09 May 2019

Taliban Attack Aid Group Office in Kabul, in Setback to U.S. Peace Talks

A week after the start of a new round of US-Taliban peace negotiations, the Taliban attacked the Kabul office of American nonprofit Counterpart International, killing at least 5 people, including 3 employees of American charity CARE, which has an Afghanistan office near the site that was targeted. According to the

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03 May 2019

Afghanistan vows to release 175 Taliban prisoners after peace summit

Days after a new round of peace negotiations between the US government and the Taliban began in the Qatari capital Doha, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani told a grand tribal council in Kabul that his country will release 175 Taliban prisoners as a gesture of goodwill and that he is willing

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01 May 2019

Classified or nonexistent: Tracking Taliban control goes dark as focus shifts to getting out

The US military will stop publishing figures on the Afghan areas and citizens under control of the Taliban and other insurgent forces. Analysts believe this decision signifies a shift in US military strategy for the war in Afghanistan, from battling insurgency toward prioritizing the exit of US troops from the

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24 Apr 2019

NATO, Afghan forces kill more civilians than Taliban

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has released a new report[pdf] showing that in the first quarter of 2019, NATO and pro-government troops in Afghanistan were responsible for more civilian deaths than Taliban fighters. While pro-government forces killed 305 civilians, the Taliban and other insurgent groups killed 227.

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18 Apr 2019

Peace talks postponed as Taliban objects to size of Afghan delegation

The Taliban has postponed a meeting with politicians and civil society representatives from Afghanistan over issues with the size and composition of the delegation that counted 250 members. The delegation included people working for the Afghan government, which the Taliban said was not in accordance with a list of members

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12 Apr 2019

Taliban announce spring offensive as Afghanistan peace talks continue

The Taliban on Friday released a mostly symbolic statement about the launch of its annual spring offensive, saying that the operation aims at “eradicating occupation, cleansing our Muslim homeland from invasion and corruption, establishing an Islamic system along with defending and serving our believing fellow countrymen.” Over the winter, The

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27 Mar 2019

In U.S. pursuit of peace talks, perilous rift opens with Afghan leader

US officials believe that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani may try to sabotage US-Taliban peace talks as a consequences of the US government’s decision to exclude Afghanistan’s government from the negotiations. Ashraf Ghani supposedly feels betrayed, not just because the US agreed to direct talks with the Taliban, which does not

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25 Mar 2019

U.S. air strikes kill a dozen Afghans, battle intensifies in Taliban strongholds

Heavy fighting between a coalition of US and Afghan forces and the Taliban resulted in dozens of casualties on both sides over the weekend. The United Nations on Monday said that US airstrikes carried out against the Taliban killed at least 13 civilians. On Friday, the Taliban killed around 50

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19 Mar 2019

U.S. freezes out top Afghan official in peace talks feud: sources

In the latest sign that the recent US-Taliban peace talks have strained US-Afghanistan relations, US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale told Afghan President Ashraf Ghani that the US will no longer deal with Afghanistan’s security adviser Hamdullah Mohib. Last Thursday, Mohib not only complained that the US

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18 Mar 2019

Taliban Capture About 150 Afghan Soldiers After Chase Into Turkmenistan

In the latest sign that Afghanistan’s army is losing control over the Badghis province in the northwestern part of the country, Taliban fighters this weekend captured 150 Afghan soldiers in the prince’s Murghab district, the biggest single capture by the Taliban to date. About 100 of the soldiers had tried

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