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Two Canadians among 21 killed in Afghan explosion

OTTAWA - Two Canadians were among those who died in a brutal suicide attack on Friday at a restaurant in the Afghanistan capital of Kabul, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird's office confirmed. There was no further information about the two Canadian victims. Baird's office said it could not release further information due to privacy concerns. Canada is winding up a military training mission in Afghanistan, but sources in the Department of National Defence told The Canadian Press that no uniformed personnel were among the casualties.

Afghans protest rumored desecration of Koran by NATO troops

Kabul, Jan 7 (EFE).- Some 400 people protested Tuesday in the central Afghan province of Wardak the alleged desecration of a Koran by members of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, authorities told Efe. The demonstrators blocked the highway linking the cities of Kabul and Kandahar for two hours demanding that the people who had reportedly damaged or desecrated Islam's holy book be brought to justice, the police spokesman in Wardak, Wali Norzai, said.

British defence experts fear for post-NATO Afghanistan

Former British defence chiefs warned Monday that parts of southern Afghanistan could fall to the Taliban when British troops leave this year, despite Prime Minister David Cameron recently saying they had accomplished their mission. Former commander of the elite Special Air Service Richard Williams told the Times that there was already evidence of growing collaboration between Taliban insurgents and Afghan soldiers and politicians in the Helmand Province.

Afghan government revenues 20 percent short of target

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan fell about 20 percent short of its domestic revenue target in 2013 despite better tax collection as the economy slowed ahead of this year's planned withdrawal of foreign troops, the Ministry of Finance told Reuters on Sunday. "There's concern that after the withdrawal of international troops, Afghanistan will fall again and that economic growth will drop," spokesman Abdul Qadir Jaillani said.

Aid groups vow to stay as NATO exits Afghanistan

As NATO forces pack up and shift out of Afghanistan, aid groups are determined to avoid following them, but they face rising militant attacks and uncertainty over funding. Projects working on everything from clean water to skateboarding parks sprung up in Afghanistan after the Taliban were ousted in 2001. Now, many Afghans fear that the end of the NATO military mission next year will see a pullout of all but the most resilient programmes, putting at risk the fragile gains of the last 12 years.

Three NATO personnel killed in Kabul suicide car bomb

A Taliban suicide attacker detonated an explosives-packed car next to a NATO military convoy in Kabul on Friday, killing three NATO personnel and injuring six civilian passers-by, officials said. The blast in the Afghan capital left the twisted remains of the attacker's car spread across the scene along with several other badly-damaged vehicles, including a NATO sports utility vehicle, witnesses said.

Taliban kill 2 NATO soldiers in Afghanistan

Kabul, Dec 23 (EFE).- At least two soldiers with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, were killed Monday in separate attacks by "enemy forces" in eastern and southern Afghanistan, the Atlantic alliance said. Officials from the soldiers' home countries will identify the fallen, the ISAF said in two statements that did not specify the places where the attacks occurred or the nationalities of the dead troops. Two ISAF soldiers died in an attack in the eastern province of Laghman, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said.

Taliban kill 2 NATO soldiers in Afghanistan

Kabul, Dec 23 (EFE).- At least two soldiers with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, were killed Monday in separate attacks by "enemy forces" in eastern and southern Afghanistan, the Atlantic alliance said. Officials from the soldiers' home countries will identify the fallen, the ISAF said in two statements that did not specify the places where the attacks occurred or the nationalities of the dead troops. Two ISAF soldiers died in an attack in the eastern province of Laghman, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said.

Six NATO soldiers killed in Afghan helicopter crash

Six soldiers from the US-led NATO mission fighting Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan were killed in a helicopter crash on Tuesday, with NATO officials saying it was not a suspected militant strike. However the Taliban immediately claimed responsibility for the deaths, using their main Twitter account to report that their fighters had shot down a US helicopter in the province of Zabul.

Six NATO soldiers killed in Afghan air crash

Six soldiers from the US-led NATO mission fighting Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan were killed in an aircraft crash on Tuesday, NATO officials said, adding it was not a suspected militant strike. The Taliban immediately claimed responsibility for the deaths, saying their fighters had shot down a US helicopter in the province of Zabul. "Six International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service members died following an aircraft crash in southern Afghanistan today," an ISAF statement said, declining to give the nationalities of the victims.
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