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# insurgents - Sunday 16 April, 2017

In war-torn Mosul, the hot springs and spa are a place to relax for soldier and refugee alike

Hammam al-Alil’s sulphur springs and reopened spa have become a spot where the soldiers fighting in Mosul and the civilians fleeing it meet for a rare moment of relaxation.

# insurgents - Sunday 23 November, 2014

Suicide bomber on motorcycle kills 50 at volleyball game

WARNING: This article contains a graphic image of those killed in the blast.

# insurgents - Saturday 5 July, 2014

Ukraine claims rebels have been flushed from a main stronghold

This would be Kiev’s biggest success of the nearly three-month campaign.

# insurgents - Friday 2 May, 2014

Military helicopter shot down as Ukraine army launches assault on insurgents

Troops have also been put on full combat alert in response to the estimated 40,000 Russian troops massed on the border.

# insurgents - Monday 10 February, 2014

Militants killed after accidental explosion during bomb-making lesson

Seven car bombs as well as several explosive belts were found the area.

# insurgents - Thursday 16 January, 2014

New video shows only American soldier still held by Taliban is alive

The video, sent to officials in the US, is the first proof in more than three years that Bowe Berghdal is still alive.

# insurgents - Sunday 15 September, 2013

At least 48 killed in Iraq bombings

Car bombs in cities across Iraq killed at least 48 people today, officials have said.

# insurgents - Thursday 16 May, 2013

Suicide bombing targets NATO convoy in Kabul

At least 15 people have been killed and dozens wounded in the attack in the Afghan capital.

# insurgents - Wednesday 15 May, 2013

At least 32 dead in Iraq bombings

11 bombings struck Baghdad, as well as the cities of Kirkuk and Tarmiyah.

# insurgents - Monday 21 January, 2013

UN says torture of prisoners in Afghanistan persists

A report said torture included beatings, electric shock and being hung by the wrist from chains for long periods.

# insurgents - Monday 27 August, 2012

Insurgents kill 17 'party-goers' in Afghanistan

Early reports said that the 15 men and two women had been beheaded but subsequent accounts have shed more light on the attack.

# insurgents - Thursday 2 August, 2012

Afghanistan: 7 killed in gun battle and bomb attack

Five people were killed in the gun battle today just outside Kabul while two NATO service members were killed in a separate bomb attack in the south of the country.

# insurgents - Monday 11 June, 2012

NATO to limit airstrikes on Afghan homes

A spokesperson for the military alliance says that airstrikes will not be used on civilian dwellings unless it’s a matter of ‘self-defence for troops on the ground’.

# insurgents - Saturday 26 November, 2011

Pakistan: 25 troops dead in NATO helicopter attack

Pakistan has blamed NATO for the attack on the Afghanistan border last night.

# insurgents - Wednesday 2 November, 2011

Rebel demobilisation deal sees Nepal parties push ahead with peace process

Nepal’s main parties have agreed to resume talks for a peace deal, but will face a significant challenge in creating a new constitution.

# insurgents - Friday 21 October, 2011

Al-Shabab display bodies of African Union peacekeepers

The fighters displayed around 70 bodies of the troops after a battle in Mogadishu yesterday.

# insurgents - Wednesday 14 September, 2011

Kabul attack ends after 20 hours and leaves 27 dead

The US ambassador to Afghanistan blamed the Pakistani-based Haqqani network for the coordinated attack against the American Embassy and NATO headquarters in the heart of Kabul.

# insurgents - Thursday 11 August, 2011

Taliban forces who downed US helicopter 'killed by air strikes'

The US military says the insurgents who killed 38 US and Afghani troops have themselves been killed by F16 fighter jets.

# insurgents - Saturday 6 August, 2011

Dozens of coalition troops killed in helicopter attack in Afghanistan

The attack has resulted in the worst single-day loss of life suffered by coalition forces the ten-year conflict.

# insurgents - Thursday 28 July, 2011

Afghanistan suicide attack kills 22 including BBC reporter

Three suicide attackers targeting a police station in a south Afghan town have killed at least 22 people, including a journalist working with the BBC.

# insurgents - Friday 22 July, 2011

Fifty insurgents killed in east Afghanistan

The militants were killed during two days of fighting in Paktika province.

# insurgents - Wednesday 25 August, 2010

MORE THAN 30 PEOPLE have been killed in a series of bomb attacks in Iraq.

Fifteen people were killed in one attack in the city of Kut, south of Baghdad. Five explosions were roadside bombs targeting police.

Although no group has claimed responsibility for the attacks yet, Taliban insurgents are being blamed.

Bomb attacks

The explosions are marked on this map from Al Jazeera:

The attacks include:

  • A suicide car bomb attacked a police station in Kut, killing 15 and injuring at least 84 others
  • A car bomb killed one person and injured eight in Kirkuk
  • Two car bombs in Ramadi injured 12 people
  • A car bomb exploded in Basra, killing one and injuring eight
  • A suicide car bomb in Karbala outside a police station injured 30 people

Soothing the Taliban?

The explosions could help to undermine public confidence in Iraqi security forces as the US troops withdraw from the country. Under 50,000 US troops are still in Iraq after the main troop withdrawal took place ahead of schedule.

A senior US commander said yesterday that the troop withdrawal sentence was “giving our enemy substance”, and warned of a resurgence among Taliban militants ahead of the deadline.

General James Conway says that the withdrawal date could send a signal to the Taliban that they may only have to “hold out for so long” as the US prepared to wind down the war.

Conway is the head of the US Marine Corps.