Afghanistan

Suspected Al-Qaeda militants arrested in Italy for Vatican plot

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ROME - Italian police on Friday arrested 10 people and were looking for eight others suspected of belonging to an armed group linked to al Qaeda who had plotted attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan and at least at one point the Vatican. | Video

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Suspected Al-Qaeda militants arrested in Italy for Vatican plot 24 Apr 2015

ROME - Italian police on Friday arrested 10 people and were looking for eight others suspected of belonging to an armed group linked to al Qaeda who had plotted attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan and at least at one point the Vatican.

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Afghan president orders inquiry into unreleased U.N. police report 24 Apr 2015

KABUL - Afghanistan's president has ordered the interior ministry to investigate why a United Nations-funded report on corruption in the Afghan police force was ignored and take appropriate action, a copy of a directive seen by Reuters shows.

Taliban launch spring offensive with rocket attack on U.S. base 24 Apr 2015

KABUL - Taliban insurgents shot rockets onto a U.S. base outside Kabul and targeted Afghan government buildings in a provincial capital on Friday, as they officially launched their spring offensive in a year that has already seen fierce fighting.

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U.S. strike inadvertently killed U.S., Italian hostages; Obama apologises 24 Apr 2015

WASHINGTON - A U.S. drone strike in January targeting an al Qaeda compound in Pakistan near the Afghan border inadvertently killed an American and an Italian who had been held hostage for years by the group, U.S. officials said on Thursday. | Video

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India to host Afghan leader, seeks to regain ground lost to China, Pakistan 23 Apr 2015

NEW DELHI - When Afghan President Ashraf Ghani makes his first official visit to India next week, it will be a chance for New Delhi to regain ground lost to regional rivals Pakistan and China and push interests including trade routes and arms sales.

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U.S. strike inadvertently killed U.S., Italian hostages; Obama apologises 23 Apr 2015

WASHINGTON - A U.S. drone strike in January targeting an al Qaeda compound in Pakistan near the Afghan border inadvertently killed an American and an Italian who had been held hostage for years by the group, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

Afghan, NATO officials doubt IS links to Jalalabad bombing 22 Apr 2015

KABUL - Afghan officials and NATO forces in Afghanistan said they doubted that a recent suicide attack on the eastern city of Jalalabad was the work of an offshoot Islamic State, the Islamist militant group fighting mainly in Syria and Iraq.

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Turkey faces delicate battle against Islamic State sympathisers at home 22 Apr 2015

ISTANBUL/ANKARA - Defne Bayrak's husband was a suicide bomber who killed CIA operatives in a 2009 attack in Afghanistan. Now, she is among the hundreds of Turks using social media to show support for Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.

Taliban announce plans to ramp up attacks in Afghanistan 22 Apr 2015

KABUL - The Afghan Taliban on Wednesday announced the start of its annual spring offensive, warning it would ramp up attacks on foreign embassies and government officials, as well as military targets, starting on Friday.