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23 Aug, 2016

US soldier killed in Afghanistan

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Matthew V. Thompson headshotStaff Sgt. Matthew V. Thompson, 28, of Irvine, California, is killed during an anti-Taliban operation near Lashkar Gah, the capital of the southern Afghan province of Helmand. The Army Green Beret was on a foot patrol with other American troops advising Afghan special operations forces where the Taliban have engaged in heavy combat. Thompson is killed by a bomb blast that leaves another American service member and six Afghan soldiers injured.


29 Jul, 2015

Named leader

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Top representatives of the Taliban choose Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as their leader. A Taliban commander:

The shura [meeting] held outside Quetta unanimously elected Mullah Mansour as the new emir of the Taliban.

26 Sep, 2014

Taliban offensive


A Taliban offensive in eastern Afghanistan leaves an estimated 100 civilians dead or wounded, including some women and children who were beheaded, a provincial deputy governor says. The insurgents beheaded at least 15 people, including women and children. Mohammed Ali Ahmadi:

We only have local police forces and a small number of Afghan National Army personnel fighting a huge number of well-armed Taliban in the area.

9 Oct, 2012

Shoots Malala Yousafzai


Malala Yousafzai treated by army doctorsThe militant group shoots Yousafzai in a school bus in Swat Valley, Pakistan. According to the police, the bus was preparing to drive students home after their morning classes, when a member of the Taliban boarded the bus in search of Yousafzai. Ehsanullah Ehsan, a spokesman for the Taliban, claims responsibility for the shooting on behalf of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), an offshoot of the Taliban movement. The TTP is known for restricting women’s freedom and education. He defends,

She was pro-west, she was speaking against Taliban and she was calling President Obama her ideal leader. She was young but she was promoting western culture in Pashtun areas.