Posts Tagged ‘crossfire’

By Associated Press

PARIS — Embattled French troops mistakenly killed four Afghan civilians and seriously wounded one during a clash with insurgents east of Kabul, the French military said Thursday after concluding an investigation into the bloodshed. (more…)

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Apr. 13, 2010

(AP) MANILA, Philippines (AP) – Muslim militants disguised as policemen and soldiers detonated bombs and opened fire Tuesday in a series of coordinated attacks in a southern Philippine city, triggering clashes that killed at least 12 people. (more…)

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Aug 14 (Reuters) – Following are security developments in Afghanistan at 1200 GMT on Friday:

BAGHLAN – Five civilians, including two women and two children, were killed in crossfire between Taliban insurgents and government troops in northern Baghlan province on Thursday, a local official said.

WARDAK – Twelve insurgents were killed when Afghan and foreign forces targetted a compound of militants in Sayed Abad district, Wardak province. District official Fazel Karim said the compound was a training centre manned by four Arabs who were also among the dead.

HELMAND – Eight insurgents were killed when Afghan troops clashed with insurgents in Nawzad district, Helmand province. (more…)

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Deadly Clash Underscores Rift Over Interpretation of U.S.-Iraq Deal

By Ernesto Londoño

Washington Post Foreign Service
Saturday, July 25, 2009

ABU GHRAIB, Iraq — When insurgents attacked an American convoy with AK-47 rounds and a couple of grenades on a dusty highway in a Baghdad suburb this week, U.S. soldiers returned fire, chased the suspects through narrow alleyways and raided houses. (more…)

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Abdullahi Mohamed Hassan is trapped in his home in Mogadishu, surrounded by gunfire and mortar shelling.

The 25-year-old teacher of English is one of hundreds of thousands of Somali civilians caught up in fierce fighting between Islamist guerrillas and pro-government forces.

Mr Hassan e-mailed the BBC News website to tell of his ordeal alone without food and water as gunmen and looters circle his home, after his wife and daughter fled the war zone.

“This is the worst fighting I have ever seen.

I have been trapped in my home for two days, with no food to eat.

Can you hear the gunfire outside? I am afraid for my life.

I am in the middle of a battle zone. The fighting is intense. I can’t even open my front door.

Never has it been this intense, not in my life. (more…)

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KARACHI, 28 May 2009 (IRIN) – The 24-hour curfew in Swat Valley, North West Frontier Province, which started on 18 May, has led to severe shortages of food, water and medicines, creating a humanitarian crisis, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).

“People trapped in the Swat conflict zone face a humanitarian catastrophe unless the Pakistani military immediately lifts a curfew that has been in place continuously for the last week,” Brad Adams, HRW’s Asia director, said in a statement on 26 May.

“The government cannot allow the local population to remain trapped without food, clean water and medicine as a tactic to defeat the Taliban,” HRW said.

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By Edwin Fernandez
The Inquirer

COTABATO CITY, Philippines — Three civilians, one of them a five-year-old boy, were killed in the crossfire when government forces and Moro rebels clashed in a village of Midsayap town in North Cotabato Thursday, police said Friday. (more…)

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