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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.

Pompeo insists US firm on Russia but leaves open door to Putin

Washington - President Donald Trump's administration insisted Wednesday it has been firm with Russia over Afghanistan but kept open the door to inviting President Vladimir Putin for a summit.

Pompeo doesn't rule out inviting Putin to expanded G7 summit

Washington - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday left the door open to President Vladimir Putin attending a US summit but insisted the administration has been firm over Moscow's activities in Afghanistan.

Trump briefed on Russian bounties in February: report

Washington - Donald Trump received a written briefing about alleged Russian bounties offered to Afghan militants to kill American troops as early as February, The New York Times said Monday in a new report undercutting the US president's assertion that he was not t...

Once again, US-Russia tensions soar despite Trump

Washington - Donald Trump has spent much of the past four years musing about warmer ties with Russia. But explosive new allegations show that relations may only get worse.

White House says no intel consensus on Russia bounties

Washington - President Donald Trump was not briefed on reports that Russia offered bounties to Taliban-linked militias to kill US soldiers in Afghanistan due to concern over the accuracy of the intelligence, a White House spokeswoman said Monday.

Trump says spies deemed Russia-Taliban intel not 'credible'

Washington - Donald Trump said he was not briefed on US intelligence related to Russian activity in Afghanistan because it was not thought "credible" by the secret services.

Taliban killed 291 Afghan security personnel in past week: govt

Kabul - The Taliban killed at least 291 Afghan security personnel over the past week, a top government official said Monday, accusing the insurgents of unleashing a wave of violence ahead of potential talks.

Taliban says no threat to West as US troops leave Afghanistan

Kabul - The Taliban on Friday played down concerns that Afghanistan could be used as a launching ground for future attacks on the West, after the US said it had so far upheld its pledge to reduce its military presence in the country.

Taliban raids on Afghan security posts kill 18

Mazar-e Sharif - Taliban fighters killed at least 18 Afghan security personnel Wednesday in two attacks on checkpoints in the north, officials said, the latest violence ahead of expected peace talks.

Freed Taliban prisoners eye return to the battlefield

Kabul - Afghan authorities are opening prison doors for thousands of Taliban inmates in a high-risk gambit to ensure the insurgent group begins peace talks with Kabul.

Uphill task for Taliban as virus spreads in militant bastions

Kunduz - The Taliban boasted of their readiness to fight the deadly coronavirus when it first reached Afghanistan, but now the insurgents are struggling to curb its spread in their strongholds.

Eight Afghan soldiers die fighting off Taliban attack on key city

Kunduz - Eight Afghan soldiers were killed on Tuesday while repelling a fierce Taliban attack on Kunduz, a strategic city in northern Afghanistan that had briefly fallen to the militants twice in the past, officials said.

Afghan forces repel Taliban attack on key city: officials

Kunduz - Afghan security forces on Tuesday repelled a fierce Taliban attack on Kunduz, officials said, a strategic city in northern Afghanistan that had briefly fallen to the militants twice in the past.

Afghan peace process risks collapse as violence flares

Kabul - Two months after the US and the Taliban signed a deal Washington heralded as the way to end Afghanistan's war, violence is spiralling out of control and experts say a fragile peace process risks collapse.

Taliban reject Afghan ceasefire offer during Ramadan

Kabul - The Taliban have dismissed a government call for a Ramadan ceasefire in Afghanistan, saying a truce is "not rational" as they ramp up attacks on government forces.

Dozens dead in fresh wave of Taliban violence in Afghanistan

Kunduz - The Taliban have killed at least 23 Afghan troops and nine civilians, officials said Monday, as a fresh wave of violence grips Afghanistan despite a deal with the US and a worsening coronavirus crisis.

Taliban set to release 20 prisoners: insurgent spokesman

Kabul - The Taliban on Sunday said it was set to release 20 prisoners in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, in a potential breakthrough after the insurgents walked out of talks with the government last week.

Taliban protest as Kabul releases another 100 insurgents

Kabul - The Afghan government said it would release another 100 Taliban inmates Thursday, even though the insurgents have walked out of talks over a comprehensive prisoner swap and dismissed Kabul's piecemeal freeing of captives as "unacceptable".

Afghan government releases 100 Taliban prisoners

Kabul - The Afghan government released 100 low-risk Taliban prisoners Wednesday, officials said, a day after the insurgents announced they were walking out of talks with Kabul.

Taliban end 'fruitless' meetings with Afghan govt over prisoner swap

Kabul - The Taliban said Tuesday they were pulling negotiators out of "fruitless" discussions with the Afghan government over a prisoner swap that had formed a key part of an accord with the United States.

Taliban claims that US is violating terms of recent peace deal

The Afghan Taliban have issued an announcement warning that the US-Taliban peace deal is now close to the breaking point after weeks of violations by the US. In particular, they noted that the Afghan government had not met the terms of the prisoner swap.

Afghan govt holds talks with Taliban in Kabul on prisoner swap

Kabul - Afghan government representatives have met with the Taliban in Kabul for the first time to discuss a prisoner swap aimed at jump-starting a floundering peace process, officials said Wednesday.

Afghan govt holds talks with Taliban in Kabul on prisoner swap

Kabul - Afghan government representatives have met with the Taliban in Kabul for the first time to discuss a prisoner swap aimed at jump-starting a floundering peace process, officials said Wednesday.

US envoy says Kabul, Taliban in first prisoner exchange talks

Washington - The Afghan government and the Taliban on Sunday held their first discussion on arranging prisoner exchanges, a key step in a broader push for peace, the US special envoy for Afghanistan said on Twitter.

Taliban should agree ceasefire to stop virus: Afghan minister

Kabul - The Taliban should commit to a ceasefire as a way of tackling the novel coronavirus, Afghanistan's defence minister said Thursday, while also vowing that security forces would respond to continued insurgent attacks.

Taliban reject Afghan offer to free 1,500 prisoners before talks

Kabul - The Taliban rejected the Afghan government's attempt to resolve a spiralling crisis over the release of insurgent prisoners Wednesday, as Kabul warned it was ready to resume offensive battlefield operations.

Taliban fought IS with 'limited' US military support, US general reveals

Washington - The Taliban has shown that it can fight and defeat Islamic State group jihadists in Afghanistan, a top US general said Tuesday, revealing for the first time that it had done so in recent months with "very limited" US military support.

Chaotic week after US-Taliban deal leaves Afghans' fate unclear

Islamabad - A US-Taliban deal that was supposed to kickstart peace talks between the insurgents and the Kabul government is looking flimsier by the day, with fighting raging across Afghanistan and no one sure about what comes next.

Kabul victims describe scenes of carnage after attack

Kabul - Kabul was reeling Saturday after Islamic State jihadists killed 32 people and wounded dozens more, with injured survivors describing scenes of terror as gunmen opened fire in the deadliest attack to hit Afghanistan since a US-Taliban deal.
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U.S. Secretary of State poses with Aghani female politicians at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul in 2011.
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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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Helmet cam video: US soldier under Taliban machine gun fire
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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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