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KABUL: Coordinated attacks by Taliban insurgents across Afghanistan showed intelligence failures, particularly on the part of NATO forces, President Hamid Karzai said Monday. Afghan forces regained control of Kabul Monday after an 18-hour assault mounted by Taliban militants, some disguised as women in burqas, in the biggest attack on the capital in a decade of war. "The terrorists' infiltration in Kabul and other provinces is an intelligence failure for us and especially for NATO and should be seriously investigated," Karzai said in a statement. The president praised the "bravery and sacrifice of the security forces who quickly and timely reacted to contain the terrorists". "Afghan security forces proved to the people that they can defend their country successfully," he said. The attacks in Kabul and neighbouring provinces on Sunday and overnight killed 11 members of the security forces and four civilians and wounded 32 civilians and around 42 security personnel, Karzai said. Thirty-six insurgents were also ...

Corruption biggest danger to party: Wen  BEIJING: Premier Wen Jiabao warned Monday the biggest danger facing China's Communist Party was corruption, as it struggles to contain the biggest political scandal to hit the country in years. In a speech published in the top Communist Party periodical "Qiushi," Wen pledged to use his last year in power to attack rampant corruption in the ruling party and curb the unbridled powers of top leaders. Wen's comments come after charismatic leader Bo Xilai was sacked as ...
KABUL: The biggest coordinated attack on the Afghan capital in 10 years of war has shaken a vulnerable nation facing the withdrawal of a huge force of NATO troops within two years. NATO has hailed the response of Afghan forces, who are progressively taking over responsibility for security across the country, but analysts say that at the least there was a serious failure of intelligence ahead of the attack. For 18 hours, squads of Taliban militants who ...
At least twenty feared trapped in India factory collapse     AMRITSAR: At least 20 people were feared trapped Monday after a building housing a blanket factory collapsed in northernIndia, a senior police official said. Television footage showed emergency workers searching through the debris of the building which collapsed late Sunday night in the town ofJalandharinPunjabstate. Jalandhar's deputy commissioner of police, Tulsi Ram, told AFP about 90 people had been working in the factory when it caved in, according to rescued workers. "We have rescued about 60 to 70 ...
KABUL: One of President Hamid Karzai's two deputies, Mohammad Karim Khalili, was a target of coordinated suicide attacks that hit Kabul on Sunday, an intelligence official said. Lutfullah Mashal, a spokesman for the Directorate of National Secruity (NDS), said the group tasked with attacking Khalili's home in west Kabul was captured before reaching their target. "Two of them were (would-be) suicide bombers and another armed individual were captured. They were intending attacking the home of Khalili. They ...
KABUL: Taliban on Sunday claimed multiple attacks inAfghanistan's capital targeting an upmarket diplomatic enclave and the country's parliament building. A Taliban spokesman in a mobile phone text message said "a lot of suicide bombers" are involved in the attack. Heavy gunfire and multiple blasts rockedKabul. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...
KABUL: Almost 100 Taliban linked rebels were taken out of action killed, captured or wounded in one day of operations by Afghan forces helped by their NATO allies, Afghan authorities said Sunday. The casualties were inflicted in multiple operations across the troubled country at the weekend, said the interior ministry, which controls the police and leads anti-Taliban forces along with the defence ministry. The operations, mostly in the Taliban-infested south and east, came as the Islamist Taliban ...


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