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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

Duterte-Marcos tandem, David vs Poe, Taliban attack | 12PM wRap

Dec 09, 2015 - 2:14 PM

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Pakistan and Afghan leaders vow to resume Taliban peace talks

Dec 01, 2015 - 3:26 PM

Sharif and Ghani meet amid tensions over Kabul s accusations that Islamabad aided the Taliban

SHARIF AND GHANI. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (L) and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (R) give a joint press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, 12 May 2015. Photo by Hedayatullah Amid/EPA

US embassy warns of 'imminent attack' in Kabul

Nov 30, 2015 - 5:55 PM

US embassy Kabul has received credible reports of an imminent attack in Kabul within the next 48 hours it said in an emergency warning posted on its website

Iran, Afghanistan announce security cooperation against ISIS

Apr 19, 2015 - 7:48 PM

Standing alongside visiting Afghan leader Ashraf Ghani Iran s President Hassan Rouhani said the tumult hitting the region meant intelligence must be shared

NEIGHBORS. A handout picture made available by the presidential official website shows, Iranian president Hassan Rowhani (L) welcomes his Afghan counterpart Mohammad Ashraf Ghani (R) at the presidential palace in Tehran, Iran, 19 April 2015. Presidential Official Website/Handout/EPA

Afghan suicide blast kills 16, wounds dozens

Apr 02, 2015 - 8:42 PM

The Taliban denies responsibility for the blast though suicide bombings have long been a weapon of choice for the militants in their 13 year battle against the government and its foreign backers

FIREFIGHTING. Afghan firefighters try to extinguish fire at the site of a suicide bomb blast, in Khost, Afghanistan, 02 April 2015. Photo by Ahmadullah Ahmadi/EPA

Obama slows Afghanistan troop withdrawal

Mar 25, 2015 - 8:20 AM

Obama agrees to keep the current level of 9 800 US troops in Afghanistan until the end of 2015

ONE ON ONE. US President Barack Obama (R) speaks to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani during a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington DC, USA, 24 March 2015. Olivier Douliery/Pool/EPA

US and Afghanistan hail 'revitalized' partnership

Mar 24, 2015 - 8:22 AM

Top US diplomat John Kerry say the nations share a commitment to security and peace and a desire to promote prosperity and social progress

CAMP DAVID ARRIVAL. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (L) and US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) arrive for the US-Afghanistan Dialogue at Camp David, Maryland, USA, 23 March 2015. Michael Reynolds/EPA

Pakistan officials say Afghan Taliban signal readiness for peace talks

Feb 19, 2015 - 2:41 PM

The signals raised hopes of a much needed boost for new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

In this file photo, former Taliban militants attend a ceremony during which they surrender arms under a US-backed Afghan government amnesty program, in Herat, Afghanistan, 22 November 2014. Jalil Rezayee/EPA

Anxiety grows over Afghanistan's 'unity government'

Feb 04, 2015 - 10:43 AM

Parliament s rejection last week of most of President Ashraf Ghani s cabinet nominees has cast his administration into uncertainty once again and is fueling fears of fresh turmoil analysts say

In this file photo, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (C) waves on his arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport to attend the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in Kathmandu on November 25, 2014. Prakash Mathema/AFP

Afghan demonstration praises Charlie Hebdo attackers

Jan 11, 2015 - 12:45 AM

Demonstrators praise the two gunmen and also lash out against Afghan President Ashraf Ghani who condemns the attack on the French magazine

CHARLIE HEBDO ATTACK. Firefighters push a stretcher outside the headquarters of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris on January 7, 2015, after armed gunmen stormed the offices leaving eleven dead, including two police officers, according to sources close to the investigation. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

100 days in power for Afghan president, but no government

Jan 06, 2015 - 2:23 PM

The deadlock over senior cabinet positions underlines the challenges of running a unity government

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul, Afghanistan, December 6, 2014. Jawad Jalali/EPA/File

Ghani says Afghan forces now in charge

Jan 01, 2015 - 5:59 PM

In the past 13 years due to the problems in the region and the world this security was a joint responsibility Now it belongs only to Afghans

Additional 1,000 US troops to stay in Afghanistan – Hagel

Dec 06, 2014 - 11:23 PM

President Barack Obama approves the move to add 1 000 more troops to the roster despite an earlier plan to limit the US force to a maximum of 9 800 troops in 2015

HAGEL. US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel responds to a question from the news media during a press conference at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, USA, 21 August 2014. Shawn Thew/EPA

Leaders retreat to Himalayan hideout amid Indo-Pakistan chill

Nov 27, 2014 - 1:41 PM

All 8 South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation SAARC leaders expressed frustration on Wednesday November 26 with the slow pace of progress towards greater regional integration

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (C) Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala (R) and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bhutan Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay (L) looks on as Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif returns from his speech during a opening session of the 18th SAARC summit in City hall in Kathmandu, Nepal, 26 November 2014. Narendra Shrestha/Pool/EPA

Ghani warns against Afghan 'proxy war' at South Asia summit

Nov 26, 2014 - 2:02 PM

UPDATED We will not allow our territory to be used against any of our neighbors But we will not permit anybody to conduct proxy wars on our soil either

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (C) waves on his arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport to attend the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in Kathmandu on November 25, 2014. Prakash Mathema/AFP

Obama extends US combat role in Afghanistan – report

Nov 22, 2014 - 1:59 PM

The new order signed by US President Barack Obama also allows for air support for Afghan combat missions

British soldiers walk with their gear after arriving in Kandahar on October 27, 2014,  as British and US forces withdraw from the Camp Bastion-Leatherneck complex in Helmand province. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Ghani arrives on Pakistan visit with eye on Taliban talks

Nov 14, 2014 - 8:48 PM

Both Pakistan and Afghanistan accuse each other of allowing militants to shelter in the border regions and launch bloody attacks that threaten regional stability

Kabul police chief escapes suicide blast in his office

Nov 09, 2014 - 4:35 PM

A suicide bomber walks into the “heavily guarded” headquarters office of the Kabul chief highlighting poor security procedures in Afghanistan’s capital

NATO chief vows Afghan support as combat mission ends

Nov 06, 2014 - 2:12 PM

NATO s International Security Assistance Force will wind up at the end of this year to be replaced by a training and support mission named Resolute Support

New NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg gives his first press conference at Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 01 October 2014. Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Afghan president lifts ban on expelled US reporter

Oct 06, 2014 - 7:51 AM

Ghani: I ve asked our Attorney General to end the ban on US journalist and grant him permission to return to Afghanistan We respect the freedom of press

New York Times correspondent Matthew Rosenberg speaks during an interview with an AFP reporter at the New York Times office in Kabul on August 20, 2014. AFP/Shah Marai

British PM first leader to visit new Afghan president Ghani

Oct 03, 2014 - 3:21 PM

Cameron arrives in Kabul on an unannounced visit after visiting an air base in Cyprus where British jets launching strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq are based

DAVID CAMERON. British Prime Minister David Cameron meets with Tornado pilots at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus, 02 October 2014. British Tornado fighter jets are carrying out sorties over northern Iraq in fighting against Islamic State fighters. EPA/ANDY RAIN

Afghanistan and US sign long-delayed troop pact

Sep 30, 2014 - 10:10 PM

Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar and US Ambassador James Cunningham ink the bilateral security agreement BSA at the presidential palace in Kabul as the Afghan president looks on

AGREEMENT. Afghan National Security Advisor Hanif Atmar (R) and NATO special representative Maurits R. Jochems exchange documents after signing the NATO - Afghanistan Status of Force Agreement (SOFA) in Kabul, Afghanistan, 30 September 2014. Jawad Jalali/EPA

Ghani takes oath as new Afghan president

Sep 29, 2014 - 3:59 PM

The event marks the country s first democratic transfer of power – a benchmark seen by international donors as a key legacy of the costly military and civilian intervention since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001

SWEARING IN. Afghans watch the live tv broadcast of the swearing-in ceremony of Afghan president Ashraf Ghani in Herat, Afghanistan, 29 September 2014. Jalil Rezayee/EPA

Afghanistan to inaugurate new president as conflict rages on

Sep 28, 2014 - 4:05 PM

The ceremony will be the country s first democratic transfer of power – a benchmark seen by international donors as a key legacy of the costly military and civilian intervention since the fall of the Taliban in 2001

POWER SHARING. Afghan presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah (L) and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai shake hands after signing a power-sharing agreement at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on September 21, 2014. Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Ghani named next Afghan president, signs power-sharing deal

Sep 22, 2014 - 12:13 AM

Abdullah will serve as chief executive officer with a role similar to a prime minister

POWER SHARING. Afghan presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani (L) and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah take part in a debate at 1 TV in Kabul, Afghanistan on February 8, 2014. Photo by EPA/S. Sabawoon

Afghan presidential rivals sign unity deal after long dispute

Sep 21, 2014 - 4:20 PM

Ashraf Ghani will become president with Abdullah Abdullah nominating the person to fill a new post of chief executive officer

Disputed Afghan election result to be announced Sunday

Sep 20, 2014 - 6:32 PM

The stalemate between Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah since the June 14 vote has plunged Afghanistan into a political crisis Both men claim to have won the fraud tainted election

ONE-ON-ONE. Afghan presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani (L) and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah take part in a debate at 1 TV in Kabul, Afghanistan on February 8, 2014. S. Sabawoon/EPA

Afghan election in crisis as candidate pulls out of audit

Aug 27, 2014 - 2:47 PM

UPDATED The stand off between Abdullah and his poll rival Ashraf Ghani has threatened to revive ethnic violence in Afghanistan as US led NATO troops withdraw

RECOUNT. A worker of Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) recounts ballot in Kabul, Afghanistan, 25 August 2014. Hedayatullah Amid/EPA

Afghanistan: still on a long road to unity

Aug 10, 2014 - 2:41 PM

Despite a breakthrough deal between Afghanistan s presidential rivals analysts say the political chaos is far from over

Afghan presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani (L) and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah take part in a debate at 1 TV in Kabul, Afghanistan, 08 February 2014. Afghanistan's presidential election campaign kicked off 02 February with security concerns heightened after the killing of two aides to one of the 11 candidates. EPA/S. SABAWOON