August 18, 2010

News From the Front: 08/18/2010 - Afghanistan

Ex-US Ambassador warns of Taliban, Al-Qaeda takeover of inundated Pak - As the world expresses concerns over the massive aid being flown into Pakistan for the flood victims landing into the Taliban's hands, former United States Ambassador to Pakistan Wendy Chamberlin has warned of a nightmarish situation where the Al-Qaeda and the Taliban could take advantage of the chaos created by the deluge. (READ MORE)

Russia Hosts Karzai, Zardari For Afghan Summit - Russia is hosting Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari and Afghan leader Hamid Karzai for a regional summit expected to focus on security in Afghanistan. (READ MORE)

200 New Bulgarian Troops Leave for Afghanistan - The northern Bulgaria city of Vratsa is sending off Wednesday, with a solemn ceremony, 200 rangers to join the NATO ISAF mission in Afghanistan. (READ MORE)

2 wounded Afghan gunmen pose as civilians - Two wounded Taliban fighters tried to pass themselves off as civilian casualties and sought medical attention from U.S. and Afghan troops after a battle in northern Afghanistan, NATO said 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)

Kerry tells Karzai he must fight graft - U.S. Sen. John Kerry told the president of Afghanistan on Tuesday that his efforts to battle corruption were crucial if he wants to retain the support of U.S. taxpayers at a time when more American troops are dying in the war. (READ MORE)

Afghan executions point to widespread Taliban control - Brazen public executions by the Taliban this month in provinces not traditionally part of their stronghold underscore the militants' resurgence in Afghanistan. (READ MORE)

District census officer among two shot dead - Taliban shot dead a district officer of census department and his colleague in Gulistan district of Farah province, police said Tuesday. (READ MORE)

Taliban commander condemns Karen Woo murder - The killing of 10 medical workers, including the British doctor Karen Woo, has been condemned by a Taliban commander from the area of north-eastern Afghanistan where the murders took place. (READ MORE)
Taliban attack Afghan official's home, killing 2 - Taliban insurgents broke into the home of a provincial official in southern Afghanistan and killed him and his wife, the latest targeted attack on those with links to the government or international forces, authorities said Wednesday. (READ MORE)

Anti-US protest blocks Afghan highway - Hundreds of demonstrators blocked a main highway between Kabul and the eastern city of Jalalabad on Wednesday to protest two deaths in a night raid. (READ MORE)

Anti-corruption efforts 'a key test' for Afghanistan: Kerry - Afghanistan's government must show progress on eradicating rampant corruption or risk losing the support of the United States, which helps it stay in power, a senior US politician said Tuesday. (READ MORE)

Afghanistan election fraud fears force 900 polling stations to stay shut - Electoral officials in Afghanistan have decided not to open nearly 900 polling stations in the most violent areas of the country for next month's parliamentary election, in an attempt to prevent a repeat of the massive fraud that wrecked last year's presidential contest. (READ MORE)

Afghan Vote Spurs Fears of Violence - Next month's Afghan parliamentary elections, which President Hamid Karzai hopes will produce a more compliant legislature, are prompting fears of further violence and fraud, diplomats and international observers say. (READ MORE)

Afghan president orders private security closures - Private security guards are often used to guard compounds or convoys Private security companies will have to end operations in Afghanistan in four months, President Hamid Karzai has ordered. (READ MORE)

Makeshift Taliban prison found in southern Afghanistan - Security forces in southern Afghanistan found 27 shackled Afghan men in a makeshift Taliban prison compound, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said on Wednesday. (READ MORE)

ISAF Servicemembers Attacked from Mosque - Four International Security Assistance Force servicemembers were wounded by a grenade in eastern Afghanistan Tuesday. (READ MORE)

Combined Operation Breaks Up Illegal Taliban Detention Compound - Multiple intelligence sources and tips from Afghan citizens led to a combined Afghan and coalition force operation Tuesday that found 27 Afghan men who were held prisoner illegally by the Taliban in a makeshift prison compound near Musa Qaleh, Helmand province. (READ MORE)

Security force targets Taliban IED expert in Paktiya - An Afghan and coalition security force detained two suspected Taliban insurgents in Paktiya province Tuesday while in pursuit of a Taliban sub-commander and highly active improvised explosive device expert. (READ MORE)

IED Kills 2 Civilians, Injures 1 in Zerekoh Valley - A vehicle carrying five Afghan civilians struck an improvised explosive device (IED) in Herat province yesterday, killing an adult male and a 4-year-old boy and wounding an adult female. (READ MORE)

Pakistan, Russia back Afghanistan at rare summit - The presidents of Pakistan and Russia, two states with a history of difficult relations with Kabul, on Wednesday backed the Afghan government's fight against rebels at a rare summit meeting. (READ MORE)

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