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Shadowy Unit Seeks to Exploit Afghan Taliban Divisions in South

By Mohammad Stanekzai LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, May 12 – A shadowy new unit run by Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency has begun operations in southern Helmand province with a mission to exploit divisions within the Taliban insurgency, government officials and a militant spokesman said. The aim is to weaken an increasingly dangerous enemy by turning the

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Taliban Attacks End Lull in Combat in Afghan Province of Helmand

By Mohammad Stanekzai LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, May 8 – Taliban insurgents attacked police checkpoints on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah, the main city of the southern Afghan province of Helmand early on Sunday, ending weeks of relative calm during the annual opium harvest. Helmand has been one of the main targets of the Taliban, which

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Taliban Announces Start of Spring Offensive In Afghanistan

By James Mackenzie KABUL, April 12 – The Taliban announced the start of their spring offensive on Tuesday, pledging to launch large-scale offensives against government strongholds backed by suicide and guerrilla attacks to drive Afghanistan‘s Western-backed government from power. The announcement of the formal start of “Operation Omari”, named after the late Taliban founder Mullah

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Fighting Erupts Near Power Lines to Afghan Capital

KABUL, April 6 – Fighting has broken out between Afghan government forces and Taliban militants in an area in the north where battles destroyed power lines early this year, officials said on Wednesday. The insurgents destroyed power lines in the area in Baghlan province in January, causing nearly a month of power cuts in the

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Afghan Police Suspected of Aiding Taliban Killed, Detained by Army

By Mohammad Stanekzai LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, Feb 28 – A policeman was killed and a further 30 were detained in a joint operation between Afghan troops and U.S. forces last week against police suspected of supporting Taliban insurgents in embattled Helmand province, Afghan officials said on Sunday. Reports of fighting between police and soldiers add

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Dozens Killed, Wounded in Afghanistan Suicide Attacks

By Mirwais Harooni KABUL, Feb 28 – A Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up near the Afghan defense ministry in Kabul on Saturday, causing heavy casualties just hours after an attack in the eastern province of Kunar killed 13 people and put prospects for new peace talks in doubt. The attack in Kabul killed 15

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Afghan Troops Pull out of Second Helmand District

By Mohammad Stanekzai LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, Feb 22 – Afghan government forces have pulled out of a second district in Helmand, officials said on Monday, leaving the Taliban in control of most of the northern part of the province after troops withdrew from Musa Qala district last week. The withdrawals raise questions over the capacity

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Afghan Security Forces Retake Northern District from Taliban

KABUL, Jan 10 – Afghan security forces have retaken a district in the north of the country, killing 30 Taliban fighters and capturing vehicles and weapons from the insurgents, the defence ministry said on Sunday. The recapture is a welcome piece of good news for government forces, which have struggled to contain the spreading Taliban

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Afghan Forces Battle to Push Back Taliban in Helmand

By Mohammad Stanekzai LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, Dec 23 – Afghan forces on Wednesday battled Taliban fighters who overran the district of Sangin in the southern province of Helmand this week after reinforcements and NATO military advisers were rushed in to try to stop another district falling into insurgent hands. Acting Defense Minister Masoom Stanekzai said

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