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Taliban attacked check posts in Syiah Gird, Shinwari and Shikh Ali district and clashed for several hours with security forces, but eventually they were forced to retreat, said officials. Alozai Ahmadi, a security official in Parwan province, said that during the clash two insurgents were killed and three others ...
We encourage Taliban leaders to return to Afghanistan from their foreign safe havens and work constructively for Afghanistan's future. More violence will not bring peace and security to Afghanistan.” Afghan officials countered that the Taliban insurgents can't win through force of arms, while maintaining that ...

A new wave of Taliban attacks across Afghanistan killed at least 11 Afghan soldiers and policemen on Tuesday, officials said, the latest in a particularly deadly week of assaults by militants. At least five soldiers were killed when their checkpoint was attacked by the Taliban in western Farah province, ...
KABUL, Afghanistan - KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghan officials say Taliban attacks on soldiers and police in western Badghis province have killed 14 troops, policemen. Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Taliban attacks in western Afghanistan killed 14 soldiers and policemen on Monday as Kabul residents prepared to bury their loved ones slain in a horrific bombing by the Islamic State group that targeted a voter registration center the day before, killing 57. Prayer services were held for the Kabul victims as ...
KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban insurgents overran a government headquarters in southeastern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing a district governor and the chief of security as well as at least nine others, officials said. Mohammad Arif Noori, a spokesman for the governor of Ghazni Province, said that Taliban ...

IS Leader in Afghanistan Killed; Taliban Drug Factories Targeted ... Afghan military officials had confirmed Hekmatullah's death on Saturday, saying it happened in a strike in neighboring Jowzjan Province, an area effectively ... Hecker said the expanded strikes should send a message to Taliban leaders.
Officials would not publicly say how many of those were civilians, but one senior security official said that about 35 percent of the dead were civilians ... the news media surveillance footage of armed men at the site of the attack in the lead-up to the bombing, as well as grainy pictures of Taliban leaders ...
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has returned to her home town in Pakistan for the first time since she was shot there by Taliban militants, security officials say. Ms Yousafzai, 20, was shot in the head by a gunman for campaigning for female education in 2012. Her family's home region of Swat ...
BISHKEK (TCA) — Russia's special envoy to Afghanistan has dismissed claims by the Pentagon that Moscow has provided arms to the Taliban during its 16-year war against U.S. forces and the Afghan government, RFE/RL reported. Zamir Kabulov said at a news briefing in Moscow on March 29 that the ...
The offer on the table, made by President Ashraf Ghani, included recognition of the Taliban as a legitimate political party, passports for their officials, an office in Kabul or somewhere else they preferred, the release of Taliban prisoners and efforts to remove their leaders from international sanctions lists.
Top Afghan officials see a genuine chance for peace with elements of the Taliban and the Haqqani network but worry the latest effort at reconciliation could be undermined, both by internal rivals and by Pakistan and other foreign influences. Afghan officials believe those insurgent leaders who seek to make ...
The biggest effect of the announcement was the realization among government leaders and the Afghan population that “America's not leaving,” he said. That changed the calculus in the country, he added, with government leaders and forces taking new heart and the Taliban realizing they could not just ...
The Pakistani Taliban has confirmed the death of the son of leader Mullah Fazlullah in a suspected U.S. drone strike on March 6. ... Pakistani intelligence officials said Abdullah was killed in the Chawgam area in the eastern province of Kunar on March 6 when a training camp for suicide bombers near the ...
HERAT, Afghanistan: Five people kidnapped from a voter registration centre in a largely Taliban-controlled area of Afghanistan were freed on Thursday (Apr 19), officials said. Gunmen attacked the facility in the central province of Ghor on Tuesday, abducting three employees of the Independent Election ...
Former Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor reportedly visited the Gulf emirate for fundraising a few months before his assassination in May 2016, in a US air raid in Pakistan, the Washington Post reported. In an investigation published on Saturday, the Post said US intelligence officials ...
By 2007, you felt, as a former Taliban official told me, “strong enough to talk” with the US. You established a political commission led by Agha Jan Mutasim and sent him to Saudi Arabia, to seek dialogue with Washington. Talks with Riyadh began in 2008 but deadlocked when you rejected preconditions the ...

“We will consider the Taliban's view in the peace talks,” he said. Ghani said the Afghan government will provide passports and issue visas to Taliban members and their families and open an office for them in Kabul. He said his government would also work to remove sanctions against Taliban leaders.
The base was situated in the highly contested district of Khakrez, where the Taliban has overrun several military outposts and took control of the district center for a short period of time last year. The video, entitled “From the Fronts of Khakrez,” was released today on Voice of Jihad, the Taliban's official ...
"Taliban leaders and all members, the decision is in your hands," Ghani told conference attendees Wednesday, as Germany's Deutsche Welle reports. ... Some of the incentives listed by Ghani in return for a cease-fire include an official Taliban office in the capital and Afghan passports for the group's ...
A bold plan to draw the Taliban into a binding peace process looks like a last, desperate gamble by Ashraf Ghani, Afghanistan's embattled president, to end one of the ... Pakistan, a longstanding, semi-covert backer of Taliban leaders and the allied Haqqani network, is being financially squeezed by Trump.
Local officials said the Taliban suffered a record number of casualties during the course of the year. Thumbnail. Over 2,000 Taliban fighters were killed and wounded during the course of last year in Helmand province, local officials said on Monday. Provincial governor Hayatullah Hayat said that 2017 was ...
An Afghan official says at least six local police have been killed in a Taliban attack on their checkpoints in southern Helmand province. District police chief Amanullah, who goes by only one name, said Saturday eight others were wounded in the previous night's attack in Nawa district. Qari Yusouf Ahmadi ...
The TTP came to a crossroads after the killing of Hakimullah Mehsud and the leadership crisis divided the once strong umbrella organization into small groups and factions. The division made way for a nontribal Taliban leader, Mullah Fazlullah, to become its head. Hailing from the district of Swat, Fazlullah ...
Taliban militants stand guard as senior leader of a breakaway faction of the Taliban Mullah Abdul Manan Niazi, not pictured, delivers a speech to his fighters, ... That marks a significant increase from the estimate of 35,000 that Afghanistan's TOLOnews attributed to an Afghan defense official in 2011.
NBC News reports that US and Afghan officials estimate the Taliban's strength in Afghanistan to be a minimum of 60,000 fighters. This updated figure is ... Statements by Haqqani network leaders are routinely released at Voice of Jihad, the Taliban's official propaganda arm. 3) Hope is not a strategy.
Officials said the deadliest of the several attacks occurred in western Farah province, where Taliban insurgents in a pre-dawn assault killed at least 20 ... martyred a number of our countrymen in terrorist attacks in Kabul, Helmand and Farah,” Ghani told a meeting of provincial officials and business leaders.
US missile strikes that landed on the Taliban camp in Afghanistan's Paktika Province last week are believed to have eliminated Taliban leader Khalid Mehsud. ... US intelligence officials monitoring TTP and al-Qaeda told Long Wars Journal that the deputy was a "close ally of al-Qaeda up until his death.".
Afghan officials are reportedly carrying out at least two tracks of talks with the Taliban - one between Afghanistan's intelligence chief Masoom Stanikzai ... 2 of the Taliban, Aga Jan Motasim, who still counts the group's leader Mullah Habaitullah Akhunzada among his friends, warned that Trump's strategy of ...
The Taliban has long wanted direct talks with Washington, saying they are the final authority to determine the fate of the war and dismissing Afghan rulers as "mere American puppets." U.S. officials maintain any peace process involving insurgents has to be initiated under the leadership of the Kabul ...
2 leader of the Pakistan Taliban. He also led ... Pakistani intelligence officials thought he had been killed in a 2015 American drone strike and were still trying to confirm this latest report of his death. ... It could also lead to infighting between the Pakistani Taliban's factions over the group's leadership, he said.
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Taliban info-icon militants have killed two civilians in eastern Nangarhar province, an official said on Sunday. Governor's spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani told Pajhwok Afghan News the incident took place in Markikhel area of Sherzad district on Sunday night. He said Wazir and Gul ...
USFOR-A commander General John Nicholson claimed Wali's death will “disrupt the Taliban network, degrade their narcotics trafficking, and hinder their ability to conduct attacks against Afghan forces.” However, over the past 16 years US officials have routinely touted the deaths of top Taliban leaders and ...
KABUL, Afghanistan — The U.S. military has released a video of a strike that killed the leader of the Taliban's elite “Red Unit” last week in Helmand province. The 15-second black-and-white strike video released Tuesday shows cross hairs centered on a speeding vehicle that suddenly erupts in a white ...
Joint U.S. and Afghan operations in recent days have killed top leaders for al Qaeda and the Taliban, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) confirmed Tuesday. Omar Khetab, al Qaeda's No. 2 in the Indian subcontinent, was killed Monday, while Mullah Shah Wali, commander of the Taliban's special forces ...
PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Four or more Taliban militants disguised as women attacked a university dormitory in the northern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Friday, killing at least nine people and wounding at least 30 others, officials said. Local news outlets, however, gave a higher death count and reported ...
Days of fierce clashes between the Taliban and Islamic State terrorists in eastern Afghanistan are reported to have spilled over to adjoining areas, with ... Provincial officials reported the Taliban is trying to bring in reinforcements from nearby districts in Laghman, while Daesh (IS) militants are also trying to ...
The Afghan Taliban on Thursday claimed that the deputy head of the Islamic State terrorist group in Afghanistan had joined Taliban ranks. Qari Yousef Ahmadi, a ... The Taliban statement said Mehid is a resident of western Farah province, but little is known about him because IS leaders use aliases.
While the five districts are currently listed as contested, it could be argued that the Taliban's administration of schools and ability to keep them off limits to government officials indicates a high degree of control of the district. Currently, FDD's Long War Journal has determined that the Taliban controls 45 ...
A reconciliatory approach has brought to the fold people such as Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, leader of the Sunni mujahideen group Hezb-e Islami and known as the ... For example, official negotiations with the Taliban could raise calls for India to negotiate with terror groups in Kashmir, a non-starter in Delhi.
Nicholson later said that while the Taliban's tactical-level commanders were in the field in Afghanistan, its "senior leadership still resides in Pakistan." He said the Taliban leaders were "living in comfort outside of the country with plenty of drug money" while the rank and file fighters were dying in Afghanistan ...
President Donald Trump's airstrikes in Afghanistan are making it easier for the Taliban to recruit new members to attack U.S. troops, a spokesman for the Afghan Taliban said. In an interview posted on the Taliban's website, spokesman Muhammad Yusuf said there is a direct link between an increase in ...
Officials said Taliban abducted the three men and then sentenced ... (MoPW) were rescued from Taliban insurgents in a police operation on ...
Senior officials in Kabul, the capital, admitted to a partial drop in recruitment ... The fighting has also laid bare the leadership woes of the Afghan ...
The White House's new strategy for Afghanistan makes a critical change by committing U.S. support “as long as it takes to get the job done,” the ...
Alleged fighters for the Islamic State and Taliban walk being presented to the media at the police headquarters in in the eastern city of ...
In Afghanistan, US Military Leaders Tell T&P Taliban Is 'Consistently Defeated' ... My first interviews with American military leadership weren't ... Senior defense officials say this is in large part due to the successes of elite ...
Commanding 150 militants, Saeed spoke to the newspaper without permission from the leadership, providing insight into the 16-year-long war.
"Hundreds of Taliban rebels organized multi-pronged offensive ... has been continuing," the official who declined to be named told Xinhua.
Abdullah Asks UN to Impose Sanctions on Taliban Leaders ... Haibatullah was appointed the militant group's leader about one and a half years ...


 

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