January 24, 2011
US-led airstrikes kill Afghan civilians
Press TV, Mon Jan 24, 2011 2:12PM
Two separate airstrikes by US-led foreign forces have killed at least
five civilians and wounded several others
in various parts of Afghanistan.
Two civilians were killed and
another wounded in a US airstrike in the eastern province of Logar.
A spokesman for the Logar governor told Press TV that the victims
were mine workers.
American infantry took the dead bodies before
leaving the area.
Another airstrike by foreign forces killed
three more Afghan civilians in the northwestern province of Badghis.
Several others were also wounded in the attack.
civilians have lost their lives in the US-led airstrikes and ground
operations in various parts of Afghanistan over the past few months,
with Afghans becoming more outraged over the seemingly endless number of
The Afghan interior ministry says more than
2,000 civilians lost their lives in violence across Afghanistan in 2010.
Civilians have been the main victims of violence in Afghanistan,
particularly in the country's troubled southern and eastern provinces,
where they are killed by both militant and foreign fire.
Civilian casualties have long been a source of friction between the
Afghan government and US-led foreign forces.
The surge in
violence comes despite the presence of 150,000 foreign troops, which are
engaged in the so-called war on terrorism. The war in Afghanistan, with
civilian and military casualties at record highs, has become the longest
war in US history.
Polish soldier killed in Afghanistan
Press TV, Sat Jan 22, 2011 11:34PM
Polish soldiers carry the coffin of a fallen comrade. (file photo) A
Polish soldier and a civilian medic have been killed and two other
people injured in a bombing attack in eastern Afghanistan.
NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said that in the
attack, an improvised explosive device went off under an armored vehicle
in Ghazni province on Saturday, AFP reported.
incident brings the death toll for Polish soldiers based in Afghanistan
to 23. Poland currently has 2,600 troops stationed in the Central Asian
Polish forces are deployed in the eastern province of
Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are by far the most
lethal weapon Taliban militants use against foreign troops, Afghan
forces, and civilians.
The latest death brings the number of
fatalities for foreign troops in Afghanistan to 27 so far this year.
Last year was the deadliest year for foreign military forces
deployed in Afghanistan, with a death toll of 711. The figure eclipsed
the previous record of 521 in 2009.
Hundreds of civilians have
also lost their lives in US-led operations in various parts of
Afghanistan, with Afghans becoming more and more outraged over the
seemingly endless number of deadly assaults.
And this situation
is adding fuel to the fire of anti-US sentiment in Afghanistan and the
rest of the Islamic world.
Three US-led troops killed in Afghan war
Press TV, Sat Jan 22, 2011 5:48PM
The Taliban have killed at least three foreign soldiers as militants
intensify their violent campaign against the US-led forces in the
Taliban militants claim to have killed
three French soldiers in the country's volatile east.
spokesman said the killings took place in an Afghan-French military base
in Kabul Province on Friday afternoon. He claimed that a militant,
recruited among Afghan forces months ago, conducted the operation.
The Taliban spokesman also claimed that the militant managed to
escape after killing the French soldiers.
Foreign forces have
not yet commented on the incident.
France currently has about
3,750 troops in Afghanistan.
Nearly 60 French soldiers have been
killed in Afghanistan since France joined the US-led operation in the
country nine years ago.
The developments also come at a time
when the US-led war in Afghanistan seems to be at a crucial stage with
militants believed to be gaining ground.
The 2001 US-led
invasion of Afghanistan was launched with the official objective of
curbing militancy and bringing peace and stability to the country.
Nine years on, however, American and Afghan officials admit that the
country remains unstable as civilians continue to pay the heaviest
The security situation remains fragile in Afghanistan
despite the presence of 150,000 US-led foreign forces in the country.
According to official figures, more than 2,307 US-led soldiers
have been killed in Afghanistan so far.
The increasing number of
troop casualties in Afghanistan has caused widespread anger in the US
and other NATO member states, undermining public support for the
continuation of the Afghan war.
6 Taliban fighters killed in Afghanistan
People's Daily, 19:36, January 24, 2011
Six Afghanis (described in this news report as Taliban militants)
were killed as Afghan and NATO-led forces conducted a search and cleanup
operation in northern Lashkar Gah capital of Taliban hub Helmand
province on Monday, an official said.
"A combined unit of special
operation force raided Taliban hideouts some 15 km north of Lashkar Gah
in the wee hours of Monday as a result six militants were
killed,"spokesman of provincial administration Daud Ahmadi told Xinhua.
He also said that the joint forces also captured four injured
militants during the operation in the province, 555 km south of Afghan
Taliban militants have not made comment so far.
Helmand and the neighboring Kandahar province the birthplace of
Taliban have been experiencing increasing militancy over the past couple
of years despite continued military operations conducted by Afghan and
NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) since mid 2010.
NATO: 2 Taliban leaders killed in east Afghanistan
AP, January 24, 2011 –
KABUL, Afghanistan –
NATO says its air strikes have killed two key local
Taliban leaders in eastern Afghanistan.
The international military alliance says in a statement issued on
Monday that its forces killed the Taliban shadow administrator for
Nangarhar province's Hisarak district in a strike last Friday. NATO had
previously announced the strike but said they were unsure if Maulawi
Anwar had been killed.
NATO also says that it killed a Taliban operative in Logar province's
Pul-e-Alam district in a strike on Sunday. The coalition says the man,
Abdul Bari, helped Taliban leaders get weapons and