IRS |Institute of Regional Studies


News Updates

19th May - 28th May
  • 16 Dead in Afghanistan After Car Bomb Explodes as Team Tries to Defuse It
    At least 16 people, including security personnel and bystanders, were killed as bomb disposal experts tried and failed to defuse explosives in a parked car in the southern city of Kandahar, Afghan officials said.
    Daoud Ahmadi, a spokesman for the governor of Kandahar Province, said the car had been parked in an auto repair garage in the center of the city. Four of the 16 people killed were members of the security forces, Mr. Ahmadi said, adding that an additional 38 people were wounded. Most of the casualties were civilians, he said, and some were children.
    The Kandahar explosion came a day after the Taliban warned that they were planning attacks on government, police and intelligence facilities in Kabul, the capital, and asked civilians to stay away from such institutions.
    The statement included an unsupported claim that the insurgents had brought about an “unprecedented” decrease in civilian casualties. United Nations figures on civilian casualties in Afghanistan show a slight decrease in 2017 from the previous year, but the numbers remained at historically high levels, with two-thirds of them caused by the insurgents. (News York Times, May22, 2018)
  • Eight killed in bomb attack on cricket match in Afghanistan
    Eight people have been killed and dozens more wounded by multiple explosions at a cricket match in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, officials said. The blasts occurred after evening prayers on Friday at a football stadium that was hosting a cricket match at the start of the holy month of Ramadan, Sohrab Qaderi, a member of the provincial council, said.
    Britain cannot send its young to Afghanistan simply because Trump demands it Cricket, which was introduced to Afghanistan by migrants and refugees who learned the game in neighbouring Pakistan, has become an increasingly popular sport, particularly in the east of the country.
    A statement from the United Nations assistance mission in Afghanistan said there had been four explosions, two inside the stadium and two outside, apparently timed to hit those fleeing the initial blast. Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the provincial governor of Nangarhar, said eight spectators were killed and 43 wounded by at least three back-to-back explosions.
    “I am outraged by this attack that used four bombs carefully calculated to kill and maim civilians watching a cricket match,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the top UN official in Afghanistan. (The Guardian, 20 May, 2018)
12th May - 18th May
  • UK may double troops in Afghanistan after Donald Trump request.(Guardian, May 18, 2018)
  • Taliban Overrun Afghan City, Kill 30 People and Leave
    Taliban insurgents abandoned their effort to take over the capital of the western Afghan province of Farah, leaving the city early Wednesday without apparent opposition, local residents said. Even with 25 members of the security forces and five civilians killed, officials immediately hailed the insurgents’ departure as a victory. They said that hundreds of insurgents had been killed in the one-day assault on Farah city and that the government’s response proved it could beat back any Taliban initiative to take and hold territory. But for many Afghans, especially residents in battered Farah, the assault showed mostly that the insurgents could attack at will even against a well-entrenched government position backed up by both Afghan and American air power. “The Taliban managed to leave the city without a single shot being fired, and the night was calm,” said Abdullah Khan, a resident reached by telephone. “It shows the utmost incompetence of our forces. The Taliban were wandering the Farah city streets openly without fear as if they had lived there a long time, making jokes with their friends and telling citizens to stay calm and not worry.” (New York Times, May 16, 2018)
  • Taliban Claim They’ve Taken Control of Western Afghan City, Farah.(New York Times May 16, 2018)
3rd May - 11th May
  • Militants Kill 15 in Afghan Attacks, as Taliban Expand Their Control.(New York Times, May 9,2018)
  • Bombing Kills at Least 14 Afghans Registering to Vote:
    KABUL, Afghanistan — A bomb blast killed at least 14 Afghan civilians on Sunday as they lined up in a mosque to register to vote in coming national elections, according to officials. The explosion was at least the sixth attack on voter registration activities in Afghanistan since the authorities last month began requiring citizens to register to vote in person at centers across the country.(New York Times 6 May, 2018)
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