Taliban blasts hit Afghan city
- Taliban Mujahideen blasts hit Afghan city, eight dead
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan: Source: AFP: 22 July, 2006: - Two attacks
struck Afghanistan's main southern city of Kandahar about an hour
apart, killing two NATO occupation mercenaries and six Afghan
civilians, officials said.Twenty-seven Afghan civilians and eight NATO
mercenaries were also wounded in the blasts which hit about 100 metres
(yards) from each other in the volatile city, officials from the
Afghan government and US said. Taliban spokesman Yousuf Ahmadi said
the movement had carried out both attacks. "The second was pre-planned
to impact more casualties," he said by telephone from an unknown
location. The first attack ripped into a vehicle of the US-led
coalition based in the city at around 5:45 pm (1315 GMT), the US-led
2 Pakistani soldiers killed in convoy blast
MIRAMSHAH, July 27: Two soldiers were killed and two injured when a
military vehicle hit an improvised explosive device near Machikhel in
the Mirali area, North Waziristan Agency, on Thursday.
Officials said that the vehicle was part of a military convoy of 40
vehicles coming to Miramshah from a garrison in Bannu.
The explosion was the third in a series of attacks on the troops since
militants declared a unilateral ceasefire on June 25.
22 killed in fresh Afghan violence
KABUL, July 29 (KUNA) -- At least 18 Taliban fighters and four
policemen have been killed in southern Afghanistan as NATO commanders
announced the anti-insurgents "Operation Mountain Thrust" will end at
the close of this month.
British commander David Richard told journalists on Saturday they
would extend long term support to Afghanistan. He said after taking
over command of security in the region, the alliance would deploy
9,000 troops there.
He said the ongoing operation against Taliban will be ended as the
26-member North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) take charge of
security from the coalition forces by the end of this month. The
"Operation Mountain Thrust" was started in mid May this year and the
military said more than 600 Taliban had so far been killed in the
Meanwhile, 18 Taliban fighters and four Afghan policemen were killed
in separate operations and attacks in southern and northern parts of
Afghanistan over the past 24 hours.
Interior Ministry's spokesman Yousuf Stanizai told reporters 14
Taliban insurgents were killed during an operation in the Garmser
district of Helmand province. Four more Taliban were killed in the
Kapisa province in a clash with police, said the spokesman.
In a separate attack by Taliban fighters, two policemen were killed
and two others wounded in the same province, official sources told
KUNA. Two more policemen were killed when unidentified assailants
attacked a police post in the northern province of Balkh last night.
Provincial police department said the attackers fled the scene.
Without naming any one, police spokesman Sher Jan Durrani said they
had launched investigations into the incident.
Paras claim to have killed 700 Taliban
Sunday July 30, 2006
KABUL: Paratroopers have killed more than 700 Taliban fighters during
fierce battles in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence
For 10 weeks troops have been in engaged in daily gunfights for
control of towns and villages under the sway of insurgent commanders.
Although military chiefs estimated the Taliban strength to be around
1,000 when they arrived in May, they were yesterday reticent about
claiming victory as battles are continuing and terrorist
reinforcements arrived from Pakistan. However, it is the first time a
figure of insurgent dead has been confirmed. Many casualties were
caused by airstrikes, with RAF Harriers and US A10 fighters dropping
500lb laser-guided bombs.
Men from 3Bn the Parachute Regiment, part of the 3,600-strong Helmand
Task Force, had been putting "thousands of rounds down," regimental
One officer said: "We are taking out six here, 10 there or another 20
somewhere else. There are 700 dead and we are only half way through
the tour." However, the MoD indicated that "Taliban" casualty figures
could include villagers who took on coalition troops once a month or
fighters paid to fire a rocket propelled grenade or a machine gun.
Despite the release of the figures, an MoD spokesman said the
mission's purpose was providing security for reconstruction. However,
he added: "Every time we meet the Taliban we are defeating them and
they are taking extraordinary casualties."
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