and advise Afghan security forces.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:45:36 GMT
Just over a week after the U.S military galvanized headlines by dropping its largest non-nuclear bomb to destroy tunnels created by ISIS's branch in Afghanistan, the country experienced the deadliest attack on its military since the sixteen-year conflict began. An estimated ten Taliban insurgents on Friday made their way through multiple checkpoints dressed in military attire, flashing what appeared to be authentic identification cards, to launch an attack at the mosque at the 209 Shaheen Army Corps' base following morning prayers.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 02:06:55 GMT
Germany approved just under 48 per cent of asylum applications from Afghan migrants in the first two months of 2017, down from close to 78 per cent in 2015, the Passauer Neue Presse German newspaper reported on Sunday. The newspaper, citing a response from the German interior ministry to a parliamentary query by the Left party, said the government rejected 14,403 of the 27,639 asylum applications considered in January and February.
Sun, 23 Apr 2017 23:38:02 GMT
Since 2002, billions of U.S. tax dollars have been spent rebuilding Afghanistan after its decades of war. A big chunk of that money pays Afghan soldiers and police.
Sun, 23 Apr 2017 21:18:25 GMT
Local police official Mir Aslam said the bomb exploded as a patrol passed through the town of Turbat in Baluchistan province, which borders both Afghanistan and Iran. The Pakistani army said in a statement that another three troops were injured in the explosion on Sunday, and no group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:43:21 GMT
The remote site in eastern Afghanistan where the U.S. military dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed in combat earlier this month bears signs of the weapon's power, but little evidence of how much material and human damage it inflicted. Reuters photos and video footage - some of the first images from journalists allowed to get close to the site - reveal a scarred mountainside, burned trees and some ruined mud-brick structures.
Sun, 23 Apr 2017 11:54:07 GMT
News selected on topics and regions - oil and gas, business, politics, IT, the South Caucasus, the Caspian Sea region, Central Asia Ranking of the Azerbaijani banking sector Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani has called for expansion of intelligence cooperation with neighboring Afghanistan aimed at strengthening fight against terrorism. In a telephone conversation with National Security Adviser of Afghanistan Mohammad Hanif Atmar last night, Shamkhani said that accelerating intelligence and security cooperation between Iran and Afghanistan will contribute to protecting stability and security in both countries, IRNA news agency reported.
Sun, 23 Apr 2017 07:05:31 GMT
For more than four years, residents were barred from this hamlet in Fukushima after an earthquake and tsunami caused a meltdown at a nuclear power plant north of town. When the government lifted the evacuation order in 2015, those who returned were mostly the elderly, who figured coming home was worth the residual radiation risk.
Sun, 23 Apr 2017 02:18:42 GMT
Col. Darin Driggers begins May 1 as deputy director of Air Force current operations. The Casper Star-Tribune reports the job involves a hand in everything going on in the Air Force, from training and deployment to budgeting and working with Congress.
Sat, 22 Apr 2017 23:56:31 GMT
Last year, the UN recorded the highest number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan since 2009 - a figure that has been surging upward for years. After President Trump cited the deaths of "beautiful babies" and "innocent children" as reasons for retaliating against Bashar al-Assad's chemical attack in the Syrian province of Idlib, it's particularly noteworthy that the UN's 2016 Afghanistan casualty count includes 3,512 children - 923 dead and 2,589 injured.
Sat, 22 Apr 2017 19:18:03 GMT
Afghan soldiers stand guard at the gate of a military compound after a deadly attack by Taliban gunmen at an Afghan Army base, Friday. Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers killed more than 100 Afghan Army soldiers Friday at a base in northern Afghanistan, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.
Sat, 22 Apr 2017 16:53:17 GMT
A member of Afghanistan's special forces points his gun as he observes the enemy lines in Achin district of Nangarhar province, in eastern Afghanistan April 14, 2017. As U.S.-Afghan forces pound Islamic State hideouts in their Nangarhar Province stronghold, civilians fleeing the fight say they've been left to deal with their plight alone.