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 […]

The Taliban once again forced the United States to show flexibility

Peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government have resumed after weeks of delays in the Qatari capital, Doha, escalating violence and a change in US diplomatic leadership following the start of the Biden administration. Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem tweeted Monday night that they would resume talks, which were the result of an agreement […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Taliban call on US to honor withdrawal deal

Author:  AFP article author:  AFP ID:  1613481190433582300 Tue, 2021-02-16 13:10 KABUL: The Taliban on Tuesday urged the US to honor a landmark withdrawal deal under which all foreign troops would exit Afghanistan in the coming months, even as violence continues to rage in the war-ravaged nation. In an 11-point statement, the insurgent group called for […]

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 […]

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

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian officials on Saturday implored local and international consumers to trust the country’s halal standards after a fake certification scandal rocked its meat trade and raised questions about its global ranking. “Those who have committed crimes must be brought to justice. Halal is the image of Islam as well as Malaysia, and I […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hazaras fear for future as Afghanistan risks slipping into chaos

The choice was straightforward for Hamidullah Asadi, a member of Afghanistan’s minority Hazara community – wait for the next deadly attack or join a growing militia. After spending months recovering from grave injuries after an ISIL (ISIS) suicide attack, he was ready to fight. “We were forced to take up arms,” said Asadi, now a […]

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 […]

A day on the job with Kabul’s crime scene investigators

Kabul, Afghanistan – Ghullam Faroq bustles through the narrow hallways at the old Ministry of Interior building in the heart of Kabul, a stack of folders tucked in the crook of his arm and a phone pressed to his ear. He climbs the stairs to the second floor and is buzzed through a series of […]

Iran’s Zarif calls for ‘inclusive government’ in Taliban talks

Tehran, Iran – Iran will only support an “inclusive” government in neighbouring Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told a top Taliban delegation. In a Sunday meeting with the group led by senior Taliban figure Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Iran’s top diplomat emphasised a multilateral approach while offering to facilitate talks between the Taliban and […]

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 […]

Biden adviser: Iran, Afghanistan, China are key areas of focus

US President Joe Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, says dealing with China, Afghanistan and Iran are key early priorities for the new administration. “From our perspective, a critical early priority has to be to deal with what is an escalating nuclear crisis as they (Iran) move closer and closer to having enough fissile material […]

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 says US ‘bombarding civilians, houses’ in deal violation

The statement comes a day after Pentagon said Taliban has failed to meet its side of the peace agreement signed last year. The Taliban has accused the United States of violating a landmark deal signed between the two sides, after the Pentagon said the group had failed to meet its side of the agreement. “The […]

US says progress hard to see without Taliban commitments

Biden administration says unless Taliban meets its commitments under 2020 deal, hard to see a way forward. US President Joe Biden’s administration believes it is hard to see a way forward for a negotiated settlement with the Taliban in Afghanistan without the group meeting its commitments under a deal last year, but Washington remained committed […]

Biden administration asks US negotiator with Taliban to stay on

Zalmay Khalilzad, who brokered peace deal with Afghanistan’s Taliban, has been asked to continue his ‘vital work’. Zalmay Khalilzad, the United States’s negotiator who brokered a deal with Afghanistan’s Taliban, has been asked to stay in his post under President Joe Biden even as the administration reiterated it was assessing the fine print of that […]

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 […]