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Taliban killed 291 Afghan security personnel in past week – gov't

Jun 22, 2020 - 11:50 PM

The past week was the 'deadliest' in the country's 19 years of conflict, says Javid Faisal, spokesman for the National Security Council

'DEADLIEST.' In this file photo, Afghan security personnel stand guard near the site of a car bomb targeting the National Directorate of Security unit in Ghazni on May 18, 2020. File photo by Zakeria Hashimi/AFP

Over 400 Afghan security personnel killed or wounded by Taliban in past week – gov't

Jun 14, 2020 - 7:02 PM

The accusations come after the government and Taliban signaled that they were getting closer to launching much delayed peace talks

Freed Taliban prisoners eye return to the battlefield

Jun 11, 2020 - 10:45 AM

A security official says those flagged by the Taliban for release include aspiring suicide bombers, suicide vest makers, kidnappers, and even foreign fighters

Afghan Taliban militants and villagers attend a gathering as they celebrate the peace deal and their victory in the Afghan conflict on US in Afghanistan, in Alingar district of Laghman Province on March 2, 2020. - The Taliban said on March 2 they were resuming offensive operations against Afghan security forces, ending the partial truce that preceded the signing of a deal between the insurgents and Washington. (Photo by NOORULLAH SHIRZADA / AFP)

Hundreds more Taliban prisoners freed on last day of Afghan truce

May 27, 2020 - 3:21 PM

Afghanistan authorities say they released about 900 Taliban prisoners across the country, approximately 600 of them from the notorious Bagram jail near Kabul

Taliban prisoners walk in line during their release from the Bagram prison, next to the US military base in Bagram, some 50 km north of Kabul. Afghan authorities plan to release 900 more Taliban prisoners on May 26, as calls grow for the militants to extend a ceasefire on its third and final day. WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP

Afghan forces repel Taliban attack on key city – officials

May 19, 2020 - 5:01 PM

Taliban fighters attack several outposts of Afghan forces on the outskirts of Kunduz at around 1:00 am, triggering fierce fighting

Afghan forces to resume offensive operations

May 13, 2020 - 12:19 AM

'I order all the security forces to end their active defense position, return to offensive postures, and resume their operations against the enemy,' says Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

ASHRAF GHANI. 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

Taliban set to release first prisoners in fragile Afghan exchange

Apr 12, 2020 - 6:46 PM

The Afghan government has pressed ahead with freeing hundreds of Taliban prisoners over the past week, despite complaints from the insurgent group about the piecemeal nature of the releases

Afghan government releases 100 Taliban prisoners

Apr 08, 2020 - 6:15 PM

(UPDATED) Afghanistan's Office of the National Security Council says the 100 prisoners freed on Wednesday, April 8, were 'thoroughly vetted' and had all taken an oath never to return to the battlefield

TALKS. A man wearing a face mask walks past a wall painted with images of US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad (L) and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (R), in Kabul April 5, 2020. File photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Gunmen storm Sikh-Hindu temple in ongoing Kabul assault

Mar 25, 2020 - 3:35 PM

The attack comes as Afghanistan is facing myriad crises including a raging insurgency, political deadlock, a massive cut in US aid, a flailing peace process and rising coronavirus cases

In this photograph taken on March 22, 2020 an Afghan policeman searches people travelling in a car at a road checkpoint in Kabul. WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP

Afghanistan's partial truce will continue, 'with goal' for full ceasefire

Mar 01, 2020 - 3:30 PM

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani pushes back against a clause in the deal that calls for the Taliban to release up to 1,000 prisoners and for the Afghan government to release up to 5,000 prisoners

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 27, 2017 US Marines and Afghan Commandos stand together as an Afghan Air Force helicopter flies past during a combat training exercise at Shorab Military Camp in Lashkar Gah in Helmand province. - The United States has secured a seven-day reduction in violence in talks to help seek a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan, Pentagon chief Mark Esper said February 13, 2020. The announcement came as NATO defence ministers met in Brussels and a day after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani reported "notable progress" in negotiations with the Islamist insurgents."The United States and the Taliban have negotiated a proposal for a seven-day reduction in violence," Esper told reporters, dubbing his meetings with NATO colleagues "productive." (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP)

Trump says he would sign a peace deal with the Taliban

Feb 23, 2020 - 11:00 PM

A partial truce is in effect in Afghanistan and could ultimately lead to a withdrawal of US forces after more than 18 years

RETURN. US President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn upon his return to the White House in Washington, DC, on February 16, 2020. (Photo by Olivier Douliery / AFP

Afghans mark start of week-long partial truce amid isolated attacks

Feb 22, 2020 - 4:09 PM

The partial truce is expected to set the conditions for Washington and the insurgents to sign a deal that could ultimately pull US troops out after more than 18 years

A general view of the capital city of Kabul is pictured on August 3, 2019, as new talks between the US and the Taliban go on. - Washington is hoping for a breakthrough as talks between the US and the Taliban resumed in Doha on Saturday in a bid to end 18 years of war in Afghanistan. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP)

Taliban: 'No ceasefire plans' in Afghanistan

Dec 30, 2019 - 8:33 PM

The statement from the insurgents comes as local and international forces brace for another bloody winter amid renewed US-Taliban talks

KABUL. A general view of the capital city of Kabul, Afghanistan is pictured on August 3, 2019. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Afghan war caused 100,000 civilian casualties in last decade – U.N.

Dec 26, 2019 - 10:54 PM

The announcement comes as the Taliban and US continue to hold talks aimed at drawing a close to America's longest war

9 Afghan forces killed in Taliban insider attack – official

Dec 14, 2019 - 6:46 PM

The Afghan Ministry of Defense says the national army troops 'were martyred by Taliban terrorists in Qarabagh district of Ghazni province'

Trump visits troops in Afghanistan, says Taliban talks back on

Nov 29, 2019 - 8:05 AM

On a brief visit to Bagram Airfield outside the capital of Kabul, the US president serves turkey dinner to soldiers, poses for photographs and delivers a speech after meeting Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

US President Donald Trump speaks to the troops during a surprise Thanksgiving day visit at Bagram Air Field, on November 28, 2019 in Afghanistan. Olivier Douliery / 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., 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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kabul on high alert after ambulance bomb kills nearly 100

Jan 28, 2018 - 5:31 PM

A security alert issued on Sunday warns that the Islamic State group was planning to attack supermarkets and shops in Kabul frequented by foreigners

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

Ambulance bomb kills 95, wounds 158 in Kabul

Jan 27, 2018 - 7:08 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Taliban-claimed assault is the second carried out by the militant group in the Afghan capital in a week

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

Trump could freeze $2B of Pakistan aid over terrorist havens

Jan 06, 2018 - 12:04 PM

'They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!' tweets President Donald Trump

Pakistani demonstrators take part in a protest against US aid cuts in Lahore on January 5, 2018. The United States added bite to its increasingly public spat with Pakistan over militant safe havens December 4, suspending hundreds of millions of dollars in security assistance. President Donald Trump's administration has expressed deep frustration at its South Asian ally's failure to crack down on the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani group bases.  / AFP PHOTO / ARIF ALI

6 killed in ISIS-claimed suicide attack near Afghan spy agency

Dec 25, 2017 - 1:47 PM

(UPDATED) Interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish says 6 civilians in a car were killed when the attacker blew himself up

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 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

13 dead as Taliban car bomber hits CIA-funded Afghan militia

May 27, 2017 - 4:30 PM

UPDATED Provincial police chief Faizullah Ghairat says members of the elite Khost Provincial Force were the target of the attack

Over 100 killed, wounded in Taliban attack on Afghan military base – gov't

Apr 22, 2017 - 3:33 PM

Afghan defense minister releases a statement on the attack

IMF concerned over Afghanistan refugee influx

Jan 28, 2017 - 6:41 PM

An additional 2 5 million refugees and internally displaced people are expected to follow over the next year and a half

WAITING. An Afghan refugee child waits with her family to update their family data at the UNHCR Verification Center in Chamkani, on the outskirts of Peshawar on January 26, 2017. More than 380,000 registered Afghan refugees returned from Pakistan in 2016. Photo by Abdul Majeed/Rappler

Roadside bomb kills 7 Afghan civilians – officials

Jan 15, 2017 - 6:38 PM

The interior minister of Afghanistan blames enemies of peace and stability over the incident

Gunmen kill 5 female airport workers in Afghanistan

Dec 17, 2016 - 2:57 PM

No group has claimed responsibility of the incident but Afghan women have long been at risk from Taliban group and other insurgents

AIRPORT INCIDENT. Five airport female airport workers were gunned down by unidentified gunmen in Afghanistan.

Afghan district falls to Taliban – officials

Aug 20, 2016 - 7:15 PM

Khan Abad district east of Kunduz city falls to Taliban after the militants launched a pre dawn attack on the district center

Afghan Taliban announce start of 'spring offensive'

Apr 12, 2016 - 2:54 PM

The spring offensive starts even as the government in Kabul tries to bring the insurgents back to the negotiating table to end their drawn out conflict

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

Taliban reject peace talks with Afghan government

Mar 05, 2016 - 9:23 PM

The Taliban reiterates its preconditions for resuming long stalled peace talks

In this file photo, Afghan men walk near the largest Afghan flag after an inauguration ceremony at Wazir Akbar Khan hill in Kabul on September 10, 2014. Shah Marai/AFP

I'll do anything to kill time – refugee

Feb 20, 2016 - 1:40 PM

Refugees in Germany find themselves with little to no contact with German society as they go through the integration process

BOREDOM. Refugees in Germany are unable to work or go to university because they lack a residency permit. Photo by Axel Heimken/EPA

Afghan Taliban stress preconditions for peace talks

Jan 24, 2016 - 5:43 PM

Before any official talks we want names of our mujahideen to be removed from UN and US blacklists and all bounties on their heads be cancelled says Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid