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Afghan Taliban's brazen attack eclipses Trump's "mother of all bombs"


KABUL Eight days after the U.S. military dropped its largest ever conventional bomb on suspected Islamic State fighters in eastern Afghanistan, Taliban militants breached an army base in the north of the country and killed scores of local soldiers.

Afghan defence chief quits over attack; U.S. warns of "another tough year"

KABUL Afghanistan's defence minister and army chief of staff resigned on Monday after the deadliest Taliban attack on a military base, and U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he was "under no illusions" about the problems facing the country. | Video

Top News, 24 Apr 2017

Top U.S. general in Afghanistan sees Russia sending weapons to Taliban

KABUL The head of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan said on Monday he was "not refuting" reports that Russia was providing support, including weapons, to the Taliban.

World, 24 Apr 2017

Bomb attack hits U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan

KHOST, Afghanistan Suspected Taliban insurgents on Monday attacked a U.S.-operated base in Afghanistan's eastern province of Khost, officials said, but gave few immediate details of an assault that coincided with a visit to Kabul by U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

Top News, World, 24 Apr 2017

Few clues on casualties at site of huge U.S. bomb in Afghanistan

ACHIN DISTRICT, Afghanistan The remote site in eastern Afghanistan where the U.S. military dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed in combat earlier this month bears signs of the weapon's power, but little evidence of how much material and human damage it inflicted.

World, Top News 24 Apr 2017

Mourning declared after scores of troops die in Afghan base attack

MAZAR-I-SHARIF/KABUL, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani declared a national day of mourning after scores of soldiers were killed by Taliban fighters disguised as fellow soldiers, in the deadliest attack of its kind on an Afghan military base. | Video

World, Top News 23 Apr 2017

Confusion, chaos after Taliban breach Afghan base in deadly attack

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan Afghan soldier Zabihullah was chatting with an army comrade at their military base in northern Afghanistan when gunfire interrupted their quiet Friday afternoon.

World, Top News 23 Apr 2017

Thousands of ex-Taliban fighters may have entered Germany - report

BERLIN Thousands of former Taliban fighters may have entered Germany over the past two years among an influx of more than a million migrants and refugees, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Saturday.

Top News, World, 22 Apr 2017

Analysis: Local, global security firms in race along China's 'Silk Road'

SHANGHAI/BEIJING Global security companies and their smaller Chinese rivals are jostling for business along Beijing's modern-day "Silk Road", the grandiose plan for land and sea routes connecting the world's second largest economy with the rest of Asia and beyond.

24 Apr 2017

Pakistan opposition vows protests to press PM to resign during investigation

ISLAMABAD Pakistani opposition party lawmakers tore up the agenda and shouted in a parliament session on Friday as they demanded that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif step down during an investigation into his finances.

Top News, World, 21 Apr 2017

Movie Review: Noor

Saba Imtiaz’s novel, “Karachi, You’re Killing Me!” is a breezy if superficial read - a Pakistani “Bridget Jones’s Diary” of sort that captures the misadventures of a blundering young journalist and her struggle to land the big story and the right man. “Noor”, the official movie adaptation, certainly imbibes the bumbling character of the protagonist, but the breeziness and humour are sorely missing. 

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