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Zawahiri Declares War on ISIL’s Baghdadi

Zawahiri Declares War on ISIL’s Baghdadi

 The leader of Al-Qaeda terrorist organization, Ayman al-Zawahiri, in a new audio message accused top leader of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) takfiri group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, of “sedition” and insisted the Iraqi terrorist recluse was not the leader of all Muslims as al-Baghdadi had claimed 14 months ago in a Mosul mosque, a report in ABC news said.In the new audio tape, which was released online

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Afghan Taliban Admits Covering up Mullah Omar’s Death

Afghan Taliban Admits Covering up Mullah Omar’s Death

 The Taliban Monday admitted covering up longtime leader Mullah Omar s death for two years, saying they had wanted to keep it secret until foreign forces ended their fight against the militants.The group confirmed in July that Omar had died without saying when, deepening internal divisions with many insurgents accusing the leadership of keeping them in the dark while issuing statements in his name.Taliban leader Mullah OmarThe admission of

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US considered nuking Afghanistan after 9/11 – German diplomat

US considered nuking Afghanistan after 9/11 – German diplomat

  A nuclear strike against Afghanistan was on the table in Washington in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, a senior German diplomat told Spiegel magazine.Michael Steiner, the current German ambassador to India, served as foreign and security policy aide to then-German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder at the time of the 9/11 attacks."The papers were written," he said, confirming that the nuclear option was under

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Afghan President blames Islamabad for deadly Kabul attacks

Afghan President blames Islamabad for deadly Kabul attacks

 Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has blamed Islamabad for the recent deadly terrorist attacks in the Afghan capital of Kabul."The last few days have shown that suicide training camps and bomb-producing factories which are killing our people are as active as before in Pakistan," Ghani told a press conference on Monday."We hoped for peace, but we are receiving messages of war from Pakistan,” he added.Ghani also said he had once again asked

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Iran Raps Terrorist Attacks in Afghanistan

Iran Raps Terrorist Attacks in Afghanistan

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham on Sunday strongly denounced a series of terrorist attacks in the Afghan capital of Kabul that claimed at least 35 lives.Condemning the attacks, Afkham condoled with the Afghan nation and government, and expressed sympathy with the families of the victims.“The recent acts of terrorism in Kabul demonstrated that terrorism would spare nothing to achieve its inhumane and inauspicious goals,”

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44 Dead, Hundreds Wounded in Lethal Wave of Kabul Bombings

44 Dead, Hundreds Wounded in Lethal Wave of Kabul Bombings

 Eight more fatalities were confirmed Saturday from a barrage of bombings in Kabul, taking the toll to 44 in the deadliest day in the Afghan capital since December.The explosions on Friday, which devastated buildings and overwhelmed hospitals with hundreds of casualties, were the first major militant assaults on Kabul since the announcement of Taliban leader Mullah Omar s death.In the first attack, a powerful truck bomb tore through the

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Agha to Continue Cooperation with New Taliban Leader: Tasnim

Agha to Continue Cooperation with New Taliban Leader: Tasnim

 Former head of Taliban’s political office in Qatar, Seyed Tayyeb Agha, who had reportedly resigned late on Monday over the appointment of the militant organization’s new chief Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, said he will continue cooperation with the new leader.According to Tasnim dispatches, sources close to Afghanistan’s Taliban group have quoted Seyed Tayyeb Agha as saying after his resignation that he “will continue his cooperation with

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Afghan Taliban reportedly elects new supreme leader

Afghan Taliban reportedly elects new supreme leader

  The supreme council of the Afghan Taliban reportedly elected Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as its new leader. The news comes after Kabul announced that Mohammed Omar, who headed the Taliban’s military campaign for almost two decades, has been dead for two years.The election was confirmed by anonymous Taliban commanders to several news agencies. Reuters said its two sources were present at the shura, or council, meeting where the election took

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Kandahar storage facility ‘metaphor’ for US mission in Afghanistan

Kandahar storage facility ‘metaphor’ for US mission in Afghanistan

 Contract amendments on an Afghan $14.7 million storage facility that the US Army no longer needed is a “metaphor” for Washington’s war in Afghanistan, says a former CIA contractor, stressing the “possibility” that there might be something “underneath” the facility at Kandahar Air Field.Although the US Central Command acknowledged that a probe is needed to see why the amendments were authorized in 2013, Steven D. Kelley told

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Afghanistan-Pakistan ISIL Chief Killed in Drone Strike

Afghanistan-Pakistan ISIL Chief Killed in Drone Strike

 The head of the ISIL terrorist group in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region has been killed in a drone strike in eastern Afghanistan, intelligence officials and militant commanders said Saturday. The National Directorate of Security, the Afghan spy agency, said Hafiz Saeed was among 30 ISIL-linked cadres killed in the strike in restive Nangarhar province, close to the Pakistani border, on Friday. Two ISIL-affiliated commanders in

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38 Taliban militants killed in Afghan army operations

38 Taliban militants killed in Afghan army operations

Ten militants were also injured in the Friday operations in the town of Musa Qala, in northern Helmand, and the village of Kajaki, located in the northeastern part of the province.On Thursday, local Afghan security officials said the militants launched a series of coordinated attacks on the police headquarters in Musa Qala. Seven police officers were killed, and security forces managed to secure the area after nearly eight hours of fierce

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Afghans Protest Rohingya Muslims Plight

Afghans Protest Rohingya Muslims Plight

People took to the streets in the Afghan capital city of Kabul to protest atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.On Friday, Afghan activists launched a rally in Kabul to express their anger at the flagrant discrimination against the Muslim community in Myanmar, lashing out at the West for turning a blind eye to the plight of the Rohingya minority.“Persecution against Burmese Muslims has reached its peak. Yet most western and

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