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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.

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...

Trump claims that peace talks with the Taliban are on again

After successful negotiations all the way to an agreement in principle with the Taliban, Trump called off negotiations after a Taliban attack during negotiations killed several including one US service person.

Taliban release two Western hostages in Afghanistan

Kandahar - The Taliban handed two Western hostages over to US forces in southern Afghanistan Tuesday, three years after they were abducted, in a swap for three high-ranking insurgent prisoners that could boost peace talks.

Taliban still holding Western hostages: spokesman

Kabul - A Taliban spokesman said Thursday the insurgents were still holding two Western hostages, as officials stayed tight-lipped over the outcome of an apparent prisoner swap announced by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani earlier this week.

Uncertainty over fate of Western hostages, Taliban prisoners

Kabul - Two Western hostages of the Taliban, who are expected to be freed in a prisoner swap for three militants, will be released only when the insurgents "reach their destination", a spokesman for the Islamist group said Wednesday.

Afghanistan to release senior Taliban prisoners in apparent swap

Kabul - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced Tuesday that three high-ranking Taliban prisoners would be released, in an apparent exchange for two Western hostages who were kidnapped by the insurgents in 2016.

Taliban should call ceasefire to prove control of forces: official

Kabul - The Taliban should call a one-month ceasefire to prove they still control their forces, Afghanistan's national security advisor said Tuesday, amid signs the US wants to rekindle talks with the insurgents.

Beijing to host 'intra-Afghan' conference: Taliban

Kabul - China has invited a Taliban delegation to attend an "intra-Afghan" conference in Beijing, a militant spokesman said Wednesday, after a prospective deal between the United States and the insurgents collapsed last month.

EU calls for Afghanistan ceasefire as Esper visits Kabul

Kabul - European Union officials called Sunday for a ceasefire in Afghanistan, saying the breakdown in US-Taliban talks presented an opportunity to push for a truce, as the US defense secretary made an unexpected visit to Kabul.

EU calls for Afghanistan ceasefire

Kabul - European Union officials called Sunday for a ceasefire in Afghanistan, saying the breakdown in talks between the US and the Taliban presented an opportunity to push anew for a truce.

Hugs and smiles as Taliban meet Pakistan officials

Islamabad - A group of senior Taliban were warmly welcomed by Pakistani officials as they arrived in Islamabad Thursday, where the foreign minister called for a resumption of talks with the US on the war in Afghanistan.

Taliban co-founder heads to Pakistan as US envoy visits

Islamabad - Taliban co-founder Mullah Baradar was due in Pakistan Wednesday as US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad also visited, officials said, though it was unclear if they would meet for the first time since Donald Trump scuttled talks between Washington and the Islamist...

Taliban co-founder heads to Pakistan as US envoy visits

Islamabad - Taliban co-founder Mullah Baradar was due in Pakistan Wednesday as US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad also visited, officials said, though it was unclear if they would meet for the first time since Donald Trump scuttled talks between Washington and the insurgen...

Little hope for peace as Afghans prepare for weekend vote

Kabul - Afghans go to the polls Saturday to vote in a presidential election that few expect will have much effect in bringing peace to the war-torn country.

Deadly violence rocks Afghanistan as campaign season ends

Kandahar - Candidates in Afghanistan's presidential election pushed their messages for the last time Wednesday as campaigning for weekend polls wrapped up amid deadly violence.

Journalist killed as Afghan election campaign season ends

Kandahar - An Afghan journalist wounded by a roadside bomb as he headed home from work has died, officials said Wednesday, as candidates standing in this weekend's presidential election campaigned for the last time.

Afghans fear violence, fraud as presidential vote looms

Kabul - Ordinary Afghans are divided on whether to defy the Taliban's threats and cast their ballots in a presidential election this week, and even those who are willing to vote fear the poll will be tainted by fraud.

Death toll from Taliban bomb attack rises to 39

Kabul - The death toll from a massive Taliban bomb attack which flattened a hospital in southern Afghanistan earlier this week has risen to at least 39, officials said Friday.

Taliban open to new talks with US after bloody attacks

Kabul - The Taliban's chief negotiator has said their "doors are open" to resuming talks with Washington, hours after two attacks by the insurgents killed at least 48 people in war-weary Afghanistan.

Taliban vows to fight on after Trump says talks are 'dead'

Kabul - The Taliban on Tuesday vowed to continue fighting against US forces in Afghanistan after President Donald Trump said talks with the insurgents were "dead", saying Washington would regret abandoning negotiations.

Trump says Afghanistan peace talks with Taliban are 'dead'

Washington - President Donald Trump on Monday said that US peace talks with the Taliban are "dead" and that he is ramping the war back up after canceling secret talks with the Afghan insurgents at his weekend retreat."They are dead.

Trump says Afghanistan peace talks with Taliban are 'dead'

Washington - President Donald Trump on Monday said that US peace talks with the Taliban are over and announced that the US military has dramatically scaled up attacks on the insurgents in Afghanistan."They are dead.

Pompeo doesn't rule out new Taliban talks

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday did not rule out reopening talks with the Taliban if they make a "significant commitment," after President Donald Trump cancelled a secret meeting with their leaders at his Camp David retreat.

On again, off again: Erratic history of talks with the Taliban

Kabul - A secret US summit with the Taliban and Afghanistan's leader, abruptly cancelled by President Donald Trump on Saturday, was not the first time Washington has sought a deal with the Islamists.

Trump calls off US-Taliban talks, secret Camp David meetings

Washington - US President Donald Trump said Saturday that he had called off "peace negotiations" with the Taliban, talks which had appeared to be on the brink of a landmark deal to bring an end to 18 years of war.

Taliban assault provincial capital in west Afghanistan

Herat - The Taliban launched an offensive Friday against a key city in western Afghanistan, officials said, the latest in a surge of attacks as the US pushes for a deal that would allow it to begin withdrawing troops.

Taliban supporters cheer US withdrawal plans

Kandahar - Taliban loyalists are cheering the prospect of a deal with the US that after 18 years of gruelling conflict will see "defeated" American "invaders" finally go home.

Kabul 'concerned' about US-Taliban deal, seeks clarification

Kabul - The Afghan government expressed doubts Wednesday about a prospective deal between the US and the Taliban, saying officials need more information about the risks it poses.
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