Afghan forces flushing Taliban out of Kunduz
Oct04

Afghan forces flushing Taliban out of Kunduz

Afghan forces were conducting clearing operations in Kunduz early today, warning that Taliban militants were hiding in civilian homes after an hours-long assault on the city repelled with the help of NATO air support. Officials said some fighting was still going on in the outskirts of the strategic northern city but that its centre had been cleared of insurgents, with one source putting the number of militants killed in the...

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Taliban fighters enter northern Afghan city of Kunduz
Oct03

Taliban fighters enter northern Afghan city of Kunduz

Taliban fighters mounted a coordinated assault on the northern city of Kunduz overnight, attacking from four directions and entering urban areas and threatening a repeat of the operation in which they seized the city exactly a year ago. Sheer Ali Kamawal, commander of the 808 Tandar police zone in Kunduz, said the attack began at around midnight (1930 GMT Sunday) and fighting was still going on in and around the city. Some Taliban...

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Twin Taliban suicide blasts in Kabul kill 24, wound 91
Sep05

Twin Taliban suicide blasts in Kabul kill 24, wound 91

At least 24 people were killed and 91 wounded today in a Taliban double suicide bombing in central Kabul during late afternoon rush hour, the latest assault on the Afghan capital. The carnage near the defence ministry came as the Taliban ramp up their nationwide summer offensive against the US-backed government. The two bombers on foot blew themselves up in rapid succession, in an assault apparently aimed at inflicting mass casualties...

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Civilian casualties increase as Afghan troops battle Taliban
Jul25

Civilian casualties increase as Afghan troops battle Taliban

Civilians are being killed and wounded in record numbers in Afghanistan, the United Nations reported on Monday (July 25), just days after one of the deadliest attacks ever in Kabul. Overall at least 1,601 civilians were killed and 3,565 wounded in the war in the first six months of 2016, the United Nations reported, as insurgent groups like the Taliban try to topple the government installed in Kabul after the 2001 U.S.-led military...

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Taliban leader says foreigners must quit Afghanistan for peace
Jul02

Taliban leader says foreigners must quit Afghanistan for peace

The new leader of the Taliban called for an end to foreign forces’ “occupation” of Afghanistan as a preliminary step to a settlement based on Islamic law that he said would bring unity to a country riven by decades of war. In one of his first public statements, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, who was named leader of the movement after the death of his predecessor Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour in a U.S. drone strike...

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