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  • 5 Herat militants blown up by own explosives

    2014-12-19

    HERAT – Five Taliban militants were killed by their own explosives in Shindand District of Herat Province December 18, Khaama Press reported. The insurgents were planting improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

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  • Security forces kill 37 Taliban

    2014-12-19

    KABUL – Afghan security forces killed at least 37 Taliban militants, arrested 15 and injured 27 others during operations over the past 24 hours in Kunar, Nangarhar, Khost, Herat, Jawzjan, Badakhshan, Logar, Helmand, Faryab, Balkh, Sar-e-Pul and Kapisa provinces, the Ministry of Interior said December 18.

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  • 2 detained Badakhshan Taliban unable to recite Kalma

    2014-12-19

    BADAKHSHAN – Police officials claimed that two detained Taliban militants are unable to recite the Kalma, a sentence every Muslim is supposed to know by heart, Khaama Press reported December 18. The insurgents, whom police captured in an operation in Badakhshan Province, proved to be completely unaware of Islamic principles, provincial police chief Gen. Abdul Qadir Sayyad said.

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  • TTP commander among 8 militants killed in Balochistan

    2014-12-19

    QUETTA – Pakistani security forces killed at least eight militants including a Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commander and arrested four in Balochistan Province Decemober 19, media reported. A local commander in Ziarat District was among the eight militants killed, Dawn reported. Authorities carried out the operation in the Chotair area, where they killed eight and seized a larg...

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  • Rangers kill 4 TTP militants in Karachi

    2014-12-19

    KARACHI – Rangers December 19 killed four Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) insurgents including a key commander during a raid in the Keamari Town area of Karachi, Dawn reported. The Rangers carried out the operation after receiving information about the presence of militants in the Musharraf Colony area. The violence broke out when the militants attacked the raiding party. One ...

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  • 59 militants killed in Khyber Agency raids

    2014-12-19

    PESHAWAR – PPakistani security forces killed at least 59 militants during offensives in Khyber Agency December 18-19, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. The offensives began two days after terrorists killed 132 children in an army-run Peshawar school. They killed as many as 32 insurgents in the Tirah Valley December 19 while they were trying to flee to Afghanistan, Geo News re...

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  • Kazakhs know names of children in ISIL video, prosecutor says

    2014-12-19

    ASTANA – Kazakhstani authorities know the names of the Kazakhstani children who appeared in a recent "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" video filmed in Syria, Deputy Prosecutor-General Andrey Kravchenko said December 19, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). Kravchenko made his remark on the sidelines of an anti-extremism conference in Astana. "We know full well...

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  • Tajik terrorist plotters sentenced to prison

    2014-12-19

    KHUJAND, Tajikistan – A Khujand court sentenced 11 terrorist plotters from Sughd Province to various prison terms December 18, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported December 19. Their sentences ranged from 9 to 19 years. Authorities determined the men – members of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) – spent 2010 to 2014 abroad, including terrorist training in Syria, ...

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  • Afghan army kills 14 insurgents

    2014-12-19

    KABUL – Afghan National Army (ANA) troops in the past 24 hours killed 14 insurgents in clearance operations in Nangarhar, Badakhshan, Ghazni and Jawzjan provinces, the Defence Ministry said in a December 18 statement. They also wounded 10 insurgents and captured 107 suspects, disabled 107 land mines, and seized a weapon cache. Eight ANA troops were killed.

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  • Tajik coal output reaches 805,523 tonnes this year

    2014-12-19

    DUSHANBE – Tajikistan from January-November mined 805,523 tonnes of coal, Avesta.tj reported December 18, quoting the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies. In comparison, during the same period last year, Tajikistan mined 318,000 fewer tonnes of coal. Tajikistan has been stepping up coal production in recent years to reduce its dependence on foreign natural gas and oil...

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  • Kyrgyz to issue e-visas starting next year

    2014-12-19

    BISHKEK – Kyrgyzstan starting next spring will issue e-visas to foreign visitors, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)'s Kyrgyz service reported December 18, quoting a resolution signed by Prime Minister Joomart Otorbayev. The move is meant to encourage investment and tourism. The Foreign Ministry will issue the visas through the internet, permitting stays of up to 60 days with t...

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  • Kyrgyz learn to fight organised crime

    2014-12-19

    BISHKEK – Forty Kyrgyz police investigators completed a three-day workshop December 18 on fighting organised crime, the OSCE said in a statement. Lithuanian specialists conducted the workshop. The investigators learned to conduct EU Serious Organised Crime Threat Assessments and intelligence-based investigations as well as how to fight drug trafficking and violent extremism.

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  • Turkmen farmers receive free implements

    2014-12-19

    ASHGABAT – Since July, Turkmen farmers have received more than 2,000 free tractors, combines and other farm implements, Altyn Asyr TV reported December 17. The government began distributing old equipment for free after issuance of a presidential resolution on the matter. Turkmen officials expect to distribute 3,687 farm vehicles (such as tractors and combines) and 359 other pieces o...

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  • Kyrgyzstan works to build peace and sense of civic duty

    2014-12-19

    TOKMAK, Kyrgyzstan – Kyrgyz youths December 16-18 in Tokmak attended a training session on "Civic Duty and Peace-Building," Mariya Kolesnikova, an employee of the Osh NGO Youth of Osh, said in a statement December 18. The project is meant to advance ethnic equality and civic participation by youth, she said. Other goals include reducing inter-ethnic and inter-faith tensions and stre...

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