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US general Kenneth McKenzie vows to continue air strikes supporting Afghan troops – Times of India
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US general Kenneth McKenzie vows to continue air strikes supporting Afghan troops – Times of India

KABUL: The United States will continue air strikes in support of Afghan forces fighting the Taliban, a top US general said Sunday, as the insurgents press on with offensives across the country. Since early May, violence has surged after the insurgents launched a sweeping assault just days after the US-led foreign forces began their final withdrawal. The Taliban's deadly assault has seen the insurgents capture scores of districts, border crossings and encircle several provincial capitals. "The United States has increased air strikes in the support of Afghan forces over the last several days, and we are prepared to continue this heightened level of support in the coming weeks if the Taliban continue their attacks," General Kenneth McKenzie, head of the US Army Central Command, told report...
Foreign missions in Kabul issue joint call for Taliban ceasefire – Times of India
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Foreign missions in Kabul issue joint call for Taliban ceasefire – Times of India

KABUL: Fifteen diplomatic missions and the Nato representative in Kabul joined hands on Monday to urge the Taliban to halt military offensives across Afghanistan, just hours after a peace meeting in Doha failed to agree on a ceasefire. A senior delegation of Afghan leaders met the Taliban's political leadership in the Qatari capital over the last two days, but a Taliban statement issued late on Sunday made no mention of a halt to Afghanistan's rising violence. "This Eid al-Adha, the Taliban should lay down their weapons for good and show the world their commitment to the peace process," the 15 missions and the NATO representative said, referring to Tuesday's Muslim holiday in Afghanistan. The joint statement was supported by Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the European U...
Russia urges Kabul, Taliban to start talks on transition government: Report – Times of India
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Russia urges Kabul, Taliban to start talks on transition government: Report – Times of India

MOSCOW: Russia has urged Afghanistan and the Taliban to start meaningful negotiations on forming a transitional coalition government before it is too late, the RIA news agency cited Russia's foreign ministry as saying on Wednesday. A Taliban delegation in Moscow last week said that the group controlled more than 85% of territory in Afghanistan - an assertion dismissed by the government - and told Russia it would not let the country be used as a platform to attack others. Source link
Blast in Kabul: 4 civilians killed, 5 injured in Kabul blast | World News – Times of India
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Blast in Kabul: 4 civilians killed, 5 injured in Kabul blast | World News – Times of India

KABUL: At least four civilians were killed and five others suffered injuries in a blast in Kabul city on Tuesday, local media reported citing a police statement. The blast occurred about 2:50 pm local time in the Sar-e-Chawk area on Maiwand Street in Kabul's PD1, Tolo News reported. "The type of the blast and the target is not yet clear," the statement said, adding that "investigations are underway." Afghanistan is witnessing a surge in violence across the country as the Taliban make rapid advances and taking control of more and more territory in the war-torn country. The Taliban say they already control 85 per cent of the country. Source link
Top US commander in Afghanistan hands over command
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Top US commander in Afghanistan hands over command

The top US commander in Afghanistan relinquished his command at a ceremony in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Monday, taking the United States a step closer to ending its 20-year war. The move came as Taliban insurgents continue to gain territory across the country. Another four-star general will assume authority from his US post to conduct possible airstrikes in defense of Afghan government forces, at least until the US withdrawal concludes by August 31. Gen. Scott Miller, who has served as America’s top commander in Afghanistan since 2018, handed over command of what has become known as America’s forever war’ in its waning days to Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, the head of US Central Command. McKenzie will operate from Central Command headquarters in Tampa, Florida. The hand...
Taliban Claims 85 Percent Control Of Afghan Territory; Joe Biden Decides To Pull Out US Troops
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Taliban Claims 85 Percent Control Of Afghan Territory; Joe Biden Decides To Pull Out US Troops

Kabul: Hours after US President Joe Biden ordered his troops to pull out of the war-torn nation, the Taliban on Friday claimed to be in control of 85 percent of Afghanistan’s territory.The Taliban claimed that its fighters had seized the border town of Islam Qala, thereby completing an arc of territory from the Iranian border to the frontier with China.A delegation of Taliban officials in Moscow said that they controlled around 250 of Afghanistan’s 398 districts.READ: India Gives Stern Response Over Pakistan Alleging Involvement In Blast Near Hafiz Saeed's HouseTaliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid too confirmed the same and said that the Islam Qala border crossing was “under our full control”.Meanwhile, the Afghan government officials in Kabul said: “efforts are unde...
‘What was the point?’ Afghans rue decades of war as US quits Bagram – Times of India
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‘What was the point?’ Afghans rue decades of war as US quits Bagram – Times of India

KABUL: As American troops left their main military base in Afghanistan on Friday, marking a symbolic end to the longest war in US history, locals living in the shadow of the base and in nearby Kabul were left ruing the past and bracing for what comes next. Violence has been raging throughout Afghanistan in the weeks since President Joe Biden announced troops would withdraw unconditionally by Sept. 11. With peace talks in Qatar stuttering, and roughly a quarter of the country's districts having fallen to the Taliban in recent weeks according to one study, many are concerned that chaos looms. Malek Mir, a mechanic in Bagram who saw the Soviet Army and then the Americans come and go, said he was left with a deep sense of sadness at the futility of a foreign presence. "They came with bombin...
Heavy fighting breaks out in Afghanistan’s Badakhshan, 20 Taliban terrorists killed – Times of India
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Heavy fighting breaks out in Afghanistan’s Badakhshan, 20 Taliban terrorists killed – Times of India

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN: Twenty Taliban terrorists were killed on Saturday in heavy fighting between Afghan defence forces and the terror group in Badakhshan province. "A total of 20 Taliban rebels and three soldiers have been killed in Badakhshan over the past 24 hours," an army officer in the province Captain Abdul Razaq said Saturday. In the meantime, some locals on the condition of anonymity said that the Taliban fighters had captured the headquarters of Tagab, Kishim, Tashkan and Shahr-e-Buzarg districts of Badakhshan over the past 24 hours, Xinhua reported. Afghanistan is witnessing a surge in violence as the Taliban has intensified its offensive against civilians and Afghan defence and security forces. This comes as foreign forces are withdrawing from the war-torn country. However, Ba...
Russia says Islamic State building up forces in North Afghanistan as Nato exits: News agency Ifax – Times of India
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Russia says Islamic State building up forces in North Afghanistan as Nato exits: News agency Ifax – Times of India

MOSCOW: Islamic State militants are building up their forces in northern Afghanistan as US and Nato troops leave the country and it's a worry for Moscow, the Interfax news agency cited Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov as saying on Friday. He said Islamic State was actively gaining territory in Afghanistan amid the withdrawal and what he described as the "irresponsible" stance taken by officials in Kabul. Source link
Afghanistan running out of oxygen as Covid surge worsens – Times of India
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Afghanistan running out of oxygen as Covid surge worsens – Times of India

KABUL: Afghanistan's is racing to ramp up supplies of oxygen as a deadly third surge of Covid-19 worsens, a senior health official told The Associated Press in an interview Saturday. The government is installing oxygen supply plants in 10 provinces where the increase in Covid cases in some areas is hovering around 65%, health ministry spokesman Ghulam Dasigi Nazary said. By WHO recommendations, anything higher than 5% shows officials aren't testing widely enough, allowing the virus to spread unchecked. Afghanistan carries out barely 4,000 tests a day and often much less. Afghanistan's 24-hour infection count has also continued its upward climb from 1,500 at the end of May when the health ministry was already calling the surge "a crisis,'' to more than 2,300 this week. Since the pandemic...
Afghan official: 11 killed in roadside bombing in north – Times of India
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Afghan official: 11 killed in roadside bombing in north – Times of India

KABUL: A minivan carrying civilian passengers in northwest Afghanistan was hit by a roadside bomb, leaving at least 11 passengers dead, including three children, an Afghan official said Sunday. The minivan fell into a valley with the wave of the explosion Saturday, said Badghis provincial Gov Hesamuddin Shams, adding that rescuers were still searching for bodies in the valley. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion but the provincial government accuses the Taliban of placing the bomb to target security forces. There was no immediate response from the Taliban. Source link
Bomb kills at least 30 near girls’ school in Afghan capital – Times of India
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Bomb kills at least 30 near girls’ school in Afghan capital – Times of India

KABUL: A bomb exploded near a girls' school in a majority Shiite district of west Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 30 people, many of them young pupils between 11 and 15 years old. The Taliban condemned the attack and denied any responsibility. Ambulances evacuated the wounded as relatives and residents screamed at authorities near the scene of the blast at Syed Al-Shahda school, in the Dasht-e-Barchi neighborhood, Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said. The death toll was expected to rise further. The bombing, apparently aimed to cause maximum civilian carnage, adds to fears that violence in the war-wrecked country could escalate as the US and NATO end nearly 20 years of military engagement. Residents in the area said the explosion was deafening. One, Naser Rahimi, told The As...
Blast Outside School in Kabul: 20 Killed, Dozens Injured
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Blast Outside School in Kabul: 20 Killed, Dozens Injured

Kabul: At least 20 people, mostly students, were killed and dozen others wounded in a blast, which took place outside a school in Afghanistan capital Kabul on Saturday.Many of the victims in the explosion, which took place around 4 p.m. in front of Sayed Ul-Shuhada high school, were female students.Kabul’s Mohammad Ali Jinnah Hospital Head Dr Mohammad Dawood Danish said that 20 bodies and over 40 wounded people were admitted to his hospital.READ: Coronavirus Highlights: 'We're Determined To Help India In Its Hour Of Need,' Says US Vice President Kamala HarrisThe blast and the possible targeting of female students comes as rights groups and others have raised fears that the looming American troop withdrawal will endanger the progress that women have made in the patria...