FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 file photo, French soldiers patrol in the courtyard of the Louvre museum in Paris. The soldiers of France's Sentinelle operation, along with other security forces patrolling French streets, are increasingly the main targets of attacks. Knives, machetes, hammers and vehicles have been used in the seven attacks this year - in each case against security forces - despite France's state of emergency. In the latest, on Wednesday, Aug. 9 a BMW slammed into six soldiers as they left their barracks outside Paris for duty in what authorities said was a "deliberate" attack.
KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan official says Taliban fighters have attacked a corps of security forces in their camp in southern Helmand province, killing at least 23. Omar Zwak, spokesman for the provincial governor, said Saturday that 16 other forces were wounded in the attack that ended Friday night in Washer district. Qari Yusouf Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman, said the insurgent group was responsible for the attack, which came as Taliban negotiators met for talks with the U.S. peace envoy in the Middle Eastern state of Qatar. Zwak said the attack began when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives at Shorab camp. He said three other suicide bombers blew themselves up and 16 Taliban gunmen were killed during 17 hours of fighting.
Suicide bombers attacked two Shia processions in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, killing at least 10 people and wounding more than 40, police and medical sources said. A bomber targeted a market in the Amil neighbourhood of southern Baghdad on Monday, killing at least six people and wounding 16. A similar attack hit a procession in the eastern Mashtal district, killing five and wounding 18, the sources added. Ali al-Fraiji, an Iraqi journalist, told Al Jazeera from Baghdad that a third attack also took place that killed three people and injured seven others. ISIL, also known as ISIS, claimed responsibility for the blasts that took place at events commemorating Ashoura, which marks the killing of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, by the army of Caliph Yazid in 680 AD.