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Six NATO soldiers killed in Afghan air crash

Six soldiers from the US-led NATO mission fighting Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan were killed in a aircraft crash on Tuesday, NATO officials said, adding it was not a suspected militant strike. "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. emh/bgs/sm

Cameron visits UK soldiers on unannounced Afghanistan trip

Prime Minister David Cameron paid a pre-Christmas visit to British troops in Afghanistan on Monday and said the drawdown of British forces was well under way ahead of the end of combat operations in 2014. Cameron spent the unannounced visit at Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan, accompanied by former Liverpool and England footballer Michael Owen, his Downing Street office told AFP.

40 days in chains: Afghan shrine 'cures' evil spirits

All it took to land Din Muhammed in a cell at an Afghan shrine, chained up and living on bread for 40 days, was an argument with his father. Muhammad was forced to undergo the traditional "cure" at the shrine of Mia Ali Baba, outside the eastern city of Jalalabad, to rid him of evil spirits. Even after a decade of international funding and medical expertise pouring into Afghanistan, many locals still believe that the grim ordeal at the shrine will cure mental health problems -- or as they see it, possession by malevolent "jinn" spirits.

China, Afghanistan, Pakistan agree to enhance cooperation

China, Afghanistan, Pakistan agree to enhance cooperation KABUL, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- The two-day third round of China- Afghanistan- Pakistan trilateral dialogue was concluded here in Kabul on Tuesday with agreement for further boosting cooperation among the three neighboring countries.

Afghan police kill 5 Taliban militants

Afghan police kill 5 Taliban militants KABUL, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Afghan police backed by units of the national army have killed five Taliban militants during series of operations across the country over the past 24 hours, Interior Ministry said in a statement released here on Monday. During the operations, conducted in Nangarhar, Baghlan, Uruzgan, Logar and Helmand provinces, the troops also seized a number of arms and ammunitions from the insurgents.

Afghan police kill 7 Taliban militants

Afghan police kill 7 Taliban militants KABUL, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- Afghan police backed by the army have killed seven Taliban fighters during a series of operations across the country over the past 24 hours, Interior Ministry said in a statement released here on Sunday. The operations were conducted in Logar, Paktia, Ghor, Helmand, Kandahar and Nimroz provinces during which seven militants were killed, five others injured and eight more rebels captured.

Taliban militants killed in Afghanistan: official

Taliban militants killed in Afghanistan: official KABUL, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- Nineteen Taliban militants were killed in separate military operations since early Friday, said the country's Interior Ministry on Saturday. "Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) conducted several cleanup operations in Kunar, Laghman, Kandahar, Wardak, Logar and Helmand provinces over the past 24 hours, killing 19 armed Taliban members. Three Taliban were wounded and three others were arrested by the ANSF," the ministry said in a statement.

Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Dec. 4

KABUL -- Twenty-seven Taliban militants were killed in military operations conducted by Afghan security forces since early Tuesday, the country's Interior Ministry said on Wednesday morning.

Roundup: Nearly 80 killed in Afghan attacks in November

Roundup: Nearly 80 killed in Afghan attacks in November KABUL, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- Nearly 80 people were killed and about 150 wounded in bombings and attacks across Afghanistan last month, according to official figures. A total of 26 major bomb attacks, including nine suicide bombings, took place in various parts of the country in November. The Taliban insurgent group has intensified attacks since they launched a rebel offensive against Afghan forces and more than 86, 000 NATO-led coalition troops in April this year.

1st LD Writethru: One killed, 7 injured in bomb attack in S. Afghanistan

1st LD Writethru: One killed, 7 injured in bomb attack in S. Afghanistan KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- One Afghan child was killed and seven civilians wounded Friday in a suicide bomb attack in the country's southern province of Kandahar, said provincial sources. "A terrorist blew his explosive-laden jacket up in surrounding areas of Daman district at around midday when a patrol of foreign forces was passing by the area. The explosion killed one child and wounded seven other passers-by," provincial government spokesman Jawid Faisal told Xinhua.
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