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U.S. senators see Afghan hope, Pakistan fear

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US lawmakers on saw momentum for political reconciliation in Afghanistan in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death, but voiced fear that the fight against extremism was floundering in Pakistan. Senator John Kerry, who recently visited the region, said US forces’ killing of bin Laden in Pakistan…

Afghan Taliban deny Mullah Omar is dead

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — An Afghan Taliban spokesman said Monday it was “not possible at all” that their leader Mullah Omar was dead, after an Afghan intelligence source said he had been killed in Pakistan. “This is pure propaganda. This is not possible at all,” spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told AFP by…

Pakistanis protest against US drone airstrikes

KARACHI — Thousands demonstrated in Karachi on Sunday to demand an immediate end to US missile strikes in Pakistan’s lawless tribal areas and urge the blocking of NATO supplies passing through the country. Activists from the Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice) continued a two-day sit-in outside the city’s Arabian Sea port,…

Florida imam pleads not guilty to aiding Taliban

MIAMI — An elderly Miami imam pleaded not guilty in US federal court Monday to charges of supporting the Pakistani Taliban and was ordered held without bail, his lawyer said. The US government accuses 76-year-old Hafiz Muhammed Sher Ali Khan, four of his relatives and another person of funneling money…

Taliban on Twitter?

KABUL (AFP) – The Taliban once banned all television, music and cinema in Afghanistan, but now they are fighting their war via Twitter, the online messaging network that revolutionised global communication. The Islamist extremists sent out their first tweet in English on May 12 claiming “enemy attacked in Khak-e-Safid”, with…

Pakistan blasts kill 80 as Taliban ‘avenge bin Laden’

SHABQADAR, Pakistan (AFP) – Pakistan’s Taliban on Friday claimed their first major attack to avenge Osama bin Laden’s death as 80 people were killed in a double suicide bombing on a paramilitary police training centre. Around 140 people were wounded, 40 of them fighting for their lives, in the deadliest…

Taliban attacks kill 4 in Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFP) – A Taliban cell behind a wave of attacks which killed four people in one of Afghanistan’s biggest cities looked close to destruction Sunday after holding out for over 24 hours. Two attackers who were holed up in a building near Kandahar’s intelligence headquarters have been killed,…

Taliban attack government buildings in Afghanistan, 2 dead

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFP) – The Taliban unleashed a coordinated wave of attacks on government targets in the key southern Afghan city of Kandahar Saturday, killing at least two people and wounding 29. President Hamid Karzai charged that the violence was “revenge” for this week’s killing of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin…

Taliban launches key attacks on Kandahar

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFP) – The Taliban unleashed a wave of attacks including six suicide bombings on government targets in the major southern Afghan city of Kandahar Saturday, leaving at least 14 people wounded. Militants with guns and rocket-propelled grenades launched an assault on the governor’s office, and ten explosions including…

Afghanistan announces crucial security handover

KABUL (AFP) – Afghan forces will take over security from NATO this summer in the capital of violence-wracked Helmand province and several other areas, President Hamid Karzai said on Tuesday. The move, 10 years after the US-led invasion that ousted the Taliban regime in the wake of the September 11…

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