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Afghan Taliban not serious about peace, says govt chief

Kabul (Web Desk) The Taliban in Afghanistan have not yet shown any sign they are serious about ending their 17-year insurgency despite US efforts to push a fresh peace process, the country´s de facto prime minister told AFP. Abdullah Abdullah, who serves as “chief executive” of the unity government in …

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Taliban deny involvement in Kabul bombing that killed 55

Kabul (Web Desk) The Taliban have denied involvement in a suicide bombing in the Afghan capital that killed at least 55 people. Tuesday’s attack, which targeted a gathering of hundreds of clerics at a wedding hall in Kabul, bore the hallmarks of a local Islamic State (IS) affiliate, which has …

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Taliban kill 30 policemen in Farah province

KABUL (Web Desk) A blistering overnight attack by the Taliban on an Afghan police outpost in western Farah province killed 30 policemen, Afghan officials said on Thursday. It was the latest in a series of brutal and near-daily Taliban assaults on the military and police forces, government and other installations throughout …

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Pentagon endorses non-military solution for Afghanistan, says State Dept

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) Both civil and military officials in the United States believe that there’s no military solution to the Afghan conflict and that’s why Washington is committed to a peace deal between Kabul and the Taliban, says the US State Department. US special envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, is currently …

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10 security personnel, 15 civilians killed in Afghan fighting

KABUL (Web Desk) 15 Afghan civilians and 10 commandos sent to reinforce Shia militia forces fighting the Taliban in the central province of Ghazni were killed on Sunday, officials said, as a days-long battle with threatening ethnic overtones continued. The fighting in Jaghori district, an area inhabited mainly by Shia ethnic …

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US special envoy to visit Afghanistan, Pakistan

WASHINGTON DC / MOSCOW (Web Desk) United States special envoy for peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad will visit Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar from November 8 to 20 to push for peace negotiations with the Afghan Taliban, the US State Department said on Thursday. Khalilzad met Taliban leaders …

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Peace talks in Moscow ‘not about holding negotiations’, say Taliban

Moscow (Web Desk) Moscow on Friday hosted international talks on Afghanistan aimed at kickstarting direct negotiations between Kabul and the Taliban militant group, both of whom sent delegations. Russia hopes “through joint efforts to open a new page in the history of Afghanistan,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said as …

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War on terror left half a million dead in 17 years, says report

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) War-related violence has killed 65,000 people in Pakistan in the last 17 years, including 23,000 civilians, 9,000 security personnel and 90 American contractors, says a report released on Thursday. The rest of the casualties were anti-government fighters. The report by the Brown University’s Costs of War Project notes …

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US shoring up support for Geneva conference on Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) The upcoming Geneva Conference on Afghanistan and joint efforts to advance the Afghan peace process were the two key items discussed during this week’s US-Pakistan talks in Islamabad, said an official US statement released on Wednesday. US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian …

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