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TIME, By John Wendle
7 May, 2011

Taliban fighters carried out a series of coordinated attacks across the embattled southern Afghan city of Kandahar Saturday – a campaign that Afghan President Hamid Karzai characterized as “revenge” for the death of Osama bin Laden. Insurgents first assaulted the provincial governor’s palace with rocket propelled grenades and small arms fire and then launched a series of strikes across the city on the headquarters of the Afghan National Police (ANP) and the Transportation Police, on Police Sub-station One as well as various other Afghan National Security Force (ANSF) and International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF) buildings in both Kandahar city and in the Arghandab River Valley, ISAF reported. Between a dozen and two-dozen people were wounded in the fighting, Afghan media reported. All of the suicide bombers were killed. (more…)

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The New York Times, By Taimoor Shah and Alissa J. Rubin

8 May, 2011

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — For more than 30 hours over the weekend, the Taliban immobilized the southern city of Kandahar, unleashing multiple attacks with small arms and suicide bombers near the city’s downtown, pinning down people in their homes, forcing shops to close and halting most traffic. (more…)

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By Zahid Hussain, The Wall Street Journal

ISLAMABAD — Airborne commandos took back a key northwestern Pakistani town Wednesday, halting a Taliban advance that had brought the militants close to Pakistan’s capital.

Fighter jets also pounded militants still holding on to part of the Buner district, killing at least 50 insurgents, a military spokesman said.

Evacuees from Buner walk next to trucks loaded with their possessions on the outskirts of Peshawar.

Army troops took control of Dagar, the main town of Buner district, which was captured by the Taliban moving in from their Swat-valley stronghold last week. The Taliban’s advance startled the nation and alarmed U.S. officials who want Pakistan to do more to curb the militant threat that also faces U.S. troops in neighboring Afghanistan.

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Facing imminent battlefield defeat, Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels declared a unilateral cease-fire Sunday and called on the government to halt its offensive to spare the tens of thousands of civilians trapped by the fighting.

The government rejected the appeal and accused the rebels of playing for time as the military stands poised to rout them and end the separatist war that has plagued this Indian Ocean island nation for a quarter century.

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By BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI, Associated Press Writer

Thousands more civilians fled Sri Lanka’s war zone Wednesday as troops pushed deeper into the Tamil Tiger rebels’ sliver of remaining territory and the government vowed again that the end to the 25-year-old conflict was near. The latest photographs released by the military showed people arriving at beaches carrying their belongings in bundles on their heads. Mothers held infants and some carried sick relatives as they disembarked from the boats they used to flee the fighting.

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