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Taliban Hang Student Suspected Over Assassination – Official

KABUL, Dec 3 – Taliban militants hanged a university student in public in a village west of Kabul after accusing him of involvement in the death of a senior Taliban official, a local government spokesman said on Saturday. Abdul Rahman Mangal said Faiz ul Rahman Wardak, a fourth-year student at Kabul Polytechnic University, was hanged

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Taliban Resist Afghan Forces’ Counterattack in Northern City of Kunduz

KABUL, Oct 4  – Pockets of Taliban fighters held out overnight against Afghan government forces in the northern city of Kunduz, a police official said on Tuesday, a day after the militants pushed deep into the city centre. Taliban militants slipped past government defences early on Monday and occupied or attacked central areas of Kunduz,

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Taliban Offensive Nears Afghan Provincial Capital

By Mohamed Stanekzai LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, Sept 7  – Taliban forces have fought their way to within a few kilometers of the capital of Afghanistan’s central province of Uruzgan, officials said on Wednesday, warning of its collapse unless authorities provide air support and ground reinforcements. The Taliban are battling to topple the Western-backed government of

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Pakistani Forces Kill Six in New Offensive Near Afghan Border

By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD, Aug 22 – Pakistani security forces have killed six people in a remote northwestern valley near the Afghan border in a new offensive against Islamist militants in the area, the military said. All six of those killed in the offensive in the Khyber region were “terrorists”, the military said in a

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Taliban Make Further Gains in Afghan North

KABUL, Aug 20 – The Afghan Taliban captured a strategic district in the northern province of Kunduz on Saturday, forcing troops to retreat to the provincial capital which fell briefly to the insurgents last year, officials said. Fighting has sharply escalated in Afghanistan since the insurgency started spreading from its traditional strongholds in the south

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Taliban Capture Key District in Afghan North

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, Aug 15 – Taliban insurgents, seeking to force the NATO-led coalition out of Afghanistan and bring in Islamic law, captured a key district in the northern province of Baghlan away after days of fighting, officials said on Monday. Fighting has escalated in Afghanistan as the Taliban insurgency spreads from its traditional strongholds in

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Afghan Troops Press Offensive Against Daesh

By Sultan Ahmad JALALABAD, Afghanistan, July 30 – When Afghan troops pushed into Kot, a district close to the border with Pakistan, this week, they found many of the houses empty, with posters plastered on the walls and black flags left by departing Daesh fighters. Backed by U.S. special forces troops and airstrikes that authorities

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Pakistani Taliban Claim Responsibility for Karachi Military Killings

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan, July 27 – A Pakistani Taliban faction has claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s killing of two military officers in the southern city of Karachi, a spokesman for the Islamist group said. The killings were the latest attacks in the busy port city of 20 million people, where paramilitary forces have been cracking

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Taliban Attacks Threaten Disputed Afghan District Centre

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, July 20 – Afghan security forces backed by U.S. air strikes have beaten back Taliban attacks on a vulnerable southern district, government officials said on Wednesday, after a relative lull in fighting over the month of Ramadan. In recent days, Taliban forces launched attacks on the Sangin district centre, an outpost in

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