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Death toll from raid on Shia Afghan village ‘hits 60’

KABUL: (Web Desk) Reports say the death toll from a Taliban attack on a remote Shia village in northern Afghanistan has risen to 60. The civilians, including women and children, were massacred during an attack on the Mirza Olang Village in the northern Sar-e Pol Province overnight Sunday. A number of …

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Taliban release hostages after Afghanistan ‘massacre’

MAZAR-E-SHARIF (Web Desk) The Taliban released 235 hostages from a remote village in northern Afghanistan where it allegedly massacred around 50 civilians along with IS insurgents but others were still feared held, officials said on Tuesday.“This evening 235 people including women and children were released from Mirzawalang as a result …

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From poppy to heroin ‘Taliban moving into Afghan drug production’

KABUL (Web Desk) The Taliban  which banned poppy cultivation when it ruled Afghanistan now appears to wield significant control over the war-torn country’s heroin production line, providing insurgents with billions of dollars, officials have told.In 2016 Afghanistan, which produces 80 per cent of the world’s opium, made around 4,800 tonnes …

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US desire to win Afghan war increases pressure on Pakistan

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) The new emphasis in Washington on the need for Pakistan to do more against militants is linked to the Trump administration’s desire to win the Afghan war. Usually on weekends the United States media focuses on human interest stories, but this weekend there are almost a dozen …

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Militants brutally kill up to 50 civilians in Shia Afghan village: Reports

KABUL: (Web Desk) Militants have massacred dozens of civilians, mostly Shia Hazaras, in “a brutal, inhumane way” after attacking a village in a remote area of Afghanistan’s northern province of Sar-e Pul, officials and locals say. The militants, whose identity were not immediately known, raided a security outpost in the …

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One killed in attack on Nato in Afghanistan, Taliban claim responsibility

KABUL (Web Desk) The Afghan Taliban on Friday claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) patrol north of Kabul that the United States military said killed one service person.Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, told AP in a telephone interview that the suicide attacker from …

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At least 29 killed in Afghan mosque attack

HERAT (Web Desk) A suicide bomber and a gunman killed at least 29 people and wounded 63 at a packed mosque in Afghanistan’s main western city of Herat Tuesday, the latest attack to highlight the country’s deteriorating security situation.The assault on the Jawadya mosque in Herat, which is close to …

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Bomber attacks police compound near Iraq Embassy in Kabul: Sources

BAGHDAD: (Web Desk) A bomber has set off his explosives close to the Iraqi Embassy in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, security sources say. Security officials in the Afghan capital said a police compound and the nearby Iraqi diplomatic missin came under attack on Monday. A gun battle is underway at the …

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Afghan forces retake district in Ghor Province from Taliban

KABUL (Web Desk) Afghan ground forces backed by the air force have driven out Taliban militants from a district in Afghanistan’s western Ghor Province after fierce fighting.Abdul Hai Khateby, the provincial governor spokesman, said fighting raged for two days before Afghan soldiers drove the militants from the Taywara District center …

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