Afghan security units backed by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have carried out extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, indiscriminate air strikes and other rights abuses and should be disbanded, a rights group said on Thursday. Human Rights Watch said it investigated 14 cases in which CIA-backed Afghan counterinsurgency forces committed serious abuses in Afghanistan between late 2017 and mid-2019.
A bomb exploded in a mosque in eastern Afghanistan during Friday prayers, officials said, killing at least 29 men who had gathered for worship. Sohrab Qaderi, a member of the provincial council in Nangarhar, said at least 29 people had been killed and more than 100 others wounded. “The number of casualties may rise as the rescue team and people are working to bring out the bodies from the rubble,” Qaderi added.
A US drone strike intended to hit an Islamic State hideout in Afghanistan has killed at least 30 civilians who were resting after harvesting pine nuts. Afghanistan’s defense ministry and a senior US official in Kabul confirmed the drone strike. Haidar Khan, who owns the pine nut fields, said about 150 workers were there for harvesting, with some still missing as well as the confirmed dead and injured.
At least 48 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in two separate attacks in Afghanistan – one at a campaign rally by President Ashraf Ghani and the other in the capital, Kabul. In the first blast on Tuesday, a suicide bomber on a motorcycle targeted the rally by Ghani, who is reported to be safe and unharmed.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for a car bomb explosion that rocked the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday, killing at least five people and wounding dozens more and shaking windows and doors in houses several kilometers away from the blast. The explosion came as a senior U.S. diplomat was visiting Kabul to brief Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on a draft peace accord reached with the insurgents that could see thousands of U.S. troops withdrawn from Afghanistan.
An explosion at a wedding hall in the city of Kabul has killed 63 people and wounded 182, according to Nasrat Rahimi, spokesperson for the Afghanistan Ministry of Interior Affairs. The Islamic State’s arm in Afghanistan claimed responsibility for the attack, The Associated Press reported. The Taliban released a statement shortly after the explosion condemning the bombing and denying any involvement.
The gunmen who opened fire on guests at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul have been killed by Afghan special forces, putting an end to the ordeal, which began Saturday night. The Taliban took responsibility for the attack, which left at least 18 dead, with unconfirmed local reports putting the death toll at 43.
An hours-long gun and suicide attack on a Kabul government compound killed at least 43 people, the health ministry said on Tuesday, making it one of the deadliest assaults on the Afghan capital this year. Another 10 people were wounded in Monday’s massacre on a site where the ministry of public works and an office that handles pensions and benefits for war veterans are located, spokesman Waheed Majroh said.
Brent Taylor the mayor of North Ogden, Utah was killed in Kabul, Afghanistan on Saturday. Taylor held dual roles as the mayor of North Ogden and a soldier in the Utah National Guard. Taylor had previously served in Afghanistan along with two tours of duty in Iraq. Authorities believe Taylor died in an ‘inside attack.’
The NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan commented on Tuesday rejecting reports that commander General John Nicholson said the US was ready to join direct negotiations with the Taliban, saying the comments were ‘mischaracterized.’ Reports claimed the Trump administration ordered top officials to seek direct talks in an effort to end the 17-year war.