Afghan election front-runner escapes assassination attempt

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Abdullah Abdullah, front-runner in Afghanistan’s presidential election, escaped assassination on Friday when two bombs blew up outside a hotel where he had just staged a rally, killing six people.The midday blasts, one caused by a suicide bomber, destroyed a car in Abdullah’s convoy, police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai said. One of the dead was a bodyguard. Twenty-two people were injured.Television images showed the charred remains of the car alongside shattered shop fronts in a densely populated western district of Kabul.”When I was leaving the rally from the People’s Islamic Unity Party, our car was hit by a roadside bomb and destroyed,” Abdullah said at another rally soon afterwards.

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Blast kills 4 officers in Afghanistan’s Ghazni

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A roadside bomb explosion in Afghanistan’s eastern Ghazni Province has killed four police officers who were trying to defuse the bomb, according to officials.The four, including a local police, were killed in Waghiz district on Thursday as they attempted to defuse one of two roadside bombs planted in the eastern district.“They defused the first bomb and while they were trying to defuse the second one nearby, it detonated and killed them,” provincial spokesperson Shafiq Nang said.Deputy police chief of Ghazni Assadullah Safi also confirmed the incident, saying another police officer was wounded in the attack and taken to a nearby hospital.No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

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NATO to keep around 12,000 troops in Afghanistan next year: U.S. official

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A NATO-led training mission in Afghanistan next year is likely to total about 12,000 soldiers, including about 8,000 Americans, while some 1,800 Americans will conduct counter-terrorism missions, a senior U.S. military official said on Wednesday.The United States would also be keen to see participation in the counter-terrorism effort by nations with well-trained special forces, such as Britain or Australia, the official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said.The 12,000 figure for the NATO training mission given by the official on the sidelines of a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels was at the high end of planning assumptions previously spoken of in NATO corridors.U.S. President Barack Obama said last week that the United States will cut its force in Afghanistan to 9,800 from the start of next year, split between soldiers who will form part of the NATO training mission and others who will be part of a U.S. mission to combat al Qaeda fighters in Afghanistan.

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Bergdahl blamed for deaths of US soldiers in Afghanistan

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United States Army soldiers who served in Afghanistan alongside former prisoner of war Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl are speaking up to condemn their one-time colleague and those who are labeling him a hero following his release from Taliban custody this week.Republican lawmakers were quick to pounce on the White House over a recent under-the-table arrangement that relinquished five Guantanamo Bay detainees in exchange for Bergdahl, a 28-year-old soldier caught by the Taliban in 2009. Others are now voicing their outrage too, including many soldiers who say that Bergdahl willingly deserted the US Army five years ago and indirectly caused the deaths of a half-dozen American troops as a result.One of the more vocal critics of the just released soldier is Nathan Bradley Bethea, who told The Daily Beast this week that he served in same battalion as Bethea at the time he went missing in June 2009.

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Afghan president fumes at prisoner deal made behind his back: source

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The Afghan president is angry at being kept in the dark over a deal to free five Taliban leaders in exchange for a captured U.S. soldier, and accuses Washington of failing to back a peace plan for the war-torn country, a senior source said on Monday.The five prisoners were flown to Qatar on Sunday as part of a secret agreement to release Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who left Afghanistan for Germany on the same day.The only known U.S. prisoner of war in Afghanistan, Bergdahl had been held captive for five years.”The president is now even more distrustful of U.S. intentions in the country,” said the source close to President Hamid Karzai’s palace in Kabul, who declined to be identified.

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US-led air raid kills eight in southeastern Afghanistan

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At least eight people have been killed in an airstrike carried out by US-led forces in Afghanistan’s southeastern province of Paktika, local authorities say.The provincial police chief, General Nabi Jan Malakhel said the victims were all Taliban militants in the Thursday night attack.Malakhel added that a vehicle carrying militants was targeted in the airstrike.The Taliban has not yet commented on the event.The incident marks the latest in a series of US-led airstrikes in volatile Afghanistan.On Thursday, local officials in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Kunar said five Taliban members were killed in a US drone attack.

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Afghans say 300 Pakistani shells landed in Kunar in last 2 days

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Local officials in Afghanistan’s Kunar Province have charged that more than 300 rockets fired from the Pakistani side of the border have landed in part of the province within the past two days.Provincial security chief General Abdul Habib Syed Khel said the rockets have landed in Shegal and Dangam districts, Afghan-based Khaama Press reported late Tuesday.The Afghan general further added that the cross-border shelling left one civilian dead and 14 others injured in the Shegal district, noting that 20 families were also forced to leave their homes.This is while the local authorities called on Afghanistan’s Interior and Foreign Affairs ministries to take immediate measures in an effort to halt the cross-border shelling.

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