Sunday, 20 May, 2018

Taliban battle into west Afghan city renews crisis

Afghan capital Kabul hit by explosion Dozens Killed, Wounded as Taliban Closes in on City in Western Afghan
Andy Castillo | 16 May, 2018, 15:05

The Taliban carried out attacks from multiple directions on a city in western Afghanistan early Tuesday, officials said.

Dozens of Taliban fighters have been killed, and Afghan forces have suffered an unknown number of casualties, O'Donnell said, adding that he was unsure of any civilian casualties.

Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said the Afghan air force was also taking part in the battle.

MoD also added that the Afghan forces successfully repulsed the Taliban attack and inflicted casualties on them despite they attempted to use the civilian homes as shelter against the security forces.

A government spokesmen on Tuesday confirmed the Taliban had overrun several security checkposts, but denied reports of key areas of the city falling into the militants' hands.

Governor Basir Salangi fled the city after the insurgent attack began around 2am, but he remained in Farah province at a military base a few miles outside Farah city, according to numerous local officials.

Afghan and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation warplanes also took part in the battle.

Zabihullah Mujahid, Taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility for the attacks in Ghazni.

The Taliban continues its insurgency in Afghanistan with an assault on Farah City.

Meghan Markle's Father To Miss Royal Wedding
Ms Markle's goddaughters, Remi Litt, six, and her elder sister, Rylan, seven, will also be joining the procession of bridesmaids. Ms Markle, 36, will not have a maid of honour as she wanted to avoid choosing just one of her closest friends.

Help. Farah is a remote and sparsely populated province between Iran to the West and Helmand province, considered the "heart" of the Taliban.

"An intense battle is going on in the city", he said without providing additional details.

NATO's Resolute Support mission in Kabul tweeted that the Afghan army, supported by United States airpower including A-10 Thunderbolts, was "on the offensive" and the city "remains under govt. control".

Fighters are targeting journalists in Afghanistan because they are weakened and want more news coverage in order to undermine the country's electoral process ahead of an expected vote in October, Pentagon chief Jim Mattis has said.

"NDS forces in their headquarters are engaged in heavy clashes with the Taliban". They have been posting images on social media which they claim shows them inside the city. Despite the pressure of greatly stepped-up USA and Afghan airstrikes, the Taliban have shown little interest in the Afghan government's offer of a comprehensive peace agreement.

"Farah is in dire need of air support", Dadullah Qane, a provincial council member, said by telephone as the fighting went on in the morning.

There are plans for a section of the multi-billion-dollar TAPI (Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India) gas pipeline to traverse it, a project with which the Taliban have pledged to cooperate.

Although the insurgents have been unable to take and hold any provincial center, they are active across Afghanistan and the government has firm control over no more than 56 percent of the country, according to U.S. estimates.

Recommended

Tesla about to open order books for dual motor Model 3 Tesla about to open order books for dual motor Model 3 Wait times will more than likely extend into 2020, wait times for the current Model 3 are between 12-18 months if you order today. Tesla, whose future depends to a large extent on the success of its new Model 3 auto , could do without any more negative PR.

Explosion being probed as intentional Explosion being probed as intentional Authorities say one person is dead and two others have injuries after an explosion rocked a Southern California office building. Orange County Fire Authority Chief Brian Fennessy says 70 firefighters were dispatched in response to a 1:09 p.m.

Hamas offers Israel quiet on Gaza border if airstrikes reduced Hamas offers Israel quiet on Gaza border if airstrikes reduced Thousands of Gaza residents turned out on Tuesday for the funerals of Palestinians killed by Israeli troops a day earlier. . Both these resolutions affirm that Jerusalem would be the capital of the future Palestinian State and the State of Israel.

Cheney: US should restart harsh interrogations, backs Haspel Cheney: US should restart harsh interrogations, backs Haspel In the letter, Haspel wrote that she would not "condemn" those who made the "hard calls" after the 9/11 terror attacks. The agency considered its interrogation program to derive from that authority.

Iran upbeat on nuclear deal hopes after talks with European Union in Brussels Iran upbeat on nuclear deal hopes after talks with European Union  in Brussels Zarif's visit to the Russian capital Moscow is part of his worldwide tour, as an effort to save the Iran nuclear deal. The deal's proponents say it is crucial to forestalling a nuclear Iran and preventing wider war in the Middle East.

American clothing brand Gap 'terribly sorry' over China map shirt omitting Taiwan American clothing brand Gap 'terribly sorry' over China map shirt omitting Taiwan But this isn't the first time an worldwide company has found itself in hot water over China territorial issues. As stated by the user, the photograph of the T-shirt was taken at an outlet store in Canada .

Gotham Renewed for Season 5 by FOX Gotham Renewed for Season 5 by FOX After it was feared that the show was set for the chop, the Batman prequel was given a fifth season , after all. Television (which produces and owns Gotham ) pushed hard for FOX to bring the series back.

ZTE Ceases Operations Due To US Ban, Despite Trump Pledge ZTE Ceases Operations Due To US Ban, Despite Trump Pledge Asian shares were mostly lower in muted trading Tuesday amid continuing uncertainty over trade tensions between China and the U.S. Also in April, Trump threatened to introduce extra tariffs on the Chinese imports worth about 150 billion dollars per year.

Australia probes claim Google harvests data, consumers pay With more than ten million Australians using Android phones, they could be paying $580 million in unnecessary fees every year. He added that one could choose not to opt in to location sharing and claimed Oracle's presentation was "sleight of hand".

Watch 2018 NBA Draft Lottery Online Ironically, the Cavs are in the lottery thanks to the Brooklyn pick they received in the Irving trade with the Celtics. After those pingpong balls are chosen, all of the other teams go in reverse order of the regular-season standings.

SNAP JUDGEMENT: Spain nearly banned from this weekend's Eurovision Song Contest SNAP JUDGEMENT: Spain nearly  banned from this weekend's Eurovision Song Contest For both countries to go head-to-head this year, Russian Federation first has to get through Thursday's semi-final. That said, she's no stranger to Eurovision: on the contrary, she has featured in the contest twice already.

Karnataka Polls: Neither Siddaramaiah, Nor Yeddyurappa Will Become Chief Minister, Claims JD(S) Karnataka Polls: Neither Siddaramaiah, Nor Yeddyurappa Will Become Chief Minister, Claims JD(S) He claimed there was a strong wave in BJP's favour and public ire against chief minister Siddaramaiah and the Congress. At 6 feet you drown! Votes will be counted on Tuesday and exit polls and other surveys have often been wrong in India.

Number Of Salmonella Cases Linked To Eggs Continues To Rise Number Of Salmonella Cases Linked To Eggs Continues To Rise Salmonella can come from contaminated animal products such as beef, poultry, milk and eggs, as well as fruits and vegetables. The Food and Drug Administration has a list of all of the recalled brands on its outbreak investigation page .

Manchester City broke seven more Premier League records today Manchester City broke seven more Premier League records today Swansea manager Carlos Carvahal and players wear a dejected look after their relegation from the Premier League. They trailed Southampton by three points and their goal difference was significantly inferior.

India Cricketers take to Twitter on the occasion of Mother's Day India Cricketers take to Twitter on the occasion of Mother's Day But remember she is watching you and Khushi up from Heaven. "But I couldn't find the strainer, so I used the flyswatter instead". In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a bill recognizing Mother's Day as a national holiday on the second Sunday in May.