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War & Terrorism


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.


At least three people were killed and ten others wounded on Sunday when a suicide bombing hit a police station in the north of the Syrian capital Damascus, the pro-government Sham FM radio reported.

The state-media said the blast rocked behind a bakery shop in the district of Rukin Addien and spelled no further details, Xinhua reported.

Rukin Addien has recently emerged as a troublesome area in northern Damascus with reports saying security forces raided it frequently in search of the wanted people.


The process of withdrawal of the militants of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) from Turkey is expected to finish on September 1, this year, Sabah newspaper reported on Monday.

Over the past 45 days since the beginning of the withdrawal process PKK members have completely left the provinces of Hakkari, Sirnak, Van, Mardin, Diyarbakir, Siirt, Mus, Bitlis and Bingol.

The last groups of fighters from the provinces in the Black Sea region of Turkey, as well as the province of Tokat and Sivas, have already begun the process of withdrawal from the territory of Turkey.


Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili says the decision by certain countries to arm militants fighting against the Syrian government is a threat to global security, Press TV reported.

In a meeting with the visiting Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour in Tehran on Sunday, Jalili said, "International community will certainly react to this issue, and those countries [sending arms to Syrian militants] will be disgraced."


Afghan officers will be able to undertake trainings at training bases in Georgia after 2014, Georgia's Minister of State for European Integration Alexi Petriashvili said at a news conference on Wednesday.

According to him, discussion and clarification is underway on the size of Georgian contingent to be represented in the mission in Afghanistan after 2014.


Rebel fighters say they need support to battle Syrian government forces in Aleppo in the country's north Al Jazeera reported.

The Free Syrian Army says it is trying to defend the area from a military force armed with helicopters, tanks and a lot of artillery - far superior to the weapons and supplies the FSA has.

But other opposition groups nearby seem to have acquired the kind of weapons being sought. The rebels say they are using Russian-made Grad rockets to target Syrian army bases.


At least three civilians were killed Tuesday and several injured when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives in Kabul, dpa reported.

The attacker targeted the convoy of member of parliament Mohammad Mohaqiq, a policeman said.

"Mohaqiq has survived the attack, but some of his bodyguards were probably injured," the officer told dpa, asking not to be named.

Mohaqiq is the founder and chairman of the People's Islamic Unity Party of Afghanistan.


Seven people died as a result of methane poisoning in Milas district of Mugla province of Turkey, CNN Türk channel reported on Tuesday.

According to the report, the poisoning occurred on one of the pumping stations receiving sewage from nearby factories. Workers who conducted the repair work at the station, got poisoned after inhaling methane.

All seven people poisoned by methane died in hospitals where they had been delivered.

A criminal case is started, the incident is under investigation.


Roadside bomb attacks killed 10 Afghan soldiers ahead of the handover this week of full security responsibility for the country, the Defence Ministry said on Monday, dpa reported.

"Five soldiers were killed in Kandahar, Logar and Badkhshan provinces while five others were killed in Helmand province in roadside bombings," the ministry said in a statement without giving further details. The date of the attacks was not stated.

This week, the Afghan National Security Forces are to assume security responsibility for the country from NATO-led troops.


At least 20 Syrian soldiers were killed or wounded in an explosion at a checkpoint near the key Mezzeh military airport in Damascus, a pro-opposition group said, dpa reported.

The blast late Sunday is believed to be a car bomb attack, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights activists group reported.

State television said it was a "terrorist attack."

Videos posted online by activists showed ambulances heading to the airport, a major military base for President Bashar al-Assad's elite forces and the closest facility to one his presidential Palace.