Militants

People comfort a relative of the victim of a bomb blast at a hospital in Islamabad, Pakistan, 09 April 2014. At least 23 people were killed when a bomb ripped through the crowded market in Islamabad on 09 April, amid a fragile ceasefire between the government and Islamist militants. More than three dozen people were injured in the attack.

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People comfort a relative of one of the victims of a bomb blast in Islamabad, Pakistan. At least 23 people were killed when a bomb ripped through a crowded market in Islamabad on Wednesday, amid a fragile ceasefire between the government and Islamist militants.

Taliban militants surrender their weapons in Herat...epa03920206 Former Taliban militants stand behind an rusty old light machine gun as they surrender their weapons under a US-backed Afghan government amnesty program, in Herat, Afghanistan, 23 October 2013. Hundreds of anti-government militants have so far surrendered to the government under an amnesty program launched by Afghan President Hamid Karzai back in 2004. Taliban-led militants have been waging a bloody war against Afghan and NATO forces for a decade, often infiltrating Afghan security forces and carrying out deadly attacks on NATO and Afghan forces.  EPA/JALIL REZAYEE

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Former Taliban militants stand behind a rusty old light machine gun as they surrender their weapons under a US-backed Afghan government amnesty programme, in Herat, Afghanistan on Wednesday. Hundreds of anti-government militants have surrendered to the government under an amnesty programme launched in 2004 by Hamid Karzai, Afghan president. Read more

Egyptian security forces take cover during clashes with suspected militants, not pictured, in the town of Kerdasa, near Giza Pyramids, Egypt, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Egyptian security forces backed by armored vehicles and military helicopters on Thursday laid a siege on an Islamists’ stronghold near Giza Pyramids and exchanged fire with what official news agency identified as “terrorist and criminal elements.” (AP Photo/Ahmed Gomaa)

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Egyptian security forces take cover during clashes with suspected militants, not pictured, in Kerdasa, near Giza Pyramids, Egypt, on Thursday

An Afghan security force stands guard as a ambulance arrive near entrance gate of the Presidential palace in Kabul

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An Afghan security force stands guard as an ambulance arrives near the entrance gate of the presidential palace in Kabul on Tuesday after Taliban militants targeted the palace and the CIA office.

An arrested Taliban fighter is displayed...An arrested Taliban fighter is displayed to the media in Panjwai district of Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan on May 28, 2013. Suspected Taliban militants killed seven police in southern Afghanistan after persuading the officers to invite them into their checkpoint for dinner, officials said on Tuesday. A total of 14 Afghan police and soldiers have died over the last two days as Taliban insurgents increased attacks as part of their annual "spring offencive" launched last month. AFP PHOTO/ JANGIRJANGIR/AFP/Getty Images

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An arrested Taliban fighter is displayed to the media in Panjwai District, Kandahar Province, on Tuesday. Suspected Taliban militants killed seven police in southern Afghanistan after persuading the officers to invite them into their checkpoint for dinner, officials said. A total of 14 Afghan police and soldiers have died over the past two days as Taliban insurgents increased attacks as part of their annual spring offensive, which started last month. Read more