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Taliban says it shot down US military aircraft

TEHRAN, Jan. 27 (MNA) – Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that the Taliban downed a US military plane carrying CIA officers in eastern Ghazni province, Afghanistan. In a statement released by the Taliban on Monday evening, they officially said that the movement downed a US military plane in Taliban-controlled territory …

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Plane crashes in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province

An Afghan passenger plane crashed on Monday in Ghazni province, local officials said, but the number of people on board and their fate was not immediately known, nor was the cause of the crash. Arif Noori, spokesperson for the provincial governor, said the plane went down around 1:10pm local time …

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Afghan official calls Gen. Soleimani key figure in anti-Daesh fight

KABUL: Afghanistan’s second vice president has hailed Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani as a “prominent figure” in the battle against the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, saying his assassination has complicated the situation in the region. Muhammad Sarwar Danish made the remarks in Kabul on Saturday, one day after a US …

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Taliban kill 23 in attacks on Afghan checkpoints

KABUL: At least 23 Afghan security forces were killed in a series of Taliban attacks across the country, officials said Wednesday, despite winter snowfall that usually leads to a lull in violence. The assaults targeted vulnerable checkpoints in at least three northern provinces. In Balkh, militants stormed a checkpoint early …

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Taliban say have ‘no ceasefire plans’ in Afghanistan

KABUL: The Taliban on Monday denied agreeing to any ceasefire in Afghanistan after reports emerged of a potential deal that would see a reduction in fighting after more than 18 years of war. The statement from the insurgents comes as local and international forces brace for another bloody winter amid …

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Nine Afghan forces killed in Taliban insider attack: official

KABUL: The Taliban have killed nine Afghan soldiers in an insider attack in central Afghanistan, the military said on Saturday, underscoring the dangers Afghan forces face from within their own ranks. The Afghan National Army troops “were martyred by Taliban terrorists in Qarabagh district of Ghazni province” on Friday night, …

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Bomb explodes at gate of largest US base in Afghanistan

KABUL: An F-16 takes off at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, on a combat sortie on March 14, 2016. A bomb explosion near the largest US military base in Afghanistan has left at least five people injured, officials say. The attack which took place on Wednesday near the entrance to Bagram …

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