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Taliban escalate attacks to discredit Afghan election

Unable to stop next Saturday's Afghan presidential election, the Taliban and their allies are ramping up violence, even killing children, to create a climate of fear and discredit the poll. For many Afghans, the renewed spike in violence is a reminder……

Twenty-five years after Soviet exit from Afghanistan, Taliban says U.S. will meet same fate

In a statement issued on the 25th anniversary of the final Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, a national holiday for Afghans, the Taliban sought to connect the steady departure of U.S. and NATO troops ahead of a year-end deadline to the end of the decade-long Soviet occupation.…

Taliban mock ‘selfish and empty-minded American leaders’ over government shutdown

Taliban militants fighting US troops in Afghanistan taunted Washington over the government shutdown on Wednesday, accusing US politicians of “sucking the blood of their own people”. The Islamist militants issued a statement describing how US institutions were “paralysed”, the Statue of Liberty was closed and a fall in tourist numbers…

Teen activist Malala relives horror of Taliban shooting in autobiography

Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai tells of the moment she was shot by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ education in her new autobiography out Tuesday, amid speculation that she may be about to become the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Co-written with British journalist Christina Lamb, “I…

Sudan woman risks flogging over uncovered hair

A Sudanese woman says she is prepared to be flogged to defend the right to leave her hair uncovered in defiance of a “Taliban”-like law. Amira Osman Hamed faces a possible whipping if convicted at a trial which could come on September 19. Under Sudanese law her hair — and…

Female author gunned down by militants in Afghanistan

Suspected Taliban militants shot dead the Indian author Sushmita Banerjee, writer of a popular book about her dramatic escape from the Taliban in the 90s, in eastern Afghan province of Paktika on Wednesday night, police said on Thursday. “We found her bullet riddled body near Madrassa on the outskirts of…

Mass jail break in Pakistan as Taliban gunmen storm prison to free 250 inmates

By Saud Mehsud DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (Reuters) – In an operation carried out with military-like precision, Taliban fighters disguised as police and armed with bombs broke 250 prisoners out of a Pakistan jail on Tuesday with the help of what appeared to be insider informants. The attack in the…

Afghan school teaches girls to speak for themselves

Dah Yaya is an Afghan village set in stony hills and steeped in traditions that limit women to second-class status in this desperately poor country ravaged by Taliban insurgency. But in a school set up by an Afghan-American woman named a 2012 top 10 hero by TV network CNN, girls…

Afghan security forces praised after routing Taliban assault on Kabul

The Afghan government lauded its security forces Saturday for beating back a Taliban assault on central Kabul that left one policeman, two civilians and all four militants dead. Explosions rocked the city for several hours on Friday after insurgents launched a coordinated suicide and gun attack centred on a compound…

Afghan interpreters who served with British forces to get UK visas

About 600 Afghan interpreters who served with British forces fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan will be offered the chance to live in Britain after a government U-turn, it was revealed on Wednesday. Prime Minister David Cameron had initially sought to discourage the interpreters from settling in Britain for fear of…

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