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Peshawar (Pajhwok): The Afghan Taliban info-icon 's offer of holding direct negotiations with the United States is not justified, says a senior Pakistani political figure. In an interview published on Sunday, Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) chairman Aftab Sherpao believed bringing the Taliban to the negotiating ...
Claiming the responsibility for both attacks, Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi tweeted that the militia had detained one officer and killed 10 others. On January 18, at least seven Afghan police officers were killed and several others injured in a Taliban attack on two security checkpoints in Farah.

The Afghan Taliban issued a "Letter of the Islamic Emirate to the American people" on Feb. 14, which if was reported as an appeal for negotiations between the Taliban and the United States. Instead, the Taliban demanded the US and the West to withdrawal from Afghanistan so the Taliban can establish its ...
Kabul, Afghanistan -- Since the International Criminal Court began collecting material three months ago for a possible war crimes case involving ... only by groups like the Taliban and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), but also involving Afghan security forces and government-affiliated warlords, the ...
Attacks blamed on the Taliban in northern and western Afghanistan killed at least 10 members of the country's security forces, officials said Thursday, while a land mine explosion in western Herat province killed two children. In western Farah province, police commander Abdul Razaq Alkhani said a Taliban ...
Almost 3,500 civilians were killed and 7,500 injured in extremist attacks and military strikes in Afghanistan in 2017, the United Nations reported Thursday. More than two-thirds of those killed and wounded were attributed to anti-government fighters belonging to groups such as the Taliban and the Islamic ...

An average young Afghan man could spend up to 1,000 Afghan afghani ($15) during one visit for services. Hair salons like Jawad's that provide ... Not too long ago, the Taliban regime that controlled Afghanistan imposed sharia-compliant haircuts and long beards on Afghan men. "Those in violation were ...
FILE - In this May 27, 2016 file photo, Taliban fighters react to a speech by their senior leader in the Shindand district of Herat province, Afghanistan. Despite US President Donald Trump's pronouncement that there would be no talks with the Taliban following a series of deadly attacks in Kabul, officials say ...
The camps in remote Badakhshan Province supported Taliban operations within Afghanistan and by the East Turkestan Islamic Movement -- set up by members of ... The Afghan government, the U.S. and other Western powers have been battling Taliban militants since they were toppled after the Sept.
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. is shifting combat and intelligence-gathering aircraft to Afghanistan as part of an intensified focus on the Taliban, now that the campaign against the Islamic State group in ... Even as the U.S. adds air power, the size and capabilities of the Afghan air force are growing, Hecker said.
Coll's new book, Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America's secret wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, is a follow-up to his Pulitzer Prize-winning Ghost ... What's happened, where we are now, is that there are 25,000, 30,000 Afghan Taliban guerrilla soldiers fighting the war, going in and out of Pakistan, but ...
Violence has spiked across Afghanistan in recent months, including a number of high-profile attacks and suicide bombings around the capital Kabul, proving the Taliban's ability to strike in the seat of Afghan power more than 15 years after the U.S. invaded to wrest power from the Islamic extremist group.
It would be an understatement to say that the Afghan Taliban are on the ascendancy. Make no mistake, the US-led military campaign to crush the insurgency in Afghanistan has completely failed. Despite pumping in billions of dollars, ferocious military power and half-hearted attempts for peace talks, the ...
Mrs Khawaja and her two daughters were in Afghanistan visiting family and celebrating Faria Khawaja's wedding to her Kabul-based husband. The group had enjoyed a buffet dinner and live music at the restaurant moments before shots rang out. "All of a sudden you just start hearing gunshots. One by one ...
An Afghan security official says 83 Taliban fighters were killed during an operation by intelligence forces in the southern province of Kandahar late on January 31. The head of military operations in Maiwand district, Sultan Mohammad, told RFE/RL on February 1 that dozens of the militants' vehicles and ...
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani alleged Friday Taliban insurgents fighting the government in Kabul are using Pakistan as a center and demanded the ... On Wednesday, the interior minister and the spy chief of Afghanistan made a surprise visit to Pakistan where they shared the list in a meeting with top ...
A top U.S. commander says he has seen improvement in Afghan forces' capabilities in the fight against Taliban extremists in Helmand province since the American military returned to the troubled region nine months ago. But Marine Brigadier General Roger Turner told a Pentagon news briefing on ...

US and Afghan officials are now estimating that the number of Taliban operating in Afghanistan is now a minimum of 60,000. The Taliban was estimated to be only 20,000 strong as little as four years ago. The increased number is a troubling development for the US and Afghanistan after over a decade of ...
Clashes between Taliban insurgents and the Islamic State (IS) militants have forcibly displaced thousands of civilians in Afghanistan's northern Jawzjan province. ... Qosh Tipa and Darzab are two of the most restive districts of the province where militant groups frequently launch attacks against the Afghan ...
The increase, though incremental, is indicative of the Afghan Army's loosening grip on the country in the face of a determined Taliban insurgency. In November 2015, the Afghan government controlled about 72% of the country, while the insurgents influenced just 7%. The news of the continued creep of ...
They were hardly the first Taliban attacks in the capital. Still, there was something particularly alarming in their scale and implication about the pair of episodes, just a week apart, that rocked Afghanistan: a hotel siege that killed 22, then a car bomb, loaded into an ambulance, that killed 103. But the question ...
WASHINGTON -- The United States says four American citizens were killed and two others were wounded in the Taliban attack over the weekend on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, ... Left: Afghan Security Forces keep watch as smoke rises from the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photo by ...
"The Islamic Emirate (the Taliban) wants to emphasize that it desires a durable solution to the Afghan issue but needs the root causes (to) be ... hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Pakistan until the country takes "decisive actions" against the terrorists fighting U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
The U.S. state Department is confirming Americans were killed and injured in a Taliban attack on a luxury hotel in the Afghan capital, Kabul. ... Afghanistan's foreign ministry confirmed the newly appointed Afghan consul general to the Pakistani port city of Karachi was among those killed in the hotel attack.
Kandahar AIR FIELD, Afghanistan -- A squadron of A-10C "Warthog" Thunderbolt IIs deployed to this sprawling airfield in southern Afghanistan last week and has already started flying missions as part of a U.S. and Afghan air campaign targeting Taliban drug facilities. The $19 million aircraft, beloved by ...
Kabul, Afghanistan -- A Taliban assault on the Intercontinental Hotel in Afghanistan's capital killed at least 18 people, including 14 foreigners, and pinned security forces down for more than 13 hours before the last attacker was killed on Sunday, with the casualty toll expected to rise. The heavily-guarded ...
MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan -- Taliban insurgents using sophisticated night vision and laser targeting equipment overran Afghan Army positions near the northern city of Kunduz on Tuesday, killing at least eight people and wounding five more, Afghan officials said. The officials blamed what they said ...
Pakistan has long been a difficult and disruptive neighbour to Afghanistan, hoping to limit India's influence there, and cultivating radical groups within Afghanistan as proxies. It has augmented Afghanistan's instability by providing intelligence, weapons and protection to the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani ...
The connection between the opium trade and Washington's failing struggle against the Taliban is not a revelation. But in reality the drug trade is not a sideshow - it is the key to understanding the stalemate that persists the between the US-backed Afghan government and the Taliban. In the words of Alfred ...
Armed men claiming to be Islamic State members have threatened residents of central Ghazni province, Afghanistan, to cease their support for the Taliban and join IS, according to a provincial official. Khan Elham, chief of the Qara Bagh district of Ghazni province, told VOA that IS members hand-delivered ...
A group of 30 young women in Afghanistan have chosen to start playing music - despite this decision putting their lives in danger. They are members of the all-female Zohra orchestra; they also go to high school. And because they've decided to do these things, they face a constant threat of violence from ...
FAIZABAD, Afghanistan, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- Up to 40 Taliban militants have given up fighting amid ongoing military operations in Afghanistan's northern Badakhshan province, provincial governor's spokesman Nik Mohammed Nazari said on Tuesday. "With mediation of elders and the support of local ...
MEHTERLAM, Afghanistan, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- Taliban key commander Lal Agha in the eastern Laghman province was killed on Tuesday, provincial government spokesman Sarhadi Zawak said. "Acting upon intelligence report, the security forces stormed the hideout of Taliban notorious commander Lal ...
The existence of terrorist bases and presence of the Taliban leaders outside Afghanistan wan an undeniable fact, he said, adding there was unanimity among security organs and people on it. ... 's big cities and they organised attacks against the Afghan government and people from there, the NDS alleged.
U.S. Marines in Afghanistan are training Afghans for the first time to direct airstrikes and use drones to attack ISIS and the Taliban, according to reports from the Marine Corps. During a recent operation, Afghan troops used drones known as ScanEagle to identify targets that were later destroyed by Afghan ...
Islamabad: Pakistan is believed to have told US interlocutors that a major military offensive against the Taliban from both sides of the Afghan border, if failed, will have negative consequences for the entire region, according to a media report today. The key element in the new US strategy for Afghanistan is ...
A HUSBAND-TO-BE died when a suicide bomb attack blasted him 45 metres down the road in Kabul, an inquest heard. security contractor Michael Hampshire, 29, had just picked up a "high profile" target in the Afghan capital when their two-car convoy was blasted in a Taliban attack that killed three people ...
Taliban officials say they have established a new customs house in the Delaram district of southern Nimruz province in the southwestern part of Afghanistan. The new effort to collect revenue follows joint Afghan-Coalition airstrikes on Taliban narcotics processing labs in the Helmand province last ...
Washington believes that Pakistan is not doing enough or turning a blind eye to groups such as the Afghan Taleban and the Haqqani network who have long launched attacks in neighbouring Afghanistan that led to the deaths of US troops using safe havens along the countries' border. Pakistani leaders ...
Mohammad Naser Mehri, spokesman for the provincial governor, says the attack unfolded when a group of Taliban fighters stopped a bus travelling in the Bala Buluk district on Thursday. The Taliban searched the bus and spotted three members of the Afghan security forces. The insurgents then seized the ...
Haqqani and Afghan Taliban militants launch ambushes and bombings on U.S.-allied forces in Afghanistan, then slip back over the border into the badlands of northwest Pakistan, insulated from retaliation by American and Afghan forces. Pakistani leaders issue boilerplate denials that they provide militants ...
MAIMANA, Afghanistan, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- At least five members of Taliban insurgent group were killed and three others injured during air strikes conducted by Afghan air force in Faryab province, north of Afghanistan on Wednesday night, an official said. "government aircraft targeted a hideout of Taliban ...
But given the group's weaknesses and the United States' decision to keep troops in Afghanistan, that is unlikely. In fact, the weaknesses of both the Taliban and the current Afghan government suggest that a stalemate is the most likely outcome for the foreseeable future. Territory may change hands, ...
(WASHINGTON) -- The top American commander for the Middle East wants a more aggressive Afghan military pressuring Taliban and other insurgents over the normally quieter months of Afghanistan's winter, and then quickly going on the offensive in the spring. It's all part of a plan the United States ...
Ms Boyle had been heavily pregnant with their first child when the couple were captured during an extended backpacking trip that had taken them to a remote area of Afghanistan outside Kabul. Mr Boyle said he and his wife had gone to the area to assist people "who live deep inside Taliban-controlled ...
... Afghan media outlets quoted local officials as saying. The air strike was conducted in Shoraki area late Sunday, the Helmand provincial government media office said in a statement. Helmand is among the volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan, where the Taliban actively operate in its various districts ...
A U.S. service member was killed in a "combat engagement" in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province on New Year's Day, and four other U.S. service ... Afghans, but some American Special Operations Forces go on combat missions, accompanying Afghan commandos on raids against ISIS and Taliban fighters," ...
Kabul [Afghanistan], January 2 (ANI): A key Taliban militant and 11 others were killed in an airstrike in Afghanistan, the country's Ministry of Interior (MoI) confirmed on Tuesday. According to Tolo news, Taliban's shadow deputy governor Mawlawi Wali Jan, also known as Hamza and his 11 associates were killed in an ...
Iqbal Bahir, the spokesman for the police chief of the western Farah province, said two other policemen were wounded in the attack late Monday. The Taliban, who carry out near-daily assaults on Afghan security forces, claimed the attack. Elsewhere in Afghanistan, an official said airstrikes in the northern ...
Boyle said the Taliban, who he referred to by their official name - the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan - had carried out an investigation last year and conceded that the crimes against his family were perpetrated by the Haqqani network. He called on the Taliban "to provide my family with the justice we are ...


 

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