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Sep 19, 2011

NATO forces cast Afghan night raid net too wide – report

KABUL (Reuters) – Foreign forces fighting in Afghanistan have become more accurate in night-time raids on homes, but they have stepped up the number and scope of the controversial operations so they affect more Afghan civilians, a report said on Monday.

NATO-led troops improved the way they select targets, and say they now get their objective in four out of five mission, but also widened the pool of people they pursue, the report by the Open Society Foundations and The Liaison Office said.

Sep 19, 2011

NATO forces seen casting Afghan night raid net too wide

KABUL (Reuters) – Foreign forces fighting in Afghanistan have become more accurate in night-time raids on homes, but they have stepped up the number and scope of the controversial operations so they affect more Afghan civilians, a report said on Monday.

NATO-led troops have improved the way they chose targets for raids and say they get their right people now in four out of five missions, but have also widened the pool, the report by the Open Society Foundations and The Liaison Office said.

Sep 15, 2011

Fear in Kabul after 20-hour Taliban siege

KABUL (Reuters) – A marathon siege in Kabul’s diplomatic enclave ended on Wednesday with the killing of two gunmen who had fought off Western and Afghan forces for 20 hours and showered rockets on embassies in a dramatic show of insurgent strength.

The duo were the last survivors of a squad of about 10 suicide fighters who launched the longest and most wide-ranging attack on the Afghan capital since the Taliban were ousted from power in 2001.

Sep 14, 2011

Taliban’s Kabul siege ends after 20 hours

KABUL (Reuters) – A marathon siege in Kabul’s diplomatic enclave ended on Wednesday with the death of the last two of a group of gunmen who had held off Western and Afghan security forces for nearly 20 hours.

It was the longest militant attack on the Afghan capital in the decade since the Taliban were ousted from power and a stark reminder of insurgents’ resources and reach as foreign forces start to return home.

Sep 14, 2011

Afghan Taliban on offensive ahead of Western pullout

KABUL (Reuters) – First a night-time attack on the hilltop InterContinental Hotel in June, then a dawn assault on the British Council last month and on Tuesday a shower of rockets into the U.S. embassy in Kabul, kicking off a 20-hour siege of a half-finished high-rise.

The string of Taliban attacks on sensitive, well-guarded targets in the Afghan capital have been a powerful, frightening, show of strength at a time when NATO-led forces are claiming significant security gains across the country.

Sep 14, 2011

Analysis: Afghan Taliban on offensive ahead of Western pullout

KABUL (Reuters) – First a night-time attack on the hilltop InterContinental Hotel in June, then a dawn assault on the British Council last month and on Tuesday a shower of rockets into the U.S. embassy in Kabul, kicking off a 20-hour siege of a half-finished high-rise.

The string of Taliban attacks on sensitive, well-guarded targets in the Afghan capital have been a powerful, frightening, show of strength at a time when NATO-led forces are claiming significant security gains across the country.

Sep 14, 2011

Kabul attack ends after 20 hours, 6 attackers dead

KABUL (Reuters) – An assault by Taliban insurgents on the heart of Kabul’s diplomatic and military enclave has ended after 20 hours, when security forces killed the last of six attackers, a spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior said on Wednesday.

“The operation just ended and 6 terrorists were killed by police. Details on casualties will be announced later,” spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said on Twitter.

Sep 14, 2011

NATO, Afghan forces still battling Taliban attackers

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan security forces backed by NATO attack helicopters fought Taliban insurgents floor-by-floor in an unfinished high-rise in the center of Kabul on Wednesday, more than 15 hours after the biggest militant assault on the Afghan capital began.

It was not known how many fighters were still holed up in the 12-storey building near Kabul’s diplomatic district from where they fired rockets at the heavily-fortified U.S. embassy and NATO headquarters as part of a coordinated attack targeting other areas of the city as well.

Sep 14, 2011

NATO, Afghan forces still battling Taliban attackers in Kabul

KABUL (Reuters) – NATO attack helicopters circled over an unfinished building in the center of Kabul early on Wednesday in an operation to flush out Taliban fighters, more than 15 hours after the insurgents launched their biggest assault on the Afghan capital.

It was not known how many fighters were still holed up in the high-rise building near Kabul’s diplomatic district from where they fired rockets at heavily-fortified U.S. embassy and NATO headquarters.

Sep 14, 2011

Indian firms eye huge mining investment in Afghanistan

KABUL, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Despite increasing insecurity in
Afghanistan and gun battles with Taliban rebels in the capital
Kabul , Indian firms are bidding billions of
dollars for a contract to mine iron ore in a central district of
the country.

A consortium led by state-run Steel Authority of India
(SAIL) could invest up to $6 billion in the mine,
railroads and a steel plant in a race with China to lock in raw
materials for two of the world’s fastest-growing economies.