Afghanistan: Peace negotiator’s sojourn to entice India, Pakistan

Afghanistan is walking on a tight rope, balancing its ties between arch-rivals India and Pakistan, lest their enmity affects the peace process in the war-torn country. Last week, Abdullah Abdullah, chairman High Council for National Reconciliation flew to capitals of India and Pakistan, meeting l

2 Afghan Military Helicopters Collide, 9 Soldiers Killed

Two Afghan army helicopters collided while transporting wounded soldiers in the southern Helmand province, killing nine Afghan service members, the country's Defense Ministry and local officials said Wednesday. The two Soviet-era Mi-17 helicopters crashed due to technical problems while taking of

‘No deadlock:’ Afghan officials deny talks impasse on one-month anniversary

Kabul officials on Sunday said that negotiations with the Taliban had not reached a stalemate, despite both sides disagreeing on a mechanism for the crucial intra-Afghan talks that end in a month. “One month on since the talks began in Qatar, we have not been able to agree (on the road map

Nearly Two Decades After US Invasion, Afghans Fear Taliban Return

Almost two decades after the United States launched airstrikes against Afghanistan's ruling Taliban regime and started what would become America's longest-ever war, the hardline group are in a stronger position than ever. The invasion that followed those October 7, 2001 strikes quickly toppled th

UN condemns deadly suicide attack in Afghanistan

The United Nations has strongly condemned Saturday’s suicide attack on a government building in Nangarhar province, eastern Afghanistan, and underlined that the perpetrators must be brought to justice. At least 13 people were killed and dozens more injured in the attack that targeted a dist

Suicide bomber kills 9 at checkpoint in south Afghanistan

An Afghan official says at least nine people including four civilians were killed when a suicide car bomber attacked a military checkpoint in southern Afghanistan. Omer Zwak, a spokesman for the provincial governor in Helmand, said on Thursday a small child and three security personnel were wound

Afghan troops kill 65 Taliban fighters in eastern Afghanistan

Afghan security forces have killed 65 Taliban militants during an intense battle in eastern Afghanistan, officials said as fighting raged between the two sides despite ongoing peace talks. The latest bloodshed came late on Wednesday after the Taliban stormed a military headquarters building in th

More than 30 Taliban killed in Afghan air strikes

The Afghan air force conducted multiple strikes on Taliban positions Saturday that killed more than 30 insurgent fighters, officials said, as President Ashraf Ghani once again called for a ceasefire. The Taliban claimed the strike had killed nearly two dozen civilians including women and children

4 Afghans charged with arson over Moria fires

Four Afghans have been formally charged with arson for their alleged involvement in fires that destroyed much of Greece’s Moria refugee camp last week, the Associated Press (AP) reports. The four men, who are accused of starting fires that burned for two nights last week, have bee

Afghan government increases pressure on Taliban at peace talks

The Afghan government ratcheted up pressure for a truce with the Taliban on Monday, reiterating calls for a long-term ceasefire at talks in Qatar. The two sides are in the early stages of meetings in the capital Doha in an effort to hammer out a deal bringing to a close 19 years of bloo

Afghan Taliban step up attacks despite start of peace talks

Afghanistan witnessed a significant increase in Taliban attacks since the first ever direct peace negotiations between the insurgents and the government began in Doha on Saturday, according to an Afghan security report. The Ministry of Defense said on Sunday that the Taliban carried out attacks i

Afghan peace talks open with calls for ceasefire, women's rights

Afghan government representatives and Taliban insurgents gathered on Saturday for historic peace talks aimed at ending two decades of war that has killed tens of thousands of combatants and civilians. Before the warring sides sit down for face-to-face negotiations in coming days, they were urged

Afghan peace talks to go ahead despite prisoner release confusion

The much delayed intra-Afghan talks are set to begin on Saturday, the Afghan government and Taliban confirmed. US President Donald Trump revealed on Thursday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had left for Doha, Qatar, for the talks. Mr Trump said that America would "be down to 4,000 soldiers i

Afghan Vice President Amrullah Saleh escapes bomb attack unharmed

A roadside bomb in Kabul targeted first Afghan Vice President Amrullah Saleh on Wednesday morning, his spokesman said, but he escaped the attack unharmed. "Today, once again the enemy of Afghanistan tried to harm Saleh, but they failed to get to their evil aim, and Saleh escaped the attack unharm

Afghan prisoner swap hits new hurdle ahead of peace talks

The Afghan government and Taliban will go ahead with peace talks in Doha despite the fate of seven jailed insurgents remaining undecided because of objections to their release from France and Australia, officials said. "The issue of the seven prisoners is still being discussed within the involved

Afghans Return to Games, Parks, Weddings Despite Virus Fears

When the bowling alley reopened, Zohal Bayat was eager to get back to the lanes. For four long months amid Afghanistan´s coronavirus, it and other recreational facilities had been closed. So that meant Bayat, a member of the country´s national women´s bowling team, had been unabl

Landmine kills 13 in southern Afghanistan

 Afghanistan: At least 13 people were killed on Friday when their vehicle set off a land mine in Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province, local officials said, blaming Taliban fighters for the attack.The blast happened in the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province when people were t

Taliban chief negotiator says 20-member council finalized for intra-Afghan talks

 The Taliban’s top commander has finalized a 20-member negotiating team for upcoming intra-Afghan talks, the group’s chief negotiator Sher Abbas Stanekzai told Arab News on Tuesday. Stanekzai said that the team, appointed by  Sheikh Hibatullah Akhunzada, would have sweeping