Afghan Taliban - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Afghan Taliban


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

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

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

5 dead as Taliban storm police base in Afghanistan

Jun 18, 2017 - 11:20 PM

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claims responsibility for the attack on the base in the center of the city of Gardez

Afghan policemen gather at the site of a suicide bombing attack on the police headquarters in Gardez, capital of Paktia province, on June 18, 2017. At least five Afghan policemen were killed and 15 people injured in the suicide bomb and gun attack by Taliban insurgents on June 18, authorities said. / AFP PHOTO / FARID ZAHIR

Afghan Taliban announce start of 'spring offensive'

Apr 28, 2017 - 11:29 AM

UPDATED The annual spring offensive normally marks the start of the fighting season though this winter the Taliban continued to battle government forces

Obama hails Taliban leader's killing as insurgents seek successor

May 23, 2016 - 7:00 PM

UPDATED It is my responsibility as commander in chief not to stand by but to make sure we send a strong signal to the Taliban and others says US President Barack Obama

epa05324553 US President Barack Obama delivers a speech during a press conference at the International Convention Center in Hanoi, Vietnam, 23 May 2016. US President Barack Obama visits Vietnam for the first time from 23 to 25 May 2016, making him the third US President to visit the South East Asian country since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. During the first day of his visit Obama announced that the US will lift its arms embargo on weapon sales to Vietnam. EPA/LUONG THAI LINH / POOL

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

'I'm alive': Afghan Taliban issue message from 'leader'

Dec 06, 2015 - 8:02 AM

The clip emailed to media by a Taliban spokesman comes after days of fevered speculation about the fate of Mullah Akhtar Mansour who was elected leader just 4 months ago in a bitter power succession

New Taliban leader calls for unity in ranks in first audio message

Aug 01, 2015 - 7:12 PM

In his 33 minute message new Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor asks his followers not to pay attention to rumors about the Taliban campaign

CALL FOR UNITY. New Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor asks his followers to "preserve unity" and avoid division in ranks. Photo by EPA

Afghan Taliban announce Mullah Akhtar Mansour as new leader

Jul 31, 2015 - 12:04 PM

A Taliban says the process to choose Mullah Omar s successor has several stages: the group s ruling council would choose a candidate who must then be approved by a college of religious clerics

Afghan Taliban 'soften stance' on women's rights: activists

May 09, 2015 - 6:44 PM

Women are brutally consigned to the shadows during the Taliban s 1996 2001 rule in Afghanistan denied basic human rights and not allowed to leave their homes without a male chaperone

WAR’S VICTIMS. In this photograph taken on January 2, 2015 an Afghan internally displaced woman carries her child outside their shelter on the outskirts of Jalalabad, in Nangarhar province. Photo by AFP/Noorullah Shirzada

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

Afghan Taliban condemn Mohammed cartoons

Jan 15, 2015 - 2:16 PM

The Afghan Taliban says they strongly condemn this repugnant and inhumane action and consider its perpetrators those who allowed it and its supporters to be the enemies of humanity

GLOBAL GRIEF. Londoners hold a vigil for the dead of the Paris terror attack at Trafalgar Square. Three gunmen shot dead 12 people at the office of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France, on 07 January. Some 8 journalists and two policemen were killed. Photo by Andy Rain/EPA