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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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Militants kill 7 aid workers, 2 guards in Afghanistan

Militants kill 7 aid workers, 2 guards in Afghanistan

 At least nine people, including seven aid workers, have been killed during an attack by militants in north Afghanistan, officials say."Those killed in Zari district of Balkh Province include seven aid workers - six men and one woman - and two guards," deputy provincial police chief Abdul Razaq Qaderi said on Tuesday, referring to the overnight attack.The police official blamed the Taliban for the attack.The aid workers, who were employees

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Afghan parliament approves more cabinet nominees

Afghan parliament approves more cabinet nominees

 Afghanistan’s parliament has approved more than a dozen cabinet nominees recently proposed by the administration of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, the speaker of the parliament’s lower house, said on Saturday that lawmakers voted in favor of 16 new cabinet nominees.He added that the decision means the 25-member cabinet of President Ashraf Ghani is now nearly complete.However, just as the “fighting season” between

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Afghan Army Chief Calls for Joint Efforts with Pakistan to Defeat Non-State Actors Threats

Afghan Army Chief Calls for Joint Efforts with Pakistan to Defeat Non-State Actors Threats

 Afghan Army Chief, Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi, told Pakistan army cadets on Saturday that Afghanistan and Pakistan face common threats by the non-state actors.General Karimi was the first Afghan army chief to speak as chief guest at the Pakistan Military Academy Kakul in Abbotabad, some 120 km from Islamabad, where a group of six Afghan army cadets are also receiving training.The Afghan Army Chief emphasized the need for close cooperation

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Bomb explosion kills 2 security guards in Kabul

Bomb explosion kills 2 security guards in Kabul

 At least two security guards have been killed in a car bomb explosion in Afghanistan’s capital, police say. A bomb-laden car was detonated at the gate of a foreign-run compound in Kabul in the early hours of Tuesday. The explosion targeted the foreign base in the Pul-e-Charkhi district in eastern Kabul, and at least two Afghan security guards were killed, Reuters quoted General Mohammad Zahir, Kabul s police chief as

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Taliban attack kills Afghan policeman, injures 3

Taliban attack kills Afghan policeman, injures 3

 An Afghan policeman has been killed and three others injured after hundreds of Taliban forces attacked their outposts in western Afghanistan. Eight militants were also killed in heavy clashes that erupted in Farah Province on Monday. "More than 400 enemy fighters (Taliban) launched attacks on the army and police posts in the early morning in Bala Boluk district," said Abdul Razaq Yaqoobi, police chief for Farah

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Afghan President Arrives in Pakistan on Two-Day State Visit

Afghan President Arrives in Pakistan on Two-Day State Visit

 TEHRAN (FNA)- President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani arrived in Pakistan on Friday to meet with the Pakistani officials during a two-day state visit. A delegation of high-level government officials, including senior leaders, cabinet ministers, high-ranking officials and business representatives are accompanying president Ghani during his visit to Pakistan, Khaama Press reported. Pakistan’s national security adviser Sartaj Aziz received

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Taliban attack kills four Afghan soldiers

Taliban attack kills four Afghan soldiers

 At least four Afghan soldiers have been killed and around a dozen people injured in a roadside bomb attack in the capital, Kabul. The Afghan Ministry of Defense said in a statement that the blast occurred Tuesday morning in the western part of Kabul while the soldiers were on their way to the ministry. “In a remote-controlled bomb attack against an army bus at 6:45 a.m. (0215 GMT) in Aqa Ali Shams in Kabul, four army

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Taliban attacks kill 14 across Afghanistan

Taliban attacks kill 14 across Afghanistan

 A fresh wave of terrorist attacks by Taliban militants across Afghanistan has claimed the lives of a total of 14 people, local officials say. One of the attacks in Afghanistan s northern city of Mazar Sharif on Sunday left two police officers dead and 18 others wounded. Sher Jan Durani, a spokesman for the Balkh Province police chief, said two Taliban militants stormed the police headquarters in the provincial capital and

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Bomb attack hits Kabul days after US security deal

Bomb attack hits Kabul days after US security deal

 At least three people have been killed in yet another bomb attack in the Afghan capital, Kabul, just days after the Afghan government and the US struck a security deal. According to reports on Wednesday, the incident took place after an Afghan military bus was targeted in the capital. Several other people also suffered injuries in the deadly attack. The bus was reportedly taking military staff to work. Taliban

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Taliban Attack near Pakistan-Afghanistan Border

Taliban Attack near Pakistan-Afghanistan Border

 Several Taliban militants, including suicide bombers, launched coordinated attacks in Torkham, a border town, in the eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. According to Afghan security officials, militants targeted the customs department and the parking lot of Torkham where oil tankers and supply convoys for NATO forces are parked. “A group of Taliban militants attacked the customs department around 9:00 pm local time (1630GMT)

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Afghan Security Forces Battle Taliban Offensive

Afghan Security Forces Battle Taliban Offensive

 Afghan security forces on Saturday fought back against a major Taliban offensive in the east of the country after the militants killed up to 100 security personnel and civilians, beheading 12 of them, officials said. A series of coordinated attacks in the last week have focused on Ajristan district in the strategically important province of Ghazni, after recent offensives in Kandahar, Helmand and Logar. "Afghan soldiers, police

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Taliban behead dozens in eastern Afghanistan

Taliban behead dozens in eastern Afghanistan

 Taliban militants have beheaded dozens of Afghan civilians and burnt their homes in the country’s eastern province of Ghazni. Ahmadullah Ahmadi, the provincial deputy governor of Ghazni, said on Friday that the militants beheaded the civilians, including women and children, in four villages across the province. He also said that contact was lost with police in the villages and that around 70 houses were burnt down in the

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US wants to use Afghan leverage against Russia, China: Madsen

US wants to use Afghan leverage against Russia, China: Madsen

 An American investigative journalist says the newly-elected Afghan president is likely to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with Washington since the US wants to keep troops in Afghanistan as leverage against Russia and China. Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was declared Sunday as the winner of the country’s disputed presidential vote. Ghani and his rival, Abdullah Abdullah, signed a power-sharing deal to end months

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Afghanistan: US Continues Violating Strategic Pact

Afghanistan: US Continues Violating Strategic Pact

Afghan Foreign Ministry Spokesman Janan Mosazai lambasted the US for its continued violation of the strategic pact between the two countries, saying that Washington has violated the treaty in numerous cases.

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US bars ‘sensitive data’ from 9/11 pretrial

US bars ‘sensitive data’ from 9/11 pretrial

The military pretrial of five inmates at the US notorious prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba accused of planning the 9/11 terror attacks continues as defense lawyers fault the government for barring evidence against it under the pretext of exposing national security secrets.

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EU-NATO war alliance receives Nobel Peace Prize

EU-NATO war alliance receives Nobel Peace Prize

An international lawyer has lashed out at the Nobel Committee for granting its 2012 Peace Prize to the European Union, despite the fact that the bloc is in cahoots with the NATO in the latter s global warmongering policies.

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Afghans in Kabul protest against anti-Islam moves

Afghans in Kabul protest against anti-Islam moves

Thousands of protesters have staged a demonstration in the Afghan capital to condemn the United States and France over recent anti-Islam moves that disrespect Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), Press TV reports.

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‘Al-Qaeda, Taliban created by UK, US’

‘Al-Qaeda, Taliban created by UK, US’

Al-Qaeda and the Taliban are a “creation” of the US and Britain used as a “weapon of choice” against enemies, British MP George Galloway says.

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Anti-US demonstrations in Afghanistan enter day 4

Anti-US demonstrations in Afghanistan enter day 4

Afghan protesters have taken to the streets for the fourth consecutive day to condemn a blasphemous anti-Islam film produced by an Israeli-American in the United States.

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