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Taliban reaffirm commitment to US deal in Pompeo call

Kabul - The Taliban reaffirmed their commitment to a February deal to draw down the war in Afghanistan during a call with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the group's spokesman has said.

Blasts at Afghan market kill 23 civilians

Kandahar - Multiple explosions tore through a busy market in southern Afghanistan on Monday, killing at least 23 civilians, officials said, blaming the Taliban for the carnage.

Trump plans Afghanistan withdrawal of another 4,000 troops

As part of the peace deal the US signed with the Taliban the end of February the US agreed to withdraw troops down to 8,600 by the end of July. But by last week officials announced that withdrawals had already reached that target.

Taliban killed 291 Afghan security personnel in past week: govt

Kabul - The Taliban killed at least 291 Afghan security personnel over the past week, a top government official said Monday, accusing the insurgents of unleashing a wave of violence ahead of potential talks.

Taliban says no threat to West as US troops leave Afghanistan

Kabul - The Taliban on Friday played down concerns that Afghanistan could be used as a launching ground for future attacks on the West, after the US said it had so far upheld its pledge to reduce its military presence in the country.

Taliban raids on Afghan security posts kill 18

Mazar-e Sharif - Taliban fighters killed at least 18 Afghan security personnel Wednesday in two attacks on checkpoints in the north, officials said, the latest violence ahead of expected peace talks.

Doctors Without Borders pulls out of Afghan attack hospital

Kabul - Doctors Without Borders has pulled out of a hospital in the Afghan capital where gunmen last month killed 25 people, including mothers, in a horrific attack on a maternity ward.

Four killed in Kabul mosque blast

Kabul - Four people were killed after a blast ripped through a crowd during Friday prayers at a mosque in Kabul, Afghan officials said, in the latest attack on the city ahead of potential talks with insurgents.

Freed Taliban prisoners eye return to the battlefield

Kabul - Afghan authorities are opening prison doors for thousands of Taliban inmates in a high-risk gambit to ensure the insurgent group begins peace talks with Kabul.

Uphill task for Taliban as virus spreads in militant bastions

Kunduz - The Taliban boasted of their readiness to fight the deadly coronavirus when it first reached Afghanistan, but now the insurgents are struggling to curb its spread in their strongholds.

MSF urges probe into gruesome Afghan hospital attack

Kabul - Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on Wednesday called for an inquiry into last month's horrifying attack on an Afghan hospital, which the international charity said killed 18, including some women who were about to give birth.

Two dead in attack on mosque in Kabul's Green Zone

Kabul - A well-known imam and a worshipper were killed in a prayer-time bombing at a popular mosque in Kabul's fortified Green Zone on Tuesday, officials said.

Roadside bomb kills 7 civilians in Afghanistan

Kunduz - Seven civilians were killed by a roadside bomb linked to the Taliban in northern Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday, even as authorities pressed for peace talks with the militants.

Afghan reporter killed as govt says ready for Taliban dialogue

Kabul - A roadside bomb killed a television journalist in Kabul on Saturday, soon after a top Afghan official appointed to lead peace talks with the Taliban said his team was ready for the long-delayed dialogue.

14 Afghan forces killed in 'Taliban attacks' after ceasefire ends

Kabul - Fourteen members of the Afghan security forces were killed in two separate attacks Thursday in the first deadly assaults officials have blamed on the Taliban since the end of a three-day ceasefire.

Afghan forces killed in first 'Taliban attack' since ceasefire end: officials

Kabul - Seven members of the Afghan security forces were killed Thursday in an attack officials blamed on the Taliban, the first deadly assault since a three-day ceasefire ended.

US troop pullout from Afghanistan ahead of schedule

Kabul - The US military withdrawal from Afghanistan is considerably ahead of schedule, an official told AFP on Wednesday, as President Donald Trump reiterated calls for the Pentagon to bring troops home.

No new reports of fighting despite Afghan ceasefire ending

Kabul - Appeals for the Taliban to extend a ceasefire with Afghan forces went unanswered Wednesday, but there were no reports of major violence and the militants said they would release some government prisoners.

Afghan government releases first hundred Taliban prisoners

The Eid al-Fitr holiday began on Monday as did the ceasefire in Afghanistan announced by the Taliban. Early signs were promising with the ceasefire appearing to hold.

Hundreds more Taliban prisoners freed on last day of Afghan truce

Bagram - Afghan authorities freed hundreds more Taliban prisoners on Tuesday, as calls grew for the militants to extend a ceasefire on its third and final day.
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