August 19, 2011 |
A roadside bomb killed 22 people, many of them women and children, crammed into a minivan in western Afghanistan on Thursday, a grim reminder of the toll that the 10-year war against Taliban insurgents takes on civilians. The blast was one of two that struck civilians in the Owbeh district of the western province of Herat on Thursday morning. A separate roadside bomb killed an Afghan woman and injured seven people in a small Mazda truck, said Mohayuddin Noory, a spokesman for the Herat governor's office.
September 28, 2009 |
A suicide car bomb explosion targeting Afghanistan's energy minister killed four civilians Sunday, while weekend attacks and a violent storm killed seven international troops, including two Americans, officials said. Taliban assassination attempts against Afghan officials have intensified this year, with more than 100 officials and pro-government tribal elders attacked -- half of them fatally. The convoy carrying Energy Minister Ismail Khan, a power broker in the western region of Herat, was headed to the airport when a suicide car bomb exploded outside a high school, said Raouf Ahmadi, a police spokesman.
June 19, 2011 |
Afghan President Hamid Karzai confirmed Saturday that the United States had been in contact with the Taliban about a possible political settlement in the war here, which has dragged on for nearly a decade. His comments came as violence continued to rage across Afghanistan: Three suicide bombers attacked a police compound in Kabul's old city Saturday, killing four security officials and five civilians. And the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said, without offering details, that two of its troops were killed in separate insurgent attacks in southern Afghanistan.
October 28, 2008 |
Insurgents on Monday downed a U.S. helicopter in a province near the capital, the American military said -- an unusual feat for the Taliban. The crew survived and was rescued, a U.S. military spokesman said. Also Monday, a suicide bomber dressed as an Afghan policeman killed two American soldiers and wounded several other people at a police station in northern Afghanistan, provincial officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, police in Baghlan province said.
October 31, 2008 |
Underscoring the deteriorating security situation in the Afghan capital, a suicide bomber managed Thursday to make his way into a heavily guarded government ministry in the city center and set off a powerful explosion. At least five other people were killed and more than a dozen hurt. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which President Hamid Karzai's office condemned as "heinous."
January 29, 2011 |
In a grim demonstration of insurgents' ability to strike even in tightly guarded districts, a suicide bomber blew himself up in a supermarket in a wealthy enclave of the Afghan capital on Friday, killing at least eight people, including three foreign women and a child, and injuring more than a dozen others, police said. The Taliban claimed responsibility, declaring that the attack had been aimed at foreigners, in particular the head of a Western security firm. The bombing, the deadliest attack in Kabul in nearly a year, gutted the ground floor of the store, igniting small fires, splintering storefront windows, collapsing shelves and leaving the floor strewn with a jumble of canned goods, cookies and cereal.
July 21, 2011 |
In this Murdochian age, it somehow seems inevitable: The Taliban movement says its phones were hacked. Moreover, the subject was the most sensitive possible, at least in the insurgents' eyes: the status of Mullah Mohammed Omar, the group's supreme leader. The group declared Wednesday that text messages announcing Omar's death from heart failure were fake, and said the phone logs of its main spokesman, together with the Taliban website, had apparently been tampered with. Earlier Wednesday, text and email messages, purportedly from accounts used by Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid, had announced the death of the Amir ul-Momineen, or Commander of the Faithful, as Omar is known.
April 18, 2011 |
An insurgent dressed as an Afghan soldier opened fire Monday inside the Defense Ministry, killing two soldiers in an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate the Afghan and French defense ministers, officials said. The attacker, who was also armed with explosives, struck the ministry before noon, ahead of a joint press conference the ministers had scheduled. He was shot and killed by Afghan soldiers before he could detonate his explosives, said Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi, a Defense Ministry spokesman.
November 2, 2010 |
The Taliban didn't even need to fire a shot. A band of insurgents overran a small rural district in eastern Afghanistan before dawn Monday, setting government buildings and vehicles ablaze and abducting at least 16 police officers, provincial authorities said. Some observers warned that the overnight incident in the Khogyani district of Ghazni province was symptomatic of an intensifying Taliban push in parts of the country other than the south, the movement's traditional stronghold, and where Western officials have been reporting significant military progress.
July 5, 2009 |
Insurgents armed with rockets, mortars and a truck bomb staged an unusual frontal attack Saturday on a U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan, killing two American soldiers and forcing the defenders to call in airstrikes to avoid being overrun.