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22 May 2018 15:43

  A bombing has left 16 people dead and more than three dozen others injured in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, officials said. The blast, caused by a bomb planted on a minibus, occurred at a security checkpoint near one of the city’s main markets on Tuesday, sending a huge cloud of dust and smoke into the air. Nematullah Barak, the head of...

20 May 2018 13:00

  Concerns are rising in New Delhi that US President Donald Trump’s efforts to re-instate sanctions against Iran would jeopardize an ambitious multinational connectivity project involving India, Iran and Afghanistan.   Reuters quoted a senior Indian official as saying that the project - that would open a corridor for trade between the three countries while dodging Pakistan - would also eventually undermine...

17 May 2018 16:02

  Afghan commandos, backed by US airstrikes, have managed to push attacking Taliban militants back to the outskirts of the western city of Farah following a day of fierce fighting, officials say. “The Taliban have retreated from the city and positioned their forces in the outskirts,” said provincial council member Dadullah Qani from inside the flashpoint city on Wednesday. Qani said the fighting...

13 May 2018 13:34

  Afghanistan's Defense Minister Tariq Shah Bahrami has discussed stepped-up military and defense cooperation with Iran which is wary of Daesh's presence near its borders.  Bahrami is currently on an official visit to Tehran where he met Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri on Sunday after holding talks with his counterpart Brigadier General Amir Hatami. Bahrami said his trip is aimed at expanding cordial...

11 May 2018 17:46

  More than 30 policemen have been killed in separate assaults by Taliban in Afghanistan’s western province of Farah, officials say. Farid Bakhtawar, head of the provincial council, said on Friday that Taliban militants had attacked a police base overnight in Balabuluk district, killing at least 23 policemen and injuring three others. The militants also killed 11 policemen and seized a large quantity...

7 May 2018 16:10

Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, a top military aide to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, said Iran has evidence that shows the US government is relocating members of the Daesh (ISIS or ISIL) terrorist group to Afghanistan.   Addressing a ceremony held in Tehran on Sunday to mark the anniversary of the establishment of the IRGC’s Ansar-ul-Mahdi Corps, Major General Rahim...

7 May 2018 15:04

An Afghan police officer has opened fire, killing a bomber at an outdoor blood donation facility in central Kabul. The bomber approached the center and was about to launch a terrorist attack when the officer guarding the facility opened fire, setting off a deadly blast in the bomber's explosive vest, according to Hashmat Stanekzai, a spokesman for Kabul police, on Monday. No...

6 May 2018 17:29

Government forces in Afghanistan have retaken the control of a remote district in the country’s northern province of Badakhshan from Taliban militants, officials say. Provincial police spokesman Sanaullah Rohani made the announcement on Saturday, saying that army and police forces backed by airstrikes had recaptured the Kohistan district, which had fallen to the militants last week after several days of fierce...

6 May 2018 17:21

Nineteen people have been killed and dozens more wounded in a bomb explosion, suspected to be carried out by Taliban militants, at a mosque in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Khost, police and officials say, capping a bloody week in the crisis-hit country. According to Basir Bina, spokesman for the provincial police, the deadly blast occurred on Sunday as people had gathered...

30 April 2018 9:32

  Two back-to-back bomb blasts have hit near government buildings in the Afghan capital, Kabul, during the morning rush hour, leaving at least 21 people dead. The first bomb attack was carried out by an assailant on a motorcycle, who blew himself up in the Shashdarak area close to the buildings of Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security in the heart of Kabul, officials...

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