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22 July 2009 0:04

NATO Chief Jaap de Hoop Scheffer has warned the US and its allies that failure in Afghanistan would have a "devastating" effect in the insurgency-hit region. Speaking in London, the NATO secretary-general said that walking away from the alliance's mission in the war-ravaged country could give free hand to al-Qaeda and Taliban linked militants in the war-ravaged country. "If we were to...

21 July 2009 17:12

Another British soldier dies in Afghanistan amid growing public criticism of the UK's involvement in the war and the high number of the British casualties there. A roadside bomb blast took the soldier's life while he was on patrol in Helmand Province in the south On Monday. The death comes as the US and British troops are currently conducting separate...

21 July 2009 5:48

J July has become the deadliest month in the US-led war on Afghanistan as a roadside bomb kills at least four American soldiers in an eastern Afghan province. US military spokesman, Lt Robert Carr, confirmed that the casualties were all American, but refused to further elaborate on the matter. With the Taliban demonstrating greater skill in manufacturing and planting explosive devices,...

20 July 2009 15:08

China and Russia have begun preparations for a joint military drill that Beijing believes will help protect the country against terrorists and separatists, particularly after the July 5 Xinjiang riot. Major General Wang Haiyun, a former military attaché to Russia, said on Monday in Beijing that Russia might face challenges similar to those in China because it is a large country...

20 July 2009 7:34

A military plane flown by the NATO-led forces has gone down in southern Afghanistan injuring two crewmen a day after the alliance loses 16 people to a helicopter crash. On Monday, the aircraft crashed within moments of taking off from Kandahar Air Field, the main NATO airbase in the southern province, Reuters quoted a spokeswoman for the International Security Assistance Force...

19 July 2009 12:33

A civilian helicopter working with the NATO-led coalition forces in Afghanistan has crashed at a military base, killing sixteen people, the alliance says. "International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) can confirm that 16 civilians have been killed in the helicopter that crashed earlier today in Kandahar Province," ISAF said in a statement Sunday. It also said that five others were seriously wounded in...

19 July 2009 8:24

The Taliban has released a 28-minute video of an American soldier who was captured by the group after he went missing in eastern Afghanistan on June 30. The clip shows the soldier saying the date he was captured -- July 14th . The captive soldier adds he went missing after he lagged behind on a patrol. He also calls for the withdrawal...

19 July 2009 3:38

An Australian soldier has been killed in Afghanistan, bringing the number of casualties of the country in the war to 11. The 22-year old soldier died when a bomb exploded in southern province of Uruzgan where Australian troops were preparing to search a suspected Taliban base. Another soldier was also seriously injured during the mission, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston told reporters. The...

18 July 2009 20:01

At least 16 people have been killed and 50 others injured in different incidents following heavy downpours in the southern city of Karachi in Pakistan. Police officials told a Press TV correspondent that the deaths occurred mainly as a result of electrocution, traffic accidents and the collapse of buildings in the city which received 77 mm of rainfall on Saturday. Following a...

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