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

Afghan peace talks resume as bloodshed continues

KABUL: A string of assassinations has sowed fear and chaos across Afghanistan as a fresh round of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban begin in Qatar Tuesday.Months of deliberations between the two sides have yielded little so far, but both parties made something of a breakthr

Afghan radio journalist shot dead in car ambush

An Afghan journalist was shot dead in a car ambush in the central province of Ghor, the fifth media professional to be killed in the country in two months, officials said on Saturday. Bismellah Adel Aimaq, 28, the editor-in-chief of Sada-e-Ghor – Voice of Ghor – radio station, was kil

Series of explosions target police in Kabul; at least 4 dead

KABUL: A series of explosions hit the Afghan capital on Saturday morning, killing at least four people including two police officers, officials said.The deaths were caused by a sticky bomb attached to a police vehicle detonated in western Kabul, police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz said. The explosio

Afghanistan bars local government spokesmen from speaking to media

KABUL: The Afghan government confirmed on Saturday that it had barred provincial government spokesmen from sharing information with the media, raising concerns among lawmakers and journalists that the move will be a major setback for press freedom in the country. The decision comes two months aft

Afghan women's rights activist shot dead in Kapisa province

Gunmen on a motorcycle killed a women's rights activist and her brother north of Afghanistan's capital on Thursday in the latest of a wave of assassinations targeting prominent Afghans. Freshta Kohistani, 29, was the second activist to be killed in two days after a prominent pro-democracy advocat

Afghanistan: tireless advocate for democracy shot dead in Kabul

A prominent advocate of democracy in Afghanistan who led an election-monitoring organisation was shot dead on Wednesday in a Kabul neighbourhood, drawing widespread condemnation locally and internationally. Kabul police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz confirmed the death of Yousuf Rasheed, execut

Taliban rejects President Ghani’s offer to shift talks venue from Doha to Kabul

KABUL: The Afghan Taliban has called on US President-elect Joe Biden to abide by the landmark accord which the outgoing administration signed with the group to secure the total departure of all foreign troops by next spring.  Two officials from the movement said it turned down an offer from

Kabul roadside bomb attack kills five

KABUL, Afghanistan: A roadside bomb tore through a vehicle in the Afghan capital of Kabul Tuesday, killing at least five people, four of them doctors, police said.The doctors worked at the Puli Charkhi prison, Kabul’s main penitentiary, and were killed as they were on the way to their office

Dissolution of the Ministry of Human Rights in Afghanistan

The Afghan authorities relieved Sima Samer, Minister of State for Human Rights, from her post and dissolved the ministry itself, according to the Afghan "Bajawak News" agency, yesterday, Sunday, December 20, 2020 AD. A government source confirmed that the decision to dissolve the ministry came as

Car bomb kills 8, injures 15 in Afghan capital

A car bomb killed eight people and wounded more than 15 others in Kabul on Sunday, interior ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said. Officials said, "The terrorists have carried out a terrorist attack in Kabul city. Unfortunately, eight of our countrymen were killed and more than 15 others were wound

Five rockets fired at US air base in Afghanistan

KABUL: A major US air base north of Kabul was targeted in a rocket attack on Saturday but there were no casualties or damage to the airfield, NATO and Afghan officials said.Five rockets were fired at Bagram Airfield in Parwan province at 6:00 am, said Waheeda Shahkar, spokeswoman for the provincia

Explosion at religious gathering in central Afghanistan kills at least 15 civilians: Afghan official

KABUL: An explosion at a religious gathering in central Afghanistan killed at least 15 civilians and wounded 20 others on Friday, the country’s interior ministry said, adding that children may be among the victims.Those killed and wounded were attending a Qur'an recitation ceremony.Initial i

Fear and bloodshed in Afghanistan amid US drawdown: UN envoy

The UN’s envoy to Afghanistan warned of worsening violence and an increasingly anxious population on Thursday following US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw forces from the country. Deborah Lyons, head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), described evermore