Sunday 21 January 2018

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An Afghan National Army soldier stands guard in front of a shop burned during the Taliban attack on Kandahar Airport. Photo: Reuters
An Afghan National Army soldier stands guard in front of a shop burned during the Taliban attack on Kandahar Airport. Photo: Reuters

Afghan forces have repelled a Taliban attack on Kandahar airport that lasted more than 24 hours and killed 50 people, mainly civilians.

The Afghan defence ministry said that the dead included 38 civilians, 10 Afghan soldiers and two police.

It said the 11 "terrorists" who took part in the assault were killed, and the fighting ended late on Wednesday.

Afghan forces have struggled to roll back Taliban advances since the US and Nato formally concluded their combat mission at the end of last year.

READ MORE: 50 people killed after Taliban attack Kandahar airport

Former boxing champion Muhammad Ali, one of the best-known U.S. Muslims, appeared on Wednesday to join the chorus condemning the proposal by Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump to temporarily stop Muslims from entering the country.

"We as Muslims have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda," Ali, 72, said in a statement that appeared in a report by NBC News headlined: "Presidential Candidates Proposing to Ban Muslim Immigration to the United States," but did not actually name Trump.

READ MORE: Former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali takes jab at Donald Trump over Muslim comments

The couple behind the San Bernardino attack were radicalised at least two years ago and had discussed jihad and martyrdom as early as 2013, FBI director James Comey has said.

That was well before one of them came to the US on a fiancee visa, Mr Comey added while providing the most specific details to date about the pair's path toward extremism.

Investigators are also looking at whether the husband accused in the California shootings was planning an attack in 2012 but abandoned those plans, according to sources.

One week into its investigation, the FBI now believes that Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, embraced radical Islamic ideology even before they had begun their online relationship and that Malik held extremist views before she arrived in the US last year, Mr Comey told the Senate judiciary committee.

READ MORE: San Bernardino attack: Couple behind shooting were radicalised from at least 2013

In the papers today, the floods around the Shannon dominate the front pages. The Irish Independent leads with a striking front page which is dominated by an image of the Blackrocks nursing home in Foxford, Co Mayo.

The paper has comprehensive section on the flooding which is feared to match 2009 levels.



The Herald leads with the story of Siobhan Philips, the young man who was shot by Adrian Mackin in the attack which killed Garda Tony Golden in October. The family of the shooting victim say it is a "miracle" that she survived her horror injuries but she may never remember the night in question.

The Irish Sun leads with the front page story under the headline: 'Taking the Mick'. The story details how Mick Wallace was driven 200km to begin his 30-day prison term.

The Irish Daily Mirror also leads with the flooding crisis under the headline: 'Stranded'. The paper leads with a picture of a farmhouse in Co Mayo which is cut off on all sides by flood water.

The Irish Examiner leads with the decision by the Government to hike prices for alcohol. The paper details the health measures announced by the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar yesterday who also admitted that legislation would not make it through the Dail and Seanad before the election is called.

The Irish Daily Mail leads with the story of a bread delivery man who has pleaded guilty to the sexual assault of a schoolgirl working in a shop last summer.

Finally, the Irish Times leads with the story that criminal cases are being dismissed over delays in searching computers. The case involve child sex abuse, stalking and serious organised crime affected.

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