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Taliban kill 16 Afghan soldiers, kidnap engineers after ceasefire ends

KABUL: Taliban militants killed at least 16 Afghan police and two civilians in western Badghis province after their three-day ceasefire for the Eid al-Fitr holiday ended at the weekend, officials said on Friday. The Taliban, fighting to reimpose strict Islamic law after their 2001 ouster, resumed their campaign on Thursday after rejecting President Ashraf Ghani’s request to extend their ceasefire beyond Sunday. On Wednesday, they killed at least 30 soldiers and captured a military base in Badghis. A senior security…

Teacher tried to create ‘army of children’ to launch terror attacks in London

LONDON: A British supporter of Islamic State was found guilty on Friday of trying to recruit children he was teaching into an“army” of jihadists to help carry out a wave of attacks across London. Umar Haque, 25, showed the children beheading videos and other violent militant propaganda, forced them to re-enact deadly attacks on the British capital and made them role-play attacking police officers. “His plan was to create an army of children to assist with multiple terrorist attacks throughout London,” said Dean Haydon,…

Texas gunman: a militant atheist who beat wife and child

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas: The former US Air Force airman who shot dead 26 people in a Texas church had been jailed by the military for beating his wife and child, and had ranted against God and the church on his social media pages. Devin Patrick Kelley, a white 26-year-old who was dressed head-to-toe in black combat gear when he carried out the deadliest shooting in Texas history, appears to have killed himself after the attack. His church-going victims were aged between 18 months and 77 years. As photos of America's…

Iran launches war games near Iraqi Kurdistan border, Turkey hits militant positions

DUBAI/ISTANBUL: Iranian forces have launched war games in an area near the border with Iraq’s Kurdistan region, Iran’s state media reported on Sunday, a day before a Kurdish independence referendum in the region. Turkey also said on Sunday its aircraft launched airstrikes against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in northern Iraq’s Gara region on Saturday after spotting militants preparing to attack Turkish military outposts on the border. Iraq’s powerful neighbors, Iran and Turkey, strongly oppose the Kurdish vote…

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.