Tag Archives: Taliban

Afghanistan: Taliban kill 27 police in security post attacks

Source: Washington Post

“Taliban fighters stormed some 15 security posts in three different districts in Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province overnight, killing at least 27 policemen, officials said Tuesday. Matiullah Helal, acting provincial police spokesman, said 22 police were killed and at least 15 others were wounded when insurgents stormed various security posts in two districts Monday night. He said the attacks took place in the Maywand and Zhari districts and some gun battles lasted for hours. He said 45 Taliban were killed and 35 others wounded. Naway District Gov. Sarajuddin Sarhadi said five local police were also killed at checkpoints in his district, including a post commander.” (11/14/17)


Afghanistan: Taliban kill four police; rockets hit Kabul

Source: Washington Post

“An Afghan official says a Taliban attack has killed four policemen in southern Ghazni province. In Kabul, two rockets fired from the east of the Afghan capital hit inside the city but caused no casualties. In Ghazni, police chief Mohammad Zaman says the insurgents targeted a security post in the district of Waghaz early on Monday. He says along with the four killed, two policemen were wounded in the attack.” (10/23/17)


Afghanistan: Taliban storm army base with suicide car bombs, killing 43 regime troops

Source: Washington Post

“Taliban forces nearly wiped out an entire Afghan army post, killing 43 soldiers, when they stormed a base with suicide bombers in the strife-torn southern province of Kandahar. The attack took place Wednesday night after two Humvees packed with explosives were driven into the Afghan National Army base in Kandahar’s Maiwand district, where 60 soldiers were stationed. Taliban fighters then assaulted the facility, setting off several hours of fighting that killed nearly every Afghan soldier there and wounded nine. The battle ended with a U.S. airstrike that killed nine Taliban fighters, according to local reports.” (10/19/17)


Afghanistan: At least 15 killed in Taliban attack on police compound

Source: Washington Post

“Taliban forces stormed a police compound south of Kabul on Tuesday, killing at least 15 people, including a local police chief, in a gun battle that lasted hours, officials said. The commando-style raid in Gardez, about 80 miles south of Kabul, also injured about 100 people after two car bombs exploded outside a facility that serves as a command center for local police and a main training site for police recruits. It was the latest in a surge of Taliban attacks that included a suicide bombing last month that killed five people near a Shiite mosque in Kabul.” (10/17/17)


Afghanistan: Taliban frees family after nearly five years in captivity

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

“The U.S. and Pakistani governments have secured the release of Taliban hostages Caitlan Coleman, a York County [Pennsylvania] native, her husband, Joshua Boyle and their three children born in captivity. Details on the operation were scant, but Coleman, of Stewartstown, and Boyle, the son of a Canadian judge, and their children were reportedly at the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan on Thursday.” (10/12/17)


Afghanistan: Mattis targeted in Kabul attack

Source: ABC 7 Denver

“Hours after US Defense Secretary James Mattis landed at Hamid Karzai International Airport, multiple rockets hit an open area close to the facility on Wednesday. The rockets were fired from an unknown location, according to Najib Danish, spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry. He did not reveal how many rockets were fired. The Taliban has claimed responsibility and said Mattis’ plane was the target of the attack, the Taliban’s spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid tweeted.” (09/27/17)


Taliban letter to Trump urges US to leave Afghanistan

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“The Taliban called on President Donald Trump on Tuesday to review the strategy for the war in Afghanistan and to hold peaceful dialogue directly with Afghans instead of engaging ‘corrupt’ politicians. Written in a tone of negotiation, the Taliban asked Trump to study the ‘historical mistakes’ of his predecessors and to withdraw troops from Afghanistan completely. The letter urged the US to interact with Afghans ‘generously’ instead of imposing war.” (08/15/17)


Afghanistan: Taliban suicide bomber strikes occupation convoy

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

“A suicide bomber struck a NATO convoy near the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Wednesday, the U.S. military said, adding that there were casualties but without providing more information. The Taliban promptly took responsibility for the attack, and a spokesman for the insurgents said the bombing allegedly killed 15 soldiers — a claim that appeared exaggerated as many similar Taliban claims have been in the past. Lt. Damien E. Horvath, a military spokesman, could not say how many casualties there were, or provide their nationalities. The NATO mission, known as Resolute Support, ‘can confirm that a NATO convoy was attacked in Kandahar. The attack did cause casualties,’ he said.” (08/02/17)


Afghanistan: Taliban suicide bomber kills 24

Source: NBC News

“A suicide bomber rammed his car packed with explosives into a bus carrying government employees in the Afghan capital early on Monday, killing 24 people and wounding 42 others, Kabul’s police chief spokesman said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the assault. The bombing continued the unrelenting violence that has killed more than 1,700 civilians in Afghanistan so far this year. The Taliban, which is battling the Western-backed government and a NATO-led coalition for control of Afghanistan, has launched a wave of attacks around the country in recent days, sparking fighting in more than half a dozen provinces.” (07/24/17)


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)