Afghanistan

Daesh Radio Show Seeks New Recruits in Afghanistan

By Rafiq Sherzad JALALABAD, Afghanistan, Dec 21 – Daesh militants in eastern Afghanistan have taken to the airwaves to win recruits as they try to build strength and replace the Taliban as the leading force in the Islamist insurgency. Officials have been increasingly concerned by the broadcasts, which encourage young people to find a sense

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Suicide Attack on Bagram Air Base Kills Five; Six Wounded

KABUL, Dec 21 – A suicide bomber on a motorbike attacked a joint U.S.-Afghan patrol near Bagram air base in Afghanistan on Monday, killing five soldiers and wounding six, Bagram District Governor Abdul Shukur Qudusi said. In a tweet, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility and said 19 U.S. soldiers had been killed and a

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Afghan Governor Warns Helmand Province Could Fall to Taliban

By Mirwais Harooni KABUL, Dec 20 – Afghanistan’s Helmand province could fall to the Taliban after months of heavy fighting, with 90 members of the security forces killed over the past two days, the deputy governor of the volatile southern province warned on Sunday. Mohammad Jan Rasulyar said unless President Ashraf Ghani took urgent action,

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Pakistan Taliban Reject Daesh Leader’s Claim To Be ‘Caliph’

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan Dec 19 – Pakistan’s Taliban have rejected Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi’s claim to be the global leader of all Muslims, the movement said in a statement seen by Reuters on Saturday. The Pakistani Taliban’s statement comes after a similar rejection by the Afghan Taliban following pledges of allegiance

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Afghan Forces Battle to Hold off Taliban in Helmand District

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, Dec 13 (Reuters) – Afghan forces are battling to hold Marjah district centre in the volatile southern province of Helmand that Taliban insurgents have cut off as part of a months-long campaign in which they have taken three districts and threatened the regional capital. Helmand police chief Abdul Rahman Sarjang said on

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Afghanistan’s Intelligence Chief Resigns Over Disagreements with President Ghani

By Hamid Shalizi KABUL, Dec 10 (Reuters) – The head of Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security, resigned on Thursday over disagreements with President Ashraf Ghani, laying bare divisions that have hindered efforts to fight the growing Taliban insurgency. The resignation of Rahmatullah Nabil follows a series of setbacks in recent months

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Attack on Kandahar Airport Base by Taliban Kills 37 Civilians

By Sayed Sarwar Amani and Ismail Sameem KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Dozens of people were killed and wounded in fighting at the airport in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar after an overnight attack by Taliban insurgents that security forces had not entirely suppressed nearly 24 hours later. With final mopping up operations

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Afghan, Pakistan Leaders Hold Unyielding Positions at Meet

By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD, Dec 9 – Leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan held firm to positions on their troubled ties at a conference on Afghanistan’s future on Wednesday that risked being overshadowed by a Taliban attack in Afghanistan’s biggest city. The “Heart of Asia” meeting, an annual gathering of Asian and other countries to pledge

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Fate of Afghan Taliban Leader Remains Unclear

By Jibran Ahmed PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Dec 4 – Conflicting reports have deepened uncertainty surrounding the fate of Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour, after the insurgent Islamist group repeatedly denied he had been wounded in a gunfight after a dispute with other senior leaders. Several sources in the Taliban have said that Mansour, whose claim

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Pakistan, Afghanistan Meet to Discuss Restarting Peace Talks With Taliban

By Kay Johnson ISLAMABAD, Nov. 30 (Reuters) – The leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan met in Paris on Monday to discuss ways to resurrect peace talks with Taliban insurgents and to improve relations between the neighbours that soured earlier in the year after a string of militant attacks in Kabul. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s

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