17 Sep 2019

Taliban attacks kill 30, Afghan leader unhurt as bomb hits rally

The Taliban on Tuesday carried out two suicide bomb attacks in Afghanistan that killed 30 people and wounded at least 45 more. The deadliest of the two explosions occurred at an election rally by President Ashraf Ghani, who was not hurt in the incident. Both attacks were claimed by the

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09 Sep 2019

More Americans will die after Trump abruptly ends Afghan talks, Taliban say

US President Donald Trump cancelled secret negotiations with Taliban leaders on Saturday after the group claim responsibility for a recent attack in Kabul that claimed the lives of a US soldier and 11 others. The Taliban slammed Trump’s decision and warned that it “will lead to more losses to the

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04 Sep 2019

Afghan government has concerns about US-Taliban peace deal

The Afghan government wants Washington to clarify its draft peace agreement with the Taliban so that Kabul can “completely analyze its dangers and negative consequences and avoid the dangers,” the spokesperson of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Wednesday. Under the agreement, which still needs to be approved by US

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03 Sep 2019

US and Taliban reach agreement ‘in principle’ on Afghanistan, envoy says

The United States and the Taliban have come to an agreement “in principle,” according to US special envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad. US President Donald Trump will still need to approve the accord, under which the US would withdraw 5,400 of the almost 14,000 troops stationed in Afghanistan. The pull

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29 Aug 2019

Taliban Peace Talks Cast Uncertainty on Presidential Vote

As US diplomats and representatives of the Taliban get closer to a final peace agreement, it is becoming increasingly uncertain what the significance of the Afghan presidential election scheduled for September 28 will be, and if the vote will be held at all. Taliban leaders have warned with attacks on

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19 Aug 2019

Afghanistan vows to crush Islamic State havens after attack

On Saturday, Islamic State carried out an attack on a wedding in Afghanistan that killed at least 63 people and wounded 200 more. In response to the bombing, which took place on the 100th Independence Day of the country, Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani pledged on Monday to “eliminate” all IS

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12 Aug 2019

No deal announced as US, Taliban wrap up latest talks

Even though the Taliban announced last week that disagreements between the group and the United States government over the withdrawal of US and NATO forces from Afghanistan had been resolved, the latest round of peace talks in Qatar (the 8th in total) ended on Monday without a peace deal. US

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09 Aug 2019

Iran’s cooperation with the Taliban could affect talks on U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan

As progress in the US-Taliban peace talks finally seems to bring the end of the war in Afghanistan within reach after 18 years, Iran has begun to be open about its cooperation with the Afghan insurgent group. This is far from self-evident, for in the past, Iran fiercely opposed the

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07 Aug 2019

Taliban say differences resolved on US troop withdrawal

The Taliban on Tuesday announced that disagreements between the group and the United States government over the withdrawal from US and NATO forces from Afghanistan have been resolved in the latest round of peace talks in Qatar. US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad stated that “excellent progress” had been made during the

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30 Jul 2019

NATO, Afghan forces killed more civilians than Taliban: UN

During the first half of 2019, the war in Afghanistan resulted in 1,366 civilian deaths, which is 30% lower than in the same period last year, a new report by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) shows. Shockingly, pro-government forces including NATO troops were responsible for the majority of

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