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June 16, 2016
Canada wrongly detained, abused Afghan prisoners: military police
Ottawa (AFP) June 15, 2016
Nearly half of the Afghans captured by Canadian troops in 2010 and 2011 had no links to the Taliban and were illegally held far longer than Ottawa has publicly acknowledged, military police said Wednesday. In an open letter published by La Presse newspaper, the police officers called for accountability for the wrongful detention and mistreatment of Afghan farmers and others who "found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time in the middle of urban warfare." A military police complaints co ... read more

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Civilian deaths undermining US military missions
The United States underestimates the long-term impact of civilian deaths on its military missions and is failing to implement lessons learned from 15 grueling years in Afghanistan, a report released Wednesday found. ... more
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China restricts Ramadan fasting in Muslim region
Chinese officials have restricted civil servants, students and children in a mainly Muslim region from fasting during Ramadan, government websites said as the holy month began on Monday. ... more
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How to spot a militant: Pakistani army removes roofs in Waziristan
House after house flicks by hundreds of feet beneath a military helicopter, many distinguished by one arresting feature: their roofs have been removed by the army to allow an "aerial view" of militants who may take refuge there. ... more
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Afghan forces improve performance over last year: US general
Afghan forces have improved their performance over last year, a time when they saw a series of setbacks in their struggle against the Taliban, a United States general said Wednesday. ... more
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Strike on Taliban chief shows dimming US hopes for Afghan peace
The US killing of Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour marks a significant shift for President Barack Obama, highlighting a new willingness to target the group's leaders in Pakistan and risk retaliatory attacks against struggling Afghan security forces. ... more
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PKK bomb kills six soldiers in southeast Turkey: army
Six soldiers were killed and two others wounded when a bomb hit a military convoy in southeast Turkey on Tuesday, the army said, blaming Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants for the attack. ... more
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Obama confirms Taliban leader's death in US strike
President Barack Obama on Monday confirmed Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US air strike, hailing his death as an "important milestone" in efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan. ... more
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Taliban leader killed because seen as 'imminent threat':Pentagon
Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US drone strike because he represented a "specific imminent threat" to US and coalition forces in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Monday. ... more
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Pakistan to host meeting on reviving Afghan Taliban talks
Pakistan will on Wednesday host a new round of four-nation Afghan peace talks aimed at reviving long-stalled negotiations with the Taliban, a foreign office official said. ... more
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Eight Turkey troops killed in anti-PKK operations: army
Six Turkish soldiers were killed on Friday in a clash with Kurdish militants in the southeast of the country while two more lost their lives when a military helicopter sent to the scene crashed, the army said. ... more
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Kunduz report shows US troops' continued Afghan combat
They were shot at "tens upon tens of thousands" of times, took part in multiple firefights - and escaped death thanks only to an "absolute miracle." ... more
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US and Afghan forces free kidnapped son of ex-Pakistan PM
US and Afghan forces freed the kidnapped son of a former Pakistani prime minister during a counter-terrorism mission in eastern Afghanistan, NATO said Tuesday, three years after he was kidnapped in a hail of bullets. ... more
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Two Romanian soldiers killed in Afghan 'insider attack'
Gunmen wearing Afghan military uniforms shot dead two Romanian soldiers in the country's south Saturday, officials said, in the first insider attack on foreign troops since the Taliban launched their spring offensive last month. ... more
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Afghan poppy crop could fuel new Taliban attacks: US general
A bumper poppy crop in Afghanistan will help fund the Taliban and likely lead to fresh attacks on Afghan security forces after the harvest, a US general said Thursday. ... more
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Pakistan army courts sentence 11 Taliban militants to death
Pakistan military courts have sentenced eleven Taliban militants to death for terrorism-related offences, the army said Tuesday. ... more
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Turkish soldier killed in PKK bombing in southeast: army
One Turkish soldier was killed and 20 others were wounded when a car bomb blamed on Kurdish militants exploded in the Kurdish-majority southeast, the army said on Monday. ... more
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No war crimes charges for US troops who bombed Afghan hospital
The US personnel who bombarded a hospital in the Afghan city Kunduz last year and killed 42 people will not face war crimes charges, their commander said Friday. ... more
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Shrinking US presence in Afghanistan creates security concerns: report
The dwindling US troop presence in Afghanistan is hampering the Pentagon's ability to train and monitor local security forces, a government watchdog report warned Friday. ... more
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Pentagon to release report into Afghan hospital attack
The Pentagon is poised to release the final report on its investigation into a deadly air strike on a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital in Afghanistan, a defense official said Thursday. ... more
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India cancels visa for Chinese Uighur activist
India has cancelled a visa it gave to an exiled Uighur dissident, an official said Monday, after China protested and described him as a "terrorist" wanted by Interpol. ... more
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China wants Uighurs extradited: Indonesia
Beijing has asked Jakarta to send four Uighurs jailed in Indonesia back to China in exchange for extraditing a graft fugitive, a minister said Thursday. ... more
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Pakistan army chief sacks senior officers for corruption: sources
Pakistan's army has fired several senior officers over corruption charges, senior military sources told AFP Thursday, in a rare display of accountability by the country's most powerful institution. ... more
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Pakistan's largest bank opens branch in China
Pakistan's Habib Bank Limited on Monday announced it had received a licence to open a branch in China, a move that would make it the first South Asian lender to operate in the world's number two economy. ... more
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No kidding: Pentagon ran 'fancy Italian goat' project
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