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Tag: Afghanistan

Six Indians abducted in Afghanistan

  Kabul: Unidentified armed men abducted six Indians and one Afghan employee of an Indian infrastructure company in Afghanistan’s Baghlan province on Sunday, a media report said The incident happened in Bagh-e-Shamal village of the provincial capital Pul-e-Khomre, TOLOnews reported, citing local officials They were abducted while travelling to the area, where the company, KEC, […]

Nine journalists among 41 killed in Afghanistan suicide bombings

Kabul/Kandahar: At least 30 people, including nine journalists, were killed as two suicide bombers blew themselves up in quick succession in the Afghan capital on Monday. Hours later, another suicide bomber struck in Kandahar province killing 11 madrassa students. The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the Kabul bombings where French news agency AFP’s […]

Photojournalist among 7 killed in Kabul twin blasts

Kabul: At least seven people including AFP photojournalist Shah Marai were killed and 20 others injured in two explosions on Monday in central Kabul which hosts the NATO headquarters and offices of several international non-profits. Spokesperson for the Ministry of Public Health Wahidullah Majroh confirmed the toll to Efe news. A police official told Efe […]

India, China to undertake joint economic project in Afghanistan

Wuhan: In a move that could upset Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping have agreed to undertake a joint India-China economic project in Afghanistan at their first informal summit here, official sources said. The understanding was reached between the two leaders during the two-day informal summit which concluded today, they said. […]

11 killed in Afghanistan gunfight

Kabul: At least 11 people, including 10 Islamic State (IS) militants and a security personnel, have been killed in a gunfight in Afghanistan’s Jawzjan province, police said on Sunday. Nine IS militants and two security personnel also sustained injuries in the clashes, officials said. The clashes flared up after the IS militants attacked security checkpoints […]

Meet the youngest captain in international cricket! Tap to find out

New Delhi: This player is all set to become the youngest captain in the history of international cricket. At 19 years of age, highly-rated Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan is set to become the youngest captain in the history of international cricket. The World’s No.1 ODI and Twenty20 International bowler, Rashid will lead Afghanistan after regular […]

10,000 civilians killed, injured in Afghanistan in 2017: UN report

Kabul: More than 10,000 civilians were killed or injured in violent attacks in in Afghanistan last year, the UN has said. The annual report released on Thursday by the UN’s Mission in Afghanistan (Unama) showed the figure had dropped by 9 per cent in 2017 from the previous year, reports the Guardian. “The chilling statistics […]

Pakistan, Indonesia agree to work for Afghan peace

Islamabad: Visiting Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his Pakistani counterpart Mamnoon Hussain have agreed to work together for peace in the war-shattered Afghanistan. Widodo, who arrived in Pakistan on a two-day state visit on Friday, held talks with Hussain and proposed a joint role of religious scholars of the three nations for peace in Afghanistan, […]

Afghan air force kills 32 militants in latest raids

Kabul: At least 32 militants were killed in two separate airstrikes in Afghanistan, the Defence Ministry said on Monday. In one raid conducted by Afghan National Army (ANA) Air Force on Sunday against a Taliban’s position in Khaki Safed district of western Farah province, 28 insurgents were killed and 10 others injured, the ministry said […]

20 killed in Kabul suicide bombing

Kabul: At least 20 persons have been killed and 30 others injured here in a suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State terror group, an official said. The attack happened on Thursday night in Banaee area of Kabul where a group of police officers were handling a protest, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. A […]

3 killed, 31 wounded in Afghan car bombing

Kabul: At least three people were killed and 31 others injured after a suicide car bombing struck a police checkpoint in Lashkar Gah, capital of Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand on Monday, officials said. The incident occurred at 5.30 p.m. after a suicide bomber detonated the vehicle near the targeted police post, locating in a […]

BCCI to hosts Afghanistan for maiden Test

Kabul: Praising the BCCI’s decision to host Afghanistan for their first ever Test match against India, Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) Chairman Atif Mashal on Monday called it a historic moment for his country. “I would like to thank @BCCI for a fruitful meeting in which we agreed that Afghanistan will play its inaugural Test match […]

Afghanistan temporarily bans WhatsApp

Kabul: In a move that can curb “freedom of expression”, the Afghanistan government has asked several private telecommunication companies to suspend WhatsApp and Telegram instant messaging services in the country. Although the apps, popular among the country’s elite, were still working on private telecom operators on Friday, customers of Salaam Telecom, a government-owned service provider, […]

UNSC condemns Taliban attacks in Afghanistan

United Nations: The Security Council on Wednesday condemned “the heinous and cowardly terrorist attacks” carried out by the Taliban in various provinces of Afghanistan. Suicide bombers and gunmen targeted police and government facilities in Paktia, Ghazni and Farah provinces on Tuesday, killing more than 70 people and wounding over 200 others. In a press statement, […]

5 killed in drone attack in Pakistan

Islamabad: Five people were killed in a drone attack targeting a militant house in northwestern Pakistan late on Monday, a media report said. Reports said the attack took place in Kurram Agency in northwestern Pakistan bordering Afghanistan and four or six missiles were fired in the attack. Some others were reportedly injured. A militant commander […]

Taliban overrun 7 strategic checkpoints in Afghanistan

Kabul: Taliban militants have overrun seven checkpoints in the strategically important Mirza Olang area in Afghanistan’s northern Sari Pul province, a local official said on Saturday. “Taliban militants in an overnight operation captured seven police checkpoints in Mirza Olang area, forcing security forces to retreat,” provincial police chief Khalilullah Dastyar told Xinhua. If the militants […]

SpiceJet passengers safe after Kabul airport terror strike: Airline

New Delhi/Kabul:  All 174 passengers on board a SpiceJet flight on the Kabul-New Delhi route were evacuated on Wednesday afternoon when terrorists attacked Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport, the airline said. According to a SpiceJet spokesperson, the boarding for SpiceJet’s flight SG 22 was almost complete when the incident took place. “Passengers and crew were […]

US won't abandon Afghanistan, says Mattis

Kabul: US Defence Secretary James Mattis paid a surprise visit to Kabul on Wednesday and pledged his country won’t abandon Afghanistan. Hours after he touched down, the Taliban launched a rocket attack on the Kabul airport. Mattis was speaking at a joint press conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. “We will […]

Pakistan can't take responsibility for peace in Afghanistan: Asif

New York: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has said that Islamabad cannot take responsibility for peace and security in Afghanistan, adding that effective border management with Kabul is imperative to stop infiltration of terrorists. Speaking at the Asia Society seminar in New York, the minister said that the US cannot succeed in Afghanistan by waging war. He […]

UNSC must use sanctions as weapon against terror funding in Afghanistan: India

United Nations: India has asked the UN Security Council to use sanctions regime as a weapon against terror funding in Afghanistan and support the strengthening of the war-torn country’s sovereignty and stability threatened by terrorist safe havens across the borders. India also asked the international community to ensure that the forces of terrorism and extremism […]

Pak raises objection with US over greater role for India in Afghanistan

Islamabad: Pakistan has raised objection with the US over President Donald Trump advocating greater role for India in the war-torn Afghanistan, the country’s top diplomat said today. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi during a meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly here yesterday expressed concern over […]

US to deploy 3,000 additional troops in Afghanistan

Washington: US Defense Secretary James Mattis said that the Pentagon plans to send another 3,000 troops to strengthen his country’s military presence in Afghanistan, local media reported. “It is exactly over 3,000 somewhat and frankly I haven’t signed the last of the orders right now as we look at specific, small elements that are going,” […]

Taliban attack kills 5 in Afghanistan

Kabul: At least five Afghan policemen were killed and five others wounded after Taliban militants attacked a checkpoint in the western Badghis province in Afghanistan, a senior police official said. “A group of Taliban rebels attacked a security checkpoint in Kandalan area, in the north edge of provincial capital Qala-i-Now city on Friday night. As […]

Trump wants India to help US with Afghanistan 'goals'

Washington: US President Donald Trump has said that he wants to further develop strategic partnership with India to achieve country’s goals in Afghanistan, saying American troops “will fight to win” and “from now on victory will have a clear definition.” “We appreciate India’s important contributions to stability in Afghanistan, but India makes billions of dollars […]

afgan tv station attack
Four killed as gunmen attack Afghan TV station

Kabul: Four persons, including two attackers, were killed as militants attacked the state-owned national TV building in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad on Wednesday. Four people, including two of the attackers, have been confirmed dead and six others were injured, authorities told Xinhua news agency. A group of suicide bombers targeted government offices, including the […]

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
Australia open to sending more troops to Afghanistan

Canberra: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Friday said the country is open to sending more troops to Afghanistan in response to a request by the NATO. “We have been asked to consider sending additional resources, and we are actively considering that. We’re open to that,” Turnbull told the media. Turnbull had met senior officials […]

Daniel Coats, Director of National Intelligence
Pak-based terror groups plan to attack India, Afghan: top US

Washington: Pakistan-based terrorist groups are planning to attack both India and Afghanistan, a top US spymaster has said. “Islamabad has failed to curb militants and terrorists in Pakistan,” Daniel Coats, Director of National Intelligence told members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence during a Congressional hearing on Worldwide threats. “These groups will present a […]

Over 100 dead, wounded in Taliban attack on Afghan army base

Kabul: More than 100 Afghan soldiers were killed and wounded in a coordinated Taliban attack on an army base in northern Afghanistan, the country’s defence ministry said today. “The majority of our soldiers were offering Friday prayers” at the time of the assault, the ministry said in a statement, adding that “over 100 Afghan army forces […]

Herbert McMaster
US NSA in Pakistan to discuss Afghan security situation

Islamabad: US National Security Adviser Herbert McMaster on Monday arrived here in Pakistan’s capital city for talks on security situation in Afghanistan and bilateral matters. McMaster discussed with Pakistan’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz bilateral relations between the two countries and security situation in the South Asian region, particularly in Afghanistan, Radio Pakistan reported. […]

Shenwari inspires Afghans to 1-wicket win over Scotland

Dunedin: A valiant knock from Samiullah Shenwari (96) inspired Afghanistan to a thrilling one-wicket victory against Scotland in a World Cup Pool A game at the University Oval here Thursday. After skipper Mohamad Nabi won the toss and decided to bowl first, Afghanistan’s opening bowlers Shapoor Zadran (4/38) and Dawlat Zadran (3/29) helped them bowl […]

Bangladesh beat debutants Afghanistan by 105 runs

World Cup debutants Afghanistan crumbled against Bangladesh to lose their opening Pool A match by 105 runs at the Manuka Oval here Wednesday

Afghanistan cricket fairytale enters a new era

From the ruins of war to rubbing shoulders with world beaters at the biggest stage for limited-overs cricket, the meteoric rise of the Afghanistan cricket team is nothing short of a fairy tale

India crush minnows Afghanistan by 153 runs

India crushed minnows Afghanistan by 153 runs in their second and last warm-up fixture at the Adelaide Oval here Tuesday, ahead of the World Cup which starts Feb 14

30 militants killed in operations in Afghanistan

Kabul:At least 30 militants have been killed after the Afghan security forces waged offensives in two provinces, police said Saturday. Afghan army and border police, backed by army helicopter gun-ships, pounded several hideouts of militants in eastern Kunar province’s Dangam district, Xinhua quoted provincial police chief Abdul Habib Sayyedkhel as saying. “The raid was launched […]