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US envoy says Taliban agree to reduce Afghan casualties

Washington - The Taliban have promised US forces to reduce casualties in Afghanistan after a wave of violence raised questions about peace talks, a US envoy said Thursday."At present too many Afghans are dying.

Op-Ed: US Afghanistan pullout- Asking for trouble

Washington - The baffling ability of the United States to politically lose wars which it has won militarily apparently continues. The troop pullout from Afghanistan is looking like a serious mistake.

Freed Taliban have returned to battlefield: top Afghan negotiator

Washington - A number of Taliban prisoners who were released by the Afghan government as a condition for peace talks have taken up arms again, the government's lead negotiator Abdullah Abdullah said Tuesday.

'Pen guns' the latest threat in Afghan capital

Kabul - Police in Kabul have seized a stash of "pen guns" they say criminals and insurgents are using in a wave of targeted assassinations that has gripped the Afghan capital in recent months.

Taliban say team in Qatar for Afghan peace talks

Kabul - The Taliban's negotiating team has arrived in Qatar, a spokesman said Saturday, in a sign that long-delayed peace talks with the Afghan government are inching closer to starting.

Afghan govt frees more Taliban prisoners, paving way for talks

Kabul - The Afghan government said Thursday it had released 400 Taliban prisoners under an exchange deal with the militants, except for "a few" opposed by foreign nations, and expected peace negotiations to start soon.

Afghan negotiators head to Doha as Taliban prisoner swap nears completion

Kabul - Afghan government-backed negotiators are set to head to Doha for peace talks with the Taliban, a top official said Wednesday, as President Ashraf Ghani insisted Kabul had met all its commitments for negotiations.

Afghan president says all commitments met for Taliban peace talks

Kabul - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said Wednesday that the government had met all of its commitments for peace talks with the Taliban, as a team left for Qatar to prepare for negotiations.

Kabul resumes Taliban prisoner release: insurgent spokesman

Kabul - Afghan authorities have resumed a controversial release of Taliban inmates, an insurgent spokesman said Tuesday, marking an important step toward breaking an impasse that has delayed the start of peace talks for months.

Pakistan urges Taliban leaders to start peace talks

Islamabad - Pakistan's foreign minister urged senior Taliban leaders Tuesday to start delayed peace talks with Kabul, telling them the Afghanistan war has "no military solution" just hours after the insurgents claimed another deadly bombing.

Taliban attacks Afghan base as Pakistan pushes for talks

Mazar-e Sharif - A Taliban-claimed suicide attack killed at least three people in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday as neighbouring Pakistan pushed for delayed peace talks to begin.

Taliban team in Islamabad for talks with Pakistan officials

Islamabad - Pakistan has invited key Taliban negotiators to its capital to push for peace talks to end the conflict in neighbouring Afghanistan, Islamabad's foreign minister said Monday.

Taliban prisoner release re-opens wounds for victims' families

Kabul - The decision to release hundreds of the Taliban's most dangerous prisoners has stirred painful memories for the loved ones of those killed in Afghanistan's war, with many questioning whether the move will help bring peace.

Afghan authorities begin release of 'dangerous' Taliban prisoners

Kabul - Afghan authorities said Friday they had started to release 400 Taliban prisoners, the final hurdle in long-delayed peace talks between the two warring sides, even as President Ashraf Ghani warned they were a "danger to the world".

Afghan authorities begin releasing final 400 Taliban prisoners

Kabul - Afghan authorities said Friday they had started to release 400 Taliban prisoners, the final hurdle in launching long-delayed peace talks between the two warring sides.

Taliban inmates danger 'to the world': Afghan president

Kabul - Hundreds of Taliban inmates that are set to be released as a precondition to peace talks with Kabul pose a danger "to the world", Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said Thursday.

Afghan peace talks expected in days as prisoner release approved

Kabul - Afghan peace talks are expected to begin within days after authorities announced Monday they would soon start releasing hundreds of Taliban prisoners accused of brutal attacks, including on foreigners.

Afghan peace talks near after Taliban prisoner release approved

Kabul - The Afghan government and the Taliban are on the verge of peace talks after thousands of prominent Afghans approved the release of about 400 contentious militant prisoners, the head of Kabul's peace council said Sunday.

Afghan leader urges mega gathering to decide on 400 Taliban prisoners

Kabul - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani urged thousands of prominent citizens gathered in Kabul on Friday to decide whether to release about 400 Taliban prisoners, including many involved in attacks that killed scores of Afghans and foreigners.

Afghan president orders release of 500 Taliban inmates

Kabul - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Friday ordered the release of 500 Taliban prisoners as part of a new ceasefire that could lead into long-delayed peace talks.

Afghans demand permanent ceasefire ahead of peace talks

Kabul - Afghans on Wednesday welcomed a three-day ceasefire but called for it to be made permanent, after the government and the Taliban said they would observe a truce that could kickstart peace talks as soon as next week.

Taliban declare three-day ceasefire during Eid

Kabul - The Taliban on Tuesday declared a three-day ceasefire during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha starting Friday, marking the second such truce in just over two months in Afghanistan.

Taliban accuse Kabul of re-arresting freed insurgents

Kabul - The Taliban accused Afghan security forces Sunday of re-arresting insurgents who had been released as part of a crucial prisoner swap meant to kick-start peace talks.

Taliban propose potential Afghan talks timeline as violence soars

Kabul - The Taliban are prepared to hold peace talks with the Afghan government next month straight after the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, the insurgents said Thursday, provided an ongoing prisoner swap has been completed.

Eight civilians killed in Afghan strike on freed Taliban fighter

Herat - Eight civilians were killed when an Afghan air strike hit a group of people gathered to celebrate a Taliban commander's release from prison, an official said Thursday.

Afghan girl who killed Taliban gunmen 'ready to fight again'

Ghazni - An Afghan girl who shot dead two Taliban fighters after they gunned down her parents said she was ready to confront any other insurgents who might try to attack her.

Afghan girl kills two Taliban fighters after parents murdered

Ghazni - An Afghan girl shot dead two Taliban fighters and wounded several more after they dragged her parents from their home and killed them for supporting the government, officials said.

Taliban reshuffle negotiators ahead of Afghan talks

Islamabad - The leader of the Taliban has reshuffled his team of negotiators ahead of peace talks with the Afghan government, adding four close aides to the group, sources in the movement said Saturday.

Qatar likely to host start of Taliban-Afghan govt talks: minister

Kabul - Qatar is likely to host the initial round of peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government after the two foes complete an ongoing prisoner swap, a minister said Thursday.

Afghanistan says will not release 600 'too dangerous' Taliban

Kabul - Afghan authorities said Wednesday they will not release hundreds of Taliban captives deemed "too dangerous" despite planned peace talks that hinge on the prisoner exchange.
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Nadia Sediqqi, head of the women's affairs department in Laghman province, shot dead by two gunmen.
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Taliban religious police beating a woman in Kabul on August 26, 2001
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Pakistani politician blames earthquakes on women wearing jeans.
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The brave soldier returns fire as he scrambles across rocky and hilly terrain under machine gun fire
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British boxing star Amir Khan
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