Tuesday, August 04, 2015


News and Features from Afghanistan and Pakistan

Pakistan Arrests Five Suspects In Bombing Of Two Christian Churches

Pakistan said on August 4 that it has arrested five men suspected of involvement in a double suicide attack by Taliban militants that targeted two Christian churches in the eastern city of Lahore.
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Kabul Unsympathetic To Mourning Mullah Omar

Kabul isn't grieving the death of its elusive and longtime adversary, Mullah Mohammad Omar, and it is making sure the Afghan people don't either.
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Top Taliban Official Quits

A top official within the Taliban has announced his resignation amid a growing leadership struggle in the Afghan militant organization.
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Russian Taliban Said Was 'Doing God's Work' in Afghanistan

An accused Russian Taliban leader was compliant when captured in Afghanistan, and said he was doing "God's work," a former American soldier testified August 3.
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Pakistan Hangs Teen Despite Global Outcry

Pakistan executed Shafqat Hussain, convicted of killing a child in 2004, despite appeals from global human rights groups, prison officials and relatives said August 4.
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Mullah Omar's Family Defies New Taliban Leader

The family of the late Afghan Taliban leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, says it's not backing his announced successor and that religious scholars and veterans of the movement should choose his replacement.
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Taliban Issues 'Haqqani' Message

The Afghan Taliban has published a written statement purportedly quoting Jaluluddin Haqqani as it continues to deny claims that the Haqqani network founder is dead.
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Taliban Denies Death Of Haqqani Founder

An official Taliban statement on August 1 denied Pakistani media reports that the founder of the Haqqani network -- a militant group affiliated with the Taliban and Al-Qaeda -- died about a year ago.
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White House: Omar's Death Gives Afghans Chance For Peace

The White House confirmed the death of Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar July 31 and said his demise "represents a chance for yet more progress on the path to a stable, secure Afghanistan."
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Czech Police Use Tear Gas Against Asylum Seekers

Czech police say they used tear gas to stop migrants who were trying to flee a detention center in the country's northeast on July 31.
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