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Speculation abounds over new Taliban chief's leaked photo

Kabul - An ordinary, albeit strikingly clear, headshot of the secretive Afghan Taliban's newly appointed chieftain has triggered a flurry of speculation over the motive behind its release.

Taliban still bent on violence despite new leadership: Obama

Nihon - Hopes of negotiating peace with the Afghan Taliban's new leader were swiftly fading from all sides Thursday, as US President Barack Obama warned the extremist movement will continue killing in Afghanistan.

New Taliban chief Akhundzada a scholar, not a soldier

Kabul - Religious scholar Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, named Wednesday as the Afghan Taliban's new leader, was a senior judge during the insurgent group's five-year rule over Afghanistan and issued many of its harsh verdicts.

Afghan Taliban appoint new leader after deadly drone strike

Kabul - The Afghan Taliban on Wednesday announced Haibatullah Akhundzada as their new leader, elevating a low-profile religious figure in a swift power transition after officially confirming the death of Mullah Mansour in a US drone strike.

Afghanistan's Taliban: leaderless but still a potent threat

Kabul - The Taliban, whose chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour died in a weekend US drone strike, originated among young Afghan religious students who took refuge in Pakistan from the 1979-89 Soviet occupation.

The Shura: ideological guardians of the Taliban movement

Islamabad - Through war and peace, the Taliban's Rahbari Shura has been at the heart of its decision-making process since the movement's inception, and is now tasked with finding a new leader to succeed Mullah Akthar Mansour.

Death of Taliban chief Mansour: what happens next?

Islamabad - President Barack Obama confirmed Monday that a US drone strike in southwest Pakistan had killed Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour, heralding a new chapter in the Afghan insurgency which had grown fiercer under him.Who will succeed him?

Taliban leader Mansour: man of war, not peace talks

Kabul - Mullah Akhtar Mansour, killed by a US drone strike on May 21, took over as head of the Afghan Taliban last July and oversaw intensified attacks which left Afghan police and troops struggling to respond.

Iran denies killed Taliban leader was in the country

Tehran - Iran on Monday denied reports that Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour entered Pakistan from the Islamic republic before being killed in a US drone strike, state media reported.

Obama confirms Taliban leader's death in U.S. strike

Hanoi - President Barack Obama on Monday confirmed Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US air strike, hailing his death as an "important milestone" in efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan.

Afghan Taliban sources confirm death of leader in U.S. attack

Quetta - Taliban supremo Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan, senior militant sources told AFP Sunday, adding that an insurgent assembly was underway to decide on his successor.

Pakistan denounces US drone strike on Afghan Taliban chief

Islamabad - Pakistan on Sunday denounced the US drone strike believed to have killed the Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour as a violation of its air space and said only negotiations could bring a lasting peace to Afghanistan.

US drone strike on Taliban leader — What happens next?

Islamabad - An American drone strike "likely killed" Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour in Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan on Saturday, US officials said.

Afghan spy agency declares Taliban leader dead in US drone attack

Kabul - Afghanistan's spy agency Sunday said Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US bombing raid, the first confirmation from regional officials of his death, which marks a potential blow to the resurgent militant movement.

'Lance with love': Afghans revel in bountiful opium harvest

Tarin Kowt - Lashes swished and whirled through the air in a burst of celebration around a sea of opium poppies, as farmers in a southern Afghan village rejoiced over a bumper harvest with a traditional rope game.

Eight Afghan police killed in insider attack

Kandahar - A rogue Afghan policeman shot dead eight of his colleagues in southern Afghanistan Thursday, officials said, the latest in a series of insider attacks which have blighted government forces battling the Taliban.

Kabul attack death toll more than doubles to 64

Kabul - The death toll from a Taliban attack in Kabul has more than doubled to 64, officials said Wednesday, in the deadliest assault on the Afghan capital since the Islamists were toppled from power in 2001.

Afghan Taliban announce start of 'spring offensive'

Kabul - The Afghan Taliban announced Tuesday the start of their "spring offensive" even as the government in Kabul tries to bring the insurgents back to the negotiating table to end their drawn-out conflict.

Afghan Taliban chief consolidates power before annual offensive

Kandahar - By subduing dissidents and eliminating rivals, Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour is rapidly consolidating his authority over the fractious Afghan insurgent movement as it prepares for "decisive" battles in its upcoming spring offensive.

Kerry calls on Afghan Taliban 'to enter into a peace process'

Kabul - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday called on the Afghan Taliban to restart direct peace talks with Kabul, weeks after the militant group refused to return to the negotiating table.

Afghan Taliban chief consolidates power before annual offensive

Kandahar - By subduing dissidents and eliminating rivals, Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour is rapidly consolidating his authority over the fractious Afghan insurgent movement as it prepares for "decisive" battles in its upcoming spring offensive.

Suicide bomber kills at least 6 in eastern Afghanistan

Kabul - A suicide bomber on a motorcycle killed at least six civilians and wounded 22 Tuesday when he detonated near a clinic and a school during a police chase in eastern Afghanistan, officials said.

Afghan retreat from key districts stokes instability fears

Kandahar - Overstretched Afghan forces are pulling back from violent southern districts without a fight, ceding key territory to the resurgent Taliban as part of an unprecedented "strategic retreat" that has stoked fears government control is slipping.

Taliban reject peace talks with Afghan government

Kabul - The Taliban on Saturday refused to hold direct peace talks with the Afghan government, dealing a blow to international efforts to revive long-stalled negotiations aimed at ending the deadly 14-year insurgency.

Afghan Taliban leadership is in Pakistan, Islamabad says

Islamabad - A top Pakistani official has said for the first time publicly that the Afghan Taliban's leadership enjoys a safe haven inside his country, which Islamabad uses as a "lever" to pressure the group into talks with Kabul.

Kabul peace talks with Taliban 'expected this month': officials

Islamabad - Direct peace talks between Kabul and the Taliban are "expected to take place" by the end of the month, representatives from four countries involved in pre-cursor roadmap negotiations said in a joint statement issued Saturday in Islamabad.

Afghan Taliban stress preconditions for peace talks

Kabul - The Afghan Taliban Sunday reiterated their pre-conditions for the resumption of peace talks with Kabul, including their removal from international terror blacklists, at an informal meeting with lawmakers and activists in Doha.

Pakistan's thin red line: Armed teachers in classrooms

Peshawar - Headmaster Naveed Gul walked past the armed guard at the gate into his office. As primary school pupils studied their morning lessons outside, he reached beneath his warm woolly sweater, and pulled out a gun."This is an M20 pistol," he said.

Pakistan university attackers vow to target schools in new video

Islamabad - The Taliban faction behind a massacre at a university in northwest Pakistan this week issued a video message Friday vowing to target schools throughout the country, calling them "nurseries" for people who challenge Allah's law.

Chemistry teacher defies Taliban in Pakistan university attack

Charsadda - A chemistry teacher who tried to shield his students by opening fire on Taliban militants during a deadly attack at a Pakistani university was known as "The Protector" even before his death in a hail of bullets Wednesday.
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U.S. Secretary of State poses with Aghani female politicians at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul in 2011.
U.S. Secretary of State poses with Aghani female politicians at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul in 2011.
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Explosions in Kabul following visit by President Barack Obama.
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British boxing star Amir Khan
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Helmet cam video: US soldier under Taliban machine gun fire
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Militants in police uniform attacked Central Jail in Dera Ismail Khan late on Monday as around 20 explosions were heard and at least two policemen injured. – File photo
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Five insurgents belonging to Quetta Shura arrested with 33 suicide vests and 1,000 kg of explosives in Kandahar Province.
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Screenshot of Zabihullah Mujahid's Twitter account from Sunday, October 5, 2014.
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A street scene in Lahore, Pakistan.
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Nadia Sediqqi  head of the women s affairs department in Laghman province  shot dead by two gunmen.
Nadia Sediqqi, head of the women's affairs department in Laghman province, shot dead by two gunmen.
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Woman wearing burqa
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File photo: Taliban insurgents turn themselves into Afghan National Security Forces
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Taliban religious police beating a woman in Kabul on August 26, 2001
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Dawood Ibrahim, the sole survivor in his class saved by his faulty alarm clock from a Taliban attack on the Peshawar Army Public School.
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