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Over 30 Taliban killed in Afghan air strikes

KABUL: The Afghan air force conducted multiple strikes on Taliban positions on Saturday that killed more than 30 insurgent fighters, officials said, as President Ashraf Ghani once again called for a ceasefire. The Taliban claimed the strike had killed nearly two dozen civilians including women and children in the latest …

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Taliban accuse Afghan govt of re-arresting insurgents

KABUL: The Taliban accused Afghan security forces on Sunday of re-arresting insurgents who had been released as part of a crucial prisoner swap meant to kick-start peace talks. They said the National Directorate of Security (NDS) had detained an unspecified number of insurgents released under the exchange programme, warning Kabul …

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Senior US general reveals: Taliban not honoring deal

A top US general says the Taliban militant group in Afghanistan has so far failed to honor its commitments under a deal with the United States, contrasting other US officials who have indicated the agreement is moving ahead smoothly. Marine General Frank McKenzie, the commander of the US Central Command, …

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Dozens wounded in blast, gunfire near Afghan intel agency office

Dozens of people have been wounded in a car bomb blast followed by a shooting attack near an office of the Afghan intelligence agency in the northern province of Samangan. Clashes broke out between Afghan security forces and unknown gunmen on Monday following the bomb attack that targeted a government …

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Afghan president says Taliban violence threatening peace process

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has warned that violence by Taliban is threatening the country’s peace process, as his administration prepares for talks with the militant group. “If the Taliban continue fighting, the Afghan peace process will face serious challenges,” Ghani told online attendees from international organizations and several nations on …

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Iranian envoy, Taliban officials hold talks in Doha

TEHRAN: Iran’s special envoy for Afghanistan Mohammad Ebrahim Taherian met and held talks with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the deputy political chief and head of the political office of the Taliban in Qatar. Iran’s special envoy for Afghanistan Mohammad Ebrahim Taherian met with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the deputy political …

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Mortar blast at Afghan madressah kills 9 students

KUNDUZ: A mortar bomb blast inside a religious school in northern Afghanistan killed at least nine students on Thursday, police said. “As per the initial investigation, the explosion was caused by a mortar that had somehow been carried inside the madrassa,” said police spokesman Khalil Asir, adding many of the …

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NATO indicates reduction of its forces in Afghanistan

BRUSSELS: The reduction of NATO forces in Afghanistan will be decided by the full coordination of our allies. Operations in Afghanistan are aimed at maintaining peace in the country at all costs, said the NATO Secretary-General on Thursday. This was said during an online conference of the Defence Ministers of …

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Taliban raids on Afghan security posts kill 18

MAZAR SHARIF: Taliban fighters killed at least 18 Afghan security personnel on Wednesday in two attacks on checkpoints in the north, officials said, the latest violence ahead of expected peace talks. In one pre-dawn raid, militants killed 12 Afghan security force members when they stormed a checkpoint in Jawezjan province, …

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