October 6, 2010

News from the Front: 10/06/2010 - Afghanistan

Taliban in high-level talks with Karzai government, sources say - Taliban representatives and the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai have begun secret, high-level talks over a negotiated end to the war, according to Afghan and Arab sources. (READ MORE)

Bomb kills 3 civilians in southeast Afghanistan - A government spokesman says a powerful roadside bomb has struck a civilian vehicle, killing three people in southeastern Afghanistan. (READ MORE)

5 Afghan children among 9 killed Kandahar blasts - President Hamid Karzai condemned the "enemies of Afghanistan" on Wednesday after a series of roadside bombs in southern Kandahar city killed nine people, including five children, as insurgents fight back against intensified NATO-led operations. (READ MORE)

Taliban set terms for release of British aid worker - The Kunar Mujahideen Shura has set three conditions for release of the captive USAID agriculture branch employee, who was abducted by the local Taliban on Kunar-Jalalabad Highway on September 26, 2010. (READ MORE)

4 cops die, 7 injured in Kandahar attacks - Bomb explosions and small arms fire attacks killed four police and wounded 10 people including four cops late yesterday’s evening in Kandahar City, doctors said Tuesday. (READ MORE)

Afghanistan, US agree on long-term strategy - President Hamid Karzai and US President Barack Obama have agreed to prepare documents for long-term strategy in the light of Afghan president’s plan of transferring security affairs to Afghanistan till 2014. (READ MORE)

Pro-government militia’s commander shot dead - Gunmen shot dead a commander of pro-government tribal militia on Tuesday’s morning in Pakhtunkot district of northern Faryab province, police said Tuesday. (READ MORE)

Security focus shifts to north - Afghan and NATO-led soldiers would increase their focus on the north, where insurgents including foreigners have intensified their activities, a defence ministry spokesman said. (READ MORE)

Top officials accused of vote fraud - Governors and other high-ranking government servants have been accused of fraud and interference in last month's parliamentary elections in northern Afghanistan, an official said. (READ MORE)

Medal of Honor to Green Beret killed in Afghan war - With the war in Afghanistan about to grind past another milestone, President Barack Obama is awarding the Medal of Honor on Wednesday to an Army Green Beret killed two winters ago when his patrol was ambushed by the Taliban. (READ MORE)

Newspaper: Taliban, Afghan government in talks to end war - Secret talks aimed at ending the war in Afghanistan have begun between representatives of the Taliban and the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, The Washington Post reported on its website Tuesday night. (READ MORE)

Afghan soldier fires on French troops - An Afghan soldier fired a rocket- propelled grenade at an outpost manned by French and Afghan troops in Kapisa province, north of the capital, Kabul, but caused no casualties, the French military said on Tuesday. (READ MORE)

Bombs kill nine, mostly Afghan kids - Up to five bombs killed nine people, mostly children, exploding in quick succession as crowds gathered late on Tuesday in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, officials said. (READ MORE)

Afghan nomads confined to palace ruins after clashes - Behind a razor wire fence, in the shadow of ruined balustrades, a few goats graze while children from around 500 families mob a police truck arriving with the day's second and last handout of rice and beans. (READ MORE)

Helmand Province Sees Governance, Economic Improvements - Britain’s senior representative in southern Afghanistan said today that she sees “significant progress” in local governments, justice institutions and economic indicators in the former Taliban stronghold of Helmand province. (READ MORE)

Forces Capture Taliban Kidnapping Suspect - Coalition and Afghan forces apprehended several insurgent leaders in Afghanistan overnight, including a Taliban district leader suspected in the kidnapping of a British news reporter last year, military officials said. (READ MORE)

Karzai kin using ties to acquire power in Afghanistan - American officials say the Karzais and a handful of other well-connected families have benefited from the billions of dollars that the United States has poured into the country since 2001 thanks to their link to President Hamid Karzai. (READ MORE)

Critical time in Afghanistan - The war in Afghanistan enters its 10th year Thursday with key players hedging their bets, uncertain whether the Obama administration is prepared to stay for the long haul, move quickly to exit an increasingly unpopular conflict, or something in between. (READ MORE)

Afghan, Pakistani Officials In Talks In Kabul With Taliban - RFE/RL has learned that talks are under way in Kabul today between Taliban representatives, Afghan officials, and a Pakistani government delegation. (READ MORE)

Afghan police seize 22 tons of explosives from Iran - Afghan police said Wednesday they had seized 22 tons of explosives stashed in boxes marked "food, toys and kitchenware" that were imported from neighboring Iran. (READ MORE)

Karzai condemns Taliban after children die in blasts - President Hamid Karzai condemned the “enemies of Afghanistan” today after roadside bombs killed nine people, including five children, as insurgents fight intensified Nato-led operations in the south. (READ MORE)

Canadian pullout could threaten Afghan mission, senior NATO officer says - Canada's plan to bring its troops home from Afghanistan next year has the potential to hurt NATO's chances of success in Kandahar, a senior officer with the coalition said Wednesday. (READ MORE)

Combined Patrol Targets Insurgent, Seizes Narcotics - Multiple intelligence sources and tips from local citizens led Afghan National Security and International Security Assistance Forces to the location of an insurgent courier vehicle in Kandahar province Tuesday. (READ MORE)

German Militants Training in Afghanistan, Pakistan - German officials say a number of Germans are traveling to Afghanistan and Pakistan for militant training, and several have returned to live in Germany. (READ MORE)

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