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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

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

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 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

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

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

Pakistan buries 'Father of Taliban' as PM orders probe of killing

Nov 03, 2018 - 11:49 PM

Maulana Sami Ul-Haq, dubbed the 'Father of the Taliban,' is stabbed to death by unknown intruders at his residence Friday night, November 2

FUNERAL. Pakistani supporters take a last glimpse of the body of key cleric Maulana Sami Ul-Haq during his funeral ceremony in his hometown of Akora Khattak, located around 115 kilometers northwest of Islamabad, on November 3, 2018. Photo by Abdul Majeed/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

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

Taliban confirm meeting with U.S. peace envoy in Qatar

Oct 13, 2018 - 10:56 PM

The meeting with Khalilzad and other American officials has taken place in Doha on Friday, October 12

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

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 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

Taliban delegation visits Uzbekistan to talk peace, security

Aug 12, 2018 - 7:25 PM

The visit is the latest in the string of efforts by Taliban to build independent contacts with other governments

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

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

Civilian deaths in war-torn Afghanistan hit record high – UN

Jul 15, 2018 - 4:00 PM

The record high death toll comes despite an unprecedented ceasefire by Afghan security forces and the Taliban last month that was largely respected by both sides, according to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan

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Afghan forces resume offensive operations after gov't ceasefire ends

Jun 30, 2018 - 7:11 PM

The ceasefire, which lasted 18 days, has been '98 percent successful,' says Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

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

Taliban says ceasefire will not be extended, as suicide attack kills 18

Jun 17, 2018 - 9:13 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Further dampening hopes for peace after jubilant scenes during the ceasefire over the Muslim holiday, the Taliban says they will not be extending the truce beyond Sunday night

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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

Taliban, Afghan troops hug, take selfies as ceasefire holds

Jun 16, 2018 - 8:19 PM

The bizarre images serve as powerful propaganda for both sides and have fanned hopes among war-weary Afghans for the ceasefire to continue

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. Photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

Taliban agrees to unprecedented Eid ceasefire with Afghan forces

Jun 09, 2018 - 7:41 PM

The Taliban says 'foreign occupiers are the exception' to the 3-day ceasefire order sent to its fighters around Afghanistan

Afghanistan announces ceasefire with Taliban for Eid

Jun 07, 2018 - 5:04 PM

The ceasefire will last 'from the 27th of Ramadan until the fifth day of Eid-al-Fitr,' Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani tweeted from an official account, indicating it could run from June 12-19

RAMADHAN. In this photo taken on June 5, 2018, Afghan Shiite Muslim worshippers hold holy Quran as they pray during the Laylat al-Qadr at a mosque in Herat province. Photo by Hoshang Hashimi/AFP

Taliban, Afghan officials in ceasefire talks – U.S. general

May 31, 2018 - 2:02 PM

'A lot of the diplomatic activity and dialogue is occurring off the stage, and it's occurring at multiple levels,' General John Nicholson says in a teleconference with reporters at the Pentagon

At least 6 dead as blasts, gunfire rock Afghan city – officials

May 13, 2018 - 6:57 PM

The assault comes days after suicide bombers and gunmen launched apparently coordinated attacks on two Kabul police stations

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Slain Afghan journalists remembered on World Press Freedom Day

May 03, 2018 - 2:22 PM

Afghanistan was earlier ranked the 3rd most dangerous country in the world for journalists by Reporters Without Borders

IN MEMORY OF. An Indian photojournalist lights a candle during a vigil for 10 Afghan journalists who were killed in a targeted suicide bombing and on the eve of World Press Freedom Day in Kolkata on May 2, 2018. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

Outrage after bloody day for Afghan journalists

May 01, 2018 - 5:22 PM

A double suicide blast in Kabul left 25 people dead including AFP photographer Shah Marai and 8 other journalists, while a BBC reporter was killed in a separate attack

BURIAL. Prayers are said before the burial of Agence France Presse (AFP) Afghanistan Chief Photographer Shah Marai Faizi in Gul Dara, Kabul on April 30, 2018, after his death in the second of two bombings that occurred in the Afghan capital. Photo by Andrew Quilty /pool/AFP

BBC reporter killed in eastern Afghanistan

Apr 30, 2018 - 11:00 PM

It comes after two suicide blasts ripped through Kabul in the morning and killed at least 25 people, including Agence France-Presse chief photographer for Afghanistan Shah Marai and 8 other journalists

When hope is gone – AFP's Shah Marai in his own words

Apr 30, 2018 - 5:46 PM

Agence France-Presse's chief photographer in Kabul, Shah Marai, was among the journalists killed in twin suicide blasts in the Afghan capital. One tribute to his commitment comes in his own words: an essay from 2016 that he wrote for the AFP Correspondent blog that also reveals his loss of hope for Afghanistan.

KILLED IN ACTION. In this file photo taken on April 17, 2012 Agence France-Presse (AFP) photographer Shah Marai (center) embraces colleagues Massoud Hossaini (left) and Lawrence Bartlett, after Hossain had won the Pulitzer Prize, at the AFP office in Kabul. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP