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Afghan president offers Taliban new provisional ceasefire

Kabul - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani declared a provisional three-month ceasefire with the Taliban in a televised broadcast Sunday, but said the truce would hold only if the insurgents reciprocated.

Ghazni residents emerge after Taliban pushed from city

Ghazni - Afghan forces appeared to have finally pushed Taliban fighters from the strategic city of Ghazni on Wednesday, as shopkeepers and residents warily returned to the streets after days of intense ground fighting and US airstrikes.

Ghazni residents emerge after Taliban pushed from city

Ghazni - Afghan forces appeared to have finally pushed Taliban fighters from the strategic city of Ghazni on Wednesday, as shopkeepers and residents warily returned to the streets after days of intense ground fighting and US airstrikes.

Civilian casualty fears rising in embattled Afghan city

Ghazni - Fears were growing of civilian casualties as Afghan security forces backed by US airpower struggled to push the Taliban out of embattled Ghazni city, with reports of scores dead five days after fighting erupted.

At least 100 security forces killed in fight for Afghan city

Kabul - At least 100 Afghan security forces have been killed as troops backed by US airpower struggled to push the Taliban from embattled Ghazni city, officials said Monday, while residents reported food and medicine shortages four days after fighting began.

'At least 100 security forces killed' in fight for Afghan city

Kabul - At least 100 security forces have been killed in the ongoing struggle to push the Taliban from the embattled Afghan city of Ghazni, a government minister said Monday, four days after the fighting began.

Kabul deploys more soldiers to embattled Ghazni city

Kabul - Afghanistan is sending fresh reinforcements to the embattled provincial capital of Ghazni, officials said Monday, where residents described Taliban fighters openly roaming the streets as dead bodies lie on the roadsides.

Fight for Afghan city rages despite govt claim of upper hand

Ghazni - The fight for the eastern Afghan city of Ghazni entered its third day as Taliban militants and security forces engaged in heavy clashes Sunday, despite Kabul's claim that the city was firmly under government control.

Taliban delegation visits Uzbekistan to talk peace, security

Kabul - A Taliban delegation travelled to Uzbekistan earlier this month to discuss the Afghan peace process and withdrawal of foreign forces, officials said Sunday, as fighting between insurgents and security forces raged near Kabul.

Fight for Afghan city rages despite govt claim of upper hand

Ghazni - The fight for the eastern Afghan city of Ghazni entered its third day as Taliban militants and security forces engaged in heavy clashes Sunday, despite Kabul's claim that the city was firmly under government control.

US envoy meets with Taliban officials: report

Washington - The top US envoy for South Asia has met with Taliban officials for peace talks in Qatar, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

US drone kills Taliban chief wanted in Malala attack: Ghani

Kabul - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani confirmed Friday that Pakistani Taliban chief Maulana Fazlullah had been killed in a US drone strike.

US military targets senior militant in Afghanistan

Washington - The US military said Thursday it carried out a strike targeting a senior militant leader in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province, where Pakistani Taliban chief Maulana Fazlullah is believed to be hiding.

Taliban warn Kabul residents to 'keep away' ahead of attacks

Kabul - The Taliban warned Kabul residents Monday to avoid "military centres" in the heavily fortified city, saying they are planning more attacks in the Afghan capital where civilians have long borne the brunt of casualties.

US, Afghan attacks force Taliban to retreat from western city: officials

Herat - Afghan commandos and US air strikes have driven the Taliban to the outskirts of Farah city, officials said Wednesday, after a day-long battle to prevent the insurgents from seizing the western provincial capital.

Lack of oversight for Afghan donations: US watchdog

Washington - Billions of dollars of reconstruction cash are flowing into Afghanistan with limited accounting of where and how the funds are being spent, a US government watchdog warned Wednesday.

Taliban vows 'serious revenge' over Afghan airstrike

Kunduz - The Taliban has vowed to "take serious revenge" after an Afghan airstrike in an area controlled by the militant group killed or wounded dozens of people, many of them children.

VP Pence urges Pakistan to 'do more' against Taliban

Washington - US Vice President Mike Pence told Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi that his country "must do more" against the Taliban and other militants, the White House said on Saturday.

Top US general in Afghanistan urges 'tired' Taliban to talk peace

Bagram - Now is the best time for the Taliban to negotiate for peace, the top US general in Afghanistan said Wednesday, warning that an increased air and ground campaign against the insurgents would only get worse.

'German man from Frankfurt' arrested with Afghan Taliban

Kandahar - A German national has been arrested with the Taliban in Afghanistan's insurgency-racked Helmand province, Afghan officials said, one of the only Europeans found among the militants throughout the 16-year war.

German citizen arrested with Taliban in Afghanistan: officials

Kandahar - A German national has been arrested with the Taliban in Afghanistan's insurgency-racked Helmand province, officials told AFP late Wednesday, a rare example of a European among the insurgents.

Afghan president unveils plan for peace talks with Taliban

Kabul - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday unveiled a plan to open peace talks with the Taliban, including eventually recognising them as a political party, days after the militants called for direct negotiations with the US.

Afghan Taliban calls for direct talks with the US

Kabul - The Taliban has called for direct talks with the US to find a "peaceful solution" to the conflict in Afghanistan, in an apparent policy shift after months of escalating attacks.

Kabul hotel gunmen 'waved through without checks' before assault

Kabul - The deputy head of security at Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel says guards were ordered to wave through a car later revealed to be carrying militants and explosives ahead of a deadly assault one month ago.

The people who know no war: Afghanistan's most isolated corner

Tarin Kowt - "Taliban -- what's that?" asks Sultan Begium shyly from her freezing home in Afghanistan's mountainous Wakhan Corridor, a region so remote that its residents are untouched by the decades of conflict that have devastated their country.

NATO's Afghan mission backtracks after classifying Taliban data

Washington - The US-led NATO mission in Afghanistan admitted Tuesday it had mistakenly classified data on the Taliban that had been public, citing "a human error in labeling," and said it would no longer withhold the information.

Pentagon hushes up data on Taliban in Afghan war: watchdog

Washington - A US government watchdog said Tuesday the Pentagon has barred it from disclosing how much of Afghanistan is under Taliban control -- a significant break from past accountability that comes amid mounting security woes in the war-torn nation.

Who are the Haqqanis, Afghanistan's most feared insurgents?

Islamabad - Afghanistan on Saturday blamed a devastating suicide bomb attack in Kabul that killed at least 95 people and wounded 158 others on the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network, former CIA assets now considered one of the most dangerous factions fighting US-l...

US fatalities in Kabul hotel attack

Washington - Americans were among the dead and wounded in the weekend attack by Taliban gunmen on a Kabul luxury hotel, a State Department official said Tuesday.

Kabul hotel guests describe lax security before deadly attack

Kabul - Visitors to an upmarket Kabul hotel attacked by Taliban gunmen have described glaring security breaches before the assailants went on a bloody rampage targeting guests, in a city constantly under threat.
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