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Foreign Affairs Dept says no request yet for troops support from Afghanistan

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:05:02 GMT

The Foreign Affairs department says there has been no direct request for more troops and helicopters to be sent to Afghanistan. Yesterday the Governor of Oruzgan province told PM he wanted reinforcements following an attempted take over of the provincial capital Tarin Kowt by the Taliban in September.

Nepal lifts ban on allowing migrant workers to Afghanistan

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:34:25 GMT

Nepal will allow its nationals to go to war-torn Afghanistan for work, a labour ministry official said on Thursday, ending an almost four-month ban imposed after 13 Nepali security guards were killed by a Taliban suicide bomber in the Afghan capital. Labour Ministry Spokesman Govinda Mani Bhurtel said employers would have to make adequate security arrangements for their stay, travel and work before Nepali nationals were given a work permit by the government to leave Nepal.

Pakistan encourages Kabul to hold peace talks with Taliban

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:05:59 GMT

Pakistan says it has encouraged Kabul to hold peace talks with the Taliban, saying a recent peace deal between Afghanistan and key militant leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar can serve as a model for talks with the main insurgent group. Foreign ministry spokesman Nafees Zakaria told reporters Thursday that Pakistan has always encouraged a politically negotiated settlement to end violence in Afghanistan.

As Sweden tightens borders, a young Afghan faces return to home he doesn't know

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:28:52 GMT

Mohsen Naghawi says he is 18. At some point in the future, he fears, a plane will fly him to a violent country where he has never lived and has no family. If that happens, he will immediately look to escape.

UN: Afghanistan attack that targeted civilians may be war crime

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:58:50 GMT

The report focuses on the "planning and preparedness" of security forces facing the attack. It also touches on response by such forces directly following the event.

Two Americans killed in attack on base in Afghanistan

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:39:18 GMT

To continue reading up to 10 premium articles, you must register , or sign up and take advantage of this exclusive offer: KABUL - Two Americans were killed and another three were injured in a rare attack on foreign troops in the Afghan capital Wednesday, U.S. and Afghan officials said. A gunman fired on international advisers at an ammunition depot near Camp Morehead, a training site for Afghan commandos, about six miles south of Kabul.

Scottish soldier 'brain-damaged' in Afghanistan crash airlifted back to UK

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 01:29:24 GMT

The 25-year-old from Tarbolton in South Ayrshire is now undergoing extensive treatment at the Fisher House military hospital in Birmingham. His sister, Kirsty Pope, 37, said: "He's also lost a finger and up until now, has had no movement in his body at all.

Teenage Afghan Calais camp boy who made Lily Allen cry fast-tracked to UK

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 21:06:44 GMT

The teenage boy who caused singer Lily Allen to break down in tears when she visited the "Jungle" camp in Calais has arrived in the UK after his transfer was fast-tracked. The 13-year-old Afghan national, who has a right to live in the UK through his family ties, was one of around a dozen children who were brought by bus to meet with Home Office officials in Croydon, south London, on Wednesday, as the French camp prepares for demolition.

Two Americans Killed in Attack in Kabul, Afghanistan

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:45:12 GMT

Two Americans have been killed in an attack near a coalition base near Kabul, Afghanistan, officials said. In addition to the deaths of the U.S. service member and U.S. civilian, two additional U.S. civilians were injured in Wednesday's attack.

Junior at Mount Holyoke College Launches New Library in Afghanistan

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:28:54 GMT

Sajia Darwish is only a junior at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, yet she has accomplished more than most do in an entire lifetime. Though her home country is devastated by war, poverty, illiteracy, and extremism, dedication to justice and progress through literacy gave her the courage to overcome innumerable societal obstacles and open Baale Parwaz Library this summer in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Obama Official: White House Sees Afghanistan War - Tipping in the Taliban's Favor'

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 08:10:32 GMT

The war in Afghanistan is at an "eroding stalemate" after more than 15 years of war, "tipping in the Taliban's favor," an unnamed senior administration official told The Washington Post . The evaluations come as the Taliban expands its influence across the country.

Daily Press Briefing: Afghanistan

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 04:04:08 GMT

QUESTION: Just a couple of questions about Afghanistan. Your response to the resumption of the peace talks or at least early feelers at it anyway between the Afghans and the Taliban in Qatar is there new possibilities for some progress on that? Is that how you set it? MR TONER: You're talking about, of course, the stories that emerged overnight about renewed peace talks.

Michael Den Tandt: Unjustified level of secrecy surrounding Canada's role in the war against ISIL

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:57:06 GMT

Royal Canadian Air Force members of Air Task Force-Iraq and several members of the coalition participate in the SHAMAL SERIALS, a combat search and rescue exercise held for personnel of the Middle East Stabilization Force in Kuwait on March 16, 2015. In this November 12, 2015, file photo, a Kurdish peshmerga fighter stands guard in fighting against ISIL as the sun rises in Sinjar, Iraq.

Jungle refugee camp faces closure after French court rejects appeal

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 19:28:46 GMT

The Jungle refugee camp could be closed imminently after a French court rejected an appeal from aid groups to delay the clearance. French authorities are expected to empty the migrant camp in Calais in the coming weeks and dismantle it by the start of winter.

Families leave Calais Jungle for new life in south of France

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 19:28:45 GMT

A coach-load of migrant and refugee families has left the Calais camp known as the Jungle before bulldozers move in to demolish makeshift homes in the slum. Young children were among those who boarded the coach on the camp's fringe before it took them to communities in the south of France to start a new life.

Hard Choices for Peace in Afghanistan

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 17:17:09 GMT

On September 29th, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the leader of the Hezb-e-Islami of Afghanistan, signed a peace agreement with the Afghan government, by prerecorded video, from an undisclosed location. In the nineteen-eighties, Hezb-e-Islami was the most extreme of the seven mujahideen parties recognized by Pakistan, and Hekmatyar's unblinking black eyes were framed by a black turban and full black beard.

S ... S 37

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:00:00 GMT

Scores of people in the south and north in operations in Afghanistan Taliban fighters were killed and thousands displaced.