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12 killed as gunmen storm police school in Pakistan

PakistanThe attackers hopped over a crumbling brick wall, wearing backpacks and belts with dangling grenades. They were young and wore beards, and by 7:30 a.m. on Monday, they were firing machine guns into an unarmed crowd of young police recruits.

Pakistan’s most populous province, Punjab, came under attack for the second time this month. This time, militants hit several hundred police cadets caught off guard during a morning drill at their academy in this village near Lahore, Punjab’s capital.

The attackers issued no demands but went on a rampage, killing at least eight recruits and instructors. One attacker was killed in the siege that followed and, in a gory finale, three detonated suicide belts, killing themselves. More than 100 people were wounded.

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Suicide Bomber in Kandahar Kills 8

AfghanistanA suicide bomber wearing a police uniform blew himself up in a government building on the southern outskirts of the city of Kandahar on Monday, killing at least eight people, including five police officers and three civilians, and wounding six others, officials said.

The attack took place a few minutes before noon on the second floor of the building, in an area where Afghan identification cards are issued, said Gen. Ghulam Ali Wahdat, the regional head of police. The district police chief was among the wounded, he said.

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Bomb kills 3 Afghan Army commandos

AfghanistanA roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday killed three Afghan army commandos, the U.S. military said.

The blast struck their vehicle in the Gardez district of Paktia province during a combat reconnaissance patrol.

Four other commandos were wounded. Authorities detained six people in connection with the attack.

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Pakistan army raid kills rebels

PakistanPakistan’s army says troops backed by artillery and helicopter gunships have killed 26 militants in an attack near the Afghan border.

The army said the battle took place in Mohmand, North-West Frontier Province, said to be a hub for Taleban militants.

Earlier, Pakistan’s president said his country would not allow use of its soil for terrorist activity.

It came after the US said elements in Pakistan’s ISI military intelligence were still supporting the Taleban.

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US to consult Pakistan on strikes

USA flagUS President Barack Obama has said he will consult Pakistan’s leaders before targeting militants in that country.

“If we have a high-value target within our sights, after consulting with Pakistan, we’re going after them,” Mr Obama told CBS television.

But Mr Obama ruled out deploying US ground troops inside Pakistan.

On Friday, the US leader announced a major policy review on Afghanistan and Pakistan, saying the situation on their border was “increasingly perilous”.

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Suicide bomber kills 37 in Pakistan mosque

PakistanA suicide bomber killed 37 people when he blew himself up in a crowded Pakistani mosque near the Afghan border on Friday, government officials said.

The attack came hours before President Barack Obama announced a new strategy for the Afghan war, an approach U.S. officials said would also recognize Pakistan as a key part of the conflict.

Militant violence has surged in nuclear-armed Pakistan since mid-2007, with numerous attacks on the security forces and government and Western targets.

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Islamist threat to Turkey’s secular system

PM Turkey Recep Tayyip ErdoganTurkish secularism on the ropes. Sharia is advancing in what is always held out to be that exemplary beacon of democracy in the Islamic world, Turkey. The reasons why Sharia supremacists are advancing there have not — unsurprisingly — been sufficiently explored by Western analysts, who of course dismiss out of hand the appeal of a call to restore Islamic authenticity.

“Erdogan Set for Election Win That May Revive Tension Over Islam,” by Ben Holland for Bloomberg, March 27

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to win a fresh mandate from voters that may embolden his challenge to the country’s military and courts, which see him as an Islamist threat to Turkey’s secular system.

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Taliban making bigger bombs

TalibanTaliban bombs are getting larger and more sophisticated, the head of the government’s Afghan task force said Thursday, according to a report.

David Mulroney, the deputy minister of the government’s Afghanistan task force, told a House of Commons committee looking into Afghanistan that the bombs are being used against Canadian soldiers in Kandahar, Reuters reported.

“The tragedy is that as we arm and equip and protect our people, insurgents continue to develop more insidious improvised explosive devices,” Reuters quoted Mulroney as saying.

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Pakistan and Afghan Taliban close ranks

TalibanAfter agreeing to bury their differences and unite forces, Taliban leaders based in Pakistan have closed ranks with their Afghan comrades to ready a new offensive in Afghanistan as the United States prepares to send 17,000 more troops there this year.

In interviews, several Taliban fighters based in the border region said preparations for the anticipated influx of American troops were already being made. A number of new, younger commanders have been preparing to step up a campaign of roadside bombings and suicide attacks to greet the Americans, the fighters said.

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Iran and Nato end 30-year impasse

IranAn Iranian diplomat has held informal talks with Nato officials for the first time in 30 years.

Senior Nato negotiator Martin Erdmann said he had met Iran’s ambassador to the European Union, Ali-Asghar Khaji, more than two weeks ago.

“This is another good step in engaging Iran in the international community,” said Mr Erdmann.

A Nato spokesman, James Appathurai, said the talks with Mr Khaji had concentrated on Afghanistan.

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