October 5, 2010

News from the Front: 10/05/2010 - Afghanistan

Gunmen kill deputy major of southern Afghan city of Kandahar - Unknown gunmen killed a deputy mayor of the southern Afghanistan city of Kandahar, where two troops were also killed in explosions, officials said Tuesday. (READ MORE)

Rocket attack kills 2 civilians, wounds 6 others - Ismail Jahangir, spokesman for the governor of Ghazni province, says rockets fired by insurgents hit Monday afternoon in Andar district, killing two Afghan civilians and wounding six others. (READ MORE)

Taliban torch 27 more tankers in Pakistan - Militants in Pakistan have destroyed 27 tankers, which were carrying fuel for Nato troops in Afghanistan. The Taliban in Pakistan said it was behind the assault on a depot near Islamabad, which left three people dead. (READ MORE)

Afghan offensive fails to reassure residents - On a recent bell-clear autumn afternoon a few miles outside Afghanistan's second-largest city, villagers listened courteously as a U.S. military officer, speaking through an interpreter whose grasp of the local language seemed shaky, exhorted them to let Afghan police or American soldiers know if the Taliban came to town. (READ MORE)

Afghan police officers killed in series of explosions - Three explosions just minutes apart rocked Kandahar on Monday night, killing up to four Afghan police officers in the nation's largest city in the south. (READ MORE)

US forces lament Afghan Army 'liabilities' - A PROJECT to integrate Nato and Afghan units is being frustrated by misunderstandings and cultural tensions. As insurgent gunfire spat overhead some soldiers stared listlessly at the sky, their hands pressed to their ears. (READ MORE)

Officials Provide Afghan Operations Update - International Security Assistance Force Joint Command officials have provided details of numerous recent operations around Afghanistan. (READ MORE)

Taliban District Leader for Chahar Darah Captured in Takhar - Afghan and coalition security forces captured the Taliban district leader for Chahar Darah district of Kunduz province during an overnight operation in neighboring Takhar province. (READ MORE)

NATO Air Strike, Blasts Kill Afghan Civilians: Police - Three Afghan civilians were killed along with 14 insurgents in a NATO air strike targeting a Taliban commander and seven more people also died in separate blasts, Afghan authorities said on Monday. (READ MORE)

Afghan president begins disbanding private security firms - Moving to enforce a pledge that has rattled Afghanistan's foreign community, President Hamid Karzai has begun dissolving the Afghan operations of private security companies, including the firm formerly known as Blackwater, the government announced Sunday. (READ MORE)

Ex-UN official says Taliban infiltrating Afghan forces - Most troops are loyal, the Afghan army says The Taliban have infiltrated the Afghan army and police, a recently-retired United Nations official has warned. (READ MORE)

Afghan Civil Leaders Slam Karzai's Peace Council - Afghan President Hamid Karzai's High Peace Council, which aims to broker talks with the Taliban, is flawed by the violent past of some of its members and does not properly represent Afghan society, civic leaders said on Monday. (READ MORE)

Shultz to Obama: 'You're out of your mind' - Reagan-era Secretary of State George Shultz blasted President Obama Monday night for his scheduled July 2011 date to begin withdrawing U.S. forces from Afghanistan. (READ MORE)

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