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Afghanistan: 29 dead, 50 injured in suicide car bombing outside Kabul bank

Source: Firstpost [India]

“A local police chief in Afghanistan says a suicide car bombing targeted Afghan soldiers lining up outside a bank in southern Helmand province, killing at least 29 people. Omar Zwak, spokesman for the provincial governor, said more than 50 have been wounded, including members of the police and army, civilians and staff of the New Kabul Bank branch where the attack took place. Provincial police chief general Agha Noor Kentoz says the attacker struck on Thursday in Lashkargah, the provincial capital. People likely had gathered there to collect salaries ahead of the upcoming holiday of Eid al-Fitr.” (06/22/17)


Philippines: Regime forces step up bombing operations in Marawi

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

“Military aircraft bombed rebel positions and ground troops launched a renewed push against Islamic State (IS)-inspired terrorists holed up in this city on Tuesday, and a military spokesperson said the aim was to wrap up the fighting as soon as possible. The offensive came amid worry that terrorist reinforcements could arrive after Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Fighting in Marawi has entered a fifth week, and nearly 350 people have been killed, according to the military count.” (06/20/17)


Afghanistan: Six killed in attack on regime police HQ

Source: Reuters

“At least six police were killed and dozens of people wounded when as many as six gunmen and a suicide bomber attacked a police headquarters in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday morning, officials said. It took Afghan security forces most of the day to kill the last gunmen, who had barricaded themselves in a kitchen in the compound, according to police. The attack, claimed by the Taliban, began around 6:30 a.m. (0200 GMT) when one bomber detonated a car packed with explosives at the gate of the police headquarters in Gardez city, capital of Paktia province, said Najib Danish, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry.” (06/18/17)


Islamic State takes credit as suicide bombers hit Kabul Shiite mosque, kill four

Source: Japan Times [Japan]

“Suicide bombers struck a crowded Shiite mosque in Kabul late Thursday, killing four people in the latest in a series of militant attacks to rattle the Afghan capital during the holy month of Ramadan. The assault claimed by Islamic State jihadis left eight others wounded when the bombers blew themselves up in the kitchen of Al Zahra mosque after police prevented them from entering the prayer hall packed with worshippers.” (06/16/17)


Afghanistan: US forces allegedly murder three after bomb attack on convoy

Source: Business Insider

“As many as three Afghan civilians were killed on Monday when American troops opened fire after their vehicle struck a roadside bomb, an official in Nangarhar province said. A man and his two sons were killed at their home in Ghani Khel, a district in the south of Nangarhar, on the border with Pakistan, said Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the provincial governor. ‘After the bomb blast hit them, the American forces then started shooting and killed one man and two children nearby,’ he said.” (06/12/17)


Afghanistan: Regime soldier kills three US occupation troops

Source: Santa Fe New Mexican

“Three U.S. soldiers were killed and one other was wounded after an Afghan soldier opened fire on them in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, according to Afghan officials. A statement by the U.S. Defense Department confirmed the death of the three Americans and said the fourth had been evacuated for treatment. The statement said the military was investigating the episode. Earlier, a U.S. airstrike in southern Afghanistan accidentally killed at least two Afghan policemen, according to Afghan officials.” (06/10/17)


Philippines: “Friendly fire” hits regime troops fighting Islamists

Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“Philippine officials revealed on Thursday that their military forces had suffered a heavy setback in their fight against Islamist militants in Marawi City after a plane missed its bombing target and killed at least 10 government troops. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told a news conference: ‘It’s sad, but sometimes that happens. Sometimes in the fog of war, maybe the coordination was not properly done, so we hit our own people.’ Seven more troops were also wounded in Wednesday’s botched airstrike, although no civilians were reportedly hurt.” (06/01/17)


Afghanistan: At least 80 dead, 350 wounded in Kabul embassy district attack

Source: Russia Today [Russian state media]

“At least 80 people have been killed and over 350 injured in a powerful car bomb blast that ripped through a diplomatic district in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, an Afghan health official has said, as cited by Reuters. However, the Afghan Interior Ministry said 64 people were killed, according to AFP. The death toll is likely to rise, local officials said. ‘They are still bringing bodies and wounded people to hospitals,’ senior Health Ministry spokesman Ismael Kawoosi told AFP. Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry has asked Kabul residents to donate blood, saying hospitals are in ‘dire need.’ he blast is believed to have come from a car bomb. The precise target was not immediately clear, but many embassies and government buildings are located in the area.” (05/31/17)


Iraq: Bomb kills 13, hurts 24 in Baghdad; Islamic State claims responsibility

Source: Washington Post

“A car bomb exploded outside a popular ice cream shop in central Baghdad just after midnight Tuesday, killing 13 people and wounding 24, hospital and police officials said. The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the attack, which Iraqi officials said involved apparently remotely detonated explosives inside a parked car. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity in line with regulations. The attack came just days into the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast during daylight hours. After sundown, families break their fast, and Baghdad’s restaurants and cafes quickly fill.” (05/29/17)


US military investigates itself, absolves itself in killing of more than 100 civilians

Source: CNN

“The results of a US military investigation have found that many of the more than 100 Iraqi civilians killed in west Mosul in a US airstrike in March died because the building in which they were held had explosives inside that detonated after a US bomb hit the building. … The US had dropped a bomb on the building after Iraqi forces called in an airstrike because they were under fire from ISIS. The US military has consistently said it did not know civilians were in the building. The report finds there is no proof civilians were herded or forced into the building, but the belief is they were likely there based on what was happening in the neighborhood. At the actual time of the strike, when the Iraqi forces were under fire, there was not full line of sight to the building.” [editor’s note: When you drop a bomb, you’re responsible for where it goes, what it does, and who it kills – TLK] (05/25/17)