FROM Sune Engel Rasmussen
Taliban Ramps Up Offensive with Kabul Bombing This morning an explosion and gunfight in Kabul killed dozens and wounded more than 300 others during the morning rush hour. The Afghan Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, which targeted a security unit for high level government officials. The attack comes one week after the militant group announced its spring offensive, a signal that the Taliban plans to follow through on their promise to carry out large scale attacks this fighting season. Barbara Bogaev speaks with freelance reporter Sune Engel Rasmussen, who is based in Kabul and writes for the Guardian and the Economist.
Afghan Forces Fight to Retake City after Big Loss to Taliban American airpower is striking Taliban forces, which seized parts of the Northern Afghan city of Kunduz yesterday. It was the Taliban's biggest victory since it was ousted from power in 2001. Sune Engel Rasmussen is a freelance reporter in Kabul who writes for the Guardian and the Economist.
Taliban Leader Is Dead… and Has Been for Years Mullah Omar founded and led the Taliban, which ruled Afghanistan until it was toppled by the United States after September 11, 2001. Now -- after years of rumors — officials in both Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan have confirmed that Mullah Omar died in a Pakistani hospital two years ago. Sune Engel Rasmussen joins us from Kabul, where he reports for the Guardian and other news outlets.
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