May 1, 2011 |
The Taliban on Saturday declared the start of a spring offensive in Afghanistan, warning that insurgents plan to attack foreign troops, Afghan security forces and government officials in coming days. In a statement, the Taliban warned civilians to avoid public gatherings, military bases and convoys, as well as government buildings. "All Afghan people should bear in mind to keep away from gatherings, convoys and centers of the enemy so that they will not become harmed during attacks of mujahedin against the enemy," the statement said.
January 29, 2010 |
Western troops traveling through the capital of Afghanistan in a military convoy Thursday shot dead an Islamic cleric, apparently mistaking him for a would-be suicide bomber, officials and witnesses said. NATO acknowledged that its forces had fired on what appeared to be a "threatening vehicle," and expressed regret for the death. Afghan police said two of the cleric's children were in the car with him but were not hurt. The incident took place hours before Afghan President Hamid Karzai, speaking to a major security conference in London, urged that greater care be taken when foreign troops come in contact with civilians.
November 21, 2009 |
Authorities on Friday were investigating whether a blast that hit a crowded marketplace in western Afghanistan was aimed at a provincial governor considered friendly to the United States. A suicide bomber rode a motorcycle into a crowded marketplace in the city of Farah, capital of Farah province, and set off his explosives, killing 16 other people and injuring about two dozen others. At least two children were among the dead and several were injured, hospital officials said.
September 18, 2009 |
A car bomb hit an Italian military convoy on the main airport road near the U.S. Embassy in Kabul on Thursday, killing at least six soldiers and 10 Afghan civilians, Italian and Afghan government officials said. The bombing, which wounded at least 52 people, was the latest in a string of attacks and showed militants' ability to hit most corners of the troubled country at will. It was the fourth major blast in the capital in five weeks. Afghanistan's Aug. 20 presidential election remains undecided as authorities attempt to sort out hundreds of allegations of fraud.
August 19, 2009 |
In another burst of pre-election violence, a suicide bomber targeted a Western military convoy today, killing at least seven people and wounding dozens more on a busy roadway. The Taliban claimed responsibility. Two U.S. soldiers, meanwhile, died in a separate roadside bombing in eastern Afghanistan, bringing the number of American military deaths in the country this month to 26. The car bombing, the second major strike by insurgents in four days in the capital, took place on the main road leading east out of Kabul, toward the city of Jalalabad.
May 27, 2009 |
A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-rigged car into a military convoy, killing three U.S. soldiers and three civilians in eastern Afghanistan. The attack against the American convoy came in Kapisa province, an stronghold of insurgents loyal to the Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. The soldiers killed in the blast served with NATO's International Security Assistance Force. Taliban fighters regularly use suicide attacks and roadside bombs in assaults on foreign and Afghan troops.