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Dec 18, 2014

New control center to fight rise in attacks in Afghan capital

KABUL (Reuters) – A new control center is to be created to coordinate security forces and fight a rise in Taliban attacks in Kabul, the capital’s police chief said on Thursday, hours after a bomb killed a police officer and injured three in the city.

As most foreign troops withdraw this month, Afghanistan has seen waves of suicide bombings and commando-style assaults by the Islamist insurgents.

Dec 17, 2014
Dec 17, 2014

Afghan spy chief laments intelligence vacuum as foreign troops leave

KABUL (Reuters) – The departure of most foreign troops from Afghanistan has left an intelligence-gathering vacuum that facilitates Taliban attacks, the head of the Afghan spy agency said on Wednesday.

Summoned to parliament to explain a surge in suicide bombings and commando-style assaults across Afghanistan, including in the fortified capital Kabul, intelligence chief Rahmatullah Nabil blamed a loss of manpower and technology.

Dec 17, 2014
Dec 14, 2014

Angry Afghan president vows security shake-up after Taliban attacks surge

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s new President Ashraf Ghani vowed to shake up security in the capital Kabul in an angry speech on Sunday and denounced a recent surge in Taliban attacks on civilian and military targets as “un-Islamic”. In recent weeks, Afghanistan has seen waves of suicide bombings and commando-style assaults by the Islamist insurgents, who are seeking to make territorial gains and to spread uncertainty as most foreign troops withdraw this month.

“It is enough and it’s no longer acceptable,” Ghani yelled while on a visit to a school. He called on religious leaders to speak out against the Taliban.

Dec 13, 2014

Dozens killed in Afghanistan fighting as foreign troops head home

KABUL (Reuters) – The Afghan Taliban killed a Supreme Court official, a group of mine clearers and two foreign soldiers but also suffered heavy losses as violence intensifies in the run-up to the withdrawal of most international troops in the next two weeks.

The Afghan army said it had killed more than fifty insurgents in the past 48 hours. On Saturday, Taliban gunmen on motorbikes killed a dozen workers deactivating land mines near the former British base of Camp Bastion. In Kabul, more gunmen shot dead senior Supreme Court official Atiqullah Raoufi.

Dec 11, 2014

Suicide bomber kills six Afghan soldiers on Kabul bus

KABUL, Dec 11 (Reuters) – A suicide bomber targeted a bus
carrying Afghan army personnel, killing six soldiers and
wounding 11 on Thursday on the outskirts of Kabul, the Defence
Ministry said, ending a near two-week lull in attacks in the
capital.

Five Afghan school children were also reported killed in a
foreign forces air strike, officials said, but the international
coalition said those killed were insurgents.

Dec 11, 2014

Suicide bomber attacks Afghan army bus in Kabul, six killed

KABUL (Reuters) – A suicide bomber targeted a bus carrying Afghan army personnel, killing six soldiers and wounding 11 on Thursday on the outskirts of the capital, Kabul, the Defense Ministry.

Five Afghan school children were also reported killed in a foreign forces airstrike, local officials said. The international coalition had no immediate comment.

Dec 10, 2014

Afghan leader says CIA torture in country ‘shocking’

KABUL, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s President Ashraf
Ghani vowed on Wednesday to investigate CIA abuse at a detention
centre in his country, saying torture described in a U.S. Senate
report “violates all accepted norms of human rights in the
world”.

In a sign of how important the issue of U.S. treatment of
prisoners remains just weeks before the formal end of the
13-year American-led war in Afghanistan, Ghani delivered a
televised address to respond to the U.S. Senate report.

Dec 10, 2014
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      "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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