Wednesday, May 25, 2016


News and Features from Afghanistan and Pakistan

Pakistan Army Chief Criticizes U.S. Drone Strike On Taliban Chief

Pakistan's military says the country's army chief has met with U.S. Ambassador David Hale to express Islamabad's serious concerns over a drone strike on Pakistani soil that killed Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansur.
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Three Paramilitary Forces Killed In Northwest Pakistan

Pakistani officials say gunmen have opened fire on a vehicle carrying members of the Frontier Constabulary paramilitary force in the country’s northwest, killing three of them.
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Eleven Killed In Suicide Bombing Near Kabul

A suicide attack on a vehicle carrying court employees has killed at least 11 people and wounded four others west of the Afghan capital, Kabul.
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Rumblings Emerge After Taliban Names New Leader

The Afghan Taliban has confirmed that leader Mullah Akhtar Mansur was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week and appointed as his successor a scholar known for his radical views.
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Indian Police Claim Death Of Pakistani Leader Of Kashmir Militant Group

Indian police said on May 24 that they had killed a leader of the Pakistani militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad in Indian-controlled Kashmir in a gunbattle.
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Afghanistan Claims Taliban's 'Shadow Governor' In Helmand Killed

Afghan authorities say security forces have killed a senior Taliban commander they identified as the "shadow governor" of the southern province of Helmand.
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Pakistan Slams Strike On Taliban Leader

Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Kahn has complained about a U.S. drone strike targeting Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansur -- saying that the attack on the Taliban leader while he was in Pakistan was not legal.
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Pakistan Sentences Five To Death For 2014 Karachi Attack

Reports from Pakistan say a military tribunal has sentenced to death five naval officers for their involvement in an attack on a Karachi dockyard in September 2014 that left one officer and three attackers dead.
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Roadside Bomb Kills Five In Southern Afghanistan

Five civilians have been reported killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in the Afghan southern province of Kandahar.
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Pentagon: Slain Taliban Leader Was Threat To U.S. Troops

The Pentagon has said U.S. forces killed Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansur in a drone strike on May 21 because he posed "specific, imminent threats" to U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan.
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