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UN chief welcomes Afghan-owned peace process

New York (Web Desk)  United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the announcement of a three-day partial ceasefire during the Eid al-Fitr holiday. This follows the recent announcement by the Afghan Government that it would begin a seven-day ceasefire on 12 June, the 27th day of Ramadan, and run to Eid …

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19 Afghan police officals killed in Taliban attack on base in Kunduz

Kabul (Web Desk) At least 19 Afghan police officers were killed on Saturday in a pre-dawn raid by the Taliban on a base in the northern province of Kunduz, officials said, hours before the militants announced an unprecedented ceasefire starting next week. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which …

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Taliban agrees to ceasefire with Afghan forces for Eid

KABUL (Web Desk) The Taliban announced Saturday a three-day ceasefire with Afghan security forces for Eid, the holiday that caps off Ramadan, though it said operations against “foreign occupiers” would continue.But the group warned its fighters would “strongly defend” themselves if attacked, according to a statement sent to the media …

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Afghan president announces ceasefire with Taliban insurgents

KABUL (Web Desk) Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced a ceasefire with Taliban insurgents on Thursday until June 20, coinciding with the end of the Islamic fasting season, but said fighting against other militant groups such as Islamic State will continue.He made the announcement in a televised address. “This ceasefire is …

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At least seven dead in Kabul suicide blast near clerics’ gathering

KABUL (Web Desk) At least seven people were killed Monday when a suicide bomber detonated near a gathering of top clerics in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, shortly after the group called such attacks a sin, police said.Our initial information shows that the suicide attack took place when guests were exiting the …

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Mughal exhibition in Kabul a reminder of the city’s artistic glory

KABUL (Web Desk) Disfigured by four decades of war, the Afghan capital Kabul offers few reminders of its former glory in Islamic art or religious tolerance but a rare exhibition of Mughal paintings is seeking to change that.Dozens of enlarged reproductions of miniatures – highly detailed paintings the size of …

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Russian pilot found alive 30 years after shot down in Afghanistan

KABUL (Web Desk) A Russian pilot who was missing presumed dead after his plane was shot down three decades ago during the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan has been found alive and wants to come home, Russian military veterans said Friday.He is still alive. It´s very astonishing. Now he needs help,” the …

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