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Afghanistan frees 77 prisoners despite UK, coalition warning

By Jessica Donati and Mirwais Harooni KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan on Thursday freed 77 prisoners captured by foreign troops, despite opposition from Britain and NATO-led forces which said they could pose a security threat. Afghan President Hamid Karzai's government has long complained that foreign forces have locked up many Afghans on dubious grounds and with no proper judicial process. A similar release last month caused tension with the United States.

Multiple Afghan suicide attack kills ten police

Seven Taliban suicide attackers stormed a police station in the centre of Jalalabad city in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing 10 policemen in a major assault ahead of the presidential election. The target of the three-hour truck bomb and gun assault was a police station near the governor's house in the city, which has been the scene of repeated militant attacks in recent years.

18 Dead, 14 wounded in Afghanistan suicide attack

Kabul, Mar 20 (EFE).- At least 18 people - 10 police, a civilian and seven insurgents - died and 14 others were wounded Thursday in a multi-pronged suicide attack on a police station in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, a police spokesman told Efe. The early morning attack in the capital of Nangarhar province began with a vehicle-bomb blast outside a police station, followed by another explosion and an hours-long gun battle between the police and Taliban fighters.

Multiple Afghan suicide attack kills ten police

Seven Taliban suicide attackers stormed a police station in the centre of Jalalabad city in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing 10 policemen in a major assault ahead of the presidential election. The target of the three-hour truck bomb and gun assault was a police station near the governor's house in the city, which has been the scene of repeated militant attacks in recent years.

Afghan police payroll under scrutiny from U.S. watchdog

By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A government watchdog is raising fresh concerns that U.S. funds meant to help pay Afghan police salaries may instead be going to "ghost workers," according to a letter he sent to military commanders in Afghanistan. John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, said his staff has initiated an audit on the reliability of personnel data for Afghan National Security Forces, including how such data are used to calculate payrolls for Afghan National Police officers.

Chronology: A timeline of key events in Canada's combat mission in Afghanistan

A chronology of key dates spanning Canada's military mission in Afghanistan: 2001 Oct. 7: Prime Minister Jean Chretien announces Canada's participation in an international anti-terrorism mission in Afghanistan December: Canada establishes military presence in Afghanistan with the arrival of about 40 troops from Joint Task Force 2 (JTF2), a secretive special forces unit. 2002 Feb. 2: First regular combat troops, members of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, arrive in Afghanistan for a six-month mission.

Harper welcomes troops home from Afghanistan, declares May 9 a day of honour

OTTAWA - The last Canadian soldiers to leave Afghanistan arrived home Tuesday to tears, hugs from family and friends and a pledge from Stephen Harper that May 9 will be set aside to honour their contributions and sacrifices. "On that day, Canada will recognize those who fought, remember those who fell and salute all who contributed," the prime minister said as he welcomed home the last 93 soldiers.

15 Dead in Afghanistan suicide attack

Kabul, Mar 18 (EFE).- At least 15 civilians, including women and children, died and 39 were wounded Tuesday in a suicide attack on a market in the northern city of Maymana, an Afghan official told Efe. The attacker detonated the bombs he was carrying in a rickshaw in a crowded market in the capital of Faryab province, provincial deputy Gov. Abdul Satar Barez said. "There are women and children among the victims. But we cannot specify the exact number at this time," he added. Satar said that several of the wounded are in critical condition.

Last Canadian troops return from Afghanistan

The last Canadian troops deployed to Afghanistan returned home on Tuesday, bringing an end to Canada's longest ever military engagement. Still in their desert fatigues, the 86 soldiers disembarked in frigid temperatures at the Ottawa airport, where they were greeted by Governor General David Johnston, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and others. "This morning, as you stepped onto Canadian soil, you have brought to a close the longest active military engagement in Canadian history," Harper said in a speech. "A grateful country welcomes you home."

Last Canadian troops return from Afghanistan

The last Canadian troops deployed to Afghanistan returned home on Tuesday, bringing an end to Canada's longest ever military engagement. Still in their desert fatigues, the 86 soldiers disembarked in frigid temperatures at the Ottawa airport, where they were greeted by Governor General David Johnston, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and others. "This morning, as you stepped onto Canadian soil, you have brought to a close the longest active military engagement in Canadian history," Harper said in a speech. "A grateful country welcomes you home."
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