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."
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.
July 2, 2010 |
KABUL, Afghanistan A Taliban suicide squad stormed the compound of a U.S.-based development group in northern Afghanistan on Friday, killing at least three expatriate workers, a security guard and an Afghan police officer, officials said. All six attackers also died in the predawn assault in the city of Kunduz. One died when he blew up a sport-utility vehicle at the compound's gates at the outset of the strike, and the other five died in a subsequent gunbattle, according to provincial police.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 10, 2009 |
American troops have abandoned an isolated firebase where eight U.S. soldiers were killed in a fierce assault by insurgents last weekend, military officials said today. The departure from the base in the Kamdesh district of Nuristan province, in northeastern Afghanistan, was part of a previously planned "repositioning" of troops, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said in a statement. The Taliban, in its own statement, alleged it had driven the Americans out. The daylong battle at Kamdesh, in which at least four members of the Afghan security forces and 100 attackers also reportedly died, was reminiscent of a much-scrutinized engagement in the same area in July 2008.