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Afghan president vows to speed up release of Taliban prisoners

May 24, 2020 - 3:53 PM

He also urges the militants to press on with the release of the Afghan security personnel they hold

AFGHAN LEADER. Afghan's President Ashraf Ghani looks on during a bilateral meeting with US President Donald Trump at Bagram Air Field during a surprise Thanksgiving day visit, on November 28, 2019 in Afghanistan. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

Afghan President Ghani, rival Abdullah sign power-sharing deal

May 17, 2020 - 7:04 PM

The breakthrough comes as Afghanistan battles a series of crises, including a rapid spread of the deadly coronavirus and surging militant violence

POWER-SHARING. In this file photo, Afghan presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah (L) and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai stand together after signing a power-sharing agreement at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on September 21, 2014. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Taliban claim deadly attack on Afghan army base

May 14, 2020 - 8:16 PM

The defense ministry says a truck bomb targeted the base in the eastern city of Gardez, killing 5 civilians

DEADLY ATTACK. Afghan security personnel inspect the site of an attack on Afghan army base in Gardez, capital of Paktia province on May 14, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

Taliban says ready to counter Afghan forces after deadly carnage

May 14, 2020 - 12:16 AM

'From now onwards the responsibility of further escalation of violence and its ramifications shall fall squarely on the shoulders of the Kabul administration,' the Taliban says in a statement

BURIAL. Mourners carry a covered dead body during a burial ceremony following a suicide attack in a maternity hospital, at a cemetery in Kabul on May 13, 2020. Photo by AFP

Afghan forces to resume offensive operations

May 13, 2020 - 12:19 AM

'I order all the security forces to end their active defense position, return to offensive postures, and resume their operations against the enemy,' says Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

ASHRAF GHANI. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani talks at the second Kabul Process conference at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on February 28, 2018. File photo by Shah Marai/AFP

Afghan president negative for virus after palace outbreak

Apr 21, 2020 - 10:53 PM

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his wife were both tested for the coronavirus and 'both results are negative'

NEGATIVE. Afghan's President Ashraf Ghani looks on during a bilateral meeting with US President Donald Trump at Bagram Air Field during a surprise Thanksgiving day visit, on November 28, 2019 in Afghanistan. File photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

Pompeo in Kabul to try to break political deadlock

Mar 23, 2020 - 8:12 PM

The visit comes just a day after the Afghan government and Taliban held their first discussion on prisoner exchanges – a key step in a broader push for peace

BREAK DEADLOCK. In this handout photograph taken and released by Press Office of President of Afghanistan on March 23, 2020, Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani speaks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) during their meeting in Kabul. AFP PHOTO/Press Office of President of Afghanistan

Rockets mar Afghan president's swearing-in as rival inaugurates self

Mar 09, 2020 - 8:35 PM

(UPDATED) The game of thrones has strained the patience of the international community and Afghans alike, with Washington warning earlier that the bickering posed a risk to the US withdrawal deal

INAUGURATION. Afghan honor guards walk ahead of the oath inauguration ceremony of Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani, at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on March 9, 2020. (Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Ashraf Ghani secures second term as Afghan president – final results

Feb 18, 2020 - 10:05 PM

'The election commission... declares Mr Ashraf Ghani, who has won 50.64% of the votes, as the president of Afghanistan,' election commission chief Hawa Alam Nuristani says

ASHRAF GHANI. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani talks at the second Kabul Process conference at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on February 28, 2018. File photo by Shah Marai/AFP

U.S. announces partial Taliban truce, Trump says peace deal 'close'

Feb 14, 2020 - 8:28 AM

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani reports 'notable progress' in negotiations with the Islamist extremists

SOLDIERS. In this photo taken on June 6, 2019, US soldiers look out over hillsides during a visit of the commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan General Scott Miller at the Afghan National Army (ANA) checkpoint in Nerkh district of Wardak province. Photo by Thomas Watkin/AFP

U.S.-Taliban breakthrough appears closer as Ghani reports progress

Feb 12, 2020 - 7:26 PM

Washington and the insurgents have been locked in grueling talks that have stretched over more than a year for an agreement that would see the US pull thousands of troops from Afghanistan

TALKS. Afghan's President Ashraf Ghani looks on during a bilateral meeting with US President Donald Trump at Bagram Air Field during a surprise Thanksgiving day visit, on November 28, 2019 in Afghanistan. File photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

Afghanistan to release senior Taliban prisoners in apparent swap

Nov 12, 2019 - 6:59 PM

The 3 Taliban prisoners include Anas Haqqani, who was seized in 2014 and whose older brother is the deputy Taliban leader and head of the Haqqani network, a notorious Taliban affiliate

SWAP. In this file photo, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a joint press conference at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on November 6, 2018. File photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Afghan chief executive wants halt to election recount

Nov 10, 2019 - 4:58 PM

'A fraud-marred election will not be accepted. The result should be based on the clean votes of our people,' says Afgahnistan's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. Afghanistan's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on November 4 dismissed a new peace proposal by his election rival President Ashraf Ghani as an unrealistic "wishlist", and again called into question the validity of thousands of votes from recent polls. AFP photo

Abdullah claims win over Ghani in Afghan vote well ahead of results

Sep 30, 2019 - 7:21 PM

(UPDATED) The move is likely to stir political tensions across Afghanistan and brings to mind the election Abdullah Abdullah and his top rival Ashraf Ghani bitterly contested in 2014

AFTER VOTING. In this handout photograph taken and released by Afghanistan's Office of Chief Executive on September 28, 2019, Afghan presidential candidate and current Chief Executive Officer, Abdullah Abdullah (C), leaves after casting his vote outside a polling station in Kabul. AFP PHOTO / AFGHANISTAN'S OFFICE OF CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Afghans vote in presidential election amid deadly violence

Sep 29, 2019 - 8:29 AM

Taliban bombings and mortar attacks at polling centers kill 2 civilians and wound 27 others

ELECTION SECURITY. An Afghan security personnel stands guard as women voters wait to cast their ballot at a polling station in Herat on September 28, 2019. Photo by Hoshang Hashimi/AFP

Taliban kill at least 48 in bloody day ahead of Afghan polls

Sep 17, 2019 - 5:43 PM

(3rd UPDATE) In a statement claiming responsibility for both blasts, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says the attack near President Ashraf Ghani's rally was deliberately aimed at disrupting the September 28 elections

ANOTHER BLAST. A wounded Afghan man is wheeled on a stretcher at the Wazir Akbar Khan hospital following a blast in Kabul on September 17, 2019. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

On again, off again: Erratic history of talks with the Taliban

Sep 08, 2019 - 5:31 PM

Washington has tried to obtain promises from the Taliban, resulting in a tragic series of missed opportunities and all but guaranteeing suspicion around any new deal

TALKS. In this file photo, Markus Potzel (2nd-L), Germany' Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Mutlaq bin Majid al-Qahtani (4th-L), the special envoy of the Qatari Foreign Minister for Terrorism and Mediation in the Settlement of Disputes, attend the Intra Afghan Dialogue talks in the Qatari capital Doha on July 7, 2019. Photo by Karim Jaafar/AFP

Afghan forces claim upper hand after Taliban attack Kunduz city

Sep 01, 2019 - 2:56 PM

The attack comes as US and Taliban negotiators continue a 9th round of talks in Doha

IN KUNDUZ. Afghan soldiers gather at a street in Kunduz, Afghanistan on August 31, 2019. Photo by Bashir Khan Safi/AFP

Taliban threaten Afghan presidential elections

Aug 06, 2019 - 9:27 PM

Many observers think the poll will be postponed again – it has already been pushed back twice this year – to create space for a peace deal to be finalized between the US and the Taliban

AFGHAN ELECTIONS. A local residents pushes a wheelbarrow past a billboard with a poster of Afghan presidential candidate and incumbent President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani (C) is seen during the first day of the presidential election campaign in Kabul on July 28,2019. File photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Fresh bid set to bring Afghans to table for peace deal

Jul 02, 2019 - 2:58 PM

US president Donald Trump says he wants to withdraw American forces from Afghanistan, but will leave a strong intelligence presence there to counter what he terms the 'Harvard of terrorists'

DISPLACED. In this photo taken on February 9, 2019, internally displaced Afghan men talk in Kandahar city, after fleeing conflict with the Taliban in the Deh Rawood district of Uruzgan province. Photo by Javed Tanveer/AFP

Afghanistan loya jirga demands 'immediate and permanent' ceasefire

May 03, 2019 - 8:43 PM

(UPDATED) Delegates of a historic 'loya jirga' peace summit say the ceasefire should start at the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, which gets underway in the coming days

Months after fraud-tainted poll, Afghan lawmakers sworn in

Apr 26, 2019 - 11:59 PM

Even now, results for 33 seats in central Kabul province have not been announced amid allegations of rigging, irregularities, and technical difficulties

NEW PARLIAMENT. In this file photo, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani talks at the second Kabul Process conference at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on February 28, 2018. File photo by Shah Marai/AFP

Afghan supreme court extends Ghani's term until delayed elections

Apr 21, 2019 - 7:53 PM

Presidential elections are initially slated for April 20 but Afghan election officials were unprepared for a new nationwide poll so soon after October parliamentary elections

Taliban unveil 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12 killed in suicide attack on Afghan security forces – officials

Jul 10, 2018 - 4:59 PM

(UPDATED) The explosion in the eastern city of Jalalabad also leaves at least 5 people wounded and sets a nearby gas station alight, provincial governor spokesman Attaullah Khogyani says

At least 20 dead in Afghanistan suicide attack during ceasefire

Jun 16, 2018 - 11:21 PM

The attack comes as President Ashraf Ghani announced an extension of the government's week-long ceasefire with the Taliban

CEASEFIRE ATTACK. Afghan volunteers carry an injured man on a stretcher to an hospital following a suicide bomber blew himself in Jalalabad on June 16, 2018. Photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

Afghan leader issues ultimatum to Taliban as bombing toll tops 150

Jun 06, 2017 - 3:55 PM

UPDATED The president made a strong plea for security at an international peace conference on Afghanistan attended by around two dozen countries

FINAL WARNING. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (C) delivers his speech at an international peace conference at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on June 6, 2017. Shah Marai/AFP

Tense Kabul under lockdown after deadly protest clashes

Jun 03, 2017 - 7:13 PM

Hundreds of demonstrators calling for President Ashraf Ghani to step down clash with police prompting the lockdown

World donors pledge $15B for Afghanistan

Oct 06, 2016 - 11:37 AM

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is in the Belgian capital seeking aid from officials from 75 countries and more than 20 global organizations

Twin Taliban suicide blasts in Kabul kill 24, wound 91

Sep 05, 2016 - 9:59 PM

Two bombers on foot blow themselves up in rapid succession in an assault apparently aimed at inflicting mass casualties as government employees left the ministry after work

MINISTRY OF DEFENSE BOMBING. Afghan security personnel and firemen recover a body from the scene of a twin suicide bombing near the Ministry of Defense in Kabul on September 5, 2016. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/ AFP

Kabul in mourning after deadliest attack in 15 years

Jul 24, 2016 - 5:37 PM

3rd UPDATE President Ashraf Ghani promises to avenge the blood of our loved ones on the perpetrators

Pentagon chief praises 'courageous' Afghan security forces

Jul 12, 2016 - 9:49 PM

The Pentagon chief s unannounced visit follows a renewed commitment to Afghanistan from NATO

ASHTON CARTER. A handout picture released by Iraqi defence ministry shows Iraqi Defense Minister Khalid al-Obaidi (R) receiving US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter (L) at the headquarter of Iraqi defence ministry in Baghdad, Iraq, 11 July 2016. Photo by Iraqi Defense Ministry/EPA

Taliban attack police cadets in Kabul, killing 30

Jun 30, 2016 - 6:04 PM

UPDATED The bloodshed condemned as a crime against humanity by President Ashraf Ghani comes a week after 14 Nepali security guards are killed in a massive blast that left their minibus spattered with blood

6 killed as Taliban bombers raid Afghan courthouse

Jun 01, 2016 - 11:09 PM

The interior ministry says 5 civilians and a policeman are killed in the 30 minute assault

AFGHANISTAN ATTACK. Afghan security officials secure the scene of an attack by the Taliban at local courts in Ghazni, Afghanistan June 1, 2016. Photo by Sayed Mustafa/EPA

Kerry makes unannounced visit to Kabul to support unity gov't

Apr 09, 2016 - 9:39 PM

UPDATED Kerry calls on the Taliban to enter into a peace process a legitimate process that brings an end to violence

SURPRISE VISIT. US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Afghanistan's Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani speak at the start of their bilateral commission talks at Char Chinar Palace in Kabul on April 9, 2016. Jonathan Ernst/Pool/AFP

Afghan officials optimistic Taliban peace talks 'within weeks'

Mar 07, 2016 - 3:03 AM

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says peace is the only way forward

epa05176363 Afghan Foreign Minister, Salahuddin Rabbanion (C) chairs the fourth round of four-way peace talks meeting with Afghanistan, US and Chinese delegates at the Presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, 23 February 2016. A four-nation group met in Kabul on 23 February to discuss how to resume broken peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents. Representatives from Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and the United States planned to discuss how to stabilize the war-shattered country. The meeting would review progress from previous gatherings, two in Pakistan and one in Afghanistan, and might announce a date for a direct meeting with the Taliban, officials in Islamabad said. EPA/JAWAD JALALI

Reinforcements rushed to Afghan district under Taliban siege

Dec 23, 2015 - 11:55 PM

The war in Helmand seen as the epicenter of the expanding insurgency underscores worsening security in Afghanistan

Besieged Afghan forces battle to flush out Taliban in key district

Dec 22, 2015 - 9:59 PM

Military planes drop food and ammunition to besieged Afghan forces battling to push Taliban insurgents out of Sangin two days after the emboldened militants stormed the opium growing district

READY. Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers adjust their equipment in Helmand on December 21, 2015. Photo by Noor Mohammad / AFP

Afghan province close to falling to Taliban – official

Dec 20, 2015 - 8:14 PM

Helmand s deputy governor pleads to the national government via Facebook for urgent intervention in the province

Spaniards among 6 killed in Kabul embassy district siege

Dec 12, 2015 - 10:41 PM

Madrid denounces Taliban s assault as an attack on Spain

EMBASSY ATTACK. Afghan Crisis Response Unit (CRU) personnel stand guard at the site of bomb attack on the Spanish embassy compound in Kabul on December 11, 2015. Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Death toll jumps to 50 in Kandahar airport siege

Dec 10, 2015 - 3:44 PM

Eleven suicide attackers breach the high security complex taking families hostage and triggering firefights with soldiers

KANDAHAR AIRPORT SIEGE. A view of the Kandahar airport after clashes with Taliban militants and Afghan security forces, in Kandahar Afghanistan, 09 December 2015. Photo by Muhammad Sadiq/EPA

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