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Kabul attack death toll more than doubles to 64

Kabul - The death toll from a Taliban attack in Kabul has more than doubled to 64, officials said Wednesday, in the deadliest assault on the Afghan capital since the Islamists were toppled from power in 2001.

Afghan Taliban announce start of 'spring offensive'

Kabul - The Afghan Taliban announced Tuesday the start of their "spring offensive" even as the government in Kabul tries to bring the insurgents back to the negotiating table to end their drawn-out conflict.

Afghan Taliban chief consolidates power before annual offensive

Kandahar - By subduing dissidents and eliminating rivals, Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour is rapidly consolidating his authority over the fractious Afghan insurgent movement as it prepares for "decisive" battles in its upcoming spring offensive.

Kerry calls on Afghan Taliban 'to enter into a peace process'

Kabul - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday called on the Afghan Taliban to restart direct peace talks with Kabul, weeks after the militant group refused to return to the negotiating table.

Afghan Taliban chief consolidates power before annual offensive

Kandahar - By subduing dissidents and eliminating rivals, Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour is rapidly consolidating his authority over the fractious Afghan insurgent movement as it prepares for "decisive" battles in its upcoming spring offensive.

Suicide bomber kills at least 6 in eastern Afghanistan

Kabul - A suicide bomber on a motorcycle killed at least six civilians and wounded 22 Tuesday when he detonated near a clinic and a school during a police chase in eastern Afghanistan, officials said.

Afghan retreat from key districts stokes instability fears

Kandahar - Overstretched Afghan forces are pulling back from violent southern districts without a fight, ceding key territory to the resurgent Taliban as part of an unprecedented "strategic retreat" that has stoked fears government control is slipping.

Taliban reject peace talks with Afghan government

Kabul - The Taliban on Saturday refused to hold direct peace talks with the Afghan government, dealing a blow to international efforts to revive long-stalled negotiations aimed at ending the deadly 14-year insurgency.

Afghan Taliban leadership is in Pakistan, Islamabad says

Islamabad - A top Pakistani official has said for the first time publicly that the Afghan Taliban's leadership enjoys a safe haven inside his country, which Islamabad uses as a "lever" to pressure the group into talks with Kabul.

Kabul peace talks with Taliban 'expected this month': officials

Islamabad - Direct peace talks between Kabul and the Taliban are "expected to take place" by the end of the month, representatives from four countries involved in pre-cursor roadmap negotiations said in a joint statement issued Saturday in Islamabad.

Afghan Taliban stress preconditions for peace talks

Kabul - The Afghan Taliban Sunday reiterated their pre-conditions for the resumption of peace talks with Kabul, including their removal from international terror blacklists, at an informal meeting with lawmakers and activists in Doha.

Pakistan's thin red line: Armed teachers in classrooms

Peshawar - Headmaster Naveed Gul walked past the armed guard at the gate into his office. As primary school pupils studied their morning lessons outside, he reached beneath his warm woolly sweater, and pulled out a gun."This is an M20 pistol," he said.

Pakistan university attackers vow to target schools in new video

Islamabad - The Taliban faction behind a massacre at a university in northwest Pakistan this week issued a video message Friday vowing to target schools throughout the country, calling them "nurseries" for people who challenge Allah's law.

Chemistry teacher defies Taliban in Pakistan university attack

Charsadda - A chemistry teacher who tried to shield his students by opening fire on Taliban militants during a deadly attack at a Pakistani university was known as "The Protector" even before his death in a hail of bullets Wednesday.

Afghan Taliban flex muscles with new telecom 'tax'

Kandahar - The Taliban have demanded a hefty new "protection tax" from Afghan mobile phone companies, industry and militant sources told AFP, as the resurgent group tightens its stranglehold on a rare successful business in a slumping war economy.

Pakistan to host four-way talks aimed at reviving Afghan peace process

Islamabad - Four-way talks aimed at reviving dialogue between Kabul and the Afghan Taliban will be held in Islamabad on Monday, officials said, with Pakistani authorities set to unveil a list of insurgents willing to negotiate.

Freed Afghan village reveals key to Taliban 'success'

Tarin Kowt - Flanked by shaggy-haired gunmen, commander Ghulam Farooq peered out from a hilltop at the biggest military prize of his fabled career as a warlord -- a mud-walled Afghan village captured after five years of Taliban control.

Taliban deny talks with Russia on IS in Afghanistan

Kabul - The Taliban have denied they held talks with Russia about countering the spread of Islamic State in Afghanistan, and dismissed the influence of the jihadist group in the country.

All six NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan were American: US official

Washington - All six NATO soldiers killed by a Taliban suicide bomber near Kabul on Monday were Americans, a US official said.

Afghan Taliban bomber kills six US troops as violence rises

Kabul - A motorcycle-riding Taliban suicide bomber killed six US soldiers near Kabul Monday, in a brazen attack as the resurgent militant group battled to seize a key southern district in Afghanistan's opium-growing heartland.

Clashes as Taliban advance in embattled Afghan province

Kandahar - Clashes intensified Monday as the Taliban pressed an offensie to capture a key district in Helmand's opium-growing heartland, a day after an official warned the entire southern Afghan province was on the brink of collapse.

Afghan province 'close to falling' to the Taliban

Kabul - Afghanistan's southern province of Helmand is on the verge of falling to the Taliban, with 90 soldiers killed in two days of fierce clashes, its deputy governor said Sunday.

Dozens killed in Taliban siege on Afghan airport

Kandahar - At least 37 people were killed and 35 others wounded when Taliban militants stormed Kandahar airport in southern Afghanistan, with one gunman still resisting security forces, the defence ministry said Wednesday.

No evidence to prove Taliban chief dead, says Afghan leader

Kabul - There is no evidence to prove that Taliban supremo Mullah Akhtar Mansour is dead, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said Monday, after days of fevered speculation about his fate following reports of an internal firefight.

'I'm alive': Afghan Taliban issue message from 'leader'

Kabul - The Afghan Taliban released an audio message Saturday it said was from leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour, vehemently rejecting reports of his death in a firefight with his own commanders as "enemy propaganda".

Taliban vow to release audio message to prove leader still alive

Kabul - The Afghan Taliban Saturday said they would soon release an audio message from leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour, in a bid to quash fevered speculation that he was killed in an internal firefight.

Mystery surrounds fate of 'injured' Afghan Taliban chief

Kandahar - Confusion surrounded the fate of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour, who was shot in a firefight during an argument with commanders of the divided movement, after an Afghan government spokesman tweeted Friday that he has died.

Afghanistan seeks to establish fate of 'injured' Taliban chief

Kandahar - Afghan officials scrambled Thursday to establish whether Taliban supremo Mullah Akhtar Mansour was still alive, after sources said he was critically wounded in a firefight following a bitter argument with commanders in the divided militant movement.

Afghan Taliban leader injured in internal firefight

Kabul - Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was seriously injured in a firefight following a heated argument at a meeting of militant commanders, officials said Wednesday, exposing deepening divisions within the fractious militant movement.

U.S. embassy warns of 'imminent attack' in Kabul

Kabul - The United States warned its citizens in Kabul Monday of an "imminent attack" in the city within the next two days, amid renewed official efforts to revive stalled peace talks with the Taliban.
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