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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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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