Afghanistan claims killing an al-Qaida leader wanted by FBI

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan claimed Sunday it killed a top al-Qaida propagandist on an FBI most-wanted list during an operation in the country’s east, showing the militant group’s continued presence there as U.S. forces work to withdraw from America’s longest-running war amid continued bloodshed.

Continued fighting shrinks Afghans' hope for peace

KABUL, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- The persistent militancy and violent incidents in Afghanistan amid ongoing peace talks have undermined the hope of many locals for lasting peace in the war-torn country.

"How can we hope for peace when the Taliban group amid peace talks in Doha launched motor bombs in the western Ghor's provincial capital Firoz Koah on Sunday, claiming 14 lives and wounding over 100 others?" political analyst Khan Mohammad Daneshjo told Xinhua on Monday.

16 killed, 90 wounded in W. Afghanistan's explosion: official

FIROZ KOAH, Afghanistan, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- At least 16 people were killed and 90 others wounded after a powerful explosion rocked outside a provincial police office in Firoz Koah, capital of Afghanistan's western Ghor province on Sunday, a local official confirmed.

"The final number of casualties would be shared with media later in the day. The number of casualties may change as the rescue of victims from under debris is continuing," Abdul Latif Rahimi from the provincial health directorate told Xinhua.

Many wounded remained in critical condition, he said.

Afghans say preventing next war as vital as ending this one

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At a Kabul museum honoring Afghanistan’s war victims, talking to visitors reveals just how many layers and generations of pain and grief have piled up during four decades of unrelenting conflict.

Fakhria Hayat recalled an attack that changed her family forever. It was 1995, and the Afghan capital was under siege, pounded by rockets fired by rival mujahedeen groups. Her world exploded: A rocket slammed into her yard, killing her brother and leaving her sister forever in a wheelchair.

Afghanistan: 3 policemen killed as roadside bomb strikes police van

CHARIKAR (Afghanistan), Oct 17 (NNN-Xinhua) — Three policemen including a senior officer were killed and another was injured as a roadside bomb struck a police vehicle in east Afghanistan’s Parwan province on Saturday, provincial government spokesperson Wahida Shahkar said.

“The deadly roadside bombing took place in the morning rush hour in Salang district and as a result three police personnel including deputy to district police chief were killed and another one injured,” Shahkar told Xinhua.

Nine killed after two army helicopters collide in Afghanistan – Ministry

KABUL, Oct 14 (NNN-BERNAMA-XINHUA) — Nine people were killed after two Afghan army helicopters collided in midair in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province Tuesday night, reported Xinhua news agency.

According to the country’s Defence Ministry,  in a statement on Wednesday, the accident occurred in Nawa-i-Barakzayi district when two Afghan National Army military Mi-17 helicopters crashed due to technical issues while they were taking off.

Over 1,000 Afghan youth commissioned to army after training

KABUL, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- A total of 1,227 youth were commissioned to the Afghanistan National Army on Saturday after completing a three-month military training.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Payenda Mohammad Nazim, director of education with the Defense Ministry, said the newly graduated soldiers would be deployed to serve the nation.

Afghanistan has been facing a protracted war over the past more than four decades that has claimed countless lives including military personnel, militants and civilians.

Militants attack kills 7 Afghan policemen in northern Kunduz province

KUNDUZ (Afghanistan), Oct 10 (NNN-Xinhua) – Seven policemen were killed and four others went missing as the Taliban militants attacked a police checkpoint in Khan Abad district of the northern Kunduz province on Saturday, a local official Qudratullah Safi said.

In HERAT, two travellers were killed and 10 others injured as a roadside bomb struck a passenger bus in Afghanistan’s western Herat province on Saturday, provincial police spokesman Abdul Ahad Walizada said.

150 Taliban insurgents give up fighting in Afghanistan

SARI PUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) -- A total of 150 Taliban militants have given up fighting and handed over their weapons to police in Kohistanat district of Afghanistan's northern Sari Pul province on Monday, said a statement of provincial police released here Tuesday.

A number of commanders including Ahmad Muradi, Khadim Razmunda and Hamid Sadeqi are among the surrendered militants, the statement said.

Car bomb explosion rattles east Afghan city, casualties reported

MEHTARLAM, Afghanistan, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- Several people were either killed or wounded after a car bomb blast rattled Mehtarlam city, capital of Afghanistan's eastern Laghman province on Monday, local police confirmed.

"The explosion occurred roughly at 10:00 a.m. local time. The blast targeted the convoy of the provincial governor running along a road. The governor escaped the attack, but pedestrians and policemen guarding the convoy were affected," said a police officer who declined to be named.

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