At least 30 people were killed and dozens wounded by ISIS militants in a recent attack on a Kabul hospital– the latest in a series of attacks on civilians.
Although public attitudes have shifted since the Taliban’s hardline rule ended, many people still disapprove of women stepping outside their homes.
A witness saw one gunman, dressed in a white doctor’s coat, take out a concealed AK-47 and open fire, killing at least one patient and one hospital worker.
The NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan has repeatedly warned that the effectiveness of police and soldiers to fight the insurgency has been undermined by irregular pay and leave, exacerbated by corruption and weak leadership from commanders.
Afghan refugees, some who have spent decades in Pakistan, have been forced to return to their home country, which continues to struggle with recovering from its history of wars and violence.
Casualties among children spiked by 24% in 2016, largely as a result of a major increase in casualties from unexploded ordnance.
In a country where women’s sport is severely restricted, the Shaolin Wushu club in a part of Kabul that is home to the Hazara community is a rare exception.
Atta Mohammad Noor, governor of Balkh in northern Afghanistan, is in talks with President Ashraf Ghani to join the central government.
The militant movement immediately claimed responsibility for the attack saying its target was a minibus carrying staff from the National Directorate of Security (NDS), Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency.
Speaking at the external affairs ministry’s mid-term press conference, M.J. Akbar criticised the trilateral meeting on Taliban for excluding Afghanistan.
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A giant set of security gates brought in from China to protect Kabul from large bombs and drug smuggling has not been installed for five months.
The first attack inside one of NATO’s most secure bases has raised questions about Western forces’ screening of local workers and about programmes designed to reintegrate insurgents into society.
Over 30 people were killed and dozens were wounded in the attack in the Afghan capital that targeted the Shi’ite community.
Abuses by local commanders with private militias and beyond the purview of the central government have also driven people into the hands of Islamist fighters.
The attacker, said to be wearing a police uniform, entered the Karte Shakhi mosque on Tuesday night and opened fire on a crowd marking the Ashura hold day.
The attack occurred as Shi’ite Muslims gathered to observe Ashura, which commemorates the 7th century death of a grandson of Prophet Mohammed.
The EU special representative for Afghanistan said that they would seek “a realistic timeline” for a new peace process in the conference.
The militant faction of Hezb-i-Islami, led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, has been waging a decades-long battle to establish a unified ISIS in Afghanistan.
Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said in a message posted on Twitter that Afghan special forces had killed all those involved in Monday night’s attack in the Share Naw area of Kabul.
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for two suicide attacks near the defence ministry in Kabul today.
The Hazaras are seeking electricity in the Bamyan province, as well as a larger place in the country’s political dynamics.
Afghanistan’s National Directorate for Security said in a statement that Wilson had been freed on Sunday night after a raid by special forces in which four people were arrested.
On Wednesday, two gunmen stormed classrooms after a suspected car bomb was used to get into the walled complex and killed seven students and a professor.
Afghan students recall attack on American University in Kabul
Security forces killed two suspected militants to end the attack on the compound, which began on Wednesday evening with a large explosion followed by gunfire.
Students are still stuck inside the university, awaiting help.
The Afghan authorities have not yet issued a statement regarding casualties, though the Taliban claim to have killed dozens.
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ISIS is threatening more attacks against Afghanistan’s Hazara minority.
According to a United Nations report, at least 1,601 civilians were killed and 3,565 wounded in the war in the first six months of 2016.
“Two fighters from Islamic State detonated explosive belts at a gathering of Shi’ites in the city of Kabul in Afghanistan,” said a brief statement on the group’s Amaq news agency.
Taliban forces now hold more territory in Afghanistan than at any time since the 2001 US-led invasion, according to recent UN estimates.
Two Taliban suicide bombers killed at least 27 people and wounded around 40 in an attack on Thursday on buses carrying recently graduated cadets on the western outskirts of Kabul.
More than 200 people were reported to have been kidnapped since the end of May, with at least another 21 murdered in northern and eastern Afghanistan.
The casualties appeared to include both Afghans and Nepalese security contractors.
Judith D’Souza, a senior technical adviser with international NGO Aga Khan Foundation, was kidnapped by suspected militants in the heart of Kabul three days ago.
According to officials, there has been a real threat on Indian citizens and assets either in Kabul or Herat in the aftermath of the Salma dam project.
The Pentagon probe into the February 2010 raid is in stark contrast to an independent UN investigation, which determined that survivors “suffered from cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment by being physically assaulted by US and Afghan forces, restrained and forced to stand bare feet for several hours outside in the cold”.
While Mullah Mansour successfully steered Taliban politics towards consolidation of his authority, 2015-16 was still the movement’s most intensely political year yet, and the succession and its aftermath will trigger another round of internal politicking of the sort Mansour had just about kept in check.