August 30, 2010

News from the Front: 08/30/2010 - Afghanistan

Counter-insurgency strategy ineffective, Afghan president says - Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday criticized the international forces' strategy in Afghanistan, saying that the counter-insurgency strategy was ineffective. (READ MORE)

Report: Taliban Kills Three Christian Aid Workers - The Taliban reportedly killed three Christian aid workers in Pakistan last week. Compass Direct News has reported the bodies of the three have been recovered and were sent to the U.S. Embassy. (READ MORE)

Troops detain 24 insurgents in S Afghanistan - Security forces captured two dozen Taliban militants in Afghanistan's southern Zabul province, spokesman for provincial administration Mohammad Jan Rasoulyar said Monday. (READ MORE)

15 Taliban militants killed in Afghanistan - Fifteen Taliban militants, including a rebel commander, were killed in fighting with security forces in Afghanistan, Xinhua reported Monday. The fighting took place Sunday in Wardak province, 40 km west of Kabul. (READ MORE)

Five kidnapped campaign workers for Afghan female MP assassinated by Taliban - Five abducted Afghan campaign workers of Fauzia Galani, one of the few female candidates contesting the parliamentary election in September this year, have been reportedly shot dead and their bodies recovered from the western Herat province. (READ MORE)

Karzai Attacks Afghan War Strategy as 'Ineffective' - Afghan President Hamid Karzai has again harshly criticized coalition strategy for fighting Afghanistan's stubborn insurgency. (READ MORE)

Afghan president criticizes anti-terror strategy - President Hamid Karzai is calling for revisions in coalition military strategy saying the fight against insurgents is producing little more than civilian deaths. (READ MORE)

Afghan district chief killed in strike on compound - An Afghan district chief was killed Monday in a bomb blast targeting a security meeting in a key eastern city, the latest in a series of brazen but largely unsuccessful insurgent attacks in the volatile region. (READ MORE)

Villagers flee as campaign against insurgents intensifies - Worried Afghan villagers are packing up their belongings and fleeing unstable districts around Kandahar city as Canadian, U.S., and Afghan forces intensify a long-planned campaign against insurgents in the area, local sources have told Postmedia News. (READ MORE)

Blast in eastern Afghanistan kills local official - The blast left the car a wreck of twisted metal A bomb near the office of the governor of the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar has killed a local official. (READ MORE)

Car bomb kills Afghan official in east - A car bomb killed a district chief in eastern Afghanistan on Monday as he entered a provincial headquarters, but the governor escaped unhurt, officials said. (READ MORE)

Families try to send food to Afghan soldiers after hearing complaints - Some families of front-line soldiers in Afghanistan have been trying to ship their loved ones packages of food after receiving complaints the troops have been living mainly on rations during their time overseas. (READ MORE)

Occupation politics stymie Afghanistan - Fresh revelations from unnamed quarters of the United States government that Mohammad Zia Salehi, an allegedly corruption-tainted aide of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, is a recipient of payments from the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have turned the spotlight on the gap between the rhetoric and the realities of foreign military occupation. (READ MORE)

Seven US troops, eight Taliban killed fighting - Seven US troops have died in weekend attacks in Afghanistan’s embattled southern and eastern regions, while officials found the bodies Sunday of five kidnapped campaign workers for a female candidate in the western province of Herat. (READ MORE)

German defence minister visits troops in Afghanistan - German defense minister Karl Theodor zu Guttenberg paid a visit to the country’s troops in Afghanistan on Saturday while pushing ahead with plans to drastically reduce the number of soldiers in Germany’s military. (READ MORE)

Marines in Afghanistan prepared for a long haul - A year since the U.S. troop buildup began with battalions descending on the Helmand River Valley, optimism about a quick defeat of the Taliban has given way to more sober assessments. (READ MORE)

Over 120 schools built in Faryab - Education in Faryab Province, northern Afghanistan, has never been as good as it is now thanks to the dozens of new schools built by Norway. (READ MORE)

Afghan president condemns CIA payment reports - Afghanistan's presidential office on Saturday condemned U.S. media reports that Afghan government officials have received payments from the CIA in return for information. (READ MORE)

Taliban fighters, some disguised as American soldiers, attack two U.S. bases - Afghan President Hamid Karzai's chief of staff said Saturday that he is not sure the government is "on a path to success" in securing the country against the Taliban and that it could fail altogether if the United States does not significantly alter its strategy in fighting the nine-year-old war. (READ MORE)

Graft-Fighting Prosecutor Fired in Afghanistan - One of the country’s most senior prosecutors said Saturday that President Hamid Karzai fired him last week after he repeatedly refused to block corruption investigations at the highest levels of Mr. Karzai’s government. (READ MORE)

Afghan Prosecutor Says He Was Forced to Retire - Two of Afghanistan's top prosecutors were abruptly forced into retirement last week after pushing high-level corruption cases touching on the administration of President Hamid Karzai, one of the prosecutors said Sunday. (READ MORE)

Afghan militants in US uniforms storm 2 NATO bases - U.S. and Afghan troops repelled attackers wearing American uniforms and suicide vests in a pair of simultaneous assaults before dawn Saturday on NATO bases near the Pakistani border, including one where seven CIA employees died in a suicide attack last year. (READ MORE)

Seven US troops, politician killed in Afghan attacks - Seven US soldiers and an election candidate have been killed in a wave of weekend attacks in Afghanistan, officials said Sunday, as President Hamid Karzai called for a rethink of Washington's war strategy. (READ MORE)

Weapons Cache Secured, Destroyed in Wardak Province - Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces uncovered and secured a large weapons cache in the Jalriz District, Maydan Wardak province today. (READ MORE)

Force Captures More Insurgents Linked to Coalition Base Attacks - Afghan and coalition forces captured a Haqqani Network commander and several of his associates during an overnight operation in Khost province. (READ MORE)

Force Captures Taliban IED Facilitator in Kandahar - Afghan and coalition forces captured a Taliban improvised explosive device facilitator reportedly linked to the movement of a large ammonium nitrate shipment, which was interdicted by the Afghan National Army Aug. 9, in Kandahar Sunday. (READ MORE)

Forces Continue Their Pursuit of Haqqani Network Leaders - An Afghan and coalition security force detained several insurgents in Khost province Sunday while in pursuit of a Haqqani Network facilitator whose primary role is coordinating the movement of fighters throughout Khost, Paktiya and Paktika provinces. (READ MORE)

Security Force Targets Insurgents in Paktiya - Afghan and coalition forces detained several insurgents in Paktiya province Sunday while in pursuit of a Taliban commander who coordinates suicide bombings throughout Paktiya. (READ MORE)

Taliban Leadership Targeted by Afghan, Coalition Forces in Kandahar - An Afghan-led force detained several suspected insurgents in Kandahar province Sunday while in pursuit of a Taliban commander responsible for directing improvised explosive device attacks against Afghan civilians and Afghan and coalition forces. (READ MORE)

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