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US aims to eliminate IS from Afghanistan this year

KABUL: (Web Desk) After dropping a monster bomb on its fighters, then targeting its leader, the US military is looking to destroy the militant Islamic State (IS) group’s Afghan branch before battle-hardened reinforcements arrive from Syria and Iraq. While US and Kabul government forces have mainly been combatting Taliban fighters …

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Stop pointless, unholy war: Hekmatyar tells Taliban

KABUL: (Web Desk) In his first public speech since signing a peace deal with the Afghan government, one of Afghanistan’s most notorious warlords on Saturday called for the Taliban to stop fighting and begin negotiations. “I invite you to join the peace caravan and stop the pointless, meaningless and unholy …

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US losing ‘tremendous amount’ defending Saudi Arabia: Trump

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) President Donald Trump has criticized Saudi Arabia for not paying its fair share in return for the US security umbrella. “Frankly, Saudi Arabia has not treated us fairly, because we are losing a tremendous amount of money in defending Saudi Arabia,” Trump said in an interview with …

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Afghan Taliban announce start of ‘spring offensive’

KABUL: (Web Desk) The Afghan Taliban launched their “spring offensive” Friday, heralding fresh fighting in the drawn-out conflict as embattled security forces struggle to recover from a devastating attack on a military base one week ago. Operation Mansouri — named after the group’s former leader, who was killed in a …

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Civilian casualties decline slightly in Afghanistan: UN

NEW YORK: (Web Desk) Civilian casualties caused by the war in Afghanistan declined slightly in the first three months of 2017, the United Nations said on Thursday, a rare drop that officials attributed mostly to residents fleeing areas of fighting. From January to March there were 715 civilians killed and …

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Extremists tarnish image of Islam: Afghan clerics

KABUL: (Web Desk) A number of religious scholars and members of Balkh provincial council in Afghanistan on Sunday said that the responsible officials must answer to the nation over Friday’s deadly attack by the Taliban extremist on 209 Shaheen Army Corps in Balkh. The clerics stressed that terrorist attacks have …

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Afghan defence minister, army chief resign after Taliban attack

KABUL: (Web Desk) The Afghan defence minister and army chief resigned Monday, days after more than 140 government soldiers were killed in a Taliban attack on an army base last week, the president’s office said. “President Ashraf Ghani has accepted the resignation of the defence minister and army chief of …

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Furious Afghans call for resignations after Taliban base attack

KABUL: (Web Desk) Afghan families buried their dead and the country observed a national day of mourning Sunday after at least 100 soldiers were killed or wounded in a Taliban attack on a military base, prompting angry calls for ministers and army chiefs to resign. The exact toll from Friday’s …

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Over 100 killed, wounded in Taliban attack on Afghan military base

KABUL: (Web Desk) More than 100 Afghan soldiers were killed and wounded in a coordinated Taliban attack on an army base in northern Afghanistan, the country’s defence ministry said Saturday. It is the latest in a string of deadly assaults against Afghan military sites, which underscores rising insecurity as Afghanistan …

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Explosion hits army corps in north of Afghanistan

KABUL: (Web Desk) Heavy gun battle followed by an explosion is underway in the vicinity of 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces in northern Balkh province. According to reports, the incident took place in Mazar-e-Sharif city, the provincial capital of northern Balkh province at around 1:30 …

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