Two days after the insurgents announced the beginning of their spring offensive, the Taliban ambushed and killed a police commander and seven other people,
Aahar Khurm Aabi, highway police commander in the northern provinces of Takhar and Kunduz, was killed along with four of his guards on his way to work, The militants, fighting to drive Afghanistan's Western-backed government from power, said on Tuesday they had launched "Operation Omari", named after the late Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar, aimed at defeating the government and establishing their version of an Islamic state.
Muqtada Al-Sadr arrived in Lebanon to visit Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.
Contraction to the Birth Pains
Rescuers in southwestern Japan were looking for trapped residents in collapsed houses after a powerful earthquake struck southwestern Japan Thursday evening, the quake hit at 9:26 p.m. in Kumamoto Prefecture, with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4.
The quake registered the highest level of 7 on the Japanese seismic scale, in the town of Mashiki, it was the first reported quake with an intensity level of 7 since the deadly March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan.
Japanese television interrupted regular programming to show live video of burning homes and rubble. At least 16,000 homes were without power, according to Nippon Television. Bullet train operations were temporarily halted on the island of Kyushu, where Kumamoto Prefecture is located, Defense Minister Gen Nakatani said at a press conference that Japan Self Defense Force troops, planes and helicopters were being sent to the area to assess the damage and help with rescue operations.
THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge experienced tremors from a 7.1 magnitude earthquake that hit Myanmar and was felt by millions in India.
The magnitude 7 quake struck today in Myanmar with tremors felt as far away as northern and eastern India.