Pakistan-Afghanistan border fence, a step in the right direction

Pakistan is about to reach a new milestone in its fight against terrorism. The fence barrier it is building on the Durand Line, the 2,640km (1,640-mile) land border between Afghanistan and Pakistan that passes through rugged mountains, densely forested valleys and narrow rock passages, is nearing completion. Islamabad started fencing its porous border with Afghanistan […]

Taliban blames Kabul, Washington for not abiding by Doha deal

Doha, Qatar – The Taliban has blamed the Afghan government and its Western allies for not living up to the agreement signed last year despite months of negotiations, including the release of prisoners and withdrawal of foreign forces. A senior member of the Taliban’s political office in Doha told Al Jazeera all Taliban prisoners were […]

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 […]

Afghanistan begins Covid vaccine campaign amid surge in violence

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

Is working with Pakistan for peace in Afghanistan: Special Ambassador Qatar

Is working with Pakistan for peace in Afghanistan: Special Ambassador Qatar

  ISLAMABAD: Qatar’s Special Ambassador Mutlaq bin Majid Al-Qahtani has said that Qatar is working with Pakistan for peace in Afghanistan. Reports On Monday, Qatar’s Special Ambassador to Islamabad Mutlaq bin Majid Al-Qahtani met with Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid, during which Pakistan-Qatar bilateral relations and Afghanistan peace talks were discussed. The Interior Minister appreciated […]

Two explosions in Afghanistan kill at least three: Officials

At least two people, including a child, killed in Kabul blast and one person killed by explosion in Helmand province. Separate bomb explosions in Afghanistan killed at least three people including a child and wounded 20 others on Sunday, Afghan officials said. Kabul police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz said a roadside bomb targeted a police car, […]

NATO’s major decision on Afghanistan

Brussels: NATO Secretary General has made a major decision regarding the presence of troops in Afghanistan. foreigner media According to the report, a meeting of NATO defense ministers was held at NATO headquarters in Brussels. The defense ministers discussed NATO missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. “NATO has not confirmed the date of withdrawal from 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 […]

US calls on Taliban to end violence in Afghanistan

United States defence secretary Lloyd Austin called for a reduction in violence in Afghanistan and said more progress is needed in Afghan peace negotiations before Western forces withdraw from the war-torn country. “Clearly, the violence is too high right now and more progress needs to be to be made in the Afghan-led negotiations,” Secretary Austin […]

New Zealand troops to leave Afghanistan after 20-year deployment

Six remaining personnel leaving in May ending what Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern describes as the ‘longest-running’ deployment in nation’s history. New Zealand has announced that it will withdraw its last remaining troops from Afghanistan by May, concluding a 20-year deployment that was the country’s longest-running one. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Wednesday that Afghanistan’s […]

ECHR backs Germany over probe into lethal Kunduz air attack

Strasbourg-based court rejects complaint by Afghan citizen over Germany’s handling of investigation into 2009 incident. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that Germany thoroughly investigated a 2009 NATO bombing in Afghanistan that was ordered by a German commander and killed dozens of people. The decision by the Strasbourg-based court on Tuesday rejected […]

Taliban ‘open letter’ urges US to honour Doha agreement

Letter published a day before a meeting between NATO ministers to discuss troops’ presence in Afghanistan. The Taliban has published an open letter calling on the United States to honour the Doha agreement regarding the withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan. The letter was published on Tuesday, a day before a meeting between the NATO […]

NATO will leave Afghanistan when ‘time is right’: Stoltenberg

The Taliban must do more to meet the terms of a 2020 peace deal with the US before withdrawal, says NATO chief. NATO will not withdraw its troops from Afghanistan “before the time is right”, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said, adding that the Taliban must do more to meet the terms of a 2020 peace […]

Dozens hurt as massive blaze erupts on Iran-Afghanistan border

Thick plumes of black smoke rise high into the sky after fuel trucks go up in flames as officials say cause of fire is not immediately clear. A massive fire has engulfed a customs post in Afghanistan after fuel trucks caught alight, injuring many people and prompting authorities across the nearby Iranian border to send […]

Several killed, injured in blasts and clashes across Afghanistan

A string of near-daily attacks in recent weeks has killed government officials, judges, journalists and activists. At least four Afghan security force members, including a commander, have been killed and seven critically injured in blasts in eastern and southern provinces, officials say, adding that three civilians were injured in the east. No armed group immediately […]

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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 […]

India donates 500,000 COVID vaccines to Afghanistan

Doses will initially be administered to the country’s health workers and elderly citizens with a history of chronic ailments. Afghanistan has received 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine from India, the first vaccines it has received to date. The country is still waiting for emergency approval from the World Health Organization (WHO) before it can […]

In Afghanistan, a Booming Kidney Trade Preys on the Poor

HERAT, Afghanistan — Amid the bustle of beggars and patients outside the crowded hospital here, there are sellers and buyers, casting wary eyes at one another: The poor, seeking cash for their vital organs, and the gravely ill or their surrogates, looking to buy. The illegal kidney business is booming in the western city of […]

What options does Biden have in Afghanistan?

On December 2, 2020, the Afghan government and the Taliban announced an agreement on the procedural framework document that will act as a code of conduct during their peace negotiations. Shortly afterwards, the teams exchanged their respective agenda lists and announced a weeks-long hiatus. Although the teams resumed their talks on January 6, the sides […]

What options does Biden have in Afghanistan?

On December 2, 2020, the Afghan government and the Taliban announced an agreement on the procedural framework document that will act as a code of conduct during their peace negotiations. Shortly afterwards, the teams exchanged their respective agenda lists and announced a weeks-long hiatus. Although the teams resumed their talks on January 6, the sides […]