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News Alert no. 139: Major insurgent attacks in – and near – Kabul: 50 killed, hundreds wounded

Building destroyed by a bomb truck in Kabul

Starting with August 7, 2015, several significant attacks have been launched by insurgents (and at least two of them by Taliban fighters) against “Afghan army and police and U.S. special forces”, in or near Kabul, Reuters reports on August 8. At least 50 people were killed and several hundred have been wounded, and open sources […]

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Policy Brief No.67: Taliban attack kills at least 140 people at military-run school in Peshawar, Pakistan

peshawar attack army reaction

At 10 a.m. (local time), on December 16, at least nine Taliban fighters, all of them heavily armed and wearing suicide vests, quietly entered a military-run school in Peshawar, a city in North-Western Pakistan, killing at least 130 students and teachers, Reuters reports. One witness says the attackers “bypassed the heavily guarded main entrance and […]

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News alert No.81: Unprecedentedly heavy combat losses of Afghan military forces


“Afghan forces have been suffering unprecedented casualties this year”, Reuters reports on November 5, 2014. Local and Western sources say the ANSF (Afghan National Security Forces – which means the ANA, Afghan National Army, plus several branches of the Afghan National Police, ANP) were able to deny the Taliban and other radical groups any chance […]

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News Alert No.49: Islamic extremist groups in the Greater Middle East: Islamic State loses strategic border crossing. Taliban twin suicide attack in Kabul


On September 30, Iraqi Kurdish fighters drove the Islamic State (ISIL) from a major border crossing with Syria: according to The New York Times, “in a predawn push, […] forces of the Kurdistan Regional Government fought their way into the Rabia district, near the Syrian border, seizing control of two villages by late morning and, […]

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News Alert No.48: Afghanistan to sign security agreement allowing U.S. troops to stay after 2014


A deal between Afghanistan’s government, led by the new president, Ashraf Ghani and the U.S. is due to be signed on September 30, which will allow some foreign troops to remain in the country beyond 2014. “Ghani’s predecessor, Hamid Karzai, had long refused to agree to the deal, citing his anger over civilian deaths and […]

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