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News, January 2011
Scores of Afghanis and NATO Soldiers Killed in Endless Afghanistan War Attacks
January 10, 2011
15 Taliban killed in NATO-Afghan attack
Press TV, Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:37AM
A senior Taliban leader and 14 other (Taliban fighters, Press
TV describes them as militants) have been killed in an Afghan-NATO
operation targeting the militants in north Afghanistan.
3 Afghan policemen killed in car bomb
Press TV, Mon Jan 10, 2011 8:18AM
Spin Boldak was the site of another attack, in which 17 people
including a police commander were killed. At least three Afghan border
police guards have been killed in a car bombing in the Spin Boldak
district of troubled Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan, near the
border with Pakistan.
5 civilians killed in Afghanistan clashes
Press TV, Sun Jan 9, 2011 11:30AM
Fresh clashes between US-led foreign forces and Taliban
militants have left at least five civilians, including a child, dead in
Afghan war kills another US-led soldier
Press TV, Sun Jan 9, 2011 6:50AM
A roadside bomb has claimed the life of another US-led soldier
in southern Afghanistan bringing the number of foreign soldiers killed
in the war-ravaged country to 11 so far this year.
Three US-led troops killed in Afghan war
Press TV, Fri Jan 7, 2011 4:24PM
US-led troops in Afghanistan NATO says three US-led troops have been
killed in two separate bomb attacks in Afghanistan, amid a surge in
militant attacks against foreign forces in the country.
NATO kills more than 10 insurgents in Afghanistan
Monday, January 10, 12:44 am ET
KABUL, Afghanistan, AFP –
NATO says it has killed more than 10 (Taliban fighters described by AFP as insurgents) and captured two others in an operation targeting a Taliban leader in north Afghanistan.
The coalition said in a statement Monday that its forces, along with their Afghan counterparts, were searching for a Taliban leader who was the district leader of Khanabad in Kunduz province. The coalition says he is linked to Taliban leaders in Pakistan and is involved in aiding the insurgents with roadside bombs and weapons.
NATO said troops attempted to draw the occupants out of the compound where the man was believed to be. When that failed, they entered the compound, a gunbattle ensured, and several insurgents were killed.
Kunduz police chief Abdul Rahman Sayedhkaili said 13 people were killed.
Three Afghan police killed by Taliban car bomb
by Nasrat Shoaib Nasrat Shoaib –
Monday, January 10, 2011
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFP) –
Three policemen were killed Monday in a car bombing claimed by the Taliban in southern Afghanistan's troubled Kandahar province, near the border with Pakistan, police said.
The attack comes three days after a Taliban suicide bomber killed a police commander and 16 others at a public bath in the same district of Spin Boldak. That was the deadliest attack in Afghanistan since October.
"A car bomber approached the national police patrol cars and smashed his car into the police vehicles, killing three policemen and destroying the vehicle," General Abdul Raziq, chief of Kandahar's border police, told AFP.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place on a remote highway between Spin Boldak and Takhapul.
Witnesses said police removed the bodies and cleaned the road shortly after the attack, which happened at around 10:00 am (0530 GMT).
The attacks Monday and last week highlight the tense security situation in parts of Kandahar -- the Taliban's spiritual home -- despite its being the focus of an international military strategy to reverse their momentum.
Spin Boldak is a short distance from the border with Pakistan, where US officials say the Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents use bases to plot attacks in Afghanistan and the West.
There are currently some 140,000 international troops in Afghanistan fighting an insurgency spearheaded by the Taliban, who were ousted from power in a US-led invasion in 2001.
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates last week ordered an extra 1,400 US Marines to the south in a bid to pre-empt the Taliban's traditional spring offensive, which is expected in April or May.
That came on top of an extra 30,000 troops for Afghanistan ordered by President Barack Obama in late 2009 as part of a surge strategy to try to arrest the Taliban's increasing momentum.
In a review of the strategy published last month, Obama said the surge was working, but stressed that gains were fragile.
Limited international troop withdrawals are due to begin in July before responsibility for security is handed to Afghan security forces in 2014.
Afghanistan's interior ministry says that 1,292 policemen were killed battling the Taliban and other insurgents last year.
Three people including one policeman were killed in a bombing in Kandahar city at the end of last month which apparently targeted police queuing to receive their salaries.
Elsewhere in Afghanistan Monday, international forces said they were investigating a possible friendly fire incident in the central Day Kundi province in which three Afghan policemen were killed.
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