Category Archives: Afghan

UN says Afghan civilian casualties down by 15% last year

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KABUL, Afghanistan — The number of civilians killed and wounded in violence across war-weary Afghanistan fell by 15% last year compared to 2019, according to a United Nations report released Tuesday. The U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the U.N. Human Rights Office attributed the drop in civilian casualties in part to an apparent tactical […]

Afghan peace talks resume, but path is anything but certain

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ISLAMABAD — With violence spiking, Afghanistan’s warring sides have returned to the negotiation table, ending more than a month of delays amid hopes that the two sides can agree on a reduction of violence – and eventually, an outright ceasefire. Taliban spokesman Dr. Mohammad Naeem tweeted Monday night that talks had resumed in the Middle […]

Afghan government, Taliban ready to set agenda for peace talks, US envoy says

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ISLAMABAD — The U.S. envoy who brokered the ongoing peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban said Wednesday the two sides have overcome a three-month impasse and agreed on rules and procedures for the negotiations. The development is significant as it means the warring sides are getting closer to actually starting to negotiate […]

Afghan government’s chief peace envoy says rapid US troop reduction premature

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ANKARA, Turkey — Afghanistan’s chief peace envoy Abdullah Abdullah said Saturday that the U.S. decision to begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan has come too soon, as his country is still struggling to attain peace and security amid an ongoing conflict. In an interview with The Associated Press, Abdullah also described as “shocking” an Australian military […]

Afghan government’s chief peace envoy says rapid US troop reduction premature

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ANKARA, Turkey — Afghanistan’s chief peace envoy Abdullah Abdullah said Saturday that the U.S. decision to begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan has come too soon, as his country is still struggling to attain peace and security amid an ongoing conflict. In an interview with The Associated Press, Abdullah also described as “shocking” an Australian military […]

Afghan forces claim to kill al-Qaida propagandist wanted by FBI

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KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan claimed Sunday it killed a top al-Qaida propagandist on an FBI most-wanted list during an operation in the country’s east, showing the militant group’s continued presence there as U.S. forces work to withdraw from America’s longest-running war amid continued bloodshed. The reported death of Husam Abd al-Rauf, also known by the […]

Afghan council frees 400 Taliban prisoners to set up peace talks laid out in deal with US

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KABUL, Afghanistan — A traditional Afghan council concluded Sunday with hundreds of delegates agreeing to free 400 Taliban members, paving the way for an early start to negotiations between Afghanistan’s warring sides. The declaration calls for an immediate start to negotiations and a cease-fire. The move looks to bring the United States a little closer […]

Afghan forces retake prison after deadly attack by ISIS group

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JALALABAD, Afghanistan — Militants affiliated with the Islamic State group stormed a prison in eastern Afghanistan in a daylong siege that left at least 39 people dead, including the assailants, and freed nearly 400 of their fighters before security forces restored order, a government official said Monday. The attack underscored that the Islamic State affiliate […]

Afghan president and rival announce power-sharing agreement

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KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and political rival Abdullah Abdullah signed a power-sharing agreement, two months after both declared themselves the winner of last September’s presidential election, Ghani’s spokesman said Sunday. The political deal would see Ghani remain president of the war-torn nation, tweeted his spokesman Sediq Sediqqi. The deal also calls for […]