43 Afghan soldiers killed in attack on military base: officials

Above, an Afghan Air Force Mi-17 helicopter flies past commandos during a military exercise at the Kabul Military Training Center on the outskirts of Kabul on October 17, 2017. (AFP)
Updated 19 October 2017
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43 Afghan soldiers killed in attack on military base: officials

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan: At least 43 Afghan soldiers were killed in a Taliban-claimed suicide attack on a military base in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, officials said, the third assault on a security installation this week.
Just two soldiers are known to have survived unscathed after the attack on the base in the Chashmo area of Maiwand district in Kandahar province, the defense ministry said in a statement, adding that nine soldiers were wounded and six unaccounted for.
Defense ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said the attackers detonated at least one explosive-packed Humvee vehicle and razed the compound in the early morning assault.
The Taliban claimed the ambush in a message to journalists which said all 60 security personnel on the base were killed.
Ten insurgents died, the ministry said.
“We have sent a delegation to assess the situation. The base is under ANA (Afghan National Army) control,” Waziri said.
It was the third suicide and gun attack on a security installation this week and takes the total death toll to more than 100, including soldiers, police and civilians.


Ex-PM of Croatia gets 2 ½ years for war profiteering

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Ex-PM of Croatia gets 2 ½ years for war profiteering

ZAGREB, Croatia: A Croatian court on Monday sentenced former Prime Minister Ivo Sanader to 2 ½ years in prison for war profiteering following his retrial in the high-profile corruption case.
The County Court of Zagreb, the capital, ruled that Sanader also must return about half a million euros ($570,000) in kickbacks he took in a deal with Austria’s Hypo Bank in the 1990s.
The court said Sanader, who was deputy foreign minister at the time, was guilty of war profiteering because he acted for his own benefit rather than Croatia’s during its 1992-95 war.
Sanader went on to serve as prime minister from 2003 to 2009. He is the highest-ranking official tried for corruption in Croatia.
Monday’s sentence was shorter than the three years Sanader received previously. Sanader’s lawyers said they would appeal.
“We believe that the verdict is absolutely baseless,” lawyer Cedo Prodanovic said.
Croatian state TV says Sanader was acquitted Monday in a separate corruption case. Altogether, prosecutors had filed five corruption cases against Sanader since 2010.
The ex-prime minister was the leader of the ruling conservative Croatian Democratic Union party.