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Dozens of Taliban Militants Killed in Afghanistan

Forty-one militants were killed, 28 wounded and one was detained as the Afghan army continued its mop-up operations to purge the country's restive provinces of Islamist radicals, the country’s defense ministry said in a statement Sunday.

Afghan province sees second police chief killed in six weeks

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - The acting police chief of southern Afghan province was shot and killed by a fellow officer, about a month after his predecessor was also assassinated, authorities said Sunday.

Afghan president orders inquiry into unreleased U.N. police report

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's president has ordered the interior ministry to investigate why a United Nations-funded report on corruption in the Afghan police force was ignored and take appropriate action, a copy of a directive seen by Reuters shows.

Pakistan: Hostage Deaths Highlight Risks Of U.S. Drone Program

2 days agoNews : Huffington Post

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan has expressed "shock and sorrow" over the inadvertent deaths of an American and an Italian hostage held by al-Qaida in a U.S. drone strike in January near the Afghan border. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs extended...Show More Summary

Italy Terror Bust Is One of Its 'Most Important Ever'

Italian police say they have taken down a terror cell comprised of businessmen who financed al-Qaeda from Sardinia. Counterterrorism agents arrested 18 Pakistani and Afghan nationals in seven provinces today in "one of the most important operations we ever conducted," the lead investigator tells NBC News. "We are talking people...

Taliban launch spring offensive with rocket attack on U.S. base

KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban insurgents shot rockets onto a U.S. base outside Kabul and targeted Afghan government buildings in a provincial capital on Friday, as they officially launched their spring offensive in a year that has already seen fierce fighting.

U.S. strike inadvertently killed U.S., Italian hostages; Obama apologizes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. drone strike in January targeting an al Qaeda compound in Pakistan near the Afghan border inadvertently killed an American and an Italian who had been held hostage for years by the group, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

Mazar-i-Sharif Journal: Niche Trade in Lamb Pelts Proves Vital to Ailing Afghan Economy

2 days agoNews : NYTimes: News

Last year, Finland imported nearly a half-million Afghan lamb pelts, auctioning them off to be turned into luxurious women’s coats, among other items.

U.S., Italian hostages killed in U.S. drone strike ; Obama apologizes

A U.S. drone strike in January targeting an al Qaeda compound in Pakistan near the Afghan border inadvertently killed an American and an Italian who had been held hostage for years by the group, U.S. officials said on Thursday. President Barack Obama apologized and took “full responsibility” for all counterterrorism operations, including this one. The […]

India to host Afghan leader, seeks to regain ground lost to China, Pakistan

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - When Afghan President Ashraf Ghani makes his first official visit to India next week, it will be a chance for New Delhi to regain ground lost to regional rivals Pakistan and China and push interests including trade routes and arms sales.

Afghan Government Needs to Account for $100Mln in US Taxpayer Bailout

The US and other donors received a formal request from the Afghan government for a $537 million budget bailout, according to the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).

Taliban Announce ‘Spring Offensive’ in Afghanistan

3 days agoNews : Newsweek: US

The Taliban in Afghanistan has announced it will begin its annual ‘spring offensive’ tomorrow, in the ongoing battle against the Afghan government - the first major test for Afghan security forces since the majority of NATO troops pulled...Show More Summary

Who Are the Hostages Killed in U.S. Drone Strike?

3 days agoNews : Mediaite

The White House revealed Thursday morning that two hostages, American Warren Weinstein and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto, were accidentally killed in a drone strike against an al Qaida family in the Afghan/Pakistani border. Weinstein's death is the first accidental killing of a hostage by a U.S. drone.

VICE News Capsule - Thursday, April 22

3 days agoNews : Vice News

Health workers in Liberia demand six months of unpaid benefits, Iran is deporting thousands of Afghan refugees, El Salvador merged inmates belonging to rival gangs in prison, and Thailand has six months to clean up its fishing indus...

Afghan Taliban’s ‘Spring Offensive’ to Begin Friday

The Afghan Taliban on Wednesday announced the start of its annual "spring offensive," vowing to escalate attacks on foreign embassies, government officials and military forces, starting on Friday.

Afghan, NATO officials doubt IS links to Jalalabad bombing

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan officials and NATO forces in Afghanistan said they doubted that a recent suicide attack on the eastern city of Jalalabad was the work of an offshoot Islamic State, the Islamist militant group fighting mainly in Syria and Iraq.

Women for Afghan Women Inspires Us to Do More for Gender Equality

Earlier this month, I had the honor of serving on an interfaith panel with fellow faith-based progressives at the National South Asian Summit organized by South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT). The Sikh, Muslim, and Hindu co-panelists...Show More Summary

Taliban: Our Spring Offensive Starts Friday

The Taliban said today they will start their spring offensive this week, an annual campaign in their war against the Afghan government. In an emailed statement, the group said the offensive—dubbed "Azm" or perseverance in Dari and Arabic—will begin on Friday. The Taliban said their Islamic Emirate of...

Taliban Announce Their Spring Offensive In Afghanistan

4 days agoNews : Huffington Post

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban said Wednesday their spring offensive in Afghanistan will begin this week, the first time the insurgents' annual campaign against the Afghan government will take place without NATO troops on theShow More Summary

ISIL Emergence in Afghanistan Plays Into Hands of Afghan Leadership

The Afghan government's claims that ISIL is threatening the sovereignty of the state, could create rationality for the international presence, according to the experts.

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