June 5, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - A suicide bomber targeting U.S. troops outside an Afghan government office killed nine children walking home from school and two of the Americans on Monday, the latest sign that this year's fighting season could be one of the deadliest of the 12-year-old war. An increase in casualties among civilians and security forces reinforces fears that foreign forces will be leaving behind a country in the throes of relentless violence when...
April 5, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - Insurgents wearing Afghan army uniforms launched a suicide attack and stormed a courthouse Wednesday in a failed bid to free Taliban inmates, killing at least 44 people, half of them shot in the basement. All nine attackers were killed. The attack - one of the deadliest in the more than 11-year-old war - began about 8:30 a.m. when nine men wearing suicide vests drove into the capital of Farah province in western Afghanistan, evading checkpoints by using army vehicles, according to the provincial police chief.
February 2, 2013 |
ANKARA, Turkey - In the second deadly assault on a U.S. diplomatic post in five months, a suicide bomber struck the American Embassy in Ankara on Friday, killing a Turkish security guard in what the White House described as a terrorist attack. Washington immediately warned Americans to stay away from all U.S. diplomatic facilities in Turkey and to be wary in large crowds. The attack drew condemnation from Turkey, the United States, Britain, and other nations. Officials from both Turkey and the United States pledged to work together to fight terrorism.
January 22, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - Taliban suicide bombers carried out a brazen attack in the Afghan capital on Monday, the second in less than a week and a sign that insurgents are determined to keep fighting despite recent overtures of peace from the U.S. and Afghan government. The nine-hour assault on the traffic police headquarters, which sent heavy black smoke rising over Kabul, was the second such attack in the heart of the snow-covered capital in six days. It came a week after the Afghan and American presidents agreed that the Taliban should open a political office in the Persian Gulf state of Qatar to facilitate possible reconciliation with the hard-line Islamic group.
January 13, 2013 |
QUETTA, Pakistan - About 3,500 Pakistani Shiites protested in southwestern Pakistan for a second day on Saturday, blocking a main road with dozens of coffins of relatives killed in explosions to demand better security from the government. Police in the city of Quetta said the protest had ended, but prominent Shiite leader Ibrahim Hazara said it would continue until the city was handed over to the army and the provincial government was dismissed. About 50 coffins blocked the road near a place where Shiites worship in Quetta, the capital of southwestern Baluchistan province.
October 31, 2012
A LTHOUGH I'VE YET to have the pleasure of shaking his hand, I "met" Capt. David Henderson this summer when I was researching a column about how our government had not kept its promises to rescue the brave Iraqis who assisted Americans as translators. A native Philadelphian, Henderson is a graduate of Roxborough High (2003) and West Point (2007), meaning that he is one of America's best. Originally in field artillery, he is serving his third tour in the Mideast, now embedded with Afghanistan's security forces.
August 9, 2012 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - A suicide attack hit a NATO patrol in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing three coalition service members, the international military force said, while Afghan officials added that a civilian was also killed in the bombing. Hours later on the other side of the country, a roadside bomb hit a bus, killing at least three people, a witness said. Many wounded passengers were trapped in the bus by a fierce battle between insurgents and Afghan police that raged most of the day. The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the bombing of the NATO patrol in Kunar province, an eastern stronghold of the insurgency that lies along the volatile border with Pakistan where militants have hideouts.
March 18, 2012 |
DAMASCUS, Syria - Two suicide bombers detonated cars packed with explosives in near-simultaneous attacks Saturday on heavily guarded intelligence and security buildings in the Syrian capital, Damascus, killing at least 27 people. There have been a string of large-scale bombings against the regime in its stronghold of Damascus that suggest a dangerous, wild-card element in the year-old antigovernment revolt. The regime blamed the opposition, which denied having a role or the capabilities to carry out such a sophisticated attack.
March 15, 2012 |
A Philadelphia man was arrested this morning by the Philadelphia FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Justice Department said. Bakhtiyor Jumaev, 45, of Port Richmond, was charged with helping to fund the Islamic Jihad Union. Charges were filed in Colorado by the U.S. Attorney, which is handling the case. The IJU is a terrorist organization which splintered from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan in the early 2000s. It has conducted attacks and bombings in Uzbekistan and against Coalition forces in Afghanistan and attempted attacks in Germany.
February 19, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - A 29-year-old Moroccan man, who believed he was working with al-Qaeda, was arrested Friday near the U.S. Capitol as he was planning to detonate what he thought was a suicide vest, given to him by undercover operatives, said police and government officials. Amine El Khalifi of Alexandria, Va., was taken into custody with an inoperable gun and inert explosives, according to a counterterrorism official. He arrived near the Capitol in a van with the two undercover officers, and walked toward the building, according to court papers.