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Op-Ed: Taliban quits talks with Afghan government on prisoner swap

The Taliban walked out of talks with the Afghan government on Tuesday complaining that the face-to-face peace talks had been fruitless. The talks were to negotiate a prison swap that was part of a peace agreement between the US and the Taliban.

Language of Afghan peace deal between Taliban and US finalized

Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheed reported Monday that the Taliban and US have finalized the language of a peace deal for Afghanistan. The US has has not yet confirmed this but had been indicating in recent days that a deal was imminent.

Taliban attack kills at least 15 at Afghan checkpoint

In the northern Balkh Province in Afghanistan on Tuesday Taliban forces attacked an Afghan government checkpoint. The attack killed at least 15 security forces according to Afghan government officials.

Op-Ed: Afghan Taliban seek Pakistani aid in restarting peace talks

Islamabad - Senior Afghan Taliban officials have visited the Pakistan capital of Islamabad to discuss the stalled Afghan peace talks with Pakistani officials. They hope that Pakistan will aid in restarting the talks with the US.

Op-Ed: Two Taliban suicide attacks in Afghanistan kill at least 48

Two Taliban suicide bombers killed at least 48 people in Kabul the capital and in the city of Charikar. The Charikar attack targeted an election rally for Ashraf Ghani the president who is running for another term. Ghani was not hurt.

Taliban ends ban on Red Cross offers Afghan security guarantees

Taliban leaders in Afghanistan announce that they are revoking their ban on Red Cross operations in parts of the country they control. They are now offering security guarantees for any Red Cross staff doing humanitarian work in Taliban-held areas.

Taliban attack on Kabul kills at least 16 and wounds 119

Kabul - Even as a peace deal between the Taliban and the US seems near, the Taliban are keeping up their attacks on the Afghan government. Violence in the country shows no sign of abating as each side tries to strengthen their position before any deal.

Op-Ed: Hawks try to prevent a Trump Taliban Afghan peace deal

After some 18 years of US involvement in Afghanistan there have been reports lately that a deal with the Taliban is near and an announcement could be made any day now.

Taliban kill 25 Afghan elite commandos in clash

Abdul Malakazi, governor of the Badghis province in Afghanistan claims that 25 members of the country's elite commando units have been killed in clashes with the Taliban.

US and Taliban plan 7th round of Afghan peace talks in Qatar

The United States and the Taliban are to start new negotiations in Qatar in another attempt to find a peaceful agreement to end the war in Afghanistan that has now been going on for 18 years.

U.S. drops 460 bombs or missiles in Afghanistan during April

American warplanes in April dropped more weapons on Afghanistan than in any single month since 2012. The increase in use of air power is in part due to an effort by the US to wipe out the Islamic State(IS) presence in Afghanistan.

Afghan security forces suffer severe casualties as Taliban attack

The Afghan Taliban's Spring Offensive is taking its toll on Afghan security forces in many different areas as the Pentagon is considering a plan that would see up to 5,000 US troops sent to Afghanistan to help the Afghan forces.

Op-Ed: Afghan and coalition forces blow up arms cache killing civilians

Afghan officials said that they were investigating claims that at least nine civilians including six children had been killed during an operation by Afghan and coalition forces that blew up a Taliban weapons depot in southern Helmand Provice.

Op-Ed: U.S. general wants 5,000 more troops for Afghanistan

General John Nicholson the top U.S. general in Afghanistan claims that the U.S. and Europe need to send 5,000 more troops to Afghanistan in order to break a stalemate between Afghan forces versus the Taliban and Islamic State.

Op-Ed: Taliban terror leader turns toward environmental protection

A special message carried on Taliban news outlets from new leader Hibatullah Akhundzada urges Afghan's to plant more trees. Trees in Afghanistan are cut down for fuel and illegal timber sales creating a severe deforestation problem.

Taliban attack on Afghan city creates humanitarian catastrophe

Kunduz - On Monday Afghan forces slipped past defenses of the northern Afghan city of Kunduz and there have been street-to-street gun battles every since.

Taliban surrounding capital of Helmand Province

The Taliban are surrounding Lashkar Gah the capital of Helmand Province. While military commanders claim the situation has stabilized, city officials are more pessimistic.

NATO allies to retain about 12,000 troops in Afghanistan in 20016

Kabul - NATO has decided to maintain a steady level of about 12,000 troops in Afghanistan during 2016. It also launched a campaign to fund 350,000 Afghan forces it hopes will be able eventually to secure Afghanistan against the Taliban.

U.S. may keep 10,000 troops in Afghanistan through 2016

Kabul - Although the Afghan war was supposedly "ended" as far as foreign combat troops were concerned a couple of years ago, almost 10,000 US troops still remain.

Taliban claim control of key district in southern Afghan province

Kabul - Taliban forces routed Afghan troops from the Naw Zad district of Helmand Province in the south of Afghanistan. The Afghan government described the move as a "tactical retreat".

Op-Ed: Afghan security situation in shambles as IS begins recruiting

Kabul - The Afghan Taliban are able to mount serious attacks in Afghanistan. Most recently they carried out deadly attacks on the Afghan parliament and in the northern city of Kunduz.

Op-Ed: Obama sees expanded role for US in Afghanistan in 2015

Washington - While US combat troops are scheduled to withdraw from Afghanistan at the end of this year, under an agreement signed by the new Afghan president Ashraf Ghani almost 10,000 troops will remain through 2015 at least.

Op-Ed: President Karzai pulls out of talks with Taliban US troops killed

Doha - Just one day after the Taliban opened a political office in Doha, Qatar, and began peace talks with the US, and the Karzai government, Karzai withdrew in anger from the meetings.

Op-Ed: Afghan Taliban to open political office in Qatar

Doha - Al Jazeera reports that the Afghan Taliban are set to open a political office in Qatar a Gulf state. The office will be in Doha and will aim at facilitating peace talks to end the civil strife in Afghanistan.

Afghan Taliban officials visit Iran

Tehran - A delegation of Afghan Taliban officials have visited Tehran to hold talks with Iranian intelligence officials, according to an Iranian news agency.

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