Mass jailbreak in Afghanistan, at least 24 die in Daesh attack

A gunbattle between Daesh fighters and Afghan security forces raged at a prison in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Monday, with at least 24 people killed after the militants’ overnight assault led to a mass jailbreak. The attack began on Sunday evening with car bomb detonated at the entrance

Afghan Troops Kill Senior ISIS Militant

The Afghan intelligence service said it has killed a high ranking official with the ISIS affiliate in an operation in eastern Afghanistan. A statement released by the National Directorate of Security late Saturday said Assadullah Orakzai was an intelligence leader for ISIS and special forces kill

Afghan president orders release of 500 Taliban inmates

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Friday ordered the release of 500 Taliban prisoners as part of a new cease-fire that could lead into long-delayed peace talks.Ghani said the militants would be freed during the Eid Al-Adha holiday, which started Friday and has prompted a national cease-fire for three

Taliban announce Eid Al-Adha ceasefire in Afghanistan

Afghanistan's Taliban militants announced on Tuesday that they will observe a three-day ceasefire for the Muslim religious holiday of Eid Al-Adha, starting Friday, offering some respite from weeks of increasing violence. Disagreements over a prisoner exchange and the violence have delayed pe

Taliban accuse Kabul of re-arresting freed insurgents

The Taliban accused Afghan security forces Sunday of re-arresting insurgents who had been released as part of a crucial prisoner swap meant to kick-start peace talks. They said the National Directorate of Security (NDS) had detained an unspecified number of insurgents released under the exchange

Taliban says ready for talks next month if prisoner swap complete

The Taliban is prepared to hold peace talks with the Afghan government next month straight after the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, the armed group has said, provided a continuing prisoner swap has been completed. The conditional offer marks the first occasion a talks timeline has been floated si

Afghan girl who killed Taliban gunmen ‘ready to fight again’

An Afghan girl who shot dead two Taliban fighters after they gunned down her parents said Wednesday she was ready to confront any other insurgents who might try to attack her.Qamar Gul, 15, killed the militants when they stormed her home last week in a village in the Taywara district of the central

Airstrikes in Afghanistan kill 45 civilians and Taliban members -officials

 Airstrikes in eastern Afghanistan killed 45 people, including civilians and Taliban, local officials said on Wednesday.Ali Ahmad Faqir Yar, the governor of Adraskan District in the eastern Afghanistan province of Herat, said at least eight civilians were among the dead. “Forty-five peopl

Afghan girl kills two Taliban fighters after parents murdered

An Afghan girl shot dead two Taliban fighters and wounded several more after they dragged her parents from their home and killed them for supporting the government, officials said.The incident happened last week when insurgents stormed the home of Qamar Gul, a teenager from a village in the central

Afghans fear renewed waste after launch of new $224m aid package

With the launch of a new $224 million aid package to tackle the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Afghans told Arab News on Sunday that they feared corruption, and demanded stricter monitoring of resources.  It follows President Ashraf Ghani launching the initiative on Saturday, to prov

Coronavirus-hit Afghanistan gets $200 million World Bank grant

The World Bank has approved $200 million in aid to help Afghanistan tackle economic losses from the coronavirus pandemic, as confirmed cases top more than 34,000 in the conflict zone.The country’s war-ravaged economy has been severely impacted due to a months-long lockdown, with thousands of p

Taliban violence poses 'serious challenges' to peace: Ghani

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has warned that violence by the Taliban is threatening the country's peace process, as he briefed the international community on Kabul's preparations for peace talks with the armed group. Afghan authorities and the Taliban are preparing to engage in the so-called intra

'What choice do I have?': coronavirus fallout sending Afghan children into work or marriage

Stefanie Glinski The economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic is pushing Afghan children into early marriage or labour work and away from education. Few children in Afghanistan have suffered severe coronavirus-related health issues, but pandemic-induced economic hardships expose families to

Ahmad Massoud: 'decentralisation is the solution', son of Afghan national hero says

If he was given the choice, Ahmad Massoud says he would have liked to work in astrophysics, pursue a doctorate degree and travel the world, occasionally finding a television screen to watch his favourite football team, Real Madrid. Instead, the 30-year-old dove into politics, admitting that he actu

Kabul Blast Kills Two Afghan Human Rights Workers

A bomb attached to a vehicle killed two members of Afghanistan's independent human rights commission in Kabul on Saturday 6-27-2020, the group said, as violence in the country rises despite a US-brokered peace process. The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) said in a statement

Afghan foreign minister visits Iran amid tensions over migrant deaths

Afghanistan’s interim foreign minister met with his Iranian counterpart on Sunday in Tehran as tensions persist between the two neighbors after the deaths in May of Afghan migrants at the border.Iran’s state news agency IRNA published a photo Sunday of the meeting between Afghanistan&rsq

Afghans allege Iran police involved in attacks on refugees

An Afghan lawmaker accused Iranian authorities on Monday of involvement in recent attacks on Afghan refugees in Iran, incidents that have sparked protest rallies in Afghanistan and elsewhere.The lawmaker, Abdul Sattar Husseini, told The Associated Press that he is part of a government team investiga

Lack of virus tests pushes Afghanistan toward crisis

A prominent international aid organization warned Tuesday that Afghanistan is on the brink of a humanitarian disaster because the government is unable to test at least 80% of possible coronavirus cases. The International Rescue Committee said COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, is rapidly sp

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