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Pakistani Taliban kill 132 children in school attack

Taliban Pakistan school shooting

At least 142 people, including 132 children, have been killed in an attack by Pakistani Taliban fighters (TTP) on a military-run school in Peshawar in Pakistan‘s northwest. Explosions and gunfire rang out as seven armed men attacked the Army Public School on Tuesday morning, in one the bloodiest attacks in Pakistan’s …

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Afghan president Karzai accuses U.S. of colluding with the Taliban

Afghan President Hamid Karzai

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was greeted on his first visit to Afghanistan since taking office by suicide bombs, threats and Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s accusation that the U.S. is colluding with the Taliban. As Hagel prepared to leave a U.S. military compound in Kabul on March 9, a Taliban suicide bomber blew himself …

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NATO airstrike kills 10 Afghan civilians, mostly women and children

NATO airstrike

Numerous women and children were among the 10 killed in a NATO airstrike in Afghanistan, AFP reported, citing Afghan officials. The air raid struck a Taliban hideout in a remote area of eastern Afghanistan, killing “five children, four women and a man,” Kunar provincial governor Sayed Fazulullah Wahidi told AFP. Three Taliban …

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US lost eight jets in worst air loss in one day since Vietnam war

Harrier Jet

After Taliban gunmen destroyed eight Harrier jets at a US camp in Helmand Province, the US military has suffered its worst air loss in one day since the Vietnam War. The Taliban attacked Camp Bastion, the main strategic base in southwestern Afghanistan, on Sept. 14, causing $200 million in damage …

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Controversial British plan to ‘divide and rule’ Afghanistan

Divide and conquer

A Tory MP proposes hacking up Afghanistan into separate “kingdoms”, each ruled by a foreign power, and to include members of the Taliban. The plan is the brainchild of conservative MP and Foreign Office aide Tobias Ellwood, a former army captain in the Royal Green Jackets, and is already under …

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Russia accuses west of arming Mali “Al-Qaeda” rebels

Al Qaeda Mali

Define irony? Here is one, or rather two, tries. Back in the 1970s, it was none other than the US that armed the Taliban “freedom fighters” fighting against the USSR in the Soviet-Afghanistan war, only to see these same freedom fighters eventually and furiously turn against the same US that …

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Imran Khan: I will order air force to shoot down drones

Imran Khan

Imran Khan has promised to order the Pakistan Air Force to shoot down American drones if he takes power in a general election due in the first half of next year. The former cricket captain is to lead peace activists into the country’s lawless tribal belt on Saturday to publicise …

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US sells $11bn worth of weapons to Qatar

Chuck Hagel Qatar

Washington and Doha have signed the largest arms deal of the year, preparing to enhance Qatar’s military capabilities with $11 billion-worth of Apache assault helicopters, PAC-2 missile defense complexes and Javelin man-portable anti-tank missiles. The deal has been signed on Monday in Pentagon by US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and …

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Australian soldiers ‘shot dead two children tending cattle’ in Afghanistan

Australian soldiers shoot 2 kids in Afghanistan

Australian soldiers in southern Afghanistan shot dead two children tending cattle, local officials said on Saturday as the international coalition launched an inquiry into the incident. Civilian casualties caused by NATO-led troops have been one of the most contentious issues in the campaign against Taliban insurgents, fuelling public anger and …

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NATO to ban its Afghan forces from taking war-zone pics

No photos = No problem? NATO forces in southwestern Afghanistan will implement a total ban on soldiers’ taking personal photos during military operations. This comes in the wake of major scandals involving US servicemen being pictured with dead Taliban fighters. The ISAF command in Helmand province announced only official photos …

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The Wars in the Middle East and North Africa are about oil

war for oil

The Iraq war was really about oil, according to Alan Greenspan, John McCain, George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, a high-level National Security Council officer and others. Dick Cheney made Iraqi’s oil fields a national security priority before 9/11. The Sunday Herald reported: Five months before September 11, the US advocated using force against Iraq … to secure control of …

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Opium cultivation hits record high in Afghanistan

US military Afghanistan opium heroin

Afghanistan has once again set a new record for opium cultivation despite a constant U.S. military presence for the last thirteen years. According to a report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), opium production rose for the fourth consecutive year in 2014. “The total area under …

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NY judge blocks law permitting indefinite detention

A US judge has blocked a military law that permitted indefinite detention of anyone without trial for aiding terrorism, declaring it unconstitutional. Journalists and activists claim the law impedes free speech, and could be used against them. NY Federal District Judge Katherine Forrest said that the law affected anyone who …

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Women, children among 18 Afghans dead in NATO wedding strike

A NATO airstrike in the eastern Afghan province of Logar has killed 18 people, including women and children, local officials report. A NATO spokesperson said a team had been deployed to investigate the claims of civilian casualties. Afghan authorities say the pre-dawn attack aimed at militants in the area hit …

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Terrorist attack: United States bombs civilian hospital in Afghanistan

MSF staff Kunduz hospital Afghanistan

Up to 20 civilians were killed by U.S. airstrikes in Afghanistan early Saturday morning that hit a hospital in Kunduz. According to reports, another 37 people have been injured and many more remain unaccounted for. The hospital is operated by a French affiliate of Doctors Without Borders, Médecins Sans Frontières (MFS), and was the only …

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11 children killed by NATO airstrike

NATO kills children

Afghan villagers sit near the bodies of children who they said were killed during an air strike in Kunar province April 7, 2013. A NATO airstrike has killed 11 children and one woman in the East of Afghanistan, report local officials. A house collapsed during the attack, causing the casualties …

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Afghan opium cultivation ‘grew 40-fold’ under US occupation

Afghan opium

Opium production in Afghanistan has “grown fortyfold” in the 13 years of US Operation Enduring Freedom, according to the head of the Russian Security Council. The intervention has “exacerbated existing problems,” rather than solved them. “Unfortunately, the failed policy of Washington did not solve, but on the contrary exacerbated, the …

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