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Taliban co-founder heads to Pakistan as U.S. envoy visits

Oct 02, 2019 - 4:26 PM

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says the Pakistan visit would be the fourth leg of a tour that included Russia, China and Iran

HEADING TO PAKISTAN. Taliban co-founder and political leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar attends talks with Afghan political figures in Moscow on May 30, 2019. File photo by Nikolay Korzhov/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

Afghan Taliban rescind ban on Red Cross

Sep 15, 2019 - 4:23 PM

The Taliban also restores security guarantees for those working for the ICRC

RED CROSS. In this file photo, an Afghan resident walks at the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) hospital in Herat province on August 17, 2014. Aref Karimi/AFP

Afghanistan's Taliban sends warning to Trump in bitter exchange

Sep 12, 2019 - 9:57 PM

'Trump must tread carefully. He has yet to grasp the type of nation he is dealing with,' says Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid

SUICIDE ATTACK. Afghan National Army solders inspect the site of a suicide car bomb attack near a base of elite Afghan special forces in Char Asiab district, south of the capital Kabul on September 12, 2019. Photo by STR/AFP

On 9/11, Trump vows to hit Taliban 'harder' than ever

Sep 11, 2019 - 11:17 PM

In his Pentagon speech, President Donald Trump also issues a threat against militants ever attacking on US soil again, saying the response would be unlike any ever seen before

9/11. US President Donald Trump speaks during a 9/11 memorial ceremony at the Pentagon to commemorate the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks September 11, 2019 in Arlington, Virginia. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Taliban vows to fight on after Trump says talks are 'dead'

Sep 10, 2019 - 4:32 PM

The renewed war of words between the two sides raises the specter of violence in Afghanistan as Trump and the Taliban pledge to take the fight to each other

DONALD TRUMP. In this file photo taken on September 4, 2019 US President Donald Trump updates the media on Hurricane Dorian preparedness from the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

U.S., Taliban keep open door to talks after summit scrapped

Sep 09, 2019 - 9:36 AM

Washington says it would not relent in fighting the militants after US President Donald Trump blames the scuttling of the meeting on a Taliban attack that killed a US soldier

MIKE POMPEO. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives on September 3, 2019 at the European Parliament in Brussels for a meeting with European Parliament President. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Taliban says U.S. 'will be harmed more than anyone' after Trump halts talks

Sep 08, 2019 - 9:54 PM

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says that their 'fight for the past 18 years should have proven to the Americans that we will not be satisfied until we witness the complete end of the occupation'

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

In bombshell, Trump calls off secret summit, talks with Taliban

Sep 08, 2019 - 8:25 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The US President hits the Taliban for claiming responsibility for a deadly car bombing in Kabul amid ongoing peace negotiations

PEACE DEAL NO MORE? US President Donald Trump gestures as he speaks to the press while departing the White House in Washington, DC, on August 23, 2019, for the G7 Summit in France. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

Kabul blast toll rises as U.S. tries to finalize Taliban deal

Sep 03, 2019 - 12:04 PM

(UPDATED) The bombing is the third major Taliban attack in as many days – and the violence is likely to continue, Taliban expert Rahimullah Yusufzai says

Afghan security forces arrive at the site of a suicide attack near a security forces base on the outskirts of Kunduz on September 2, 2019. The US and the Taliban are on the brink of striking a deal after 18 years of war, Washington's top negotiator said on September 2, ahead of a visit to Afghanistan where fresh violence rocked the north. STR / AFP

U.S. to pull troops from 5 Afghan bases under deal with Taliban

Sep 02, 2019 - 11:56 PM

'We have agreed that if the conditions proceed according to the agreement, we will leave within 135 days 5 bases in which we are present now,' says US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad

WHAT'S IN THE DEAL? In this file photo taken on February 08, 2019, US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad participates in a discussion on 'The Prospects for Peace in Afghanistan' at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. File photo by Jim Watson/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

U.S., Taliban on 'threshold' of deal – U.S. Afghan envoy

Sep 01, 2019 - 9:31 AM

Washington's special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad says the deal would help foster 'a unified, sovereign Afghanistan that does not threaten the United States, its allies, or any other country'

SHORAB CAMP. A US Marine looks on as Afghan National Army soldiers raise the Afghan National flag on an armed vehicle during a training exercise to deal with IEDs at the Shorab Military Camp in Lashkar Gah in Helmand province on August 28, 2017. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Trump: U.S. to keep 8,600 troops in Afghanistan after deal with Taliban

Aug 29, 2019 - 10:46 PM

'We're always going to have a presence,' says President Donald Trump

US TROOPS. 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. File photo by Thomas Watkins/AFP

U.S.-Taliban deal 'close,' insurgents claim

Aug 28, 2019 - 11:46 PM

'We are close to an agreement. We hope to bring good news for our Muslim and freedom seeking nation soon,' says Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid

KABUL. A general view of the capital city of Kabul is pictured on August 3, 2019, as talks between the US and the Taliban occur. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Fears in U.S. of bad peace deal with the Taliban

Aug 18, 2019 - 9:52 AM

In tweets, interviews, and op-ed pieces in newspapers, Americans caution against bringing home the 14,000 United States troops in Afghanistan

WITHDRAWAL WOES. 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 checkpoint in Nerkh district of Wardak province. Photo by Thomas Watkins/AFP

Latest round of U.S.-Taliban talks finishes

Aug 12, 2019 - 3:57 PM

'Work was tedious & effective. Both sides agreed to consult their respective leaderships for next steps,' Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says on Twitter

KABUL. A general view of the capital city of Kabul is pictured on August 3, 2019, as talks between the US and the Taliban occur. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/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

U.S., Taliban push for peace in day 2 of talks

Aug 04, 2019 - 10:44 AM

Efforts are underway to organize a meeting between US envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban co-founder Mullah Baradar

SHORAB CAMP. A US Marine looks on as Afghan National Army soldiers raise the Afghan National flag on an armed vehicle during a training exercise to deal with IEDs at the Shorab Military Camp in Lashkar Gah in Helmand province on August 28, 2017. File photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

U.S. eyes breakthrough in push for peace with Taliban

Aug 03, 2019 - 5:33 PM

(UPDATED) The United States wants to withdraw thousands of troops but only in return for the insurgent group renouncing Al-Qaeda and curbing attacks

PEACE TALKS. 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. A skinny tangle of razor wire snakes across the entrance to the Afghan army checkpoint, the only obvious barrier separating the soldiers inside from any Taliban fighters that might be nearby. Photo by Thomas Watkins/AFP

At least 34 killed as Afghan bus hits 'Taliban' bomb

Jul 31, 2019 - 2:11 PM

(UPDATED) The blast rips through a passenger bus on a main highway in Farah province, at around 0130 GMT, authorities say, killing mainly women and children

ROADSIDE BUS BOMBING. An Afghan man injured when a bus hit a roadside bomb on the Kandahar-Herat highway is treated by medical staff at a hospital in Herat on July 31, 2019. Photo by Hoshang Hashimi/AFP

Afghan-Taliban talks could happen within two weeks – minister

Jul 27, 2019 - 11:45 PM

Afghan state minister for peace affairs Abdul Salam Rahimi says the government is preparing for 'direct talks' with Taliban

CEASEFIRE. Afghan Taliban militants ride a motorbike as they took to the street to celebrate ceasefire on the second day of Eid in the outskirts of Jalalabad on June 16, 2018. File photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

Majority of U.S. vets say Afghanistan war 'not worth fighting' – survey

Jul 11, 2019 - 10:36 AM

The survey results come as the US and the Taliban engage in talks on bringing to a close the conflict which Washington launched in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States

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. A skinny tangle of razor wire snakes across the entrance to the Afghan army checkpoint, the only obvious barrier separating the soldiers inside from any Taliban fighters that might be nearby. THOMAS WATKINS / AFP

Afghan rivals conclude talks on 'roadmap for peace'

Jul 09, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The flurry of talks will continue with the resumption of direct US-Taliban contact also in Doha on July 9 as both sides eye a resolution to the bloody 18-year conflict

TALKS END. The spokesman for the Taliban in Qatar, Suhhail Shaheen, attends the Intra Afghan Dialogue talks in the Qatari capital Doha on July 8, 2019. Photo by Karim Jaafar/AFP

Afghan foes meet in bid to secure peace

Jul 07, 2019 - 6:22 PM

An agreement with the Taliban expects to see US withdrawal from Afghanistan but the thorny issues of women's rights, power-sharing, and the role of regional powers like Pakistan and India remain unresolved

INTRA-AFGHAN DIALOGUE. Dozens of powerful Afghans met with a Taliban delegation on July 7, amid separate talks between the US and the insurgents seeking to end 18 years of war. Photo by Karim Jaafar/AFP

U.S. says latest Taliban talks 'most productive' so far

Jul 06, 2019 - 11:47 PM

(UPDATED) Insurgents meet with the US envoy in Doha to hammer out a deal that would see the US military quit Afghanistan in return for various guarantees

SHORAB CAMP. In this photograph taken on August 28, 2017, a US Marine looks on as Afghan National Army soldiers raise the Afghan National flag on an armed vehicle during a training exercise to deal with IEDs (improvised explosive devices) at the Shorab Military Camp in Lashkar Gah in Helmand province. 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

Taliban bombers kill 19, including Afghan election workers

Jun 30, 2019 - 10:24 PM

The Taliban claims responsibility for the attack, with a spokesman tweeting that their fighters captured the district center, killing 57 security forces

Taliban leader says no ceasefire as U.S. envoy heads to region

Jun 02, 2019 - 12:08 AM

The Taliban's fight 'and resistance against the occupation is nearing the stage of success, Allah willing,' says Taliban chief Haibatullah Akhundzada

NO CEASEFIRE. This AFPTV screen grab from a video made on May 28, 2019 in Moscow shows Taliban Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar during a conference marking a century of diplomatic relations between Afghanistan and Russia, followed by discussions with Afghan politicians about the future of the country. Photo by Nikolay Korzhov/AFPTV/AFP

Taliban leader says no ceasefire anytime soon

Jun 01, 2019 - 4:43 PM

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had proposed a nationwide ceasefire at the start of Ramadan early last month, but the Taliban rejected the offer

CAUGHT IN BETWEEN.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

U.S.-Taliban talks wrap up in Doha with 'some progress' – Taliban

May 09, 2019 - 11:55 PM

'In general, this round was positive and constructive. Both sides listened to each other with care and patience,' says Suhail Shaheen, the Taliban's political spokesman in Doha

US-TALIBAN TALKS. In this file photo taken on February 8, 2019, US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad participates in a discussion on 'The Prospects for Peace in Afghanistan' at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. File photo by Jim Watson/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

New round of U.S.-Taliban talks starts in Doha

May 01, 2019 - 2:03 PM

(UPDATED) The latest negotiations come as pressure builds for some sort of breakthrough in the gruelling Afghan conflict, with Washington jostling for a resolution

Kabul on lockdown as assembly discusses peace with the Taliban

Apr 30, 2019 - 7:01 PM

The loya jirga is being held as the US and Taliban are discussing a possible foreign troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in exchange for a permanent ceasefire and various Taliban pledges

LOYA JIRGA. In this file photo taken on April 29, 2019, Afghan people attend the first day of the 'loya jirga' (grand assembly) in Kabul. File photo by STR/AFP

Afghan military could pose threat to country if aid ends – U.S. report

Mar 29, 2019 - 10:34 AM

'Without financial support, the government of Afghanistan cannot survive,' says a report by the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

Afghan security personnel stand guard near the site of an attack near the Marshal Fahim Military Academy base in Kabul on January 29, 2018. Gunmen launched a pre-dawn attack on a military academy in Kabul on January 29, security officials and sources told AFP, in an ongoing assault that marks the latest violence to strike the Afghan capital. / AFP PHOTO / WAKIL KOHSAR

Taliban deny discussing ceasefire, Afghan dialogue with U.S.

Mar 08, 2019 - 8:30 PM

The Taliban have repeatedly refused to meet with the Afghan government, whom they dismiss as 'puppets'

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 attacks U.S.-Afghan base in Helmand – officials

Mar 01, 2019 - 4:20 PM

The Taliban launch the pre-dawn assault on Shorab military base in Helmand province, engaging in heavy firefights with Afghan forces

SHORAB CAMP. In this photograph taken on August 28, 2017, a US Marine looks on as Afghan National Army soldiers raise the Afghan National flag on an armed vehicle during a training exercise to deal with IEDs (improvised explosive devices) at the Shorab Military Camp in Lashkar Gah in Helmand province. File photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

U.S., Taliban pause negotiations in Doha following 'solid' talks

Feb 28, 2019 - 6:47 PM

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid confirms the pause, adding the insurgents are 'committed to the current peace process along with peace'

PAUSE. In this file photo taken on February 08, 2019, US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad participates in a discussion on 'The Prospects for Peace in Afghanistan' at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

U.S. envoy meets top Taliban political leader in Doha as new talks begin

Feb 25, 2019 - 10:06 PM

The participation of Taliban deputy leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in the talks seen as a sign that both sides are serious in the negotiations

In this file photo taken on February 08, 2019, US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad participates in a discussion on "The Prospects for Peace in Afghanistan" at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington, DC. A senior US diplomat is set to lead a large delegation on a six-nation tour, including Afghanistan, to boost that country's peace process and bring "all Afghan parties together in an intra-Afghan dialogue," the State Department said Sunday, February 10, 2019. JIM WATSON / AFP

Civilian deaths in Afghan war hit record in 2018

Feb 24, 2019 - 10:35 PM

There were 3,804 people killed and another 7,189 wounded in Afghanistan in 2018, says the United Nations

AFTERMATH. Afghan volunteers carry a body at the scene of a car bomb that exploded in front of the old Ministry of Interior Affairs in Kabul on January 27, 2018. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

The Taliban have not changed, warn Afghans living under their rule

Feb 22, 2019 - 1:52 PM

As momentum for peace talks builds, testimonies from Afghans paint a picture of what life might be like should the militants return to power if the US exits its longest war

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

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

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

U.S. envoy confirms 'draft framework' with Taliban – New York Times

Jan 29, 2019 - 8:46 AM

The comments by special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad to the New York Times are the clearest signal yet from a US official that talks between Washington and the militants are progressing

ZALMAY KHALILZAD. Former US Ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad speaks at the Mayflower Hotel April 27, 2016 in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/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

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)

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

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