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Taliban annoyed at US added demands prior to peace talks

President Trump has recently demanded that the Taliban unconditionally agree to a "reduction of violence" before peace talks on Afghanistan can even commence. This has frustrated the Taliban who were annoyed by additional US demands.

Taliban aim to sign deal with US by end of month: report

Kabul - The Taliban are aiming to reach a withdrawal agreement with the US by the end of January and are prepared to "scale down" military operations ahead of signing the deal, according to their chief spokesman.

Taliban propose brief Afghan ceasefire, say insurgent sources

Kabul - The Taliban have offered a brief ceasefire to the US, two insurgent sources said Thursday, a move which could allow for the resumption of talks seeking a deal for Washington to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.

Pakistan says Taliban show 'willingness' to reduce Afghan violence

Islamabad - Pakistan's foreign minister on Thursday said the Taliban has shown "a willingness" to reduce violence in war-torn Afghanistan after more than 18 years fighting the US, sparking speculation that a potential breakthrough in talks with the Americans may b...

More than 130 dead as severe weather hits Pakistan, Afghanistan

Islamabad - Avalanches, flooding and harsh winter weather has killed more than 130 people across Pakistan and Afghanistan in recent days, officials said Tuesday, as authorities struggled to reach people stranded by heavy snowfall.

Taliban kill 23 in attacks on Afghan checkpoints

Mazar-e Sharif - At least 23 Afghan security forces were killed in a series of Taliban attacks across the country, officials said Wednesday, despite winter snowfall that usually leads to a lull in violence.

Taliban say have 'no ceasefire plans' in Afghanistan

Kabul - The Taliban Monday denied agreeing to any ceasefire in Afghanistan after rumours swirled of a potential deal that would see a reduction in fighting after more than 18 years of war.

Taliban kill 10 Afghan soldiers in attack on base

Kandahar - Ten Afghan soldiers were killed in a Taliban attack on a military base in the southern province of Helmand on Saturday, officials said.

Over 16,000 complaints filed in Afghan presidential polls

Kabul - More than 16,000 complaints have been filed to Afghan election authorities over the handling of this year's presidential polls, officials said Thursday, days after preliminary results put President Ashraf Ghani in place to secure a second term.

Afghan war caused 100,000 civilian casualties in last decade: UN

Kabul - More than 100,000 Afghan civilians have been killed or injured over the past decade, the United Nations reported Thursday, as it renewed calls to end the bloody 18-year conflict.

Violence flares in north Afghanistan as forces ready for deadly winter

Mazar-e Sharif - At least seven Afghan soldiers were killed when the Taliban attacked their base Tuesday, the latest brazen assault in Afghanistan's north, where local and international forces are bracing for violent months ahead.

Taliban claim attack that killed US soldier in Afghanistan

Kabul - The Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack Monday on American troops that killed one US soldier and, according to the insurgents, wounded several more.The killing is likely to have consequences for ongoing talks between the US and the Taliban.

40 years on, veterans still grapple with Soviet-Afghan war

Kabul - At his home in the mountains north of Kabul, former mujahideen fighter Shah Sulaiman closed his damaged eyes, took a sip of green tea and thought bitterly of Afghanistan's war against the Soviet Union that started four decades ago.

Afghanistan's Ghani headed for second term: initial results

Kabul - Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani appeared to have secured a second term, preliminary polling results showed on Sunday, but his main rival immediately vowed to challenge the tally.

Afghan election results to be announced Sunday: official

Kabul - Nearly three months after Afghans voted in presidential polls that were marred by low turnout and fraud claims, the election commission was finally due to announce preliminary results Sunday, an official said.

Afghanistan poll results expected in coming days: official

Kabul - Preliminary results from Afghanistan's delayed presidential polls will be announced in the coming days, an election official said Thursday, after a main candidate ended his boycott of a recount.

Meth boom adds to Afghanistan's opium and heroin woes

Kabul - At a sprawling rehabilitation centre on the outskirts of Kabul, dozens of dazed-looking drug addicts clamber out of police buses and shuffle toward the facility.

10 killed from Afghan family heading to funeral: officials

Khost - Ten members of the same family were killed Tuesday when their car detonated a roadside bomb as they were travelling to a funeral in eastern Afghanistan, officials said.

Esper wants to cut US troops 'with or without' Afghan peace deal

Washington - Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Monday he wants to reduce the number of US troops in Afghanistan "with or without" a peace agreement in order to give higher priority to strategic competition with China.

Downsized US force in Afghanistan would still pack 'lethal punch': Trump ally

Kabul - The US military can slash its troop presence in Afghanistan and still pack a "lethal punch," an influential American lawmaker and close confidant to President Donald Trump said Monday.

US to announce 4,000-troop drawdown from Afghanistan: media

Washington - The Trump administration will announce as early as this week plans to withdraw around 4,000 troops from Afghanistan, US media reported.

Decades on, Soviet bombs still killing people in Afghanistan

Bamyan - Gholam Mahaiuddin sighs softly as he thinks of his 14-year-old son, who was killed in the spring by a bomb dropped last century in the hills of Bamiyan province in central Afghanistan.

Afghan election challenger allows recount

Kabul - Afghan presidential challenger Abdullah Abdullah on Friday ended his opposition to a recount in seven provinces after the September 28 election, which has been mired in fraud allegations.

Japan funeral for 'hero' doctor slain in Afghanistan

Apo - Relatives and wellwishers paid tribute Wednesday to veteran doctor Tetsu Nakamura at his funeral in southern Japan, a week after he was killed in an ambush in Afghanistan.

Taliban bombers target key US Afghanistan base as talks resume

Kabul - Taliban suicide bombers targeted a key US military base in Afghanistan Wednesday in a major attack that killed two civilians and wounded more than 70 others, officials said, amid renewed peace talks between the United States and the militants.

US officials painted 'rosy' picture of Afghanistan despite evidence: WPost

Washington - Senior US officials insisted that progress was being made in Afghanistan despite clear evidence the war there had become unwinnable, The Washington Post reported on Monday after obtaining thousands of US government documents on the conflict.

US resumes talks with Taliban in Doha

Doha - Washington resumed talks with the Taliban in Qatar Saturday, both sides said, three months after President Donald Trump abruptly halted diplomatic efforts that could end America's longest war.

US resumes talks with Taliban in Doha: US source

Doha - Washington resumed talks with the Taliban in Qatar Saturday, a US source said, three months after President Donald Trump abruptly halted diplomatic efforts that could end America's longest war."The US rejoined talks today in Doha.

Afghan mourners demand justice for slain Japanese 'hero'

Kabul - Distressed Afghans held vigils Thursday to mourn a beloved Japanese doctor who transformed barren swaths of eastern Afghanistan and spent decades caring for the sick, and to demand justice for his murder.

US to restart Taliban talks after Trump green light

Kabul - The US negotiator on Afghanistan will shortly resume talks with the Taliban and seek efforts toward a ceasefire, officials said Wednesday, three months after President Donald Trump abruptly halted diplomatic efforts that could end America's longest war...
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President Barack Obama greets deployed service members and civilians during a surprise visit to Bagr...
President Barack Obama greets deployed service members and civilians during a surprise visit to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. During his visit he thanked the troops for all their hard work and dedication to the United States. Prior to Obama meeting the troops he flew to Kabul to meet with Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai.
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai
Afghan President Hamid Karzai
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Raise Your Banner for Peace demonstration.
Raise Your Banner for Peace demonstration.
The rescued children said the recruiters had promised their families they would be taken to Pakistan...
The rescued children said the recruiters had promised their families they would be taken to Pakistan to be educated
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a news conference in Kabul January 25  2014
Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a news conference in Kabul January 25, 2014
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A 500-pound bomb was dropped on US forces by mistake in Afghanistan
A 500-pound bomb was dropped on US forces by mistake in Afghanistan
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Afghan man receives treatment from a U.S. Navy corpsman after being injured in a grenade attack
Afghan man receives treatment from a U.S. Navy corpsman after being injured in a grenade attack
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Raise Your Banner for Peace demonstration.
Raise Your Banner for Peace demonstration.
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The blue dot in the center shows the area where Pakistan and China performed their joint military operations. Bannu, to the west, has been the most recent site of Pakistan's attacks on terrorist. The white line also to the left is the border with Afghanistan, and Kabul can be seen even west and north of it. The capitol of Pakistan, Islamabad is to the right of the area.
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President Hamid Karzai
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Photographer Giles Duley takes photo in hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan
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Ahmed Wali Karzai
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DEA FAST team members practice firearms training at a desert location in Afghanistan.
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DEA FAST team members in Afghanistan arrest a farmer for cultivating opium poppies during a raid on his residence.
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A US soldier conducts a security patrol in Sangin Valley, Afghanistan. Marines conduct security patrols to decrease insurgent activity and gain the trust of Afghan citizens.
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange led a protest in London against the war in Afghanistan, 10 years after the U.S. and Britain went to war against the Taliban.
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