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Jul 5, 2015

Afghan leader refuses to be drawn into lynching sentences row

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani declined to intervene on Sunday in the case of four men convicted over the mob killing of a young woman, despite public anger over the fact their initial death sentences have been replaced by prison terms.

The woman, named Farkhunda, was beaten to death by a crowd and set on fire in central Kabul in March after being falsely accused of burning a copy of the Koran.

Jul 2, 2015

Afghan ‘hero soldier’ of parliament attack arrested in traffic death

KABUL (Reuters) – An Afghan soldier hailed as a hero for defending parliament from a Taliban assault has been arrested after a fatal traffic accident in Kabul involving a car he had been given as a reward, the Ministry of Interior said on Thursday.

Essa Khan became an overnight sensation in Afghanistan after he shot Taliban gunmen trying to enter parliament on June 22 following a car bomb outside the complex in an attack that killed a woman and a child.

Jul 2, 2015

Afghan court commutes death sentences in woman’s mob killing

KABUL (Reuters) – An appeals court in Afghanistan’s capital has set aside death sentences for four men convicted in the mob killing of a woman accused of burning a Koran, media and a judge said Thursday.

Three of those had their sentences reduced to 20 years in jail, while the fourth was re-sentenced to 10 years, according to a judge familiar with the case that prompted street protests and a debate on women’s rights.

Jun 29, 2015

Exclusive: In turf war with Afghan Taliban, Islamic State loyalists gain ground

SURKH DEWAL, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Fighters loyal to Islamic State have seized substantial territory in Afghanistan for the first time, witnesses and officials said, wresting areas in the east from rival Taliban insurgents in a new threat to stability.

Witnesses who fled fighting in Nangarhar province told Reuters that hundreds of insurgents pledging allegiance to Islamic State pushed out the Taliban, scorching opium poppy fields that help to fund the Taliban’s campaign to overthrow the Afghan government.

Jun 29, 2015

In turf war with Afghan Taliban, Islamic State loyalists gain ground

SURKH DEWAL, Afghanistan, June 29 (Reuters) – Fighters loyal
to Islamic State have seized substantial territory in
Afghanistan for the first time, witnesses and officials said,
wresting areas in the east from rival Taliban insurgents in a
new threat to stability.

Witnesses who fled fighting in Nangarhar province told
Reuters that hundreds of insurgents pledging allegiance to
Islamic State pushed out the Taliban, scorching opium poppy
fields that help to fund the Taliban’s campaign to overthrow the
Afghan government.

Jun 23, 2015

Afghan forces recapture key district from Taliban

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan government forces regained control of a key district near the northern city of Kunduz on Tuesday, after Taliban fighters had threatened to capture a provincial capital for the first time since being driven from power in 2001.

Tuesday’s victory came despite signs that the Islamist militant movement was stepping up its offensive in the broader war, six months after most foreign troops left the country.

Jun 23, 2015

Taliban attack Afghanistan’s parliament, seize second district in north

KABUL (Reuters) – A Taliban suicide bomber and six gunmen attacked the Afghan parliament on Monday as lawmakers met to consider a new defence minister, and another district in the volatile north fell to the militants as they intensified a summer offensive.

The brazen assault on the symbolic centre of power, along with territorial gains elsewhere, highlight how NATO-trained Afghan security forces are struggling to cope with worsening militant violence.

Jun 22, 2015

Taliban launch brazen attack on Afghan parliament, seize second district in north

KABUL (Reuters) – A Taliban suicide bomber and six gunmen attacked the Afghan parliament on Monday as lawmakers met to consider a new defence minister, and another district in the volatile north fell to the militants as they intensified a summer offensive.

The brazen assault on the symbolic centre of power, along with territorial gains elsewhere, highlight how NATO-trained Afghan security forces are struggling to cope with worsening militant violence.

Jun 22, 2015

Taliban attack Afghan parliament, seize second district in north

KABUL (Reuters) – A Taliban suicide bomber and several gunmen attacked the Afghan parliament on Monday, shattering windows and forcing lawmakers to flee, as a second district in two days fell to the Islamist group in the north.

Violence has spiraled in Afghanistan since the departure of most foreign forces at the end of last year and the fall of the second district raises questions about the NATO-trained Afghan security forces’ ability to fight the Taliban.

May 19, 2015

Bomb outside Afghan justice ministry kills five, wounds dozens

KABUL (Reuters) – A bomb exploded in the parking lot of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Justice on Tuesday, killing at least five people and wounding dozens as civil servants were leaving work for the day, officials said.

It was the fifth major attack in Kabul in just over two weeks and the third to target employees of the justice system, coinciding with a new offensive by Taliban insurgents across the country.

    • 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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