Afghanistan

Truck bomb kills thirteen in Afghanistan

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A truck-bomb explosion has killed at least 13 people in the capital of Afghanistan’s Logar province, a provincial spokesman said.

The attack Saturday night killed four civilians and several militants, including members of the Pakistani Taliban and an affiliated group, said Din Mohammad Darwis, the spokesman.

It happened in Pul e Alam, in central Afghanistan.

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U.S. may withdrawal from Afghanistan

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The Obama administration told Afghanistan on Tuesday that for the first time it has started planning for the possible withdrawal of all U.S. troops by the end of the year if no security agreement is signed.

Statements by the White House and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel showed President Barack Obama’s impatience with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai’s refusal to sign the agreement that would keep several thousand American troops in the country after combat operations conclude this year.

In a phone call with Karzai on Tuesday to discuss upcoming elections for a new Afghan leader, Obama made clear that time was running out to properly plan for keeping any U.S. forces in the country beyond 2014, the White House said.

But why were they there in the first place? Official reports claim that it was to keep a close eye to terrorism in that country, to avoid any future attacks. But the truth is that they are invading the country. Not by the typical invasion, they’re not there to claim the territory, they’re there in an economic invasion. Afghanistan, and in general the Middle East, has a lot of petroleum production. The army there keeps the country to selling the petroleum to any other country other than the U.S.

But will this end now that they’re planning on a possible withdrawal?

Seven children die of a mine blast in Afghanistan

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Seven children who were playing in a road in Afghanistan, died when a mine exploded. They were playing in the Khairkut district of Paktika and triggered the land mine whilst jumping around.

The Afghan government blamed “the enemies of peace”, not refering to any insurgent group in particular.

The UN said that there have been hundreds of children killed this year only in explosions or fights against the militia.

 

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Suicide bomber kills one person in Afghanistan

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A large bomb has gone off in the west of the Afghan capital, Kabul, near the compound where a security pact with the US is to be debated. At least one person has died in the blast, thought to have been caused by a suicide bomber.

The security pact governs the status of US military personnel staying in Afghanistan beyond 2014. It is being discussed next week by Afghanistan’s Loya Jirga, the traditional council of elders.

The precise details of the bomb blast are still emerging. However, a coach laden with explosives appears to have been fired on at a checkpoint, it then crashed into a military vehicle and exploded.

A police officer was killed and two others wounded. Some reports speak of more casualties

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Terror group leader’s son killed in Pakistan

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A member of the Haqqani Network — a family whose brutal tactics have helped foment instability in Afghanistan for decades — is dead in Pakistan.

Nasiruddin Haqqani’s bullet-riddled body was found in the Bara Kahu area Sunday night. He had been shot more than 20 times, reported police and they also confirmed his death

The eldest son of Haqqani Network founder Jalaluddin Haqqani, Nasiruddin Haqqani was known to be the fund-raiser and intermediary for the militant group. He was also believed to be the spokesman for the Afghan Taliban using the alias Zabiullah Mujahid.

The Haqqani Network is aligned with both the Taliban and al Qaeda. Security experts consider it one of the most significant threats to Afghanistan’s stability. The United States considers it a terrorist group.

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Nasiruddin Haqqani’s body was taken to his hometown of Miranshah on Monday for burial.

 

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Royal marine guilty of murder

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A Royal Marine (armed force of the United Kingdom) has been found guilty by a military court of murdering an injured Afghan insurgent, in what the prosecution called “an execution”. The sergeant, known only as Marine A, faces a mandatory life term over the shooting of the unknown man while on patrol in Helmand Province, in 2011.

Brigadier Bill Dunham, of the Royal Marines, said the murder – the first case of its kind – was “a truly shocking and appalling aberration”.

There were tears from their families as the verdicts were read at the Military Court Centre in Bulford, Wiltshire.

Marine A, who will be sentenced on 6 December, was taken into custody.

 

Helment footage of the assassination released by the judge:

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