Archive for the ‘Afghanistan’ Category

VOA News | Moby Media Updates| August 5, 2011

An anti-NATO demonstration in southern Afghanistan’s Zabul province turned violent Friday, when three Afghan civilians and a police officer were shot dead.

Afghan police say they were forced to fire into the crowd after insurgents infiltrated the protest in the town of Qalat and shot and killed a police officer. Officials say three civilians were killed when the police returned fire. (more…)

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Fazel Reshad | Asia | CNN News |July 14, 2011

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — A NATO-led raid in eastern Afghanistan left six civilians dead overnight, and President Hamid Karzai on Thursday ordered authorities to launch an investigation, Afghan officials told CNN on Thursday.

Mubarez Zadran, a provincial government spokesman, told CNN that the civilians were killed in a residential area of Khost province’s Matoon district and said two others were wounded. (more…)

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By Associated Press| World | Wall Street Journal with Foreign Policy | July 14, 2011

KABUL, Afghanistan — The number of Afghan civilians killed in war-related violence rose 15 percent in the first half of this year, according to a U.N. report released Thursday that offered grim statistics about the human toll of increased fighting.

Violence has been on the rise as the Taliban and other insurgents try to regain territory lost in the fall and winter to the U.S.-led coalition in southern Afghanistan. (more…)

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By Joshua Partlow and Kevin Sieff | World | Wall Street Journal with Foreign Policy | July 14, 2011

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — After the last prayer of the Thursday morning memorial service for President Hamid Karzai’s slain half brother, a senior cleric inside Kandahar’s Red Mosque announced that lunch would soon be served.

For the distinguished guests clustered on the side of the vast carpeted prayer hall — including Kandahar’s governor and four of Karzai’s brothers — a meal was ready across town at Mandigak palace, where the provincial council meets, the cleric said.

The others could eat in the mosque, served by the boys scattered around the room.

As the guests stood to leave, a bomb hidden inside a man’s turban detonated, killing at least four people and wounding 15 others, according to Afghan officials and witnesses. (more…)

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Ravi Velloor | The Straight Times | Moby Media Group | July 3, 2011

IN Uruzgan, central Afghanistan, two days ago, men approached an eight-year-old girl and told her to take a bag to a nearby police contingent. As the child approached a police vehicle, militants standing at a safe distance detonated the bomb in the bag with a remote-controlled device.

The policemen survived, but the girl was blown to bits. Add one more to the Taliban’s latest strategy of using children and women for suicide attacks.

In the swathe of largely ungoverned territory across the Afghanistan-Pakistan borderlands and beyond, the Taliban are resorting to desperate tactics to catch the patrolling army and policemen off-guard, such as fitting children as young as six with explosive vests and sending them up to uniformed men standing at checkpoints or sitting in police vehicles. (more…)

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