Abducted female Pakistani journalist returned home

Saturday, 21 October 2017

The mother of a Pakistani journalist who was abducted in 2015 and freed this week, says her daughter is under extreme mental pressure and unable to tell much about her ordeal. Kaneez Bibi said Saturday that her daughter Zeenat Shahzadi arrived when she was not there and she does not know who dropped her off at the home in the eastern city of Lahore. She said the family is joyous on her return but concerned over her mental health. Bibi said Shahzadi, 26, told her that Taliban fighters kept her in ...

Taliban kill at least 43 Afghan troops as they storm base

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Taliban militants killed at least 43 Afghan troops early on Thursday when they stormed a military base in southern Afghanistan, the Defence Ministry said. Of 60 soldiers manning the base in the southern province of Kandahar, 43 were killed, nine were wounded and six were missing after Taliban militants stormed the base in the middle of the night, the ministry said in a statement.

Taliban attacks kill 10 policemen in Afghanistan

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Afghan officials say Taliban attacks in the country’s south, west and east have killed at least 10 policemen. In southern Ghazni province, the insurgents stormed a security compound, using a suicide car, and killed at least seven policemen. Provincial chief police, Mohammad Zaman, says the attack in Andar district early on Tuesday morning triggered several hours of heavy fighting until the attackers were repelled. Also read: Freed Canadian hostage: Taliban murdered my daughter, raped ...

Freed Canadian hostage: Taliban murdered my daughter, raped my wife

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle accused his kidnappers of murdering his infant daughter and raping his wife during his family's years-long captivity by the Haqqani network, a Taliban-affiliated group operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Boyle leveled the accusations in a terse statement he read on his arrival in Toronto late Friday with his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, and three children, who were freed Wednesday by Pakistani troops. He condemned the Haqqani network's "stupidity ...

Six rockets land near Kabul airport after Mattis arrives

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Six rockets landed near Kabul’s international airport on Wednesday after US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis flew to the Afghan capital for talks, an official said. The volley of missiles struck near the military section of the airport but there were no casualties or immediate claim of responsibility, interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish told AFP. Also read: ISIS attacks Iraqi forces west of Baghdad, killing at least 7 Police have cordoned off the area to find the exact location from ...

Foreign Red Cross worker killed by patient in Afghanistan: ICRC

Monday, 11 September 2017

A foreign woman working for the International Committee of the Red Cross has been shot and killed by a patient at an orthopedic clinic in northern Afghanistan, provincial official said Monday. It was not immediately clear if Monday’s attack was politically motivated or related to a personal dispute. Sher Jan Durani, a spokesman for the provincial police chief, says the shooting took place in the clinic in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif. Durani said two suspects have been arrested. He did not ...

Afghanistan has just stumped another President

Thursday, 24 August 2017

How easy it is to shout “common sense” on Twitter – and how difficult it is to make decisions “when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office”. Something any adult person in public life could have told you, but still seems to have come as surprise to President Trump. It turns out Afghanistan is not amenable to simple solutions like withdrawing and leaving the Kabul government at the mercy of the Taliban, after all. What is a pleasant surprise however is that not ...

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

Taliban dismiss Donald Trump’s Afghanistan strategy as ‘nothing new’

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

The Taliban dismissed Donald Trump's strategy for Afghanistan as vague and “nothing new” Tuesday after the US president cleared the way for thousands more American troops to be sent to the war-torn country. “For now I can tell you there was nothing new in his speech and it was very unclear,” Zabiullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban in Afghanistan, told AFP. He added that the militants were preparing a formal statement which would be released later. Trump backtracked ...

Trump: US can no longer tolerate Pakistan’s ‘safe havens’ for terrorist groups

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

President Donald Trump warned Pakistan on Monday that Washington will no longer tolerate Pakistan offering “safe havens” to extremists. “We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations,” Trump declared, outlining a new US security strategy in South Asia. “Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan. It has much to lose by continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists.” Going further, Trump ...

Mass graves found after Afghanistan forces recapture Shia village from ISIS, Taliban

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Mass graves containing the bodies of more than 40 civilians allegedly massacred by Taliban and Islamic State insurgents were found on Tuesday after Afghan forces recaptured the village where they died, officials said. In a rare joint operation by the rival militants, fighters killed dozens of men, women and children in Mirzawalang, a mainly Shia village in Sayad district of northern Sar-e Pul province, on August 5 after overrunning a government-backed militia, according to officials and ...

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