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18 Afghan soldiers killed in battle

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MNA International Desk: As many as 18 Afghan soldiers and members of the special forces have been killed in fighting in the western province of Farah, local officials said on Saturday. Taliban fighters attacked troops assembled to prepare an attack in Bala Buluk district in the night, setting off a fierce battle, officials said. Defence Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said four members of the special forces had been killed and a number wounded, but the head of the local provincial council, Farid Bakhtawar, said the death toll had reached at least 18. As the fighting went on, an air strike ...

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Kabul car bombing kills at least 38

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MNA International Desk: At least 38 people have been killed and 42 wounded after a car bomb struck a bus carrying government employees in western Kabul Monday, reported news agency. No militant group immediately claimed the blast, but it came as the Taliban have stepped up attacks across the country in recent days, with several new districts falling to the militants over the weekend. Kabul is regularly rocked by suicide bombs and attacks. A recent UN report showed they accounted for nearly one-fifth of all civilian Afghan casualties in the first half of 2017. The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan ...

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70 villagers kidnapped, 7 killed in Afghanistan

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MNA International Desk: At least 70 Afghans were kidnapped Friday from their village along the main highway in the south of the country, and at least seven were killed, police said, accusing the Taliban of the kidnappings. Around 30 villagers have been released but at least 30 others are still missing, reported news agency. The highway runs from Kandahar, the largest city in southern Afghanistan, to Tarinkot, capital of Uruzgan province, a poppy-growing area where the Taliban have a heavy presence. It is not clear why the villagers were targeted. Government officials and security forces are usually the target of ...

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Al Qaeda chief pledges commitment to new Taliban Head

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MNA International Desk: Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, in an online audio message, pledged commitment to the new head of the Afghan Taliban, who was selected last month after his predecessor was killed in a US drone strike. The veteran Islamist militant became al Qaeda’s leader after U.S. Navy Seals killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011, and he is thought to be hiding in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region, having been based there since the late 1990s. “As leader of the al Qaeda organization for jihad, I extend my pledge of allegiance once again, the approach of Osama to ...

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Taliban appointed their new leader

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MNA International Desk: The Afghan Taliban have appointed Haibatullah Akhunzada as their new leader, a spokesman has said in a statement that gave the group’s first official confirmation that former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour had been killed in a US drone strike. Haibatullah is a former head of the Taliban’s judiciary and was deputy to Mansour. In a statement sent to media, the insurgent group said Haibatullah was chosen at a meeting of Taliban leaders, which was believed to have been held in Pakistan. US drones killed Mansour on Saturday in a remote area in Pakistan along the border with ...

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