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Taliban travel from Afghanistan to Uzbekistan for talks

In a rare diplomatic foray and the strongest sign yet of the Taliban's increasing political presence in the region, the head of the militant group's political office led a delegation to Uzbekistan to meet senior Foreign Ministry officials, Uzbek and Taliban officials said Saturday. Taliban political chief Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai represented the insurgents in the four-day talks that ended Friday and included meetings with Uzbekistan's Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov as well as its special representative to…

Rohingya insurgents say 10 found in Myanmar grave ‘innocent civilians’

YANGON: Rohingya Muslim insurgents said on Saturday that ten Rohingya found in a mass grave in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state last month were “innocent civilians”, and not members of their group. Myanmar’s military said earlier this week its soldiers had killed 10 captured Muslim “terrorists” during insurgent attacks at the beginning of September, after Buddhist villagers had forced the captured men into a grave the villagers had dug. It was a rare acknowledgment of wrongdoing by the Myanmar military during its…

Rohingya insurgents say they have no option but to fight Myanmar

YANGON: Rohingya Muslim insurgents said on Sunday they have no option but to fight Myanmar state-sponsored terrorism to defend the Rohingya community, and they demanded that the Rohingya be consulted on all decisions affecting their future. The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) attacks on the Myanmar security forces on Aug. 25, which sparked sweeping counter-insurgency operations in the Muslim-majority north of Rakhine State that led to widespread violence and arson and an exodus of some 650,000 Rohingya villagers to…

Afghanistan mulls plan to arm 20,000 civilians to fight insurgents

KABUL: Afghanistan is considering training and arming 20,000 civilians to defend territories where Islamic militants have been driven out, officials say, sparking fears the local forces could become another thuggish militia.  The proposal for a government-backed armed group that would protect its own communities from the Taliban and the Islamic State group comes as Afghanistan's security forces, demoralised by killings and desertions, struggle to beat back a rampant insurgency. But the proposal has raised concerns that…

Fourteen Baloch insurgents surrender in Ranjanpur

ISLAMABAD: Fourteen Baloch insurgents including their commander on Wednesday surrendered their weapons in Rajanpur. The insurgents expressed desire to join national mainstream and work for development of the country and Balochistan. They said that the development of Balochistan is linked with development of Pakistan. The insurgent's commander claimed that they were being provided weapons from India.