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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.

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.

NATO chief warns of hard road to Afghan peace as violence soars

Zagreb - Western forces will only leave Afghanistan if the Taliban make good on their commitment to reduce bloodshed, the head of NATO warned Wednesday, as attacks surge.

US launches airstrike against Taliban to defend Afghan forces

Kabul - The US launched an airstrike against Taliban fighters to defend Afghan forces Wednesday, an American military spokesman said, as violence spirals after a string of deadly attacks by the insurgents, throwing the country's nascent peace process into grav...

Trump, Taliban political chief speak as Afghan violence rises

Washington - US President Donald Trump made the surprise announcement Tuesday that he'd had a "very good" talk with the Taliban political chief on the Afghan peace process, despite an eruption of violence marring a brief calm in the country.

Trump holds phone call with Taliban political chief Baradar

Kabul - US President Donald Trump spoke by phone call with the leader of the Taliban, the insurgent group and the US leader said Tuesday, days after Washington signed a historic deal with the militants.

Taliban attack Afghan army bases, throwing peace talks into doubt

Kabul - The Taliban carried out dozens of attacks on Afghan army bases, officials said Tuesday, hours after ending a partial truce and throwing into doubt peace talks between Kabul and the insurgents.

Taliban end partial truce as Afghan violence resumes

Kabul - The Taliban called an abrupt end to a partial truce on Monday, just two days after signing a deal with the United States that was meant to bring peace at last to Afghanistan.

Taliban say will resume operations against Afghan forces

Kabul - The Taliban said Monday they were resuming offensive operations against Afghan security forces, ending the partial truce that preceded the signing of a deal between the insurgents and Washington.

Tough talks ahead as Afghan president objects to Taliban prisoner swap

Kabul - Afghanistan's weakened government protested on Sunday a key component of a deal between the US and the Taliban, setting the scene for fractious talks when Kabul and the insurgents meet to strike a separate agreement.

Tough talks ahead as Afghan president objects to Taliban prisoner swap

Kabul - Afghanistan's weakened government protested Sunday against a key component of a deal between the US and the Taliban, setting the scene for fractious talks when Kabul and the insurgents meet to strike a separate agreement.

Afghanistan's partial truce will continue, 'with goal' for full ceasefire: Ghani

Kabul - Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani said Sunday that a seven-day partial truce would continue, but he rejected a key component of a new US-Taliban deal that calls for the release of thousands of insurgent prisoners.

Afghanistan's future in the balance as US, Taliban sign deal

Doha - Washington and the Taliban are set to sign a long-sought deal in Doha on Saturday that would see the two foes agree to the withdrawal of thousands of US troops from Afghanistan in return for insurgent guarantees.

Uncertainty looms ahead of US-Taliban deal signing

Doha - Washington and the Taliban are set to sign a deal Saturday to secure America's exit from its longest war through gradually withdrawing troops and starting talks between Kabul and the insurgents.

Qatar eyes diplomatic win with US-Taliban deal

Doha - Providing neutral space for talks on ending Afghanistan's 18-year conflict has boosted Qatar's international profile and helped it defy a painful embargo enforced by neighbours and former allies.

Pompeo says 'reduction in violence' working in Afghanistan

Washington - A partial truce in Afghanistan between the Taliban, American and Afghan forces is holding, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday, despite insurgent attacks and US strikes against Islamic State targets.

Mobile phone services restored as Afghan truce holds

Kabul - Mobile phone services were restored across swathes of Taliban-contested areas of Afghanistan over the weekend as a partial truce with the militants held for a second day.

Partial truce mostly holds across Afghanistan on first day

Kabul - A partial truce marking a potential turning point in Afghanistan's gruelling war appeared to be holding Saturday, with only isolated attacks threatening to mar a process that drew jubilant civilians across the shattered country onto streets to celebrat...

Partial truce begins in Afghanistan, boosting peace hopes

Kabul - A week-long partial truce came into effect across Afghanistan early Saturday, with the Taliban, the US and Afghan forces all signed up to a lull that could be a turning point in the long conflict.

Taliban deputy leader says 'committed' to peace in NYT op-ed

Kabul - The deputy leader of the Taliban and one of the world's most wanted militants has written an opinion piece for the New York Times in which he says the Afghan insurgents are "fully committed" to a deal with Washington.

Taliban deputy leader says 'committed' to peace in NYT op-ed

Kabul - The deputy leader of the Taliban and one of the world's most wanted militants has written an opinion piece for the New York Times in which he says the Afghan insurgents are "fully committed" to a deal with Washington.

US announces partial Taliban truce, Trump says peace deal 'close'

Apo - The United States said Thursday it has secured a seven-day reduction in violence in Afghanistan that it hopes will allow it to strike a deal with the Taliban, as President Donald Trump said a peace accord was "very close.

US announces partial Taliban truce amid signs deal is near

Apo - The United States has secured a seven-day reduction in violence in Afghanistan that it hopes will allow it to strike a deal with the Taliban, officials said Thursday.

US-Taliban breakthrough appears closer as Ghani reports progress

Kabul - The US and the Taliban appeared closer Wednesday to sealing a deal for an American troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani reported "notable progress" in negotiations and a senior Taliban official said violence could be s...

US-Taliban breakthrough appears closer as Ghani reports progress

Kabul - The US and the Taliban appeared closer Wednesday to a breakthrough in talks over an American troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said there had been "notable progress" in negotiations.
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U.S. President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughter Malia Obama meet Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban in 2012, in the White House last year.
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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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File photo: Taliban insurgents turn themselves into Afghan National Security Forces
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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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The brave soldier returns fire as he scrambles across rocky and hilly terrain under machine gun fire
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Execution of a woman known as Zarmina by the Taliban at the Ghazi Sports Stadium, Kabul, November 16, 1999. The mother of five had been found guilty of killing her husband while he slept, after being beaten by him.[130][131]
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Militants in police uniform attacked Central Jail in Dera Ismail Khan late on Monday as around 20 ex...
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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Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl, 16, who was shot in the head by the Taliban
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Explosions in Kabul following visit by President Barack Obama.
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Taliban religious police beating a woman in Kabul on August 26, 2001
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British boxing star Amir Khan
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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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Pakistani politician blames earthquakes on women wearing jeans.
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An Afghan National Army soldier carries a colleague wounded during an offensive against Taliban insurgents in Kunduz on September 30, 2015
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Helmet cam video: US soldier under Taliban machine gun fire
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