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Afghans suffer deadliest Ramadan since 2001

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 02:19:49 GMT

Afghanistan has suffered its deadliest Ramadan since the US-led invasion in 2001 with over 200 killed and hundreds wounded, according to an AFP count based on official figures. The streets of Kabul were quiet on Saturday ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr festival, which marks the end of Islam's holiest month, amid fears of further attacks.

Pakistan, accused of terrorist infiltration, starts to fence its border with Afghanistan

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:01:16 GMT

Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events A view of the fence Pakistani authorities have erected along a northern stretch of its border with Afghanistan. They plan to extend the barrier along the border's full 1,00-mile length.

Guant namo Bay Prison- Creative Commons Via Flickr Joint Task Force Guantanamo

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:53:08 GMT

In May 2014, the Obama Administration exchanged five high-ranking Taliban prisoners from the US military prison of GuantA namo Bay, for US soldier Bowe Robert Bergdahl who was imprisoned in Afghanistan. GuantA namo Bay was set up to hold foreign suspects of terrorism captured after US-led forces invaded Afghanistan to expel al-Qaeda and its Taliban protectors in response to the attacks of September 11, 2001 At least five of the former GuantA namo prisoners are believed to have ended up in Qatar, which is well-known for allowing Islamist terrorist groups to flourish and develop within its borders, reported QatariLeaks.

Editorial: Trump, not military, should set troop levels in Afghanistan

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:32:57 GMT

There is no task more solemn for any American president than the decision to send troops off to war. In delegating authority over troops levels in Afghanistan to the Pentagon, President Donald Trump has shirked his obligation to own and defend his Afghan policy, while further divorcing America's military strategy there from its larger political goals.

Afghanistan: Just walk away

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:23:01 GMT

Our involvement in Afghanistan is untenable because the country is untenable. No matter what is done, Afghanistan will fail because of its galloping population growth.

At least 44 People Killed in Pakistan Attacks

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 05:05:16 GMT

Pakistani security officials inspect the site of a powerful explosion that targeted a police vehicle in Quetta on June 23, 2017. Separate bomb blasts and shootings in the west, east and south of Pakistan have killed a total of 44 people as militants step up attacks on police and security forces in an apparent response to government offensives to push them out from key bastions.

Reports: U.S. Eliminating Post Of Special Envoy On Afghanistan-Pakistan

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:43:44 GMT

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington on June 21. The Wall Street Journal reports that the U.S. State Department is eliminating the post of the U.S. special envoy on Afghanistan and Pakistan, saying the move will leave Washington without anyone at the policy post that was created by the previous U.S. president, Barack Obama.

Mulcair raises red flags after Canadian sniper breaks record in Iraq

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:15:56 GMT

NDP leader Tom Mulcair is forgoing the celebration and raising red flags after reports a Canadian sniper in Iraq broke the world record for the longest confirmed kill. National Defence says the sniper is a member of the ultra-secret Joint Task Force 2 unit deployed as part of Canada's mission against ISIL, and that his target was more 3.5 kilometres away.

'We Have A Problem:' ISIS In Afghanistan 'Not Getting Better' ...

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:59:29 GMT

A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant holds an ISIL flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul, June 23, 2014. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held crisis talks with leaders of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region on Tuesday urging them to stand with Baghdad in the face of a Sunni insurgent onslaught that threatens to dismember the country.

Taliban say U.S. must quit Afghanistan for peace

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:32:21 GMT

The Taliban warned on Friday against sending more Western troops to Afghanistan, while pledging that it sought only independence under Islamic rule and rejecting concerns it would harbour foreign militants. In a statement marking Eid al-Fitr, the festival at the end of the holy month of Ramadan, Taliban leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada combined defiant calls for the United States to get out of Afghanistan with more conciliatory messages.

India: Security Council ignoring terrorists, terror-backers in Afghanistan

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:22:13 GMT

United Nations, June 22 India has accused the Security Council and the international community of tending to ignore the terrorists ravaging Afghanistan and their backers while these forces "have stood up against one of the biggest collective military efforts in the world". "The international community's collective inability and unwillingness to see the problem for what it is has inflicted huge costs on the people of Afghanistan," India's Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin told the Security Council on Wednesday during a debate on the situation there.

Previous attacks underscore dangers for Canadians in Afghanistan training mission

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 03:20:08 GMT

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Afghanistan sets July 7, 2018 for parliamentary elections

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:54:12 GMT

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Judge: Bergdahl lawyers can't ask if jurors voted for Trump

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:31:02 GMT

In this Jan. 12, 2016, file photo, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl arrives for a pretrial hearing at Fort Bragg, N.C. Prosecutors argue that serious injuries to two soldiers who searched for Bergdahl in 2009 show that he endangered his comrades by leaving his post in Afghanistan.

A sniper and his observer watch from a rooftop.

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:04:31 GMT

A Canadian soldier in Iraq has killed an ISIS militant from more than two miles away, shattering the world record for a confirmed sniper kill in military history. Report says Canadian sniper has shattered world record for the longest confirmed kill in history A Canadian soldier in Iraq has killed an ISIS militant from more than two miles away, shattering the world record for a confirmed sniper kill in military history.

The Latest: Death Toll Rises to 29 in Afghanistan Bombing

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:45:32 GMT

The Latest on developments in Afghanistan following the suicide car bombing in Helmand province : The governor of Afghanistan's southern Helmand province has raised the death toll in the suicide car bombing outside a bank there to 29, saying most of those killed in the explosion were civilians. Hayatullah Hayat, the provincial governor, says the attack on Thursday outside the Kabul Bank in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, also wounded 60 people.

Suicide car bomb in southern Afghanistan kills at least 29

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:45:31 GMT

A huge suicide car bombing struck Thursday outside a bank in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, targeting Afghan troops and government employees waiting to collect their salaries ahead of a major Muslim holiday and killing at least 29 people, officials said. Hayatullah Hayat, the provincial governor in Helmand, said most of the casualties were civilians.