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May 8, 2011 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
Fighting erupted for a second day Sunday between Taliban gunmen and Afghan security forces in the southern city of Kandahar, demonstrating the insurgents' determination to maintain a foothold in the city they consider their spiritual home. Afghanistan's Interior Ministry said Sunday that the death toll in clashes that broke out a day earlier had risen to 25 -- all but two of them Taliban fighters. The Taliban brushed aside the lopsided toll, instead boasting that the fighting had all but paralyzed the country's second-largest city.
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May 16, 2010 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
Even in a death-haunted city, Azizullah Yarmal's fate had the power to shock. As Kandahar's 61-year-old deputy mayor prostrated himself in prayer at a mosque a few steps from his family home, Taliban assailants pumped five bullets into his body, then made an easy escape along a street that was supposed to have been tightly secured by Afghan police. Yarmal was among the best-known figures to be gunned down in an intensifying wave of assassinations that many Kandaharis see as linked to much-touted American plans to drive the Taliban from the city the movement considers its spiritual home.
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May 25, 2010 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
It was supposed to be a meeting about governance and development — two of the three pillars of the U.S. counterinsurgency effort in Kandahar province this summer. Instead, the shura, or assembly of local leaders, at a police station Monday turned into a gripe session about the third pillar: security. The elders complained bitterly about a U.S. military raid in their neighborhood, Kokaran, the night before, and about a big security sweep Saturday. Security defines daily existence here — for the military, for development workers and for Afghans.
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May 7, 2011 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
Insurgent gunmen and suicide bombers launched fierce simultaneous attacks Saturday against half a dozen government buildings in the troubled southern city of Kandahar, hours after the Taliban vowed to fight on in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death. At least eight people were killed, including six of the attackers, and dozens of others were injured in the daylong assault, provincial officials said. Gunfire and large explosions rattled through the city center for hours, witnesses said, as fighting raged outside the heavily fortified governor's compound, the mayor's office, the directorate of the main intelligence agency and several police installations.
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February 8, 2011 | Alex Rodriguez and Hashmat Baktash
A suicide bomber killed at least one person and injured five Monday at a customs house in Kandahar, the third suicide attack in 10 days in the volatile southern city regarded as the Taliban's spiritual birthplace. The target may have been a group of NATO soldiers who were at or near the building at the time of the blast, Afghan officials said. A NATO spokesman said two of its soldiers, both Americans, were injured. No other details were immediately available. Although the North Atlantic Treaty Organization says it has been making major gains in the southern provinces of Kandahar and Helmand, the Taliban heartland, insurgents have been able to strike back with attacks such as Monday's and one Jan. 29 that killed Kandahar's deputy governor.
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April 27, 2010 | By Laura King
Reflecting the sharply deteriorating security situation in Kandahar, Afghanistan's second-largest metropolis, the United Nations on Monday pulled foreign staff out of the city and instructed hundreds of local employees not to come to work. The move came on the same day as a series of explosions in the city killed two civilians. North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces have set their sights on Kandahar with the aim of driving the Taliban out of the city this summer. Kandahar, home to about 1 million people, is the country's southern hub and the insurgency's spiritual home.
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May 20, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
Citing increased security, authorities in the former Taliban stronghold of Kandahar lifted a nighttime curfew for the first time since the Soviet invasion in 1979, a U.S. military spokesman said Sunday. Maj. Bryan Hilferty, speaking to reporters at the allied headquarters in Bagram, north of the capital, Kabul, said lifting the curfew in the southern city was "an example of the continuing progress" toward stability in Afghanistan since the U.S.
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March 14, 2010 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and M. Karim Faiez
Four suicide bombers struck the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Saturday evening, killing at least 31 people and destroying houses and shops, according to investigators. Officials said the bombs exploded near a hotel, a police station and at the city's main prison, possibly in an attempt to free Taliban militants. Other reports indicated that a large blast at the prison was followed by a barrage of rockets. "There were four suicide bombers, including two in cars, and all the attacks happened within the city about 7:30 p.m.," Mohammad Pashtun, chief of criminal investigations for Kandahar province, told The Times by telephone.
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April 7, 2011 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
A squad of Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers attacked a police complex Thursday on the outskirts of the southern city of Kandahar, killing at least six members of the Afghan security forces and rattling residents of a metropolis whose security has been deemed a top priority by the NATO force. Heavy explosions rang out as fighting raged for hours in and around the police compound, located on the main highway that connects Kandahar to the city's international airport and the huge NATO base that abuts it. Echoing a tactic used in a major assault nearly two months ago on police headquarters in Kandahar city, the insurgents used a construction site overlooking the complex as a staging ground for Thursday's attack.
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