Taliban leaders, US envoy meet in Doha

Washington’s special envoy to Afghanistan met with the Taliban in Qatar, the insurgents said Saturday, as efforts intensify to revive a peace process faced with mounting violence and a US troop withdrawal deadline.The envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, held talks earlier this week with Afgha

Female doctor killed in eastern Afghanistan after murder of media workers

Afghanistan: A female doctor was killed in a bomb blast in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad in what appeared to be another targeted hit, officials said Thursday, just days after three women media workers were gunned down in the area.Journalists, religious scholars, activists and judges have al

Three female media workers shot dead in Afghanistan

Three women who worked at a local television station in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad were shot dead on Tuesday afternoon while on their way home from work. A fourth woman was critically injured. The women, all in their early twenties, held positions in the dubbing department at E

US Afghanistan peace envoy travels to meet Taliban representatives amid surge in violence

The US special envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad held discussions on Monday with a senior Afghan official in Kabul over ways to accelerate the peace process, before heading to Qatar, where negotiations with Taliban representatives are ongoing. Mr Khalilzad's arrival marks the first time he ha

Afghanistan begins Covid vaccine campaign amid surge in violence

Afghanistan on Tuesday launched a Covid-19 vaccination campaign aimed at inoculating hundreds of thousands, as the war-weary nation reels from near-daily attacks by insurgents.Doctors, security personnel, and journalists were among the first volunteers to receive doses of AstraZeneca’s Covid

Kabul hit by wave of bombings

Three explosions rocked Kabul on Saturday morning, killing at least five people and injuring two more, authorities said, the latest in a series of attacks in the Afghan capital. Police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz said that three "sticky bomb" explosions had taken place in different locations

Afghan Taliban dismiss ‘fake news’ of top leader’s death

KABUL:  A spokesman for the Afghan Taliban on Sunday rejected a report that the group’s elusive supreme leader, Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada, was killed in a blast in Pakistan. “This report is utterly fake and far from reality…We reject this report…the enemy is unde

30 Taliban killed ‘making bombs’ inside northern Afghan mosque - officials

KABUL: Thirty Taliban insurgents, six of them foreign militants, were killed by an explosion inside a mosque where they had gathered for a “bomb-making training” session in northern Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said. “As a result of the explosion of a mine in a mosque, 30

Five Afghan security force members killed in attack on UN convoy

Five members of an Afghan security detail were killed on Thursday morning in a strike on a United Nations road convoy on the outskirts of Kabul, the world body said. UN spokesman Farhan Haq told The National that no members of the UN assistance mission to Afghanistan, known as

Four Afghan ministry staff killed in rush-hour ambush

KABUL: Militants shot dead four government employees in central Kabul Tuesday in the latest rush-hour violence to rock the Afghan capital.The city has seen near-daily attacks during the busy morning commute, targeting prominent Afghans including politicians, journalists, activists, judges, and rel

India becomes first nation to donate COVID-19 jabs to Kabul

KABUL: India provided a vital boost to Afghanistan on Sunday by shipping 500,000 free doses of Covishield, a vaccine that protects from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection, to curb the spread of the virus in the war-torn country, local officials said. “Fortunately, we are going to rece

India sends half a million Covid-19 vaccine doses to Afghanistan

Afghanistan received 500,000 doses of AztraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine from India on Sunday, the first to arrive in the country, which is still waiting for emergency approval from the World Health Organisation before it can use them. Ghulam Dastagir Nazari, head of the immunisation programme at the

At least three killed in Kabul car bomb blast

Separate explosions, set off by sticky bombs attached to cars, killed at least three people on Tuesday, officials said, while a police vehicle was targeted in an attack north of Kabul. Attacks during the morning commute have become a favoured tactic of insurgents, who remotely detonate bombs atta

Bomb kills two policemen in Afghan capital

KABUL: A roadside bomb targeting a police vehicle in the Afghan capital killed two policemen Saturday, officials said, as violence continues unabated in Afghanistan despite peace talks between the Taliban and government.The vehicle carrying the policemen was struck by the bomb in the center of the

Kabul says no impact on security as US reduces troops to 2,500

The Afghan National Security Council said on Saturday that the reduction of US forces in the country has no major impact on the security situation, as Washington announced it had met its goal of decreasing the number of troops to 2,500. The Pentagon confirmed the reduction of US troops on Friday

Afghan president rejects interim government set-up as peace talks resume in Doha

KABUL/ISLAMABAD: Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani has said he is going to complete his term in office, amid rumors about the establishment of an interim government in the country as part of peace negotiations between Kabul and the Taliban that have resumed in Doha, Qatar.Deliberations be

Attacks around Afghanistan kill at least 23

KABUL, Afghanistan: Attacks in Afghanistan left at least 23 civilians and security forces dead, officials said Thursday, even as Afghan negotiators were in Qatar to resume talks with the Taliban aimed at finding an end to decades of conflict.In southern Uruzgan province, a suicide car bomber deton

Taliban: No ‘agenda’ yet as Afghan peace talks resume

ISLAMABAD/KABUL: A Taliban spokesman on Monday said that Afghan government representatives and officials from the insurgent group were due to resume peace talks in Qatar on Tuesday. This came after a three-week break, but there was no final agreement yet on what will be on the agenda, the sp