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A Taliban attack in an isolated part of northern Afghanistan has revealed how vulnerable Kabul is when it comes to maintaining its electricity supply -- a weakness the Taliban now says it is exploiting in order to pressure the Afghan government on its demands. In the predawn hours of April 14, ...
The district police chief died on Saturday night after sustaining wounds during a clash with the Taliban earlier in the day. ... Khanjar was injured in a clash with Taliban insurgents on Saturday in Chahar Bolak after the insurgents attacked the district, a spokesman for the provincial police chief ...
KABUL: Taliban insurgents and criminal groups are targeting Afghanistan's telecommunications network, raising the security threat in the country and putting an industry with an estimated $3 billion value under growing strain. Attacks by insurgents and criminals extorting money from ...
Since US forces withdrew of the bulk of its "surge" forces in 2014 and turned over security to Afghanistan's military and police, the security situation has rapidly deteriorated in Helmand province, according to information compiled by FDD's Long War Journal. That data is confirmed by Resolute Support ... Taliban
Speaking at an Afghanistan Law and Political Studies Organization gathering in Kabul on Thursday, Qanooni said: "CIA's site office in Islamabad was coordinating with (Pakistan's) ISI; this office recommended to the US that any alternative to the Taliban must be a Pashtun-oriented alternative and that ...

In late February 2018, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani made an unprecedented offer to recognize the Taliban as a legitimate political group without preconditions. With support from the UN, the change in tone aimed to create opportunities for peace talks in a country entrenched in war for the past 16 years. reconciliation
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 ... Government Offices
A representative from the Taliban leadership council based in the Pakistani city of Quetta was visiting at the time, he said. He said there were also civilian casualties but he had no further details. Local people said the strike hit a mosque and large numbers of civilians were killed and wounded. Dasht-e Archi ... Government Offices
Members of the High Peace Council (HPC) and the Ulema Council have gathered in Kandahar for the HPC's general assembly, which aims to encourage the Taliban to join the peace process. According to the HPC, efforts to promote peace are also now being done on a provincial level, hence the meeting in Kandahar. Government Offices
Two men have been convicted for conspiring to smuggle millions of dollars worth of heroin into the United States from a Taliban-linked source in Afghanistan. Shamsuddin Dost, who was convicted for his role in the smuggling operation scheme and now faces a minimum of 10 years in federal prison and ... Government Offices
The United Nations said Tuesday it was investigating "disturbing reports of serious harm to civilians" in an Afghan airstrike on a religious school which, according to security sources, left dozens of children dead or wounded. Hundreds of people were attending a graduation ceremony at the madrassa in a ... Government Offices
KUNDUZ, Afghanistan — A day after Afghan security forces killed or wounded more than 100 people in the bombing of a religious seminary where they said senior Taliban figures had gathered, officials on Tuesday admitted that civilians had been among the casualties. For much of Monday, even as the ... Government Offices
U.S. military members often say “we own the night” due to their use of night vision devices, but the maxim no longer holds true. That's because the Taliban has picked up much of that same tech, either by seizing it from slain Afghan troops or by acquiring it up on the black market. And while the Pentagon is ... Government Offices
WASHINGTON -- Once described as an ill-equipped band of insurgents, the Taliban are increasingly attacking security forces across Afghanistan using night-vision goggles and lasers that United States military officials said were either stolen from Afghan and international troops or bought on the ...
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan — Senior diplomats have gathered to talk about peace in Afghanistan dozens of times through the years, and the Taliban have uniformly been both absent and dismissive of their efforts. On Tuesday, Afghanistan and its allies, neighbors and benefactors gathered here in ...
"We've had weapons brought to this headquarters and given to us by Afghan leaders and said this was given by the Russians to the Taliban," he said. ... U.S. commanders, including Nicholson, have said on several occasions over the past year that Russia may be supplying arms to the Taliban although no ...

Elsewhere, three Taliban were killed and five others wounded late on Saturday night when they stormed a security checkpoint in Deh Yak district of southern Ghazni province. In a statement, the provincial police headquarters said a policeman was also killed in the overnight attack. During a clearing ...
The Tashkent conference follows a February meeting in Kabul prompted by an open letter to the U.S. from Taliban leadership proposing a renewed dialogue. President Ghani extended the Tailban an olive branch, offering to hold peace talks without preconditions and to grant a ceasefire, prisoner swap, and even passports.
SHARANA (Pajhwok): Six Taliban info-icon militants and two border policemen have been killed in separate incidents of violence in southeastern Paktika province, officials said on Sunday. Police spokesman Shah Mohammad Arian told Pajhwok Afghan News the Taliban rebels stormed the Giyan district's ...
To the Editor: Re “Tell the Truth About Afghanistan” (Op-Ed, March 15): Susan E. Rice writes that the war in Afghanistan “can be resolved only at the negotiating table,” but then states that “peace talks remain unlikely to succeed.” The only options, she writes, are to provide training and equipment but not ...
Russia is supporting and even supplying arms to the Taliban, the head of US forces in Afghanistan has told the BBC. In an exclusive interview, Gen John Nicholson said he'd seen "destabilising activity by the Russians." He said Russian weapons were smuggled across the Tajik border to the Taliban, but ...
MUI international relations chairman Muhyiddin Junaidi insisted this month's talks would go ahead, despite the Taliban's official boycott. “Maybe the Taliban is not well-informed and received the wrong information about the conference. We just want to listen to them and share our experience in resolving ...
KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban briefly captured a district in western Afghanistan on Monday, officials said, as security continued to deteriorate in the besieged province of Farah. The fall of the district, Anardarah, came days after the Afghan security forces suffered heavy casualties in another district of ...
The U.S. on Saturday ruled out a recent request from the Taliban for a direct talk with the White House, unless it engages with the elected government of Afghanistan. This comes a day after the Trump administration surprised the world by agreeing to a North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's invitation for a ...
JAJALABAD, Afghanistan March 8 (Xinhua) -- At least five Taliban militants, including their local commander, were killed and three others wounded during the operation conducted by Afghan intelligence special forces in Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan, a local official said. "Special Operations ...
The Taliban have so far not spoken to the media about the airstrike --- the second in Maiwand district within a few days targeting the Taliban. Last month, Afghan special forces backed by air support conducted operations in Band Taimur and Reg areas between Maiwand and Pajnwai districts against ...
Islamabad, Pakistan - The United States has lauded Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's offer to open negotiations with the Afghan Taliban, with senior US State Department official Alice Wells saying the armed group has some "legitimate grievances" over governance. "We've always said that the legitimate ...
There appears little chance of any breakthrough, but the Afghan government made the offer to show an international audience that it is willing to negotiate, and to encourage those participating in the conference to pressure the Taliban to accept. The government is under pressure to offer incentives as the ...
KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban staged three attacks in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing at least 20 Afghan soldiers as a high-level NATO delegation was visiting the country to discuss the peace process. The insurgents have been striking checkpoints and small outposts at night in the turbulent ...
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has attended the opening of parliament, just days after offering to hold peace talks with the Taliban. The armed group has yet to respond to the request - which would pave the way for them to eventually be recognised as a political party. But not all Afghans are happy for ...
KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban appear to have rejected the bold proposal by President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan to invite them for direct peace talks with the government. In an unsigned commentary published last week on their official website, the Taliban said, “The permission of peace and war are ...
As the Trump administration continues advocating for a peace process in Afghanistan, U.S. officials are accusing the Russian government of hindering their efforts. Moscow has increased its support for the Taliban over the last year and a half amid decaying U.S.-Russia relations, according to administration ...
Representatives from Russia and the Taliban "laughed" at US claims that Moscow has been arming the group, according to Russia's envoy to Afghanistan. Zamir Kabulov said on Thursday that in their talks with the Taliban, the group's representatives said they buy all their weapons illegally from the Afghan ...
WASHINGTON — Despite U.S. support, the Afghan government's surprising new peace offer to the Taliban is immediately running into a wall. The insurgents show no sign of shifting from their demand that talks for a conflict-ending compromise take place with Washington, not Kabul. The impasse is ...
Drone strike kills eight suspected militants, destroys Taliban drug factory in W Afghanistan ... “Eight Taliban militants were killed and their drug factory was destroyed after the Coalition Forces Drone raided Ashkam village in Bakwah District of the western Farah province very recently,” BNA said in the report.
Farah officials said the insurgents were killed in a drone strike against a drug factory in the province. Thumbnail. At least eight Taliban insurgents were killed in a drone strike in western Farah province on Sunday, local officials confirmed on Monday. The strike took place in Bala Bolok district of the province ...
Taliban are a part of the social fabric of Afghanistan, Kabul tells US diplomat. 6 ... Until then, we are going to pressure Taliban and support the Afghan security forces,” the US official was quoted as saying. ... “It is quite striking that the Taliban have claimed credit for an attack that targeted civilians in Kabul.
A senior Pakistani official has told the country's lawmakers that Ehsanullah Ehsan, the former spokesman of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), both U.S.-designated terror groups, will be tried in a military court. Responding to a Senate inquiry regarding the fate and status of ...
The Afghan Taliban issued a “Letter of the Islamic Emirate to the American people” on Feb. 14, which was reported as an appeal for negotiations between the Taliban and the United States. Instead, the Taliban demanded that the US and the West withdraw from Afghanistan so the Taliban can establish its ...
KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- Three Taliban militants including key commander Mullah Abdullah alias Fedai were killed and two others injured after clashes erupted in Dasht-e-Archi district of Afghan northern Kunduz province on Wednesday, a local official said. "A group of Taliban insurgents ...
According to the Kandahar">Kandahar police secretary Ghorzang Afridi, who confirmed the incident, stated that 43 Taliban militants were killed and more than 20 others were wounded. Several vehicles and motorcycles belonging to the Taliban militants have been destroyed and some weapons have been ...
Afghan officials are reportedly carrying out at least two tracks of talks with the Taliban - one between Afghanistan's intelligence chief Masoom Stanikzai and the group and another between the president's National Security Advisor Mohammed Hanif Atmar and the Taliban, Associated Press has reported.
Taliban fighters in Farah province, Afghanistan. The letter cites a US watchdog in claiming Taliban control is rising in the country. Photograph: Uncredited/AP. In an unexpected overture at a time of spiralling bloodshed in Afghanistan, the Taliban have published an open letter expressing a desire for peace ...
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The Pakistani Taliban have confirmed the death of their deputy commander in an American drone strike in Afghanistan last week. The commander's death is a blow to the militant group that has been responsible for deadly suicide bombings and terrorist attacks in Pakistan for over ...
President Trump's first State of the Union will focus on "building a safe, strong, and proud America" with an emphasis on his trillion-dollar infrastructure plan, the ongoing debate over immigration, the economy, trade, and national security. It isn't clear if Trump will offer lawmakers a specific blueprint for how he wants to ...
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 ...
Taliban fighters, whom US-led forces spent billions of dollars trying to defeat, are now openly active in 70% of Afghanistan, a BBC study has found. Months of research across the country show how areas the Taliban threaten or control have surged since foreign combat troops left in 2014. The Afghan ...
ISIS claimed responsibility. It's the fourth major attack by militants in just over a week. A horrific bombing over the weekend killed more than a hundred people. The Taliban claimed responsibility for that attack. NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman joins us now here in the studio with more. Hi, Tom.
Members of Kabul Ulema on Sunday condemned in the strongest terms the Taliban's deadly attack in the capital city on Saturday and said it was an ... Meanwhile a splinter faction of the Taliban group led by Mullah Rasoul has also condemned the attack and said it was an attack against Islamic values.


 

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