Taliban rigging drones to drop bombs, Afghan spy chief says

Taliban rigging drones to drop bombs, Afghan spy chief says
The Taliban and Washington signed a deal in February paving the way for foreign forces to leave Afghanistan entirely by May 2021. (AFP)
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Updated 23 November 2020

Taliban rigging drones to drop bombs, Afghan spy chief says

Taliban rigging drones to drop bombs, Afghan spy chief says
  • ‘The drones they are using are sold in the market. They are basically camera drones’
  • Daesh maintain a small but deadly presence in Afghanistan

KABUL: The Taliban have deployed small drones to drop bombs on government forces in some recent attacks, Afghanistan’s spy chief said Monday, illustrating a new fighting method used by the insurgents.
Ahmad Zia Shiraj, who heads the National Directorate of Security (NDS), said Taliban fighters were using hobby drones and rigging them with explosives.
“The drones they are using are sold in the market. They are basically camera drones,” Shiraj said in an address to parliament, adding the NDS wants to stop the import of the popular devices.
In late October, the Taliban reportedly used a drone to bomb the compound of the governor of Kunduz province.
Shiraj did not confirm the report, but he noted that the Taliban have used drones in Kunduz and Paktia provinces.
While the technique is new to the Taliban, Daesh militants operating in Iraq and Syria started using toy planes and hobby drones in 2016 to carry explosives.
Daesh maintain a small but deadly presence in Afghanistan and have resisted years-long efforts by the US and Afghan forces to wipe them out.
“We have destroyed their leadership circle but their second layer are young are still active,” Shiraj said.
Daesh claimed three deadly attacks in recent weeks in Kabul that killed scores of people, including a rocket attack Saturday.
The Taliban and Washington signed a deal in February paving the way for foreign forces to leave Afghanistan entirely by May 2021.
In return, the insurgent group pledged to prevent transnational militant groups such as Al-Qaeda and Daesh operating inside Afghanistan.


Bomb kills two policemen in Afghan capital

Bomb kills two policemen in Afghan capital
Updated 16 January 2021

Bomb kills two policemen in Afghan capital

Bomb kills two policemen in Afghan capital
  • Two policemen were killed and one wounded
  • The two warring sides are currently in the Qatari capital Doha discussing the agenda items of the talks

KABUL: A roadside bomb targeting a police vehicle in the Afghan capital killed two policemen Saturday, officials said, as violence continues unabated in Afghanistan despite peace talks between the Taliban and government.
The vehicle carrying the policemen was struck by the bomb in the center of the capital on the road to the prestigious Kabul University, police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz said.
Two policemen were killed and one wounded, Faramarz said.
Violence has surged across the country in recent months, especially in Kabul which is also rocked by a new trend of targeted killings that has sown fear in the city.
The bloodshed comes even as the Taliban and government negotiators engage in peace talks to end the nearly two decade war in the country.
The two warring sides are currently in the Qatari capital Doha discussing the agenda items of the talks.