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Taliban praise continued US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

Kabul - The Taliban welcomed the latest withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan with the insurgents' spokesman Saturday calling the continued reduction of American forces a "good advancement" even as fighting raged across the war-weary country.

Afghan youth fear Taliban return will roll back Kandahar's progress

Kandahar - Once the epicentre of the Taliban's iron-fisted Islamist government, Kandahar city in Afghanistan's restive south is slowly transforming into a vibrant urban centre dotted with bustling cafes, co-ed universities -- and even a women's gym.

The Afghan police team welcoming back Taliban fighters

Tarin Kowt - After more than a decade fighting for the Taliban and being hounded by Afghan and US forces, Haji Lala thought there was little chance of ever returning home.

Attack in Afghanistan kills 13 police at checkpoint

An attack in Baghlan Province in Afghanistan killed 13 police. The attack was at a checkpoint. Details are still emerging. Although no one has claimed credit for the attack Afghan officials have blamed the Taliban.

The women who served as a deadly duo for the Taliban

Kabul - Female assassins who lured an Afghan security official to his death with promises of sex before shooting him and dumping his body at a cemetery are among thousands of Taliban criminals freed as part of a fragile peace plan.

Afghan peace talks 'close' to breaking deadlock: official

Ankara - The Afghan government and the Taliban are "very close" to breaking a deadlock in peace talks, a senior Afghan official said Saturday, adding that the US troops military presence was still necessary.

Pompeo to meet Taliban negotiators in Qatar

Abu Dhabi - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet negotiators from the Afghan government and Taliban on Saturday amid signs of progress in their talks as the United States speeds up its withdrawal.

Afghan government, Taliban agree peace talk rules: officials

Islamabad - The Afghan government and the Taliban have resolved key sticking points that had stalled peace talks for weeks, several sources told AFP on Friday, clearing the way for negotiations to move forward.

Abandoned by Trump, can Afghans pin their hopes on Biden?

Kabul - Donald Trump's plan to slash US troops in Afghanistan could unleash a fresh wave of violence by an emboldened Taliban, analysts say, but a more measured approach by Joe Biden could take the sting out of the insurgent group's bid for power.

Taliban welcome US troop drawdown from Afghanistan as 'good step'

Kabul - The Taliban on Wednesday welcomed the Pentagon's announcement it would soon pull about 2,000 US troops from Afghanistan as a "good step" that will help end the country's long-running conflict.

Taliban welcome US troop drawdown from Afghanistan as 'good step'

Kabul - The Taliban on Wednesday welcomed the Pentagon's announcement it would soon pull about 2,000 US troops from Afghanistan as a "good step" that will help end the country's long-running conflict.

Taliban say they expect Biden to abide by Afghan pullout deal

Kabul - The Taliban said Sunday they expect the next US president, Joe Biden to abide by the deal signed with his predecessor Donald Trump's administration that paved the way for withdrawing American forces from Afghanistan.

Peace seems impossible on Afghanistan's front lines

Tarin Kowt - The dry and dusty village of Aziz Abad sits on the frontline of Afghanistan's war and is currently under government control -- but only just.

Taliban seek image revamp as Afghan peace talks grind on

Islamabad - As Afghan peace talks grind on, the Taliban are trying to portray themselves as a viable government-in-waiting in an image makeover that includes rehabilitating their ultra-violent affiliate, the Haqqani network.

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.
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