Afghanistan’s president has vowed to eliminate all safe havens of the Islamic State group as the country marks a subdued 100th Independence Day after a horrific wedding attack claimed by the local IS affiliate.
The Islamic State group’s affiliate in Afghanistan has claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack on a wedding party in Kabul on Saturday night in which at least 63 people were killed.
The death toll from a late-night suicide bombing at a crowded wedding party in Afghanistan’s capital rose to at least 63 on Sunday, including women and children, officials said.
A witness to a suicide bombing at a wedding party in Afghanistan’s capital said the attacker set off the explosives near the stage where children had gathered.
More civilians were killed by Afghan and international coalition forces in Afghanistan in the first half of this year than by the Taliban and other militants, the UN mission said in a report.
An Afghan official said on Sunday that the government would hold its first-ever direct talks with the Taliban within two weeks, but the insurgents quickly denied any such meeting was planned and reiterated their opposition to negotiating with government representatives in their official capacity.
MPs have urged the next prime minister to legislate to end the “ridiculous charade” of “vexatious” and repeated investigations into alleged historical offences by British troops.
Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt has announced a consultation process in response to demands for legislation to end repeated investigations into alleged historical offences by British troops.
Potential Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged to end “unfair” prosecutions of veterans who served in Northern Ireland.
Kedar Jadhav has defended India’s middle-order batting after their tense 11-run World Cup victory over Afghanistan in Southampton.
Vijay Shankar hopes to shake off a toe problem inflicted by team-mate Jasprit Bumrah in training in time for Friday’s Cricket World Cup clash with Afghanistan.