12 Nov 2019

Deal With Taliban Will Free American and Australian Professors, Officials Say

The Afghan government and the Taliban negotiated a prisoner exchange that would liberate American professor Kevin King and Australian professor Timothy Weeks, both former professors at the American University of Afghanistan. Three senior Taliban figures will also be released, including Anas Haqqani. President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan stated that the

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31 Oct 2019

CIA-trained Afghan forces ‘committed war crimes,’ report

A new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) accuses US-backed Afghan forces trained by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of carrying out “summary executions and other grave abuses without accountability.” The study is based on testimonies of local residents, who said that the forces conducted unlawful night raids based

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09 Oct 2019

US denies report civilians killed in airstrikes on Taliban meth labs

In May of this year, the United States army killed 30 civilians in Afghanistan as part of a military campaign targeting sites said to be used by Taliban members for the production of methamphetamine,  an investigation by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has concluded. UNAMA stated that

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23 Sep 2019

Afghan Taliban meet with Chinese officials after talks with US collapse

On Sunday, about two weeks after US President Donald Trump cancelled secret negotiations with Taliban leaders, 9 members of the militant group discussed the failure of the US-Taliban deal with Chinese officials, a Taliban spokesman has stated. China previously expressed support for an intra-Afghan dialogue to end the war in

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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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