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Taliban’s Qatar office faces possible closure over reports on financing

Sunday, 10 December 2017

The Afghan government has begun investigations on the Taliban office based in Qatar following reports that it is being used to seek financial resources and propagate the group. Jawed Faisal, the spokesman for the Chief Executive of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah, told TOLOnews newspaper that the government is assessing these allegations and will act accordingly once they are completed. “Reports indicate that this office is used for propaganda and for seeking financial resources for the ...

A Marshall Plan for Iraq?

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

A few days ago, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari called for a Marshall Plan for the reconstruction of his country. “The world owes it to us,” he insisted. After the military victory over ISIS, Iraq undoubtedly needs massive international aid — especially to rebuild Mosul and other cities devastated by the war. It is high time that this historical country, cradle of so many civilizations, catches breath and revives. For 40 years, Iraqis have endured one tragedy after ...

Christian Chesnot

Taliban, disguised in burqas, attack agriculture college in Pakistan

Friday, 1 December 2017

Pakistani Taliban gunmen disguised in all-enveloping burqas stormed the campus of an agriculture university in Pakistan on Friday, wounding at least five people, police said.Police and army troops summoned to the scene killed all of the attackers at the Directorate of Agriculture Institute in the northwestern city of Peshawar about two hours into the attack, the military’s press wing said.The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying in message from spokesman Mohammad ...

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

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