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The Taliban's fight 'and resistance against the occupation is nearing the stage of success, Allah willing,' says Taliban chief Haibatullah Akhundzada
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had proposed a nationwide ceasefire at the start of Ramadan early last month, but the Taliban rejected the offer
'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
(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
(UPDATED) The latest negotiations come as pressure builds for some sort of breakthrough in the gruelling Afghan conflict, with Washington jostling for a resolution
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
'Without financial support, the government of Afghanistan cannot survive,' says a report by the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction
The Taliban have repeatedly refused to meet with the Afghan government, whom they dismiss as 'puppets'
The Taliban launch the pre-dawn assault on Shorab military base in Helmand province, engaging in heavy firefights with Afghan forces
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid confirms the pause, adding the insurgents are 'committed to the current peace process along with peace'
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
There were 3,804 people killed and another 7,189 wounded in Afghanistan in 2018, says the United Nations
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
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
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
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
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
'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
The attack on January 21 in central Wardak province targeted an intelligence training facility, officials have said, meaning information remains difficult to independently verify
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
The Taliban delegation discusses with Iran 'the post-occupation situation, restoration of peace and security in Afghanistan and the region'
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
The Taliban's warning comes hours after President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw about half of the 14,000 US troops in Afghanistan
The decision comes after US President Donald Trump's unexpected move to slash troop numbers in Afghanistan
'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
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'
Maulana Sami Ul-Haq, dubbed the 'Father of the Taliban,' is stabbed to death by unknown intruders at his residence Friday night, November 2
An official says the aircraft crashed due to 'bad weather' in Anar Dara district, but the Taliban claims its militants brought it down
(3rd UPDATE) Taliban says it has carried out more than 300 attacks on the 'fake election' across the war-torn country
The meeting with Khalilzad and other American officials has taken place in Doha on Friday, October 12
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'
The truce will only hold if the insurgents reciprocated, according th Afghan President Ashraf Ghani
The visit is the latest in the string of efforts by Taliban to build independent contacts with other governments
An Agence France-Presse reporter says Taliban fighters continue to torch government offices and have control over several police checkpoints
'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
An official says the Taliban began the attack late Thursday, August 9, from several positions around the city
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.
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
The ceasefire, which lasted 18 days, has been '98 percent successful,' says Afghan President Ashraf Ghani
(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
The attack comes as President Ashraf Ghani announced an extension of the government's week-long ceasefire with the Taliban
The bizarre images serve as powerful propaganda for both sides and have fanned hopes among war-weary Afghans for the ceasefire to continue
The Taliban says 'foreign occupiers are the exception' to the 3-day ceasefire order sent to its fighters around Afghanistan
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
'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
The assault comes days after suicide bombers and gunmen launched apparently coordinated attacks on two Kabul police stations
Afghanistan was earlier ranked the 3rd most dangerous country in the world for journalists by Reporters Without Borders
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
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
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.