Video PlayerClose KABUL, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- The Taliban outfit has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that rocked Nad Ali district in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province on Monday, which left eight soldiers dead. Sohail Shaheen, the spokesman for Taliban's liaison office in Qatar's capital Doha, according to media reports written in his twitter account, "Talks between the U.S. and the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (name of the ousted Taliban regime) resumed Saturday from where the discussions were left off" and would continue. Both the U.S. and the Taliban outfit were near to ink a peace deal in September but President Donald Trump suspended the negotiation after a Taliban-led car bomb claimed 10 lives, including a U.S. soldier in Kabul on September 5. In the suicide bombing that targeted an Afghan army checkpoint in Nad Ali district on Monday morning, according to a local official, eight soldiers were killed and two others went missing. Zabihullah Majahid, who claims … [Read more...] about Taliban claims responsibility for suicide bombing in S. Afghanistan amid peace talks with U.S.
At least eight Afghan soldiers were killed in a suicide car bombing in the Afghanistan’s Helmand province, a Taliban stronghold, on Monday, a source said.“A terrorist rammed an explosive-laden car into a security checkpoint in Toor Pul locality of Nad Ali district,” the source told Xinhua news agency.He said that the bomber was killed on the spot and two security personnel were reported missing following the blast.The targeted checkpoint is manned by the Afghan National Army and it was destroyed by the force of the explosion, the source added.Provincial government spokesman Omar Zwak confirmed the attack, saying “an investigation has been launched into the incident and information would be shared with media as appropriate”.The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. … [Read more...] about 8 soldiers killed in Afghan suicide bombing
'The vocal pacifists who monopolise the media in India need to answer a simple question: Would they have the Taliban or ISIS take over Kashmir or the rest of the country or let the army do its duty so that we are safe in our beds and free to demonise the soldiers in our cozy drawing rooms and television studios,' asks Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).IMAGE: Gorkha soldiers at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters It was only the second time in my life (the first time was when I returned from a Pakistani Prisoner of War camp in 1972) that I broke down and had difficulty controlling my tears. On March 16, I was in Hyderabad to celebrate Cassino Day and the bicentenary of my regiment, the 9 Gorkha Rifles. Retired Subedar Rudra Bahadur of my company took me to meet the widow of Sepoy (Rifleman) Bhakta Bahadur, and the memories of the 1971 war came flooding in. It was an emotional tsunami! 99 Bhakta Bahadur was once my Batman (orderly, Sahayak and now christened … [Read more...] about Soul of the army and spirit of the nation
Video PlayerClose MAIDAN SHAR, Afghanistan, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- At least 25 militants have been confirmed killed as mop-up operations have been continuing in Afghanistan's eastern Wardak province, Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said Monday. A main base of the insurgents has also been destroyed during the operations overseen by Deputy Interior Minister General Khoshal Sadat, Rahimi said, adding the crackdown would last until the area is cleared of the armed insurgents. The spokesman did not say if there were casualties on security personnel. Taliban militants, who are operational in parts of Wardak province with Maidan Shar as its capital 35 km west of Kabul, have yet to make comment on the report. … [Read more...] about Over 2 dozen militants killed in eastern Afghanistan
Video PlayerClose LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- At least eight Afghan soldiers and an assailant were killed in a suicide car bombing in the country's southern province of Helmand on Monday, provincial sources said. "One terrorist rammed an explosive-laden car into a security forces' checkpoint in Toor Pul locality of Nad Ali district on Monday morning. The initial information found that eight security force members were killed," a provincial source told Xinhua. The official who declined to be named noted that the bomber was killed on the spot and two security personnel went missing following the blast. The targeted checkpoint is manned by the Afghan National Army and the outpost was destroyed by the force of the explosion, he noted. In the meantime, provincial government spokesman Omar Zwak confirmed the attack, saying "an investigation has been launched into the incident and information would be shared with media as appropriate." The Afghan security forces have … [Read more...] about 1st LD: At least 8 soldiers killed in suicide bombing in southern Afghanistan