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Massive Kabul truck bomb kills 80, wounds hundreds

KABUL: At least 80 people were killed and hundreds wounded on Wednesday when a massive truck bomb ripped through Kabul's diplomatic quarter, bringing carnage to the streets of the Afghan capital and blowing out windows several miles away. Bodies littered the scene and a huge cloud of smoke rose from the highly-fortified area which houses foreign embassies, after the rush-hour attack tore a massive crater in the ground just days into the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. No group has so far claimed the powerful…

Afghan Taliban announce start of ‘spring offensive’

KABUL: The Afghan Taliban launched their "spring offensive" Friday, heralding fresh fighting in the drawn-out conflict as embattled security forces struggle to recover from a devastating attack on a military base one week ago. Operation Mansouri -- named after the group's former leader, who was killed in a US drone strike in May 2016 -- will target foreign forces with tactics including "conventional attacks, guerrilla warfare, complex martyrdom attacks, insider attacks", a statement from the insurgents said. "The enemy…

Powerful blast rattles central Kabul

KABUL: A powerful explosion ripped through central Kabul during morning rush hour Tuesday, a week after the Taliban announced the start of their annual spring offensive.