Afghanistan

NATO drone Attack Kills Six Insurgents In E. Afghanistan

JALALABAD, Afghanistan, Oct 11 (NNN-AGENCIES) – A total of six insurgents, affiliated with the Daesh group, were killed, as an unmanned plane struck the militants’ hideout in Pachir Agam district, of Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province, said an army statement released here today (Friday).

According to the statement, the drone strike was conducted on Thursday afternoon and targeted the hardliner group’s hideout in Suliman Khil area of the restive district, killing six armed militants on the spot.

Militants Blow Up Power Pylon In E. Afghan, Leaving Kabul In Darkness

KABUL, Oct 9 (NNN-AGENCIES) – Anti-government militants blew up power pylon in Salang district of Afghanistan’s eastern Parwan province, and left Kabul in darkness, provincial police spokesman, Mohammad Salim Nuri, said today (Wednesday).

“Taliban militants detonated a pylon in Salang district, some 70 km north of Kabul early Wednesday, and thus left Kabul in darkness,” Nuri said.

Afghan Taliban frees three Indian hostages: Reports

Islamabad, Oct 7 (PTI) The Afghan Taliban said it has freed three Indian engineers held hostage for over a year in an exchange for securing the release of 11 of its members, including some high-ranking officials of the militant group, according to media reports on Monday.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, two Taliban officials refused to say who the militant group exchanged the prisoners with and whether the freed Taliban members were being held by Afghan authorities or US forces in Afghanistan, The Express Tribune reported.

Police arrest 11 Taliban militants in S. Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- The Afghan National Police have arrested 11 Taliban militants in the country's southern Kandahar province, local police said Monday.

"The ANP launched several raids in separate locations of Kandahar province, arresting 11 members of Taliban militant group within the past week," Jamal Barakzai, provincial police spokesman, told Xinhua.

Seven of the arrestees were responsible for a string of targeted attacks against government officials and off-duty security forces in Kandahar.

Anger grows at civilian deaths by US, Afghan forces

JALALABAD, Afghanistan (AP) — The workers were sleeping on the mountainside where they had spent a long day harvesting pine nuts in eastern Afghanistan. Some were in tents, others lay outside under the stars, when the U.S. airstrike tore into them.

Only hours before the Sept. 19 strike, the businessman who hired them had heard there was a drone over the mountain and called Afghanistan’s intelligence agency to remind an official his workers were there — as he’d notified the agency days earlier.

Afghans vote for president amid Taliban threats, fraud fears

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghans headed to the polls on Saturday to elect a new president amid high security and Taliban threats to disrupt the elections, with the rebels warning citizens to stay home or risk being hurt.

Still at some polling stations in the capital voters lined up even before the centers opened, while in others election workers had yet to arrive by poll opening time.

Imam Baksh, who works as a security guard, said he wasn’t worried about his safety as he stood waiting to mark his ballot, wondering who he would vote for.

Several civilians feared killed in airstrike in S. Afghanistan

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- Multiple civilians, mostly women and children, were feared killed after an airstrike struck a house where a wedding ceremony was underway in Afghanistan's southern province of Helmand overnight, a local source said Monday.

"Two separate airstrikes were conducted in Musa Qala district Sunday night. One strike killed and wounded 18 militants in Konjak village but the other strike caused massive civilian casualties in Shah-wa-Harrus locality," Abdul Majid Akhundzada from provincial council told Xinhua.

Afghan officials: 40 civilians killed in anti-Taliban raid

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Anti-Taliban raids by Afghan forces backed by U.S. airstrikes killed at least 40 civilians attending a wedding party in the southern Helmand province, Afghan officials said.

The civilian deaths in Sunday night’s raids on Taliban hideouts further rattled Afghanistan amid an upsurge in violence that’s followed the collapse this month of U.S.-Taliban peace talks to end America’s longest war.

Minister tells AP Afghan police are hardest hit by attacks

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Police in Afghanistan are one of the country’s most-criticized security forces, denigrated as corrupt and inept. Yet Interior Minister Massoud Andarabi says police are also the hardest hit, taking 70% of all casualties among government forces, dozens of whom die each day in relentless attacks by Taliban and Islamic State insurgents.

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