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US 'to expand' 2015 Afghanistan combat role

US 'to expand' 2015 Afghanistan combat role

US troops in Afghanistan will be allowed to target Taliban fighters from 2015, US officials say, expanding their role after the end of major combat operations. Guidelines approved by President Barack Obama will also provide air support for Afghan missions, US media report. The US force in the country is be cut to 9,800 by...

Bashundhara Cement Test Series & ODI Series

Eyes on Zim, sight on World Cup

Eyes on Zim, sight on World Cup

By the time Chandika Hathurusingha took over as head coach in May this year, Bangladesh had lost seven T20Is, as many ODIs and two Tests in 2014. Those included unexpected defeats against Afghanistan and Hong Kong in major competitions at home. Apart from those losses against non-full member nations, the Tigers failed to go...

Afghan woman MP survives car attack

Afghan woman MP survives car attack

A suicide bomber has targeted a prominent female Afghan politician, killing three civilians and wounding others in an attack on a Kabul convoy. Shukria Barakzai, a women's rights advocate and ally of new President Ashraf Ghani, was slightly injured in the attack. "[Barakzai] is fine and suffers small injuries," Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi tweeted. "Unfortunately...

Pakistanis flee into beleaguered Afghanistan

Pakistanis flee into beleaguered Afghanistan

Through three decades of war, waves of Afghans have fled their homes along the eastern border areas, many of them seeking shelter in the Pakistani tribal regions next door. Last summer another wave of refugees surged through the area. But in a reversal, it is Pakistanis, not Afghans, who are fleeing war at home,...

SAFF Women's Championship: Bangladesh beat Afghanistan 6-1

SAFF Women's Championship: Bangladesh beat Afghanistan 6-1

Bangladesh defeated Afghanistan 6-1 in the 3rd SAFF Women's Championship at the Jinnah Stadium, Islamabad this afternoon. Earlier, in the last two editions of the premier women's football tournament of the sub-continent Bangladesh has never faced Afghanistan, it would be the first occasion for the female booters against the war torn country, reports Bangladesh...

Taliban suicide attack kills one at police HQ

Taliban suicide attack kills one at police HQ

An Islamist Taliban suicide bomber attacked police headquarters in the Afghan capital on Sunday, killing at least one person and wounding six, police and the insurgents said. A second explosion in the centre of Kabul did not kill or injure anyone, the government said. The insurgents, who were ousted from power by an American-led coalition...

Provincial deputy governor shot dead in Afghanistan

Provincial deputy governor shot dead in Afghanistan

The deputy governor of Kandahar province in south Afghanistan has been shot dead at a university in the provincial capital, a spokesman for the governor said on Monday. Sunday's shooting was the latest in a string of deadly attacks this year on officials and powerbrokers in Kandahar, once a base for the Islamist Taliban's...

Last UK troops leave Helmand

Last UK troops leave Helmand

The last British troops have left Helmand province in Afghanistan, as a poll suggested 68 percent of the UK public thought the campaign had not been "worthwhile". The BBC poll of 1,000 adults also found 14% thought the UK was safer as a result of the 13-year campaign. The end of UK combat operations was...

UK ends Afghan combat operations

UK ends Afghan combat operations

The last UK base in Afghanistan has been handed over to the control of Afghan security forces, ending British combat operations in the country. The union flag was lowered at Camp Bastion, while Camp Leatherneck - the adjoining US base - was also handed over to Afghan control. UK troops entered Afghanistan in 2001. Defence...

We 'made wrong calculations'

Military leaders failed to calculate the magnitude of the conflict in Afghanistan, the former head of the British army has told the BBC. Gen Sir Peter Wall said they thought they had a "reasonable force" for their limited objectives, but he now admits they got it wrong. In 2004, the Army was still engaged in the conflict in Iraq and its leaders admit they were aware that they did not have the resources to fight in more than one campaign for...

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