Mohammad Stanekzai

Bloodshed at wedding party fuels Afghan anger as elections near

Sep 24 2019

LASHKARGAH, Afghanistan Hundreds of Afghans marched on Tuesday in protest against the deaths of at least 40 wedding party guests who were caught in the crossfire of a clash between U.S.-backed government forces and Islamist militants.

U.S. air strikes kill a dozen Afghans, battle intensifies in Taliban strongholds

Mar 24 2019

KUNDUZ/LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan U.S. air strikes in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz killed about a dozen civilians on Saturday, local officials said, as battle intensified there and in southern Helmand province.

Two blasts kill four at Afghan stadium celebration

Mar 23 2019

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan Two explosions went off at a celebration in a stadium in the Afghan city of Lashkar Gah on Saturday, killing four people and wounding 31, government officials said.

Thirty Afghan civilians killed in U.S. air strike, officials say

Nov 28 2018

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan At least 30 Afghan civilians were killed in U.S. air strikes in the Afghan province of Helmand, officials and residents of the area said on Wednesday, the latest casualties from a surge in air operations aimed at driving the Taliban into talks.

Taliban emerge from hiding to battle Afghan forces in city near Iran

May 17 2018

HERAT, Afghanistan Taliban fighters emerged from hiding in the dead of night to launch attacks in the Afghan city of Farah, battling government forces who thought they had cleared out the insurgents following heavy clashes earlier in the week, residents and officials said.

Taliban battle into west Afghan city in new crisis for government

May 16 2018

HERAT, Afghanistan Taliban fighters with heavy weapons and night-vision equipment fought their way close to the center of the western city of Farah on Tuesday, as Afghan forces with U.S. air support battled to force them back, officials and residents said.

As Afghan forces squeeze in Helmand, Taliban focus shifts

Mar 30 2018

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan Last week, the Afghan air force dropped its first laser-guided missile on a Taliban compound in Farah, the western Afghan province that has seen increasing fighting since the beginning of the year.

Afghan women launch rare protest for peace in Taliban stronghold

Mar 29 2018

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan Dozens of peace activists, including women, have set up tents in the Afghan province of Helmand, after a car bomb killed more than a dozen people outside a sports stadium last week.

Car bomb rips through crowd at Afghan wrestling match

Mar 23 2018

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan A car bomb killed at least 14 people and wounded dozens more who had gathered to watch a wrestling match in southern Afghanistan on Friday, officials said.

Afghan forces battle to win back district center

Mar 12 2018

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan Afghan forces backed by air strikes battled on Monday to recapture a district center in the western province of Farah, after Taliban fighters seized the town in an overnight attack that killed several policeman, regional officials said.

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