Tag: Afghanistan

Why is Obama changing his mind on Afghanistan?

REF: There have been mixed reactions to the latest decision by US President Barack Obama on Afghanistan. On Thursday, he broke a campaign promise to pull out all US forces from the war-torn country before he leaves office.

 

Now, the remaining troops in Afghanistan will remain there well after he leaves the White House. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani reportedly asked Obama to keep the troops in his country when they met in Washington earlier this year.

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Air strike kills MSF medical staff in Afghanistan

REF: Doctors Without Borders (MSF) says at least nine of its staff have been killed in an overnight bombing of a hospital in the embattled Afghan city of Kunduz.

 

Another 37 people were wounded in the attack, including 19 MSF staff, the medical charity organisation told Al Jazeera.

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Civilians killed in separate bombings in Afghanistan

REF: Bomb attacks in Afghanistan have killed 16 people in two separate attacks in the country’s eastern provinces, officials say.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on Friday on a convoy carrying US troops near a military base not far from Jalalabad airport. The explosion killed four Afghan civilians. Read more →

Avalanches kill scores in Afghanistan’s northeast

REF: More than 100 people have been killed in avalanches that buried homes in the northeastern Panjshir Valley, officials have said.

 

The avalanches buried homes across four northeast provinces, killing those beneath, said Mohammad Aslam Syas, the deputy director of the Afghanistan Natural Disaster Management Authority.

 

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Afghanistan fall short on World Cup debut Former captain Shakib al Hasan stars with bat and bowl as Bangladesh seal an easy win.

REF: Afghanistan’s first cricket World Cup match ended in defeat when Bangladesh took three wickets in the first three overs on the way to beating the fledgling side by 105 runs.

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Afghanistan thrilled thousands of flag-waving expatriates at Manuka Oval earlier in the day by making a promising start to its debut match in the 50-over tournament.

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Police officers killed in suicide attack in Afghanistan

REF: A suicide attack on a police station in eastern Afghanistan has killed at least 20 officers, regional officials said.

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Din Mohammad Darwesh, a spokesman for the provincial governor of Logar province, said that Tuesday’s attack on the police headquarters in Logar was carried out by four suicide bombers.

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Several dead in violence across Afghanistan

REF: At least nine people have been killed across Afghanistan, including two children who were killed in an explosion while gathering firewood in the Zhari district of the southern Kandahar province, officials have said.

 

 

A separate bomb blast in the Shahwali Kot district of Kandahar wounded another 10 children, leaving seven in critical condition, said Samim Khopalwaq, the spokesman for Kandahar’s governor.

 

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Suicide blast kills dozens in Afghanistan

REF:  A suicide bomber has killed dozens of people in an attack on a volleyball match in Afghanistan’s east, officials say.

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Mukhles Afghan, spokesman for the governor of Paktika province, bordering Pakistan, said the attack happened late on Sunday afternoon during an inter-district tournament match attended by a large crowd in the Yahya Khel district district.

 

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Afghanistan rejects US call for quick security deal

REF:  The future of US troops in Afghanistan remained in doubt on Friday after a spokesman for President Hamid Karzai rejected Washington’s call to sign a security pact by the end of the year rather than after next year’s presidential election.

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The United States has repeatedly said it will not wait until after the April 2014 vote to seal the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) and rejected Karzai’s suggestion for the signing to take place next year “properly and with dignity”.

 

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Taliban talks announced as Afghanistan assumes security

REF:  Hope flickered in war-torn Afghanistan on Tuesday as national security forces formally took over security leadership and peace talks with the Taliban are now in the works.

 

NATO-led troops transferred security responsibility to Afghan forces. The United States and an Afghan government group dedicated to peace and reconciliation will hold talks with the Taliban militant group in Qatar.

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