August 17, 2010

News From the Front: 08/17/2010 - Afghanistan

Public stoning carried out on Afghan couple - Amnesty International has confirmed the stoning deaths of two people in Kunduz province, Afghanistan. (READ MORE)

Karzai Condemns Stoning Of Afghan Couple - Afghan President Hamid Karzai today condemned as an "unforgivable crime" the stoning to death of a young couple by the Taliban. (READ MORE)

17 militants die in Afghanistan - Seventeen militants, including a rebel commander, were killed in fighting with security forces in western Afghanistan, Xinhua reported Tuesday. (READ MORE)

Afghanistan will decide whether India, Pak will train its army, police: Pak envoy - Pakistan ambassador in Kabul Sadiq Khan has said that the country has offered to the Afghan Government to train its civilians and security institution officials, and that Islamabad is cooperating with Kabul in this regard. (READ MORE)

NATO, UN considering Taliban proposal of joint investigation into Afghan civilian deaths - NATO and the United Nations are reportedly considering, in a cautious way, a Taliban proposal to set up a joint commission to investigate allegations of civilians being killed and wounded in the conflict in Afghanistan. (READ MORE)

Karzai threatens to shut down private security firms within four months - Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has threatened to close down all private security firms within the country in four months. (READ MORE)

Afghanistan to ban private security firms - Afghan President Hamid Karzai plans to disband all foreign and domestic private security companies by next year, his chief spokesman said Monday. (READ MORE)

UAE troops distribute aid in Afghanistan - The UAE military Monday distributed 30 tonnes of relief material in the flood-affected areas of Afghanistan. (READ MORE)

Afghanistan's Karzai issues ban on private security firms - Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai issued a decree Tuesday formalizing a four-month deadline for private security companies to disband. (READ MORE)

Bombs kill eight civilians in Afghanistan - Roadside bombs in Afghanistan killed eight civilians, including at least three women and a child, police said on Tuesday. (READ MORE)

Afghan archaeologists find Buddhist site as war rages - Archaeologists in Afghanistan, where Taliban Islamists are fighting the Western-backed government, have uncovered Buddhist-era remains in an area south of Kabul, an official said on Tuesday. (READ MORE)

3 NATO Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan - Three NATO soldiers were among five people killed in three separate bomb attacks in different parts of Afghanistan on Tuesday, officials said. (READ MORE)

NATO admits five Afghan civilians killed in air strike - NATO has acknowledged that five Afghan civilians appeared to have been killed by one of its air strikes which was carried out to help fend off a Taliban attack in the south of the country. (READ MORE)

Afghanistan discovers 1.8b-barrel oilfield - Afghanistan Sunday said it had discovered an oilfield with an estimated 1.8 billion barrels in the north of the war-ravaged country, where US and other foreign forces are trying to tame a Taliban-led insurgency. (READ MORE)

Germans for conditional talks with Taliban - German politicians called for conditional talks with leaders of the the radical Taliban militia, including Mullah Omar, the Hamburg-based news magazine Der Spiegel said in a report to hit the newsstands on Sunday. (READ MORE)

Afghan Leader Sees Plan to Ban Private Guards - President Hamid Karzai is planning to sign a decree this week ordering the disbanding of all private security forces by the end of the year, his spokesman said Monday. (READ MORE)

Karzai wants private security firms out of Afghanistan - American officials were stunned Monday by a surprise announcement from President Hamid Karzai's spokesman calling for the dissolution within four months of the private security companies that foreign armies and aid organizations in Afghanistan rely on to do their daily work. (READ MORE)

Fertiliser used to make roadside bombs seized in Afghanistan - The 17 tonnes of banned fertiliser, which is the main ingredient in Taliban bombs, was being smuggled in 10lb boxes in a lorry from Quetta in Pakistan according to officers. (READ MORE)

From war zone to boomtown for Helmand capital - Lashkar Gah, the capital of Afghanistan's Helmand province, was a war zone when the BBC's Bilal Sarwary visited four years ago. Upon his return he discovers it completely transformed. (READ MORE)

ANA lead Operation OMID SEY to clear roads in Gereshk - Following the success of Operation TOR SHEZADA in southern Nad 'Ali, where ISAF forces cleared numerous IEDs from key routes and installed new checkpoints, the Afghan National Security Forces have led an almost identical operation in central Helmand province. (READ MORE)

Taliban IED Facilitator Killed in Logar - An Afghan and coalition security force killed Bilal, a highly active Taliban facilitator responsible for improvised explosive device and indirect fire attacks against Afghan civilians and Afghan and coalition forces in Logar province Monday. (READ MORE)

Haqqani Sub-Commander Captured in Paktiya - An Afghan and coalition security force detained two suspected insurgents in Paktiya province Monday, including a Haqqani sub-commander directly involved in improvised explosive device attacks. (READ MORE)

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