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Taliban unveils negotiating team ahead of U.S. peace talks

Feb 12, 2019 - 11:43 PM

United States special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has undertaken extensive recent peace talks with the Taliban about ending the 17-year war in Afghanistan, with another round expected in late February

TALKS. This file photo shows participants attending the opening of the two-day talks of the Taliban and Afghan opposition representatives at the President Hotel in Moscow on February 5, 2019. File photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan meets Afghan president in Kabul

Feb 11, 2019 - 3:04 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Shanahan meets General Scott Miller, the top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan, before visiting Camp Morehead where Americans train Afghan special force

ARRIVING IN AFGHANISTAN. Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan (front 2nd R) arrives in Kabul on February 11, 2019. Photo by Sylvie Lanteaume/AFP

Two Afghan journalists killed in attack on radio station – officials

Feb 07, 2019 - 8:07 AM

The pair are gunned down inside the studios of Radio Hamsada, a private broadcaster based in Taloqan

Taliban sit for second day with Afghan leaders in Moscow

Feb 06, 2019 - 8:10 PM

No government official is invited, despite President Ashraf Ghani's offers to talk peace, underscoring the Taliban's hostility toward the increasingly marginalized Kabul administration

TALKS. Participants attend the opening of the two-day talks of the Taliban and Afghan opposition representatives at the President Hotel in Moscow on February 5, 2019. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Trump 'serious' about Afghan withdrawal, Taliban says

Feb 01, 2019 - 9:21 PM

Experts hail the development, but it has prompted concerns from Afghans and observers who feared foreign troops could withdraw before a lasting peace is reached between the insurgents and the government in Kabul

Afghan president calls for 'serious talks' with Taliban

Jan 28, 2019 - 8:38 PM

'I call on the Taliban to... show their Afghan will, and accept Afghans' demand for peace, and enter serious talks with the Afghan government,' says Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

TALKS. In this file photo, Afghan president Mohammad Ashraf Ghani speaks during a press conference at Presidential Palace in Kabul on June 30, 2018. File photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

At least 65 killed in Taliban attack on Afghan intel base

Jan 22, 2019 - 11:53 PM

The attack on January 21 in central Wardak province targeted an intelligence training facility, officials have said, meaning information remains difficult to independently verify

DEADLY ATTACK. An Afghan military vehicle is seen near the attack site after a car bomb detonated on a military base in Maidan Sharar in Wardak province on January 21, 2019. Photo by STR / AFP)

Afghanistan's incumbent president registers for reelection

Jan 20, 2019 - 8:37 PM

President Ashraf Ghani is set for a rematch with Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, the de facto prime minister

UNREST. Afghan president Mohammad Ashraf Ghani speaks during a press conference at Presidential Palace in Kabul on June 30, 2018. File photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

Taliban claim Kabul truck bomb attack, warn more to follow

Jan 15, 2019 - 1:48 PM

In a grim message, the militants vow to carry out more attacks in the city in direct response to the recent appointment of former spymaster and anti-Taliban veteran Amrullah Saleh as interior minister

AFTERMATH. Afghan relatives and medical staff wait for victims outside a hospital's entrance gate after a car bomb exploded near a foreign compound, in Kabul on January 14, 2019. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

30 killed in gold mine collapse in Afghanistan

Jan 06, 2019 - 7:23 PM

'The villagers have been involved in this business for decades with no government control over them,' the provincial spokesperson says

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Afghan Taliban says 'post-occupation' discussed with Iran

Jan 01, 2019 - 5:41 PM

The Taliban delegation discusses with Iran 'the post-occupation situation, restoration of peace and security in Afghanistan and the region'

TALKS. Representatives of the Taliban attend international talks on Afghanistan in Moscow on November 9, 2018. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Iran says Afghan Taliban were in Tehran for peace talks

Dec 31, 2018 - 6:10 PM

Iran's push for peace talks which aim to bring an end to the 17-year conflict comes after Trump's withdrawal of US troops in Afghanistan

COOPERATION? Taliban forces engage in dialogue with Iran to negotiate an end to the 17-year conflict in the region, File photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Afghan presidential election delayed until July 20

Dec 31, 2018 - 12:05 AM

The presidential ballot is originally scheduled for April 20, which many observers had considered unrealistic

'Worse every day': Afghans expect 2019 to be even deadlier

Dec 30, 2018 - 12:34 PM

Ordinary Afghans say they feel increasingly despondent about the future as the Taliban and ISIS carry out almost daily attacks

BURIAL. Afghan Shiite mourners and relatives attend a burial ceremony for the 35 victims of a suicide attack in a Shiite mosque in Gardez of Paktia province on August 4, 2018. Photo by Farid Zahir/AFP

Taliban urge U.S. to exit Afghanistan or face Soviet-style defeat

Dec 27, 2018 - 6:53 PM

The Taliban's warning comes hours after President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw about half of the 14,000 US troops in Afghanistan

WARNING. The Taliban urges the United States to leave the war-torn country, noting that any future relations must be based on 'sound diplomatic and economic principles' instead of conflict. File Photo by Shah Marai/AFP


Afghan election organizers mull delaying presidential vote

Dec 27, 2018 - 2:47 PM

The country's Independent Election Commission says a delay in schedule is eyed to avoid problems which occurred during its October parliamentary election

ELECTIONS. Afghan women wait in line to vote at a polling center for the country's legislative election in Herat province on October 20, 2018. Photo by Hoshang Hashimi/AFP

At least 43 killed in Kabul government compound attack

Dec 25, 2018 - 3:17 PM

No militant group has claimed responsibility for the raid, which caps a bloody year for Afghanistan

KABUL ATTACK. An Afghan policeman stands guard near the entrance gate of the Ministry of Public Works a day after a deadly militant attack in Kabul on December 25, 2018. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Afghan leader replaces top security chiefs in major shakeup

Dec 23, 2018 - 7:26 PM

The decision comes after US President Donald Trump's unexpected move to slash troop numbers in Afghanistan

UNREST. Afghan president Mohammad Ashraf Ghani speaks during a press conference at Presidential Palace in Kabul on June 30, 2018. File photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

Decision made for 'significant' troop withdrawal from Afghanistan – U.S. official

Dec 21, 2018 - 10:35 AM

President Donald Trump's twin foreign policy decisions on Syria and Afghanistan could begin to unspool a series of cascading and unpredictable events across the Middle East

ATTACK. Officials say Afghan special forces are also being deployed to the southeastern city of Ghazni after the latest attempt by the Taliban to capture an urban center. File photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

U.S. envoy doubts Afghan Taliban's desire for peace

Dec 20, 2018 - 10:08 PM

'If the Taliban are really seeking peace, they have to sit with the Afghan government ultimately to reach an agreement on the future political settlement in Afghanistan' United States peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad says

Trump letter to Imran Khan seeks Pakistan's help in Afghanistan

Dec 03, 2018 - 11:35 PM

Pakistan says its prime minister received a letter from the US president seeking Islamabad's support in securing a settlement in Afghanistan

IMRAN KHAN. Imran Khan of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice) speaks to the media after casting his vote at a polling station during the general election in Islamabad on July 25, 2018. Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

Afghan Taliban not serious about peace, says Kabul gov't chief

Nov 22, 2018 - 9:42 PM

Abdullah Abdullah, who serves as 'chief executive' of the unity government in Kabul, says 'they (the Taliban) have not shown any intention to get seriously engaged in the peace negotiations'

NOT SERIOUS. Representatives of the Taliban arrive to attend international talks on Afghanistan in Moscow on November 9, 2018. Photo byYuri Kadobnov/AFP

At least 40 killed in suicide attack on Kabul religious gathering

Nov 20, 2018 - 11:31 PM

Some 40 people are killed and 60 wounded in the blast in Kabul which targeted a gathering of religious leaders to mark the Prophet Mohammad's birthday

CITY UNDER SIEGE. An Afghan woman wearing a burqa walks at the Wazir Akbar Khan hilltop overlooking Kabul in this file photo. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

25 killed in Afghan army helicopter crash – officials

Oct 31, 2018 - 2:47 PM

An official says the aircraft crashed due to 'bad weather' in Anar Dara district, but the Taliban claims its militants brought it down

U.S. general wounded in last week's Afghanistan insider attack

Oct 22, 2018 - 8:05 PM

Brigadier General Jeffrey Smiley is among 13 wounded when a gunman wearing an Afghan security forces uniform opened fire on a high-level security meeting in the southern city of Kandahar

Afghan polling centers plagued by problems as casualties surge

Oct 21, 2018 - 9:21 PM

Nearly 300 civilians and security forces have been killed and wounded in polling-related violence in more than 20 provinces

Nearly 170 casualties as violence rocks chaotic Afghan elections

Oct 20, 2018 - 3:42 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Taliban says it has carried out more than 300 attacks on the 'fake election' across the war-torn country

ELECTIONS. Afghan women wait in line to vote at a polling center for the country's legislative election in Herat province on October 20, 2018. Photo by Hoshang Hashimi/AFP

Powerful Afghan police chief killed in shooting at security meeting

Oct 18, 2018 - 10:50 PM

Taliban claims the shooting and says the targets are US commander General Scott Miller and General Abdul Raziq – the police chief of Kandahar province who had a fierce reputation for brutality

In this photo taken on January 2, 2018, Afghan General Abdul Raziq, police chief of Kandahar, looks on as he speaks during a press conference in Kandahar province. An Afghan security chief and a journalist were killed and three Americans wounded on October 18 when a gunman opened fire on a high-level security meeting attended by top US commander General Scott Miller, officials said.  JAWED TANVEER / AFP

3 million Afghans in 'urgent' need of food – U.N.

Oct 15, 2018 - 11:02 PM

A dry spell mainly across northern and western Afghanistan has devastated crops, livestock and water supplies, forcing hundreds of thousands of people from their homes

This photograph taken on October 8, 2017 Afghan children collecting firewood for their family on the outskirts of Mazar-i-Sharif. / AFP PHOTO / FARSHAD USYAN

Death toll in Afghanistan election rally bombing rises to 22

Oct 14, 2018 - 1:27 PM

Civilians make up most of the casualty count, says provincial governor spokesman Mohammad Jawad Hejri

At least 12 killed in bomb attack on Afghan election rally

Oct 13, 2018 - 6:39 PM

'The bomb had been placed on a motorcycle and detonated among the supporters of a female candidate in Rustaq district,' says Afghan provincial police

Death toll in Afghan suicide attack soars to 68

Sep 12, 2018 - 3:13 PM

It is the deadliest attack since an ambulance packed with explosives detonated in a crowded street in the heart of Kabul in January

AFGHAN ATTACK. An Afghan victim receives treatment at a hospital following a suicide attack in Mohmand Dara district of Nangarhar Province, on September 11, 2018. Photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

U.S. threatens to arrest ICC judges who probe war crimes

Sep 11, 2018 - 8:27 AM

White House National Security Advisor John Bolton says the US is prepared to slap financial sanctions and criminal charges on officials of the court if they proceed against any Americans

ON ICC. US National Security Advisor, John Bolton, speaks to the Federalist Society in Washington DC on September 10, 2018. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Mattis makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan

Sep 07, 2018 - 1:37 PM

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' arrival in Kabul comes at a sensitive time in the 17-year war

JAMES MATTIS. In this file photo, US Defense Secretary James Mattis delivers his speech during the first plenary session of the 17th Asian Security Summit of the IISS ShangriLa Dialogue in Singapore on June 2, 2018. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Twin blasts turn regular Kabul wrestling session into massacre

Sep 06, 2018 - 7:13 PM

The double bombing kills at least 26 people and is widely condemned by Afghan and foreign officials

BOMBING. Sandals are seen laying on the ground along the street near the site of a suicide attack, after a blast that targeted wrestlers during a training session at the Maiwand Club, in Kabul on September 6, 2018. Photo by Wakil Koshar/AFP

Afghan Taliban announces death of Haqqani network leader

Sep 04, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Jalaluddin Haqqani, whose son Sirajuddin Haqqani now heads the brutal group and is also the Taliban's deputy leader, died 'after a long battle with illness'

TALIBAN LEADER. This file picture taken on October 19, 2001 shows former Afghanistan's ruling Taliban militia's key man Jalaluddin Haqqani, commander-in-chief of southern Afghanistan and minister of border region, speaking with the media in Pakistan's capital city of Islamabad. File photo by STR/AFP

Afghan leader rejects resignation letters from spy chief, ministers

Aug 26, 2018 - 6:53 PM

This comes as the government faces fierce criticism over an increasingly deadly insurgency

Afghan residents walk inside a damaged mosque after a suicide attack during Friday prayers in Gardez of Paktia province on August 3, 2018. Burqa-clad suicide bombers struck a Shiite mosque in eastern Afghanistan Friday as it was crowded with worshippers for weekly prayers, killing at least 29 people and wounding more than 80 in the latest attack on the minority. FARID ZAHIR / AFP

Suicide bomb attack kills 2 in eastern Afghanistan

Aug 25, 2018 - 4:37 PM

4 others are wounded in the blast near a tent full of protesters outside the election commission's office in Jalalabad

Afghan president offers Taliban new provisional ceasefire

Aug 19, 2018 - 11:09 PM

The truce will only hold if the insurgents reciprocated, according th Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Philippines condemns Kabul school terror attack

Aug 18, 2018 - 1:27 PM

'The Philippines joins the international community in the call for all parties in Afghanistan to 'adhere to and respect humanitarian principles,' says the Department of Foreign Affairs

At least 37 killed as suicide attacker targets school in Kabul

Aug 15, 2018 - 11:54 PM

Police Spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai: 'In the explosion 37 people were killed, more than 40 injured.' Most, he added, were students.

SUICIDE ATTACK. An Afghan resident (R) weeps for his relative following a suicide attack in Kabul on August 15, 2018.  Photo by AFP

At least 100 security forces killed in fight for Afghan city

Aug 13, 2018 - 9:41 PM

Defense minister Tariq Shah Bahrami also says 194 insurgents had been killed and 147 wounded

GHAZNI BATTLES. This screen grab taken from AFPTV video on August 13, 2018 of video shot on August 12 shows an injured man (R) receiving medical treatment at Ghazni Provincial Hospital in the Afghan city of Ghazni. Photo by Mohammad Anwar Danishyar/AFP

Fight for Afghan city rages despite gov't claim of upper hand

Aug 12, 2018 - 4:26 PM

An Agence France-Presse reporter says Taliban fighters continue to torch government offices and have control over several police checkpoints

TALIBAN IN CONTROL? Officials say Afghan special forces are also being deployed to the southeastern city of Ghazni after the latest attempt by the Taliban to capture an urban center. File photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Afghan gov't forces in control of embattled city, officials say

Aug 11, 2018 - 9:35 PM

'The situation is fully under control. The city is not going to fall,' says the interior ministry spokesman, after confusion mounted over Ghazni's fate following hours of official silence

U.S. launches airstrikes as Taliban attack Afghan city

Aug 10, 2018 - 3:44 PM

An official says the Taliban began the attack late Thursday, August 9, from several positions around the city

ATTACK. Officials say Afghan special forces are also being deployed to the southeastern city of Ghazni after the latest attempt by the Taliban to capture an urban center. File photo by Wakil Kohsar / AFP

Afghans bury victims of mosque attack as toll rises to 35

Aug 04, 2018 - 7:24 PM

The attack comes as urban areas across Afghanistan have been rocked by a surge in violence in recent months

BURIAL. Afghan Shiite mourners and relatives attend a burial ceremony for the 35 victims of a suicide attack in a Shiite mosque in Gardez of Paktia province on August 4, 2018. Photo by Farid Zahir/AFP

15 dead as gunmen storm Afghan government building, 11 killed in bus bombing

Jul 31, 2018 - 4:32 PM

(4th UPDATE) The attack ends after more than 5 hours of intense fighting between militants and security forces

ATTACK. An Afghan security personnel stands guard atop a vehicle near the site of suicide attack as an ongoing attack between Afghan security force and suicide attackers in Jalalabad on July 31, 2018. Photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

Roadside bomb hits Afghan bus, killing 11 and wounding 31

Jul 31, 2018 - 4:13 PM

(UPDATED) There is no immediate confirmation from the Taliban that they are responsible for the blast

AID. A wounded Afghan man is brought to a hospital after roadside bomb hit a passenger bus, in Herat on July 31,2018. Photo by Hoshang Hashimi/AFP

Militants attack Afghan midwife training center

Jul 28, 2018 - 5:21 PM

There is no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest attack, but most of the recent assaults in the city have been carried out by the Islamic State group (ISIS), which has a stronghold in Nangarhar.

TARGETED. Afghan volunteers carry an injured youth on a stretcher to a hospital following an attack that targeted an education department compound in Jalalabad on July 11, 2018. Photo by Noorullah Shirzada / AFP

Swede's stunt to save Afghan from deportation goes viral

Jul 26, 2018 - 12:00 AM

A spokesman at the Swedish Prison and Probation Service confirms the pilot decided Elin Ersson, along with the Afghan asylum seeker and the escorts accompanying him had to leave the plane, halting the planned deporation