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War & Terrorism, Afghanistan


A gunfight broke out between Afghan and foreign soldiers on the outskirts of the capital Kabul on Saturday, killing at least one Afghan serviceman and injuring a number of other soldiers, according to Afghan and NATO officials, Reuters reported.

So-called "insider attacks" are severely straining ties between the NATO-led alliance and the Kabul authorities and further undermine waning support for the war in the West.

They have become one of the Taliban insurgents' most effective weapons against the coalition.


In a rare move, the top Marine on Monday forced two generals into retirement after concluding they should be held to account for failing to secure a base in Afghanistan against a Taliban attack that killed two Marines, the Associated Press reported.

Gen. James Amos, the commandant of the Marine Corps, said in announcing his decision that Maj. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus and Maj. Gen. Gregg A. Sturdevant "did not take adequate force protection measures" at Camp Bastion, a sprawling British-run airfield in southwestern Afghanistan that was the Taliban target.


An attacker wearing an Afghan army uniform shot dead three NATO soldiers in the east of Afghanistan on Saturday, the military coalition said in a statement, dpa reported.

NATO and Afghan officials were "assessing the incident to determine the facts," it added, giving no further details.

General Zahir Azimi, the spokesman for the Afghan Defence Ministry, confirmed the incident which he said took place in Gardez city, the provincial capital of Paktia.

He said it was not immediately clear whether the individual was a Taliban insurgent in disguise or a member of the Afghan army.


A prominent Taliban commander who was the group's shadow governor in a northern Afghan district was killed along with 10 colleagues, Afghanistan's Ministry of Interior said Saturday, dpa reported.

"Mohebbullah, also called as Moheb Lang (Moheb the Lame), was killed along with two other insurgents' commanders, two suicide bombers and six foreign citizens in a special operation launched by Afghan security forces," the ministry said in a statement.


In one of his strongest remarks against the Taliban, Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned Saturday evening the attacks that killed scores of people over the last two days, dpa reported.

At least 31 people have been killed since Friday in four separate security incidents across the country.

Karzai called the attacks "acts of terror" and "mass killings."

"Taliban leaders and their commanders will be held accountable before the Afghan Muslim nation," Karzai said in a statement by his palace.


The ministry of education of Afghanistan expressed concerns regarding the casualties of education employees and administrators in Afghanistan and said around 100 of them have been killed since the beginning of the year, khaama press reported

This comes as three local education administrators were killed in northern Parwan province, southern Uruzgan and western Herat province of Afghanistan by unknown gunmen.


U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel thanked Azerbaijani Defense Minister Safar Abiyev for his country's support to efforts in Afghanistan, including the sustained deployment of Azerbaijani forces with the International Security Assistance Force, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said, said in statement on official website of Pentagon.

In a statement summarizing the meeting, Little said Hagel also thanked Abiyev for the valuable role Azerbaijan plays in providing ground, air and sea transit access for logistical support to Afghanistan.


A roadside bomb in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar injured 16 people Sunday, an official said, a day after an attack near the Indian consulate left nine civilians dead, dpa reported.

"The bomb was placed at a roadside in Jalalabad city, and was detonated remotely when the provincial prosecutor Abdul Qayyoum's vehicle was passing," said Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, a spokesman for the provincial governor.

Qayyoum, his driver, four bodyguards, and 10 civilians were injured in the "very powerful" explosion, Abdulzai said.


At least three people including a NATO soldier were killed and three others injured Tuesday in two separate attacks in eastern Afghanistan, officials said, dpa reported.

"An explosives-rigged bicycle was remotely detonated, killing a police officer and an officer of the National Directorate of Security (intelligence agency) in a suburb of Jalalabad city," capital of Nangahar, the province's police spokesman Hazrat Hussain said.

The victims were on a motorbike going to work, he said.


At least 14 people including 13 police officers were killed and 15 others injured Friday in two suicide attacks in southern Afghanistan, officials said, dpa reported.

"A suicide bomber entered a police reserve base in Trinkot city, detonating his explosives, which killed 12 police and injured five," said Abdullah Hemmat, spokesman for the governor of Uruzgan province.

The incident took place at 12:00 pm (0730 GMT) when the policemen were eating lunch, and it was not clear how the bomber entered the base, he said.