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Oct 23, 2015

Insight: Afghan special forces in firing line as fighting spreads

PATKIA PROVINCE, Afghanistan/KABUL (Reuters) – As Afghan soldiers and police struggle to contain an escalating insurgency that has targeted several cities in recent weeks, the country’s special forces are being tested as never before.

Trained in counter-insurgency tactics at the elite School of Excellence near Kabul, these soldiers led the battle to retake Kunduz, after regular forces fled their posts last month to cede the northern city to militants they easily outnumbered.

Oct 22, 2015

Afghan special forces in firing line as fighting spreads

PATKIA PROVINCE, Afghanistan/KABUL (Reuters) – As Afghan soldiers and police struggle to contain an escalating insurgency that has targeted several cities in recent weeks, the country’s special forces are being tested as never before.

Trained in counter-insurgency tactics at the elite School of Excellence near Kabul, these soldiers led the battle to retake Kunduz, after regular forces fled their posts last month to cede the northern city to militants they easily outnumbered.

Oct 21, 2015

Taliban insurgents active close to Kabul, threat level disputed

KHAWAJA GHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) – In Khawaja Ghar, a village in Deh Sabz district on the dusty outskirts of Kabul, there is little noticeable government presence, and Afghan soldiers and police are a rare sight.

In fact, you are almost as likely to come across a Taliban fighter, residents of Khawaja Ghar and surrounding settlements say, as militants waging an increasingly bold insurgency to overthrow the government roam with impunity on its doorstep.

Oct 18, 2015

Afghan TV stations face Taliban threat after Kunduz

KABUL, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Already forced to operate in one
of the world’s most hostile environments for journalists, Afghan
television stations are now being openly targeted by Islamist
insurgents in a widening insurgency that threatens cities across
the country.

The Taliban’s brief capture of the northern city of Kunduz
last month, the first time in 14 years of fighting it had taken
a provincial centre, underlined how far its military strength
has grown since NATO forces ended combat operations last year.

Oct 13, 2015

Taliban pull back from Kunduz as fighting flares on southern highway

KABUL (Reuters) – The Taliban said they were pulling back in the northern city of Kunduz on Tuesday in order to protect civilians but fighting continued elsewhere in the country with government troops battling to reopen the main highway south of the capital Kabul.

The Taliban have mounted a wave of attacks in the capital Kabul and beyond since the withdrawal of most foreign troops last year, culminating in the seizure of Kunduz in a carefully orchestrated offensive at the end of last month.

Oct 12, 2015

Taliban threaten second Afghan provincial capital as insurgency spreads

KABUL (Reuters) – Fighting intensified around the Afghan city of Ghazni on Monday, as Taliban militants threatened to seize a second provincial capital after briefly occupying Kunduz in the north last month.

The clashes around Ghazni, some 130 km (80 miles) southwest of Kabul, underlined the worsening security situation across Afghanistan, where national soldiers and police are struggling to cope now the bulk of foreign forces have withdrawn.

Oct 11, 2015

Suicide bomber targets foreign forces in Afghan capital, casualties unknown

KABUL (Reuters) – A suicide car bomber targeted a convoy of foreign troops in the Afghan capital during rush hour-traffic on Sunday, an official said, flipping an armored vehicle on its side, but the number of casualties was unknown.

Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the attack in the city center that broke a period of relative calm in Kabul after a series of bombings in August.

Oct 11, 2015

Suicide bombing targets foreign forces in Afghan capital

KABUL (Reuters) – A suicide car bomber targeted a convoy of foreign troops in the Afghan capital during rush hour-traffic on Sunday, flipping an armored vehicle on its side, but the number of casualties was unknown.

Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the attack in the city center which broke a period of relative calm in Kabul after a series of bombings in August.

Oct 6, 2015

Residents say Afghan forces regain most of Kunduz

KABUL (Reuters) – Police and residents said on Monday that Afghan forces had regained control of most of the besieged city of Kunduz, and some shops in the centre of the provincial capital opened for the first time since it fell to Taliban fighters a week ago.

The U.S. government said it was investigating whether its military was responsible for an air strike that killed 22 people in a Kunduz hospital run by aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres on Saturday, an incident that has drawn widespread condemnation.

Oct 5, 2015

Air strike on Kunduz hospital tests cozier Afghan-U.S. ties

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s reticence since a suspected U.S. air strike hit a hospital in northern Afghanistan on Saturday speaks volumes about how much he relies on Washington after 14 years of war.

The air strike in Kunduz that killed 22 staff and patients at the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) clinic has fueled anger over Kabul’s close relationship with the United States, which is in sharp contrast to that under Ghani’s predecessor Hamid Karzai.

    • About Hamid

      "Began my media career with Japanese TV (NHK) ten years ago in Islamabad where I had moved following the civil war in Afghanistan. I returned to Kabul in early 2002 and later joined Reuters as a correspondent. I cover the insurgency, the politics, and Afghan society from across the country."
      Joined Reuters:
      2007
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