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US drone attack in Pakistan kills suspected militants

A drone attack by US forces has killed at least six suspected militants in north west Pakistan, intelligence officials have said.

The strike hit compounds in Lawara Mandi, near the border with Afghanistan, killing between six and nine suspected militants.

It comes as Pakistani officials debate plans to intensify a crackdown on Taliban insurgents behind the massacre of 132 schoolchildren last month.


Rockets kill 26 civilians at wedding party in Afghanistan

At least 20 civilians were killed and many more were wounded when mortar rounds hit a wedding party in Afghanistan's volatile southern Helmand, the scene of fighting between the army and the Taliban.

General Mahmoud, the deputy commander of the Afghan 215 corps in the province, said artillery was fired from three directions at a village in Sangin district where the wedding was held on Wednesday.

"What we know so far is that our soldiers fired mortar rounds from three outposts but we do not know whether it was intentional," Mahmoud told Reuters.

"We have launched our investigation and will punish those who did this."

Gul Pasha Bakhtiar, deputy provincial police chief, said 26 civilians, including women and children, were killed and 41 wounded by mortar shells fired from the army side.

International force officially ends Afghan mission

The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan formally ended its combat mission on Sunday. Credit: Subel Bhandari/DPA

The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan also known as the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), formally ended its combat mission on Sunday with a ceremony held in secret due to the threat from the Taliban.

About 13,000 foreign troops, mostly Americans, will remain in the country under a new, two-year mission named "Resolute Support" that will continue the coalition's training of Afghan security forces.

In a statement US President Barack Obama said: "Now, thanks to the extraordinary sacrifices of our men and women in uniform, our combat mission in Afghanistan is ending, and the longest war in American history is coming to a responsible conclusion."

Policeman killed, two injured in suicide bomb attack

A policeman has been killed and two others injured in a suicide bomb blast on the outskirts of Afghanistan captial Kabul.

Interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said a patrol car was sent to a village near the airport after reports a bomber was trying to enter the city in a car laden with explosives.

But they were able to detonate the bombs before the officers could stop them.


Suicide bomb destroys bus as Afghan violence intensifies

Security forces inspect the site of the deadly suicide bomb attack. Credit: Reuters

Several Afghan soldiers have been killed after a suicide bomber destroyed a bus in the capital Kabul.

At least six soldiers were killed in the attack, which left a column of black smoke above the city.

It comes shortly after a number of other Taliban attacks as violence intensifies in the country ahead of the withdrawal of most international troops in the next fortnight.

Earlier, a senior Supreme Court official was shot dead as he left his home.

Last night, two foreign soldiers were killed in an attack on a Nato convoy nearby.

Two Nato soldiers killed in Afghanistan bomb attack

Two soldiers in a Nato convoy have been killed by a Taliban bomb in Afghanistan.

The attack near the Bagram airfield base north of Kabul is the latest in a spate of deadly attacks in and around the capital as international forces leave the country.

Both soldiers were from the United States, the Associated Press news agency reports.

US to delay withdrawal of 1,000 troops from Afghanistan

Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has announced the US will delay the withdrawal of up to 1,000 troops from Afghanistan.

Speaking at a press conference in the Afghan capital Kabul, Hagel said:

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