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Shia Rights Watch: 2,805 incidents of anti-Shiism in the first half of 2018

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SHAFAQNA - Shia Rights Watch: The first half of 2018 saw 2,805 incidents of anti-Shiism take place in over a dozen countries. Anti-Shiism is extended to June, and compared to May, the number of people killed and wounded has almost tripled.…

Civic campaigns are forming for peace in Afghanistan

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SHAFAQNA - ISIS violated the holiday ceasefire in Afghanistan and Taliban rejected government's suggestion to extend the ceasefire. However, different kinds of civic campaigns are forming for peace in Afghanistan. A suicide bomber has struck…

Denmark swings right on immigration and Muslims feel besieged

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SHAFAQNA - The Guardian  :  After a burqa ban, hardline rhetoric has entered the mainstream. In one coastal town, attitudes seem increasingly polarised  “It’s a lovely place,” says Jens Kramer, as he gazes across the harbour from…

Rouhani: a secure and stable Afghanistan is a must for regional security

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SHAFAQNA - ISNA: President Rouhani described a secure and stable Afghanistan a must for regional security and development and stressed that Tehran always supports peace and stability in Afghanistan.    President Rouhani described a secure…

Afghanistan announced Cease-fire with Taliban for Ramadan

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SHAFAQNA - As Ramadan approaches , Afghani President Ashraf Ghani has called for a week-long cease-fire with the Taliban, drawing wide support from the international community and NATO.     Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced…

Afghan police kill would-be suicide bomber in Kabul

SHAFAQNA - Afghan police shot dead a suicide bomber on Monday as he was apparently preparing to attack an outdoor blood donor facility in a busy area of central Kabul, officials said. As the man approached the center, in a park in the Shar-e…

At Least 4 Killed in Twin Blasts in Kabul

SHAFAQNA - The attacks came just a week after a blast at a voter registration center killed 60 people, in the wake of warnings by security officials against the risk of increasing attacks ahead of parliamentary elections planned in October. Monday’s…

Daesh Attack Near Shia Mosque in Western Afghanistan

SHAFAQNA - A suicide attack near a Shia mosque in the Western Afghan city of Herat killed at least one person and wounded eight others, police and health officials said on Sunday. The Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) terrorist group claimed responsibility…

UN documents rise in civilian casualties in Afghanistan

SHAFAQNA- Raging violence in Afghanistan killed and wounded over 10,000 people last year, with a dreadful rise in the number of women and child casualties, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the UN Human Rights Office stated…

Photos (+18): Kabul's Bloodbath

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SHAFAQNA -  At least 40 people have been killed and 30 wounded in a suicide attack at a Shia cultural and religious organisation in a western area of the Afghan capital, Kabul.  

Kabul blast kills, injures 70 at Shia news organisation, Taliban denies any involvement

SHAFAQNA - Multiple blasts near an office of a media outlet in the Afghan capital of Kabul have left at least 40 people dead and 32 others injured, officials say.  At least 40 people have been killed and 30 wounded in a suicide attack at a…

Taliban kill 11 Afghan police in attack on checkpoints in Helmand

SHAFAQNA - Taliban terrorists attacked checkpoints in the southern Helmand province early Sunday, killing 11 police, an official said. Omar Zwak, the spokesman for the provincial governor, said Afghan forces eventually repelled the attack…

At least 22 Afghan police killed in Taliban attacks

SHAFAQNA - The Afghan Taliban attacked more than a dozen checkpoints over six hours in the southern province of Kandahar, killing 22 police and wounding 15, officials said on Tuesday, as militants killed eight soldiers in the west in a growing…

Blast rocks foreign embassy district in Afghan capital Kabul – reports

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SHAFAQNA - A loud explosion has reportedly rocked the central area of the Afghan capital of Kabul, where embassies and government buildings are located. Local agency TOLOnews‏ said the blast took place in the city’s Wazir Akbar Khan…

Taliban kills 15 Afghan policemen in separate attacks

SHAFAQNA - The Taliban have killed 15 Afghan policemen in two separate attacks on checkpoints in the east and south of the country, officials said on Monday. Arif Noori, the spokesman for the governor of the eastern Ghazni province, said…

Senior Afghan official abducted in Pakistan

SHAFAQNA - The deputy governor of Afghanistan’s northeastern province of Kunar has been kidnapped in neighboring Pakistan, officials said Sunday. Muhammad Nabi Ahmadi arrived in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Friday for…

There's a Place for 'Moderate Taliban' in Afghanistan Government, says Tillerson

SHAFAQNA - There are moderate elements within the Taliban who do not want to continue fighting forever, says the U.S. secretary of state. “So we are looking to engage with those voices and engage them in a reconciliation process leading…

Taliban seizes Shia-dominated Mirza Olang in Afghanistan

SHAFAQNA - Mirza Olang valley of Sar-e-Pul province has once again fallen to the Taliban, provincial council officials said on Saturday. Mohammad Noor Rahmani, the head of the Sar-e-Pul provincial council, said that Taliban carried out an…

Afghan Shias fear further attacks on Ashura

SHAFAQNA - The Afghan capital Kabul braced on Saturday for further possible attacks ahead of Ashura, a day after an attack claimed by Daesh that killed at least five people near a large Shia mosque. Ahead of the celebration on Sunday, signs…

Rocket attack hits Kabul airport hours after Mattis, , NATO chief arrives

SHAFAQNA - The Taliban claimed it fired at least six rockets at Afghanistan's main airport Wednesday in an attack after US Defense Secretary James Mattis and NATO’s General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg arrived in the country on an unannounced…

In Afghanistan, preaching peace comes at a cost

SHAFAQNA - On 17 May, a Muslim religious leader named Abdul Ghafoor was travelling from Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, to his home province of Logar when Taliban fighters ambushed his vehicle and shot him dead. Ghafoor was returning from…

Over 250,000 Afghans displaced by conflicts in 2017

SHAFAQNA - More than 250,000 Afghans have been displaced so far this year by conflicts and prolonged insurgency, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Tuesday. "From Jan. 1 to Sept. 16, 2017, more than 250,000…

Afghanistan to arm 20,000 civilians to fight ISIS

SHAFAQNA - Afghanistan is considering training and arming 20,000 civilians to defend territories where militants have been driven out, officials say, sparking fears the local forces could become another thuggish militia. The proposal for a…

Pakistani FM to discuss Trump's Afghanistan strategy in Tehran

SHAFAQNA - Pakistani Foreign Minister said Thursday he will visit Tehran in two or three days to hold talks with Iranian senior officials on regional and international issues, including the US new strategy in Afghanistan. Foreign Minister of…

Kabul in mourning as Shiite mosque attack toll rises to 28

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  SHAFAQNA - Hundreds of Shiite mourners began burying the victims of a suicide bomb and gun attack on a Kabul mosque Saturday as the death toll from the atrocity rose to 28. Distraught relatives and friends carried coffins into the…

Afghanistan: Another attack against Shia community ahead of Muharram

SHAFAQNA - A bomber has set off his explosives at a Shia mosque in the Afghan capital, Kabul, and other assailants have stormed the building, killing at least 20 people. The Daesh Takfiri terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack…

US could cut aid to Pakistan, wants more help in fighting Taliban – Tillerson

SHAFAQNA - The US may cut aid to Pakistan or review its status as a major non-NATO ally if Islamabad does not do more to help fight the Taliban in Afghanistan, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said. Pakistan said it is disappointed with…

Pakistan to have enhanced cooperation with Afghanistan

SHAFAQNA - Pakistan top-level civil and military officials during a meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) have resolved to work with the Afghan government for the resolution of issues including cross-border firing and support network…