Government of Afghanistan http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/26040/all en UPDATE 4-Coordinated Kabul suicide attack targets govt building http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130120/update-1-triple-suicide-bomb-attack-targets-afghan-govt-buildin <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Adds attack's end, final toll)</p> <p>By Hamid Shalizi</p> <p>KABUL, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Suicide bombers and gunmen launched an eight-hour assault on the headquarters of the Kabul traffic police on Monday, Afghan officials said, in the second coordinated attack on a government building in less than a week.</p> <p>The Taliban claimed responsibility for the operation In which all five attackers and three traffic police officers were killed, interior ministry officials said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130120/update-1-triple-suicide-bomb-attack-targets-afghan-govt-buildin" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Asia Government of Afghanistan International Security Assistance Force Islamism Kabul Organized crime Taliban War Thomson Reuters Mon, 21 Jan 2013 04:15:03 +0000 5737075 at http://www.globalpost.com Afghan, Pakistani leaders want peace deal in six months http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/afghan-pakistani-leaders-want-peace-deal-six-months <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan said on Monday they would work to reach a peace deal within six months, while throwing their weight behind moves for the Taliban to open an office in Doha.</p> <p>Following talks hosted by British Prime Minister David Cameron, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari also urged the Islamists to join the reconciliation process in Afghanistan.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/afghan-pakistani-leaders-want-peace-deal-six-months" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Disaster Government of Afghanistan Politics War AFP Mon, 04 Feb 2013 15:00:58 +0000 5745425 at http://www.globalpost.com Pakistani girl shot by Taliban doing well after surgery -doctors http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130204/pakistani-girl-shot-taliban-doing-well-after-surgery-doctors <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON, Feb 4 (Reuters) - A Pakistani schoolgirl who underwent reconstructive surgery in Britain after being shot in the head by the Taliban said on Monday she felt much better and was focused on her mission to help others.</p> <p>A team of doctors carried out a five-hour operation on fifteen-year-old Malala Yousufzai on Saturday to mend parts of her skull with a titanium plate and help restore hearing on her left side with a cochlear implant.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130204/pakistani-girl-shot-taliban-doing-well-after-surgery-doctors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Afghanistan Islamism Malala Yousufzai Organized crime Social Issues Thomson Reuters Mon, 04 Feb 2013 17:01:17 +0000 5745573 at http://www.globalpost.com Afghan, Pakistani leaders eye peace deal in six months http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/afghan-pakistani-leaders-eye-peace-deal-six-months-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan said on Monday they would work to reach a peace deal within six months, while throwing their weight behind moves for the Taliban to open an office in Doha.</p> <p>Following talks hosted by British Prime Minister David Cameron, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari also urged the Islamists to join the reconciliation process in Afghanistan.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/afghan-pakistani-leaders-eye-peace-deal-six-months-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Disaster Government of Afghanistan Politics Taliban War AFP Mon, 04 Feb 2013 20:01:35 +0000 5745725 at http://www.globalpost.com Afghan, Pakistani leaders eye peace deal in six months http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/afghan-pakistani-leaders-eye-peace-deal-six-months-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan said on Monday they would work to reach a peace deal within six months, while throwing their weight behind moves for the Taliban to open an office in Doha.</p> <p>Following talks hosted by British Prime Minister David Cameron, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari also urged the Islamists to join the reconciliation process in Afghanistan.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/afghan-pakistani-leaders-eye-peace-deal-six-months-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Disaster Government of Afghanistan Politics War AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 02:45:41 +0000 5745947 at http://www.globalpost.com Pakistan president appoints new northwest governor http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/pakistan-president-appoints-new-northwest-governor <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari has appointed a new governor of the Taliban-hit northwest province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, an official statement said Saturday.</p> <p>Shaukat Ullah, who was minister for states and frontier regions before the new appointment, replaces Masood Kausar, 84, who served for two years as governor of the militancy-affected province.</p> <p>The statement did not cite any reasons for the new appointment just months ahead of parliamentary elections but a senior provincial government official said, "Kausar's old age might be one of the main reasons."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/pakistan-president-appoints-new-northwest-governor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Afghanistan Governor Pakistan Pakistani people War AFP Sat, 09 Feb 2013 20:46:08 +0000 5751351 at http://www.globalpost.com Afghan villagers rise up against Taliban in south http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/afghan-villagers-rise-against-taliban-south <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Dozens of Afghan villagers have taken up arms against the Taliban in one of their key southern heartlands, the latest in a series of such uprisings, villagers and officials say.</p> <p>Analysts caution that the movements could be attempts by local militia leaders to reassert their authority ahead of the 2014 withdrawal of NATO troops, or could be orchestrated as part of a government strategy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/afghan-villagers-rise-against-taliban-south" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Afghanistan Islamism Organized crime Taliban War AFP Tue, 12 Feb 2013 14:30:12 +0000 5753567 at http://www.globalpost.com Bomber killed near Afghan capital's diplomatic zone - police http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130224/bomber-killed-near-afghan-capitals-diplomatic-zone-police <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>KABUL Feb 24 (Reuters) - Afghan security forces shot dead at least one would-be suicide bomber on Sunday in a high-security area of Kabul, home to government departments and diplomatic missions, police said.</p> <p>Violence across the country has increased over the last 12 months, sparking concern about how the 350,000-strong Afghan security forces will manage once most foreign troops withdraw by the end of 2014.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130224/bomber-killed-near-afghan-capitals-diplomatic-zone-police" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Government of Afghanistan Kabul War Thomson Reuters Sun, 24 Feb 2013 08:45:21 +0000 5764745 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ Taliban attack on Afghan police kills at least 16: officials http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130227/urgent-taliban-attack-afghan-police-kills-at-least-16-officials <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Taliban attack on an Afghan police checkpost in the country's troubled east has left at least 16 people dead, officials said, with reports of civilians among the victims.</p> <p>The details of the pre-dawn attack on an Afghan Local Police (ALP) checkpoint are unclear, and officials said they were investigating how the militants penetrated the post.</p> <p>str-us/pdw/ao</p> Government of Afghanistan Islamism Organized crime War AFP Wed, 27 Feb 2013 11:31:31 +0000 5768293 at http://www.globalpost.com Reuters World News Highlights 1000 GMT, Feb 28 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130228/reuters-world-news-highlights-1000-gmt-feb-28 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict slips quietly from the world stage on Thursday after a private last goodbye to his cardinals and a short flight to a country palace to enter the final phase of his life "hidden from the world".</p> <p>- - - -</p> <p>ROME - Western and Arab officials will meet representatives of the Syrian opposition in Istanbul next Monday to discuss military and humanitarian support for rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad, a European diplomatic source said on Thursday.</p> <p>- - - -</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130228/reuters-world-news-highlights-1000-gmt-feb-28" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Government of Afghanistan Islamism Organized crime Thomson Reuters Thu, 28 Feb 2013 10:46:33 +0000 5769515 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ Taliban kill 17 captured Afghan army soldiers: officials http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130306/urgent-taliban-kill-17-captured-afghan-army-soldiers-officials <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Taliban militants have killed 17 captured Afghan soldiers in Badakhshan, a relatively peaceful province in the far northeast of the country, officials said on Wednesday.</p> <p>"The enemy have executed 17 soldiers whose bodies were found last night," provincial deputy police chief Sayed Jahangir Keramat said. "Seven other soldiers were released in exchange for some Taliban prisoners."</p> <p>us/bgs/pdw/lm</p> Government of Afghanistan Islamism Organized crime Taliban War AFP Wed, 06 Mar 2013 13:15:51 +0000 5774949 at http://www.globalpost.com Taliban kill 17 Afghan soldiers: officials http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130306/taliban-kill-17-afghan-soldiers-officials <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Taliban militants killed 17 Afghan soldiers in the far northeast in one of the deadliest single attacks on government security forces in recent years, officials said Wednesday.</p> <p>The men were taken hostage in Badakhshan on Saturday while guarding a convoy. Their bodies were discovered by local people in the relatively peaceful mountainous province, which borders China, Pakistan and Tajikistan.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130306/taliban-kill-17-afghan-soldiers-officials" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Afghanistan Islamism Organized crime War AFP Wed, 06 Mar 2013 14:46:05 +0000 5775032 at http://www.globalpost.com Huge truck bomb plot foiled in Kabul: spy agency http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130315/huge-truck-bomb-plot-foiled-kabul-spy-agency <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Afghanistan's intelligence agency said Friday that it had foiled a massive truck bomb plot in which 7,800 kilogrammes of explosives could have wiped out an area of Kabul.</p> <p>The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said the attack had been planned by the Pakistan-based Haqqani network and the Taliban leadership, though it offered no concrete evidence of the plot.</p> <p>Shafiqullah Tahiri, spokesman for the spy agency, said the explosives had been found on Tuesday, hidden in cement bags in a truck on the eastern outskirts of the capital.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130315/huge-truck-bomb-plot-foiled-kabul-spy-agency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Government of Afghanistan Politics Taliban War in Afghanistan AFP Fri, 15 Mar 2013 08:45:25 +0000 5784248 at http://www.globalpost.com Three dead in suicide attack at Pakistan court http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130318/three-dead-suicide-attack-at-pakistan-court <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>At least three people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up and militants opened fire in a court complex in northwest Pakistan on Monday, officials said.</p> <p>Several gunmen and the bomber stormed the crowded complex in the city of Peshawar, less than two months before expected national elections.</p> <p>"One suicide bomber blew himself up in the court of an additional sessions judge. The other was shot dead by police," said senior police officer Masood Khan Afridi.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130318/three-dead-suicide-attack-at-pakistan-court" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Afghanistan Islamism Social Issues Terrorism in Pakistan War AFP Mon, 18 Mar 2013 10:15:48 +0000 5786623 at http://www.globalpost.com Czech president asks Pakistan's Zadari for help on missing women http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130318/czech-president-asks-pakistans-zadari-help-missing-women <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>New Czech President Milos Zeman on Monday appealed to his Pakistani counterpart for help in locating two Czech women abducted last week in the restive southwestern province of Baluchistan.</p> <p>Sworn into office last week, Zeman on Monday "wrote a personal letter to Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari", presidential spokeswoman Hana Burianova told reporters.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130318/czech-president-asks-pakistans-zadari-help-missing-women" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Afghanistan Islamism Organized crime Politics AFP Mon, 18 Mar 2013 22:15:50 +0000 5787199 at http://www.globalpost.com