Saturday, 30 May 2015

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Afghan Interpreter Killed by Taliban While Waiting for US Visa

Afghan Interpreter Murdered by Taliban While Waiting for Visa | Washington Free Beacon

Sakhidad Afghan worked as a translator for the U.S. Marines and Air Force since around 2008. Four years ago, he applied for a U.S. visa under a program for at-risk military translators. He was still on the waiting list when the Taliban reportedly kidnapped him from a bazaar this spring and executed him in the back of a trailer truck. LINK

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Balochistan gunmen kill at least 19 In Bus Attacks

Pakistan bus raids: Balochistan gunmen kill at least 19 - BBC News: 
The province's Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti said unidentified militants boarded the vehicles travelling to Karachi on Friday evening.
Passengers were then ordered off and shot dead, officials said.
Balochistan has seen a long-running conflict between separatists and security forces.

Friday, 29 May 2015

Oruzgan province sliding back towards Taliban control

Afghan province sliding back towards Taliban control

Eighteen months after Australian Defence Force troops withdrew from their main base in Oruzgan province, a power vacuum left by the assassination of a Western-backed strongman has sparked an insurgency push that by some estimates has put half the province in Taliban hands.

Australia's ambassador to Afghanistan, Nasir Ahmad Andisha, confirmed there have been setbacks, saying: "It's unfortunately the case that the level of attacks, the intensity and the sophistication, is something we have not seen in the last four or five years."

ISIS Calls for Attack on Arizona Man Planning Muslim Protest

Islamic State Calls for Lone-Wolf Attack on Arizona Man Planning Muslim Protest | Foreign Policy:
Jon Ritzheimer — a former Marine with strong anti-Muslim leanings — is planning to host a contest featuring cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed outside the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix, the mosque where Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, the men behind a deadly shooting in Dallas on May 3, had worshipped. Many Muslims consider such depictions to be blasphemous, and Abu Hussain al-Britani, a Twitter user the SITE Intelligence Group says is associated with the Islamic State, revealed Ritzheimer’s home address and called for lone-wolf attacks against him.

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China, Russia, India consult on Afghanistan

China, Russia, India consult on Afghanistan - Xinhua | English.news.cn
Hua Chunying said the trilateral meeting was chaired by India's Deputy National Security Advisor Arvind Gupta, and attended by Assistant Chinese Foreign Minister Liu Jianchao and Deputy Secretary of Russia's Security Council Yevgeny Lukyanov.

All three sides agreed the future development of Afghanistan is closely related to regional peace and security, and vowed to play constructive roles to support its reconciliation and reconstruction, according to Hua.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Ghani suspends senior officials over corruption charges

Ghani suspends senior MUDA officials over corruption charges - Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency

According to the official, the suspended officials include Ahmadshah Hemat, Urban Development Director, Gul Rahim Ziarmal, Plan and Policy Director, Mohammad Aminullah Qani, Head of Apartments Cohesion, Mohammad Aminullah Amin, Director of Property and Accommodation and Ahmad Nawaz Bakhtyar, Director of Housing Enterprise, Director Finance Apartment Cohesion Syed Aman Sadat. MORE

ISIS in Afghanistan - The Perfect Storm?

The Perfect Storm: ISIS in Afghanistan | PJ Media: 
Mohammad Omer Safi, the governor of Kunduz province along the northern border with Tajikistan, said that Taliban in his region have pledged allegiance to ISIS to win the support of the caliphate. He told the Associated Press that they’ve already started evolving their tactics from the traditional Taliban “hit and run” attacks to seizing and holding territory. LINK

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