Violence against Afghan civilians surges since peace talks began

US-brokered negotiations began in September but progress has since slowed and violence has risen sharply. Civilian casualties in Afghanistan have escalated sharply since peace talks between the government and the Taliban armed group began last year, the United Nations says in a report calling for a ceasefire as negotiators met for the first time after […]

Afghan peace talks resume in Doha as US reviews Taliban deal

Peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan gov’t resume in Doha after weeks of delays and change in US diplomatic leadership. Peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government have resumed in the Qatari capital Doha after weeks of delays, escalating violence and a change in US diplomatic leadership as the Biden administration […]

Afghan Civilian Casualties Soared After Peace Talks’ Start

KABUL, Afghanistan — Civilian casualties rose sharply in Afghanistan after peace negotiations between the government and the Taliban began in September, even as overall deaths and injuries dropped during 2020 compared with the previous year, the United Nations reported Tuesday. In its annual report documenting civilian injuries and deaths, the United Nations’ mission in Afghanistan […]

Three separate Kabul explosions kill 5, wound 2: Afghan police

It was not immediately clear what caused the blasts but a majority of attacks in recent months have been sticky bombs. Three separate explosions in the Afghan capital Kabul killed at least five people and wounded two others amid a surge in violence in the war-torn country. Kabul police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz said the first […]

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

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Five Afghan security force members killed in attack on UN convoy

Unidentified gunmen attack a UN convoy on the outskirts of Kabul, killing five members of the Afghan security forces. A United Nations convoy has been attacked on the outskirts of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, with unidentified gunmen killing five Afghan security force members who were escorting the international agency’s vehicles. An Afghan interior ministry official said […]

Two more killed as Afghan capital reels under near-daily violence

At least two people, including local police chief, killed after multiple bomb blasts rock Kabul, officials say. At least two people, including a local police chief, have been killed after multiple bomb blasts rocked the Afghan capital, officials said. Police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz told reporters that two people were killed and another wounded in their […]

Afghan gov’t employees, police officers among 8 killed in ambush

String of attacks kills four government employees and four policemen, officials say, amid relentless violence in the war-torn country. A string of attacks in Afghanistan has killed four government employees and four policemen, officials said. In the capital, Kabul, gunmen on Tuesday opened fire in the Bagh-e-Daud neighbourhood and killed four employees of the ministry […]

Four Afghan ministry staff killed in rush-hour ambush

Author:  AFP article author:  AFP ID:  1612857628317679200 Tue, 2021-02-09 07:36 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 religious scholars. Kabul police […]

Afghan artist on a mission to preserve art traditions

KABUL: In a ramshackle part of the Baraki district of old Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, Sami Jan Faqiry is teaching calligraphy and painting to a group of children for a few hours every day.He teaches his pupils, who are between nine and 16 years of age, at the Seven Colours “school” in small premises […]

Afghan judge killed in Jalalabad, third court official in a month

Hafizullah’s murder comes after two female Supreme Court judges were shot dead in Kabul last month. An Afghan judge has been shot dead in an ambush in the eastern city of Jalalabad, police said, the third court official killed in less than a month. Judge Hafizullah was attacked on Wednesday as he headed to work […]

Afghan Taliban warns US-led troops to leave country as scheduled

Author:  article author:  Sayed Salahuddin Mon, 2021-02-01 22:09 KABUL: The Afghan Taliban warned that it will not tolerate the presence of US-led foreign troops in the country beyond the May deadline previously set for their withdrawal. The group said it is capable of defending its “soil, homeland and rights” if the conflict continues. Main category:  […]

Taliban attacks increased in Afghan capital, says US watchdog

Taliban attacks in the Afghan capital of Kabul are on the rise, with increasing targeted killings of government officials, civil society leaders and journalists, a report by a US watchdog says. The report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, known as SIGAR, on Monday comes as the Biden administration plans to take a […]

Eight Afghan security personnel killed in Taliban attack

The soldiers were killed when a suicide bomber hit the base with an explosives-laden Humvee. A suicide bomber drove a vehicle loaded with explosives into a base for Afghan defence forces in the country’s east, killing at least eight security personnel in an attack claimed by the Taliban. The pre-dawn assault on Saturday took place […]

Afghan President Ghani urges Biden to put pressure on Taliban

Although the Taliban and Afghan government opened peace talks in Doha last year, violence in Afghanistan has soared. Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani has urged United States President Joe Biden’s new administration to step up pressure on the Taliban and not rush to withdraw more troops. Ghani said the Taliban has failed to live up to […]

Taliban backs COVID-19 vaccination drive as Afghan government gets funding pledge

Taliban backs COVID-19 vaccination drive as Afghan government gets funding pledge /node/1799141/world Updated 14 sec ago January 27, 2021 06:00 Taliban backs COVID-19 vaccination drive as Afghan government gets funding pledge Immunization drive will have to take place amid relentless violence in the country Afghanistan has registered 54,854 infections and 2,390 deaths Updated 14 sec […]

Pakistan tells Biden to ‘push forward’ Afghan peace talks

Karachi, Pakistan – Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said his country has hopes for greater engagement with the new US government and called on Joe Biden to follow up on the ongoing Afghan peace process and US troops withdrawal from the country. Direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, against whom […]

Billions in aid needed to help Afghan children in 2021: NGO

Some 10 million children in war-ravaged Afghanistan are at risk of not having enough food to eat in 2021, a humanitarian organisation says, calling for billions in new funds for aid. Just more than 18 million Afghans, including 9.7 million children, are badly in need of lifesaving support, including food, Save the Children said in […]

‘Where is the security?’: Brother of slain Afghan woman judge

Fear is gripping Kabul following a series of killings of prominent Afghans, including religious scholars, politicians, doctors, journalists and activists. The brother of a female judge assassinated alongside a colleague in the Afghan capital on the weekend has narrated how he heard the deadly shots while eating breakfast. Gunmen on motorbikes shot dead Zakia Herawi […]

Afghan VP pushes for execution of Taliban prisoners

Author:  article author:  Sayed Salahuddin Tue, 2021-01-19 00:57 KABUL: Afghanistan’s First Vice President Amrullah Saleh on Monday demanded the execution of Taliban prisoners as violence surges in the country in spite of US-sponsored talks between the government and the militants. Under mounting US pressure and following months of delay, Kabul released last summer thousands of Taliban […]

Two Afghan female judges shot dead in Kabul ambush

Afghan officials blame the Taliban for the attacks, an accusation the armed group denies. Two female judges have been killed by unknown gunmen in an ambush early on Sunday in Afghanistan’s capital. The attack on the Supreme Court judges took place as they were driving to work, Ahmad Fahim Qaweem, a court spokesman, said. Kabul […]

Insider attack: A dozen Afghan militiamen killed by colleagues

The bloodshed comes as the Taliban and government negotiators engage in peace talks to end the nearly two-decade war. Two members of an Afghan militia opened fire on their colleagues in western Herat province, killing 12 in what police described as an “insider attack”. Herat police spokesman Abdul Ahad Walizada said on Saturday the attackers […]

Bomb kills two policemen in Afghan capital

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Afghan security personnel killed in alleged Taliban attacks

Attacks took place on police checkpoints in Kunduz province, while a civilian died in Ghazni during an attempted suicide attack. At least nine Afghan security personnel have been killed in attacks on two police checkpoints overnight in the restive northern Kunduz province, with government officials blaming the Taliban for the attacks. Officials on Friday reported […]