Category: Afghanistan

Afghanistan, Pakistan to beef up Taliban peace efforts

Ref: Afghan President Hamid Karzai and visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani agreed on Saturday to boost joint peace efforts with Taliban insurgents.

Gilani flew to Afghanistan on an official visit and held talks with Karzai on issues including terrorism and peace talks with Taliban militants before the pair held a joint press conference.
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Afghanistan: 'Policeman' kills two Nato soldiers

Ref: Two Nato soldiers have been shot dead by an Afghan border policeman in Afghanistan’s northern Faryab province, local officials say.

They say the victims were Americans, adding that the gunman fled the checkpoint where the shooting happened. Nato is now investigating the incident.

But another account says that the shots were fired from a nearby house and the police officer ran away at that point.

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Afghanistan: Koran protests in Kandahar and Jalalabad

Ref: At least one person has been killed and 18 injured in a third day of protests in Afghanistan over the burning of a Koran in the US last month.

Hundreds of demonstrators marched in Kandahar, Jalalabad and other areas on Sunday.

On Friday, 14 people, including seven UN staff, were killed in Mazar-e Sharif after similar protests.

US President Barack Obama described the killings as “outrageous” and the Koran burning as “intolerance and bigotry”.

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Nine die in Afghan Koran demo after UN killings

Ref: Nine people died Saturday in new protests against a Koran burning in the US, a day after seven UN staff were killed by a mob in the worst attack on the world body in Afghanistan since the 2001 invasion.

The fresh protests began from the centre of the main southern city of Kandahar and spread to other locations as police clashed with crowds marching towards the UN offices and provincial administration headquarters, witnesses said.
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Afghanistan: Ban Ki-moon condemns UN staff killings

Ref: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has condemned an attack on a UN building in Afghanistan as “outrageous and cowardly”.

At least 14 people were killed when demonstrators torched the building in the city of Mazar-e Sharif.

Three UN workers and four Nepalese guards were among the dead.

Local officials said clerics had urged people to protest over last month’s burning of a copy of the Koran in the presence of US pastor Terry Jones.

He has denied responsibility for the violence in Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan: Taliban seize group of would-be police recruits

Ref: Taliban insurgents have abducted dozens of men who tried to join the police force in north-east Afghanistan, officials say.

A Taliban statement said the group was ambushed on Saturday in Kunar province.

Village elders are involved in negotations to free the men.

Recruitment for the security forces is being stepped up ahead of the transition to Afghan security control, but the Taliban have warned they will target anyone who tries to join.

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Afghan probe says Nato killed dozens of Kunar civilians

Ref: Afghan government investigators have told the BBC that 65 civilians, including 50 women and children, were killed in a Nato operation last week.

But the Nato force, Isaf, says its initial findings show that no civilians were killed in Kunar province.

It said more than 30 insurgents died in an overnight raid in the area.

On Sunday, the provincial governor said civilians had been killed in recent Nato-led air strikes in a remote mountainous district.

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Taliban attack on Afghan bank

Ref: Gunmen dressed as border police have killed at least 18 people and wounded more than 70 in an attack on a bank in the main city in Afghanistan’s east, witnesses and government officials have said.

Kabul Bank is Afghanistan's top private lender that handles salaries for the Afghan police and armed forces

Kabul Bank is Afghanistan's top private lender that handles salaries for the Afghan police and armed forces

Al Jazeera has learned that at least seven suicide bombers stormed a branch of the Kabul Bank in Jalalabad city on Saturday and detonated their explosives.Baz Mohammad Sherzad, a senior health official in Nangarhar province, of which Jalalabad is the capital, said nine deaths had been confirmed so far.
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Embassy to open in Kabul

Ref: The president has announced that a Bangladesh embassy will be set up in Afghanistan.

President Zillur Rahman made the announcement on Sunday when the newly appointed Afghan ambassador Abdul Rahim Oraz paid an official visit to submit his identification papers.

Welcoming Oraz, the president said that Bangladesh wanted to strengthen its ties with Afghanistan, which was the newest SAARC member.

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2 troops die in Afghanistan on first day of 2011

Ref: Two foreign soldiers were killed Saturday in Afghanistan, coalition forces said, in the year’s first deaths among NATO-led foreign forces after the war’s highest-ever annual death toll in 2010.

“An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service member died following an improvised explosive device attack in southern Afghanistan today,” the NATO-led ISAF said in a statement, without giving further information in line with policy.
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