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Afghan government loses 5 percent of territory in 4 months: U.S. government watchdog

By Reuters The Afghan government lost control or influence of nearly 5 percent of its territory between January and May, the U.S government’s top watchdog on Afghanistan said in a report on Friday, an indication of the challenges its forces are facing. Fifteen years after the United States invaded Afghanistan to topple the Taliban rulers who had harbored al Qaeda militants who attacked the United … Continue reading Afghan government loses 5 percent of territory in 4 months: U.S. government watchdog

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80 killed, 231 injured in Kabul bomb blasts

By Agencies Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry says at least 80 people were killed and 231 others wounded in two bomb blasts in the capital Kabul. The blasts were carried out at the Deh Mazang Square, where thousands of Hazara demonstrators had gathered from early morning in protest against a controversial power line project. The so-called Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for the bombing. According to police, one of the attackers … Continue reading 80 killed, 231 injured in Kabul bomb blasts

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Dozens of Afghan police recruits dead in Taliban attack

By Agencies The Taliban has claimed responsibility for an attack on a police academy near the capital, Kabul, that killed dozens of recruits. At least 27 people were killed and another 40 wounded in the suicide blasts, a government official told the Reuters news agency. Mousa Rahmati, the district governor of Paghman, told the Associated Press that Thursday’s attack took place around 20km west of … Continue reading Dozens of Afghan police recruits dead in Taliban attack

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China tornado kills almost 100 people in Jiangsu

By Agencies At least 98 people have been killed and 800 others injured in an unusually violent hail storm and tornado that swept across eastern China’s Jiangsu province. Winds of up to 125km an hour struck near Yancheng city, a few hours’ drive north of Shanghai, early Thursday. The extreme weather levelled whole villages, flattened power lines and overturned cars in a city of approximately … Continue reading China tornado kills almost 100 people in Jiangsu

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Afghan Taliban announces new leadership

By Reuters The Afghan Taliban have named Haibatullah Akhunzada their new leader, a spokesman said in a statement on Wednesday that gave the group’s first official confirmation that former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour had been killed in a U.S. drone strike. Haibatullah is a former head of the Taliban’s judiciary and was deputy to Mansour. Sirajuddin Haqqani, head of a network blamed for many high-profile … Continue reading Afghan Taliban announces new leadership

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Afghan Taliban leader ‘killed in US air strike’

By Agencies Senior Afghan Taliban sources on Sunday confirmed the death of their chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a US drone strike in Pakistan, adding a shura or council is underway to decide his successor. Mullah Abdul Rauf, a senior Taliban commander, told the Associated Press earlier Sunday that Mansour was indeed killed in the drone strike. President Obama authorized the strike in a remote … Continue reading Afghan Taliban leader ‘killed in US air strike’

US troops disciplined over Afghan hospital bombing

By: AP About 16 US military personnel, including one general, have been disciplined in relation to the bombing of a civilian hospital in Afghanistan last year that killed 42 people, a senior US official said. No criminal charges were filed and the soldiers and officers received administrative punishments, the official said on Thursday. A number of those punished for the attack on the Doctors Without … Continue reading US troops disciplined over Afghan hospital bombing