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British Library rejects Taliban trove fearing terror laws

Paris - Academics have criticised the British government for creating a "climate of fear" after the national library declined to store the world's biggest collection of Taliban-related documents over concerns it could be prosecuted under terrorism laws.

Al-Qaeda's Zawahiri vows allegiance to new Taliban chief

Dubai - Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri on Thursday pledged his group's allegiance to new Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour who is facing a bitter struggle over his leadership.

Six dead in first major Afghan Taliban attack since transition

Kabul - Six people were killed Thursday when a Taliban suicide truck bomber struck a police compound in Afghanistan, in the first major insurgent attack since the announcement of leader Mullah Omar's death.

Haqqani network founder backs new Taliban leader

Kabul - Afghanistan's Haqqani network militant group posted a statement Sunday backing the appointment of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour whose legitimacy has been challenged internally.

New Taliban leader urges unity in ranks in first audio message

Kabul - New Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour called for unity in the movement Saturday in his first audio message since becoming head of the group that faces deepening splits following the death of longtime chief Mullah Omar.

Taliban power transition raises hopes for Afghan peace talks

Kabul - The Afghan Taliban named Mullah Akhtar Mansour as their new chief Friday, a historic power transition that raises hopes a more moderate leadership will pave the way for peace talks despite divisions within insurgent ranks.

Taliban leader Mullah Omar's death: what now?

Kabul - The death of Taliban leader Mullah Omar, announced by Kabul and confirmed Thursday by the militants, has major implications for the insurgency and for the future of Afghanistan.Here are some of the key issues. What does it mean for the Taliban?

Mullah Omar's death: Taliban's loss, Islamic State's gain

Kabul - Mullah Omar's death poses an existential crisis for the Afghan Taliban, analysts say, potentially presaging a splintering of the movement as the Islamic State group gains a toehold among insurgents enthralled by its battlefield prowess.

Afghan Taliban confirm leader Mullah Omar's death

Kabul - The Taliban on Thursday confirmed the death of their elusive leader Mullah Omar, paving the way for the first transition of power for the fractious militant movement waging a bloody war in Afghanistan.

Pakistan says second round of Afghan-Taliban talks postponed

Islamabad - A second round of talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban has been postponed, Pakistan's foreign office said Thursday, following the reported death of the insurgents' leader Mullah Omar.

Afghan Taliban silent on Mullah Omar, disavow peace talks

Kabul - The Taliban on Thursday distanced itself from peace talks that had been expected this week with the Afghan government, while making no comment on Kabul's reported death of their leader Mullah Omar.

Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead: Afghan intelligence

Kabul - Taliban leader Mullah Omar died two years ago, Afghanistan's intelligence agency spokesman Haseeb Sediqi said Wednesday.The comments came after unnamed government and militant sources said earlier that he had died."Mullah Omar is dead.

Next round of Afghan-Taliban talks set for end July

Kabul - The Afghan government will meet Taliban insurgents at the end of July for the highly anticipated second round of talks aimed at ending Afghanistan's 13-year war, officials said, with a possible ceasefire high on the agenda.

Doubts and divisions among commanders as Taliban talk peace

Kabul - Talks last week between Afghan and Taliban negotiators were hailed by officials as a major breakthrough, but insurgent commanders on the ground have responded far more sceptically, highlighting the huge challenges facing the embryonic peace process.

Kabul plans detailed Taliban talks on ending bloodshed

Kabul - Afghan negotiators said Thursday their next round of talks with the Taliban would focus in detail on ways to end bloodshed in the country, wracked by nearly 40 years of war.

Afghans, Taliban 'to meet again' following Pakistan talks

Islamabad - Afghan and Taliban representatives have agreed to meet again after landmark through-the-night talks aimed at ending the militants' 13-year insurgency, Pakistan said Wednesday.

Pakistan's anti-terror fight enters new phase despite rights fears

Islamabad - Pakistan's army is preparing for a final push in the coming weeks in its fight against militants, but there are concerns that rights are being rolled back in the name of defeating terror.

Afghan Taliban offer govt workers 'hotline' number to defect

Kabul - The Afghan Taliban have announced a 24-hour telephone "hotline" and email addresses for any government employees wishing to defect to them, as the tech-savvy militants try to bolster public support.

U.S. drone attack kills at least 34 at Afghan Taliban funeral

Kabul - On Friday June 5, US drones attacked a funeral for a Taliban fighter in Khost province. Since the funeral was for an alleged Taliban fighter, the Afghan government assumed that the mourners were all members of the Taliban as well.

Taliban admit holding informal Afghan talks in Norway

Kabul - The Taliban on Friday admitted taking part in informal talks in Norway with an Afghan delegation, reportedly made up of women, signalling a nascent dialogue despite an escalating militant offensive.

Islamic State wooing fighters from Taliban in Afghanistan

Kabul - General John Campbell, the commander of international forces in Afghanistan reports that the Islamic State is recruiting fighters in Afghanistan and next door in Pakistan as well.

For displaced Pakistanis to return home: Fight the Taliban

Peshawar - Hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis displaced by anti-Taliban military operations in tribal areas wish only to return home -- but first they have to agree to fight the extremists themselves.

Taliban defend killing of foreigners after Kabul guesthouse siege

Kabul - The Afghan Taliban attempted to justify targeting foreigners after a brazen hours-long siege on a Kabul guesthouse that killed 14 people, saying people from "invading countries" do not count as civilians.

Fourteen die in Kabul guesthouse siege, most of them foreign

Kabul - Fourteen people, most of them foreigners, were killed in a Taliban attack on a Kabul guesthouse that trapped dozens attending a concert and triggered an hours-long standoff with Afghan forces, officials said Thursday.

Taliban claim responsiblity for Kabul guesthouse attack

Kabul - The Taliban on Thursday claimed responsibility for an attack during a concert at a Kabul guesthouse that left five people dead including two Indians and an American."It was a suicide mission carried out by one of our mujaheddin from Logar.

Afghan Taliban 'soften stance' on women's rights: activists

Kabul - The Afghan Taliban, condemned for their misogynistic ideology, were surprisingly open with female delegates who attended peace talks in Qatar, pledging support for women's education and their right to work in "male-dominated professions", activists sai...

Foreign envoys killed as Taliban claim helicopter downing in Pakistan

Gilgit - A Pakistani military helicopter crashed Friday, killing six people including the Norwegian and Philippine envoys, with the Taliban claiming they downed it as part of a plot to kill Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Afghan Taliban announce 'spring offensive' to start Friday

Kabul - The Afghan Taliban said their annual "spring offensive" will begin on Friday, vowing nationwide attacks in what is expected to be the bloodiest fighting season in a decade as NATO forces pull back from the frontlines.

Bullet-ridden bodies of five aid workers found in Afghanistan

The bullet-ridden bodies of five aid workers, taken under duress by armed gunmen nearly two months ago, have been found in a city in the south of Afghanistan, a government official reported on Saturday.

Taliban publish biography of 'RPG-loving' Mullah Omar

Kabul - The Afghan Taliban on Sunday published a descriptive biography of their "charismatic" supreme leader Mullah Omar, in a surprise move apparently aimed at countering the creeping influence of the Islamic State group within insurgent ranks.
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