Sunday, June 26, 2016


News and Features from Afghanistan and Pakistan

Afghan Officials Report Heavy Casualties In Fighting With IS Militants

Afghan officials have reported heavy fighting between Islamic State militants and government security forces in the east of the country.
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Dozens Of IS Militants Killed In Afghanistan

Dozens of suspected Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in fighting in eastern Afghanistan.
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U.S. Renews Strikes On Afghan Taliban

The U.S. military has carried out its first air strikes against Taliban targets in Afghanistan since President Barack Obama authorized limited offensive operations against the insurgency earlier this month.
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Bomb Kills Three In Quetta, Pakistan

Police in Pakistan say at least three people have been killed and 32 wounded by a bomb that exploded in the volatile southwestern city of Quetta.
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Thousands Attend Funeral Of Slain Pakistani Sufi Singer

Thousands of mourners thronged the streets of Karachi on June 23 to attend the funeral of one of Pakistan’s best-known Sufi musicians -- Amjad Sabri -- who was gunned down a day earlier in what police have called an act of terrorism.
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SCO Leaders Meeting In Tashkent

Presidents of member states and countries with the status of observers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) were in Uzbekistan's capital, Tashkent, on June 23 for the start of a two-day summit.
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Kremlin: SCO To Discuss Afghanistan At Summit

Russia says the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will discuss a "very tense situation" in Afghanistan when the grouping holds its summit in Uzbekistan this week.
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Famous Sufi Singer Killed In Pakistan

Prominent Pakistani singer Amjad Sabri has been shot dead in Karachi in what police consider an act of terrorism. Hard-line Islamic groups such as the Taliban reject Sufi traditions as heretical and have targeted Sufis in past attacks.
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Afghan Taliban Frees Hostages

Afghan officials said on June 22 that the Taliban has freed 23 men who were kidnapped a day earlier by militants in southern Afghanistan.
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Bomb Kills Two In Afghanistan

Afghan officials say a roadside bombing in an eastern provincial capital killed a police officer and a civilian on June 22.
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