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Winning Afghanistan… one cow at a time

Winning Afghanistan... one cow at a time

Ten months ago, foreign forces in south-west Afghanistan launched a major operation to clear Taliban insurgents from the district of Marjah, in Helmand province. It was an unusual school opening. Wandering among the smiling student faces were about two dozen heavily armed US marines as well as armed guards provided by the local community. They [...]

Defence chief: No Afghan troops cut

British troops must not “cut and run” from Afghanistan and will stay in the war-torn country for “as long as it takes”, the new Chief of the Defence Staff has said. General Sir David Richards ruled out a reduction in Britain’s current force of 10,000 before 2012 and claimed Britain would be “shouldering the burden” [...]

Two Afghan women charity workers shot dead

Two Afghan women charity workers shot dead

KABUL: Police on Monday found the bullet-riddled bodies of two women relatives working with an Afghan charity in the volatile south of the country, an official said. One of the dead was the founder and head of the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Mahjuba, which helps women in Helmand province learn vocational skills such as tailoring, provincial [...]

North Waziristan: Four killed in 2 Drone Attacks

North Waziristan Four killed in 2 Drone Attacks

Waziristan: As many as four people were killed in twin drone strikes in Datta Khel, North Waziristan. The first drone strike hit a compound allegedly housing militants in Mir Ali Shah, killing two. The second drone hit a vehicle in Datta Khel killing three people and injuring two others. The total toll from the strikes [...]

New audio tape of Osama Bin Laden released

A new audio tape of Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden has been released in which he has warned France that the abduction of French nationals in Nigeria is the result of discriminatory behavior against the Muslims in France. Released from Arab TV, the audio tape shows him saying that if France has the prerogative to [...]

Don’t ignore our ways, Afghan tribal elders say

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KABUL: Foreign forces in Afghanistan are still ignoring Afghan culture and traditions, such as informal local justice systems, leading to friction between the two sides, leaders at a gathering of tribal elders have said. Dozens of tribal chiefs from Afghanistan’s southern provinces, kingmakers in the heartland of the growing Taliban-led insurgency, gathered in Kabul from [...]

UN Office in Afghan City Under Attack: Officials

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The United Nations office in the western Afghan city of Herat came under armed attack on Saturday, officials said. “The incident is ongoing. We are working closely with local authorities,” Dan McNorton, media officer for the UN in Kabul, said. Another UN official, who asked not to be named, said: “There appears to have been [...]

UN Office in Afghan City Under Attack: Officials

UN Office in Afghan City Under Attack Officials

The United Nations office in the western Afghan city of Herat came under armed attack on Saturday, officials said. “The incident is ongoing. We are working closely with local authorities,” Dan McNorton, media officer for the UN in Kabul, said. Another UN official, who asked not to be named, said: “There appears to have been [...]

Afghan Peace Jirga to offer Concessions to T

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KABUL: Afghanistan’s new peace council said on Thursday it would be willing to make concessions to bring insurgents to the negotiating table, and called for Saudi Arabia’s help in mediating peace talks. Qiyamuddin Kashaf, the spokesman for the High Peace Council, also appealed to all Muslim nations for help brokering an end to a war [...]

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