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Taliban still holding Western hostages: spokesman

Kabul - A Taliban spokesman said Thursday the insurgents were still holding two Western hostages, as officials stayed tight-lipped over the outcome of an apparent prisoner swap announced by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani earlier this week.

US air support destroys Afghan outpost kills four Afghan troops

Afghan National Army Force came under fire at a post in Logar Province last Tuesday. The Afghans called in US air support. However, the US support attacked and destroyed the outpost killing 4 Afghan soldiers and wounding another six.

Afghanistan's presidential poll results delayed again

Kabul - Preliminary results from Afghanistan's presidential election have been delayed for a second time, election officials announced Wednesday, a postponement likely to fuel more political uncertainty and fraud allegations.

Uncertainty over fate of Western hostages, Taliban prisoners

Kabul - Two Western hostages of the Taliban, who are expected to be freed in a prisoner swap for three militants, will be released only when the insurgents "reach their destination", a spokesman for the Islamist group said Wednesday.

Afghanistan to release senior Taliban prisoners in apparent swap

Kabul - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced Tuesday that three high-ranking Taliban prisoners would be released, in an apparent exchange for two Western hostages who were kidnapped by the insurgents in 2016.

Op-Ed: US general predicts US to stay in Afghanistan several more years

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair General Mark Milley predicted that US troops would stay in Afghanistan for several more years. This is the first such estimate since President Trump refused to accept a peace plan in principle negotiated with the Taliban.

IS 'defeated' in key Afghan province: official

Jalalabad - The Islamic State group's Afghan branch has been "defeated" in one of the key eastern provinces where it first sought to establish a stronghold, a top Afghan security official said Sunday.

Afghan chief executive wants halt to election recount

Kabul - Afghanistan's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah called Sunday for a halt to a recount of the recent presidential election, saying he would not accept "fraud-marked" results.

Afghan chief executive slams president's 'wishlist' peace plan

Kabul - Afghanistan's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah dismissed Tuesday a new peace proposal by his election rival President Ashraf Ghani as an unrealistic "wishlist", and again questioned the validity of thousands of votes from recent polls.

US has spent $132 billion on Afghan reconstruction since 2002

The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) has issued a new report that estimates that the US has spent $132 billion on Afghan economic development since 2002.

Taliban should call ceasefire to prove control of forces: official

Kabul - The Taliban should call a one-month ceasefire to prove they still control their forces, Afghanistan's national security advisor said Tuesday, amid signs the US wants to rekindle talks with the insurgents.

US envoy in Kabul amid election uncertainty, stalled talks

Kabul - Zalmay Khalilzad, the US envoy who led talks with the Taliban until negotiations collapsed last month, was in Kabul on Sunday meeting with top Afghan officials including President Ashraf Ghani.

Afghan election results delayed again

Kabul - Preliminary results from Afghanistan's presidential elections have been delayed for nearly a month, officials announced Sunday, a lengthy postponement likely to stoke political uncertainty and allegations of fraud.

Beijing to host 'intra-Afghan' conference: Taliban

Kabul - China has invited a Taliban delegation to attend an "intra-Afghan" conference in Beijing, a militant spokesman said Wednesday, after a prospective deal between the United States and the insurgents collapsed last month.

Op-Ed: US officials make plans for possible withdrawal from Afghanistan

Washington - Pentagon officials are quoted by NBC news as claiming they are engaged in prudent planning for a quick withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan should US President Trump decide to do so.

No Syria-type pullout planned for Afghanistan: Pentagon chief

Kabul - Afghans should not misconstrue America's sudden and contentious withdrawal from parts of Syria as a precursor to a similar move in Afghanistan, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Monday.

EU calls for Afghanistan ceasefire as Esper visits Kabul

Kabul - European Union officials called Sunday for a ceasefire in Afghanistan, saying the breakdown in US-Taliban talks presented an opportunity to push for a truce, as the US defense secretary made an unexpected visit to Kabul.

US Defense Secretary Esper in Kabul on unannounced visit

Kabul - US Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Kabul on Sunday for an unannounced visit to meet with US troops and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

EU calls for Afghanistan ceasefire

Kabul - European Union officials called Sunday for a ceasefire in Afghanistan, saying the breakdown in talks between the US and the Taliban presented an opportunity to push anew for a truce.

Villagers search for bodies after 70 killed in Afghan mosque blast

Jalalabad - Villagers searched for the bodies of their loved ones on Saturday in the rubble of a mosque in eastern Afghanistan that collapsed in a blast during Friday prayers, killing 70 people including dozens of children, officials said.
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