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  • Kazakh analyst discusses preventing youth extremism

    2015-03-05

    ASTANA – The recent convictions of some teenaged Kazakhstanis for extremist offences has observers like Almaty sociologist Serik Beisembayev looking for ways to prevent future cases. In an interview published March 3 by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)'s Kazakh service, Beisembayev discussed the conviction in February of a pair of young extremists, aged 16 and 19, in Atyrau. ...

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  • Turkish lawmaker calls for aid to Turkmen border security

    2015-03-05

    ANKARA – Turkish member of parliament Atila Kaya called on his government to help Turkmenistan protect its border with Afghanistan, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)'s Turkmen service reported March 3. Militants from the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL) reportedly have been massing in Afghan provinces facing Turkmenistan. "[Intelligence] about the groups attackin...

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  • Kyrgyzstan might import Turkmen electricity

    2015-03-05

    BISHKEK – The Kyrgyz government this year might import Turkmen electricity, Aleksei Borodin, first deputy general director of the National Power Grid of Kyrgyzstan Co., said at a news conference March 4 according to CA-News.org. The rate for the Turkmen power is still unknown. Kyrgyzstan also intends to increase import of Tajik electricity. In 2014, Kyrgyzstan imported 211m kWh of Ta...

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  • Kyrgyzstan permits use of firearms in self-defence

    2015-03-05

    BISHKEK – Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev recently signed a bill allowing individuals to use firearms for self-protection, Vechernii Bishkek reported March 2. The bill authorises Kyrgyz individuals to shoot in defence of their lives, health and property, Atambayev's press office said, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Kyrgyz citizens are allowed to own huntin...

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  • Kyrgyz anti-drug agency warns of narcotic 'Spice'

    2015-03-05

    BISHKEK – The Kyrgyz State Drug Control Service (GSKN) warned Kyrgyz March 4 to stay away from the synthetic drug "Spice". Although Spice use has not yet become widespread in Kyrgyzstan, potential abusers should recognise that the drug has side effects and that some users have committed suicide, the GSKN said. The agency is taking steps to prevent the spread of Spice in Kyrgyzstan. ...

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  • Afghan forces kill 48 militants in Zabul rescue operation

    2015-03-05

    ZABUL – Afghan security forces March 4 killed at least 48 militants including three "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL) commanders during an operation to release 30 abducted passengers in Zabul Province, TOLO News reported March 4. Reports differ on whether the kidnappers are holding 29 or 30 hostages after having released one last week. The security forces did not find an...

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  • 7 ISIL members killed in clash with Afghan Taliban

    2015-03-05

    QALAT, Afghanistan – Taliban militants in Argandab District, Zabul Province, recently killed at least seven "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL) militants, Pajhwok Afghan News reported March 5. Officials do not know the reason behind the clash, said Maj. Gen. Wasif Shah, a commander with the 205th Attal Military Corps.

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  • ASWJ leader gunned down in Karachi

    2015-03-05

    KARACHI – Armed assailants March 4 fatally shot Ahle Sunnat Wal Jumaat (ASWJ) Secretary General Muhammad Fayaz Khan, known as Dr. Fayaz, and his driver, Dawn reported. The incident took place in the Shershah area of Karachi while the two were travelling to a meeting, police said.

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  • Dera Bugti militants blow up gas pipeline

    2015-03-05

    DERA MURAD JAMALI, Pakistan – Unidentified militants in Dera Bugti District, Balochistan Province, March 4 blew up an 18-inch-diameter gas pipeline, Dawn reported. The explosion destroyed several feet of the pipeline and suspended the gas supply to a purification plant from Well No. 7, Levies Force sources said, adding that that the repair work would start once security forces cleare...

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  • Clashes kill 5 Afghan militants, 9 troops

    2015-03-05

    KABUL – Clashes between security forces and militants in different parts of Afghanistan killed five militants and nine security officers during the past 24 hours, Pajhwok Afghan News reported March 5. Security forces killed five insurgents during operations in Ghazni, Helmand and Kunduz provinces, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said, adding that officials seized a large weapons cache....

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  • Afghan forces kill 121 militants

    2015-03-05

    KABUL – Afghan security forces since March 3 killed at least 121 Taliban insurgents, wounded 27 and arrested 13 others during operations carried out in Nangarhar, Takhar, Kunduz, Sar-i-Pul, Kandahar, Zabul, Uruzgan, Ghazni, Herat, Farah and Helmand provinces, the Ministry of Interior said March 4.

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  • Afghan pilot, Pakistani activist win International Women of Courage Award

    2015-03-05

    KABUL – Two women from Afghanistan and Pakistan are receiving the International Women of Courage Award 2015. They include Afghanistan's first female air force pilot, Capt. Nilofar Rahmani, Khaama Press reported March 5. Nilofar was selected along with nine other women from throughout the world to receive the award. Another winner is Pakistani women's rights activist Tabassum Adnan of Swat. ...

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