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Tajik officials say eight police officers were killed in attacks in and around the capital, Dushanbe, early on September 4, prompting the U.S. Embassy to close and sparking fears of further violence in the Central Asian nation.
Last year, in the wake of a major terrorist attack, the Pakistani government pledged to take action against extremist publications. But in Peshawar, newspapers and magazines that openly support the Taliban and call for jihad are on sale alongside the mainstream press.
Disagreements among top Afghan Taliban leaders have now seeped down to fighters, resulting in violent clashes potentially escalating into a full-fledged war among the insurgents.
Almost 90,000 Afghan refugees have returned from Pakistan to their home country in recent months. Many claim to have been beaten by police, detained, and evicted from their homes in Pakistan, which has set a December 31 deadline for the return of all Afghan refugees still living there. (Photos by Vaiva Katinaityte)
Afghan analyst warns Iran must stop supporting the Afghan Taliban or risk the relationship backfiring. More
Pakistani activists and politicians have criticized Islamabad for preventing an international aid agency from working in impoverished restive provinces. More
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