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Young Afghan Messi fan threatened by criminals, Taliban

Young Afghan Messi fan threatened by criminals, TalibanKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A young Afghan soccer fan who shot to fame after he was photographed in a Messi shirt made from a plastic bag has been forced to flee with his family to the capital after criminal gangs and the Taliban threatened to kill or kidnap him, his mother said Friday.



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Afghan 'torturer in chief' killed in Taliban attack

Afghan 'torturer in chief' killed in Taliban attackGeneral Abdul Raziq once boasted he had survived “countless” Taliban attempts to kill him. The controversial Kandahar police chief, described by Human Rights Watch last year as the southern province’s “torturer in chief”, had risen through the ranks to become one of the most powerful security heads in Afghanistan. Widely seen as a bulwark against the Taliban insurgency, Raziq’s death has left a dangerous security vacuum that one observer said could lead to a “meltdown” in the south, the Taliban movement’s birthplace.



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'That's treason!' Candidates clash over Taliban comment at Arizona Senate debate

'That's treason!' Candidates clash over Taliban comment at Arizona Senate debateRep. Martha McSally and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema are vying for Jeff Flake's seat.



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Taliban attack Afghan army base, killing 17 soldiers

Taliban attack Afghan army base, killing 17 soldiersKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban have attacked an army base in western Afghanistan, killing 17 Afghan soldiers and abducting 11 others, officials said Sunday.



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Afghan Taliban announces death of Haqqani network leader

Afghan Taliban announces death of Haqqani network leaderThe founder of the Haqqani network, one of Afghanistan’s most effective and feared militant groups, has died after a long illness, their allies the Afghan Taliban announced Tuesday. Jalaluddin Haqqani, whose son Sirajuddin Haqqani now heads the brutal group and is also the Taliban’s deputy leader, died “after a long battle with illness”, the Taliban said in a statement. Jalaluddin “was from among the great distinguished Jihadi personalities of this era,” the Taliban said in the English version of its statement posted on Twitter.



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Taliban launch attacks on approaches to Afghan city of Ghazni

Taliban launch attacks on approaches to Afghan city of GhazniThe Taliban raided three villages on the outskirts of Ghazni late on Thursday, destroying some newly built checkpoints and cutting off power to some parts of the city. Provincial police chief Farid Mashal said government forces counter-attacked to block the insurgents from approaching the city. “We were swift to push the Taliban out of the villages, but many civilians fled to neighboring villages fearing the fighters could kill them,” said Mashal.



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The Taliban Have Taken at Least 100 People Hostage in Northern Afghanistan, Officials Say

The Taliban Have Taken at Least 100 People Hostage in Northern Afghanistan, Officials SayWomen and children were among those seized during an ambush in the country's north



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Afghanistan waits for Taliban response to truce offer

Afghanistan waits for Taliban response to truce offerAfghanistan was waiting Monday for a Taliban response to President Ashraf Ghani’s suggestion of a three-month ceasefire, an offer welcomed by the United States and NATO after 17 years of war. Ghani unveiled the government’s latest gambit during an Independence Day address late Sunday, saying security forces would observe the truce beginning this week — but only if the Taliban reciprocated. The move followed an extraordinarily violent week in Afghanistan that saw that Taliban storm the provincial capital of Ghazni — just a two hour drive from Kabul — and press the fight against security forces across the country, resulting in hundreds of deaths.



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Aid arrives in Afghan city after Taliban onslaught

Aid arrives in Afghan city after Taliban onslaughtAid trickled into Ghazni Sunday, residents and relief workers said, days after security forces pushed Taliban militants from the eastern Afghan city following nearly a week of heavy fighting. “We need this aid to survive,” said Gul Badshah, one of many in Ghazni who made their way to distribution centres Sunday, who said his home had been destroyed by two rockets during the onslaught. Siraj Ahmad, another resident, said he was collecting aid for a neighbour whose husband — a police officer — and young son were killed by the Taliban during the fighting.



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The Afghan President Has Called for a Cease-Fire With the Taliban During Eid al-Adha

The Afghan President Has Called for a Cease-Fire With the Taliban During Eid al-AdhaThe Taliban did not immediately respond to the announcement



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