Dec 17, 2015

Taliban attack on chartered chopper killed Moldovan pilot

A Moldovan pilot on a helicopter that crash-landed in northern Afghanistan after an attack by the Taliban last month, was shot dead in the incident, his employer said Wednesday. Alexandr Zagrebelnii, director of Valan, the charter company that operated the helicopter, said, “55-year-old Oleg ...

Pakistan blast claimed by banned Sunni group kills at least 24

Dec 14, 2015

Pakistan blast claimed by banned Sunni group kills at least 24

A blast killed 24 people and injured 70 in the northwestern Pakistani city of Parachinar on Sunday, officials said, and a banned Sunni Islamist group claimed responsibility for the attack. “This is revenge for the killing of Muslims by the Syrian president and Iran,” ...

Spaniard among five killed in Kabul diplomatic quarter siege

Dec 12, 2015

Spaniard among five killed in Kabul diplomatic quarter siege

At least four Afghan policemen and one Spaniard were killed in an hours-long Taliban siege near the Spanish Embassy in Kabul on Friday, the latest high-profile insurgent attack. Multiple blasts and gunfire rocked Kabul’s diplomatic quarter after the brazen raid began Friday evening, just ...

Afghan Taliban releases audio message to show leader is still alive

Dec 6, 2015

Afghan Taliban releases audio message to show leader is still alive

The Afghan Taliban released an audio message Saturday it said was from leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour, vehemently rejecting reports of his death in a firefight with his own commanders as “enemy propaganda.” The 16-minute file said those “rumors” had been deliberately planted to weaken ...