Oops! 16 Taliban militants blown up by own explosives in Ghazni province
At least sixteen Taliban militants were killed in an explosion triggered by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in southeastern Ghazni province.
The provincial Police Commandment in a statement said the incident has taken place in the vicinity of the restive Qarabagh district.
Two Afghan military officers who were in the US on a training mission reportedly went missing after they failed to board their flight home.
The two were attending training at Camp Edwards in Massachusetts last week. More than 200 soldiers from five nations attended the joint exercises.
The Afghans’ absence was noticed after their flight out of Boston’s Logan airport left without them on Saturday.
In 2014, three Afghan officers also left the same training programme.
ISLAMABAD — Officials in Afghanistan confirmed Monday a Taliban prisoner has killed at least eight policemen, including three senior officers, after covertly seizing an assault rifle from a guard at the detention facility in southern Zabul province.
The incident happened while security guards were offering evening prayers late Sunday at the Shar-e-Safa district jail, a police officer told VOA. Ghulam Jilani said the assailant sprayed the unarmed group of personnel with bullets. The officer promised to provide more details later in the day.
A security official in Shar-e-Safa, disclosed to VOA on the condition of anonymity that Afghan forces swiftly engaged the armed prisoner and the firefight with him continued into Monday morning.
PUL-I-KUMRI, Afghanistan — Taliban insurgents killed so many Afghan security forces in 2016, an average of 22 a day, that by the following year the Afghan and American governments decided to keep battlefield death tolls secret.
It’s much worse now. The daily fatalities among Afghan soldiers and policemen were more than double that last week: roughly 57 a day.
Seventeen years after the United States went to war in Afghanistan, the Taliban is gaining momentum, seizing territory, and killing Afghan security forces in record numbers.
Camp Marmal, the German Army’s largest overseas base, has reportedly been blocked by dozens of Afghan ex-workers, who say they fear for their lives after working for the Bundeswehr. They are demanding asylum in Germany.
As many as 150 people are protesting at the gateway to Camp Marmal, a German-run military base in the north of Afghanistan, Spiegel magazine reported. The men, who were once employed as interpreters, security guards or kitchen workers, are there for the third week in a row.
Shias in Kabul prepared for annual commemorations by scrambling to arm themselves
Two months ago, Mohammed Murtaza Turkmeni gathered up his savings and bought his first Kalashnikov. He was born, educated and started a family against the backdrop of Afghanistan’s civil war, but until now the 27-year-old telecoms engineer had never fought or wanted to fight.
This year, he didn’t feel he had a choice. He is one of hundreds of men from Kabul’s Shia population who have taken up arms to protect themselves and their community during Ashura, a ceremony that has been a frequent target for sectarian attacks from Pakistan to Iraq.
Since the US-led invasion in 2001, Afghanistan has never been as insecure as it is now. The Taliban control more territory than at any point since the removal of their regime 17 years ago.
The Afghan war has already become the longest war in US history. With the passage of time, the conflict has not only become more intense – it has also become more complicated. The attacks are becoming bigger, more frequent, more widespread and much deadlier. Both sides – the Taliban and the US/Nato-backed Afghan government – are trying to gain the upper hand.
This year’s 9/11 anniversary came with a grim milestone: it marked the first day an American born on the day of the attacks can enlist to go fight in Afghanistan. Let that sink in. The United States has been at war in Afghanistan for so long now that it has drawn in a new generation of American soldiers, for whom the proximate causes of the war are historical events they learned about in school.
Put it in any terms you like. After 17 years in Afghanistan, we still have 14,000 troops stationed there. The American war far exceeds the Soviet invasion and occupation of Afghanistan in both duration and cost. It is longer than Vietnam, World War II, and the Civil War combined.
CBC runs cover for Afghan rapist of 16 yr old girl shielded by diplomatic immunity
KABUL (Pajhwok): Canada has formally asked the Afghan government to allow the arrest of a son of the Afghanistan acting ambassador to that country for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl.
A credible source told Pajhwok Afghan News that Mehdi Arash Yama, son of Nader Yama, the Afghanistan charge de affairs in Canada, allegedly raped the Canadian girl in late February, 2018.
Arash Yama was above 18 years of age when he was expelled from school after the case. Nader Yama kept the case secret for five months and had hired a lawyer, the source added.
“After Nader Yama refused to hand his son over to the Canadian government for investigation hiding behind diplomatic immunity, the Canadian government in protest shared the issue with the Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and gave the Afghan government a deadline to either submit the offender or they would act directly and end the diplomatic impunity,” the official said.
The story above came from Pahjwok Afghan news, now read the CBC’s sanitized version which followed.
The Taliban have announced the death of Jalaluddin Haqqani, the leader of Afghanistan’s Haqqani militant group – one of the most powerful and feared affiliates of the insurgency.
The Taliban said he died after “a long struggle with a disease”, according to the monitoring group Site.
According to the statement, Haqqani has been buried in Afghanistan.
Afghan lawmaker Homa Sultani is no stranger to controversy.
Representing volatile Ghazni Province in the lower house of the Afghan parliament, the Wolesi Jirga or People’s Council, Sultani once claimed to have hosted and wept despairingly with fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Omar (who has since reportedly died).
In 2013, Sultani reportedly assaulted a policeman outside the Pakistani Embassy in Kabul, earning opprobrium for what the Afghan Interior Ministry described as “an illegal act.”
In 2016, Sultani was criticized after reportedly praising a suicide attack that killed seven employees of commercial broadcaster Tolo Television. The Taliban had claimed responsibility. Sultani had been quoted as calling the suicide bomber a “martyr” and his victims “bastards.”
Britain has deployed 440 more troops to Afghanistan amid concerns about a ‘Manchester-style’ terror attack plotted from the country.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said he is ‘consistently’ receiving intelligence showing that terrorist groups in Afghanistan have links back to Britain.
He admitted that Islamic State fanatics operating out of the country now pose a ‘real threat’ to the safety of people on British streets.
China is to build its first military base in Afghanistan for hundreds of troops carrying out counter-terrorism training missions across the border from its western Xinjiang region, according to reports.
The base will be only the second overseas site for the increasingly active Chinese military, coming a year after a base was opened in Djibouti on the Horn of Africa.
Around 500 troops will be stationed in the base training their Afghan counterparts in the remote Wakhan Corridor in the north east province of Badakhshan, the South China Morning Post reported.
At least 48 people have died after a suicide bomber targeted an education centre in a minority Shia area of western Kabul, in the latest assault in Afghanistan’s war-weary capital.
“We can confirm the attack was caused by a suicide bomber on foot. The bomber detonated himself inside the education centre,” said a police spokesman, Hashmat Stanikzai.
The health ministry said 48 people had died, with another 67 wounded. There was no immediately claim of responsibility. The Taliban quickly denied involvement.
SHEBERGHAN, Afghanistan — Clad in a dusty blue burqa and clutching a piece of stale bread, Khaleda cowers in front of her three wailing young children in a makeshift refugee camp in northern Afghanistan.
The 35-year-old, who only goes by one name, is among thousands of people who recently escaped the brutal rule of the Islamic State (IS) extremist group in the Darzab district of Jawzjan Province, a stronghold of the militants for the past year.
Now living among hundreds of other families in a bulging camp on the outskirts of the provincial capital, Sheberghan, Khaleda recalls the horrors of life under the militants.