Category: Afghanistan

Triple suicide bomb attack targets Afghan government building

Ref: KABUL (Reuters) – A coordinated attack involving at least three suicide bombers and a powerful car bomb took aim at the headquarters of the Kabul traffic department on Monday, followed by a clash between at least one insurgent and security forces, police said.

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The attack took place just days after six suicide bombers attacked the Afghan spy agency in Kabul, killing two. The Taliban claimed responsibility for Monday’s attack. Read more →

Afghanistan’s government ‘could collapse’ after 2014 – report

Ref: A new report on Afghanistan warns that the departure of Nato forces in 2014 could be followed by the government’s collapse and even civil war, unless steps are taken now.

Afghanistan's government 'could collapse' after 2014

Afghanistan’s government ‘could collapse’ after 2014

The International Crisis Group (ICG) says the Afghan police and army are unprepared for security responsibility.

It added that polls in two years’ time would be “plagued” by fraud unless the state acted to ensure a clean vote. Read more →

Senior aide to Karzai assassinated

Ref: A group of armed men have killed a senior adviser to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and a member of the parliament in a daring attack in the capital, Kabul.

Initial reports about the fate of Jan Mohammad Khan, the Karzai aide, and Mohammad Hashim Watanwal, the parliamentarian, were conflicting, but a senior government official confirmed to Al Jazeera that both men have been killed and the attack is ongoing.

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At least 10 killed in attack on landmark hotel in Kabul

Ref: At least 10 Afghan civilians were killed when suicide bombers and heavily armed Taliban insurgents attacked a hotel frequented by Westerners in the Afghan capital late on Tuesday, Afghan officials said.

Helicopters from the NATO-led force killed the last three insurgents in a final rooftop battle, a coalition spokesman said. Smoke rose from the roof of the Intercontinental hotel as the sun rose over Kabul after a battle lasting several hours.

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Afghan suicide bombing kills over 20

Ref: A suicide car bomber killed at least 20 people, and possibly as many as 35, in an attack at a hospital in a remote district of eastern Afghanistan on Saturday that damaged its maternity ward, officials said.

Estimates of the casualties, which included patients and medical staff, varied widely in chaotic scenes outside the hospital in the remote Azra district of eastern Logar province, which is just south of Kabul.
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Pakistan must be part of Afghan peace process: US

Ref: Pakistan must be a part of the Afghan peace process, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Congress on Thursday while announcing that senior Afghan, Pakistani and American officials would meet next week for further talks on this issue.

But the outgoing Defence Secretary Robert Gates said that success was possible in the war in Afghanistan even if Pakistan failed to fully cooperate in countering militants along its border.

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Afghanistan`s Karzai: US `in peace talks with Taliban

Ref: The US is engaged in talks with the Taliban, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said, in the first high-level confirmation of US involvement.

Mr Karzai said that “foreign military and especially the US itself” were involved in peace talks with the group.
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Nato air strikes kill 52, claim Afghans authorities

Ref: Afghan authorities said Sunday Nato had killed 52 people, mostly civilians, in air strikes against insurgents as violence picked up in recent weeks with the start of the fighting season.

In the southern province of Helmand, local authorities said at least 14 civilians, including women and children, were killed and six injured in an air raid Saturday.

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China hails Laden killing, defends 'partner'

Ref: China hailed on Tuesday the death of Osama bin Laden in a US raid while defending its regional partner Pakistan against accusations it had done too little against terror threats.

Beijing and Washington have gone through bouts of friction over Taiwan and Tibet, regional security and most recently China’s clampdown on dissent and human rights activists.

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Ten die in Afghanistan army base bomb

Ref: Five foreign and five Afghan troops have died in an attack in eastern Afghanistan, officials say.

A Taliban suicide bomber wearing a military uniform hit an Afghan army base near the city of Jalalabad, the Afghan defence ministry said.
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