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UN calls on Taliban to take up offer of direct talks

UNITED NATIONS (Web Desk) The United Nations envoy to Afghanistan on Thursday urged the Taliban to take up an offer by the Afghan government of direct talks on peace. “The offer of negotiation is on the table,” said Tada­michi Yamamoto at a Secu­rity Council meeting to mark the annual renewal of …

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Suicide bomber kills religious official in Afghanistan

KABUL (Web Desk) A suicide bomber in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad killed a senior religious official and his bodyguard on Wednesday and wounded at least 11 people, officials said.The suicide bomber approached Abdul Zaher Haqqani, head of the Nangarhar provincial director of religious affairs and the Haj pilgrimage, …

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13 ISIS terrorists killed in northern Afghanistan

KABUL (Web Desk) 13 terrorists including two Uzbek citizens affiliated with ISIS terror group were killed in airstrikes , said local authorities of the Northern Jawzjan province.According to Abdulhafiz Khashi, security head of Jawzjan Police Chief, the airstrikes were carried out in the restive Darzab district of the province.He also …

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Suicide car bomber hits Afghan capital, at least four wounded

KABUL (Web Desk) A police official said a suicide bomber had struck in the Afghan capital, Kabul, after a loud explosion was heard in an area close to foreign embassies on Friday.Police sirens could be heard in the area but there was no immediate word on any casualties from the …

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TALIBAN POUR COLD WATER ON INVITATION TO AFGHAN PEACE TALKS

KABUL (Web Desk) The Taliban on Thursday issued a cool response to proposals that they should begin peace talks with the Afghan government, a day after President Ashraf Ghani offered a pact to recognise the insurgents as a legitimate party in negotiations.The movement has not yet given any formal answer …

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US sees no military solution to Afghan conflict

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) The United States expressed the hope that Taliban will eventually join the peace process by the Afghan government as there was no military solution to the problem there, Radio Pakistan reported on Thursday.At a briefing at the US State Department, spokesperson Heather Nauert said the US was …

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German Citizen Arrested with Taliban in Afghanistan

KABUL (Web Desk) A man with a long beard, wearing a black turban who identified himself as a German citizen and speaks German, was taken along with three other suspected Taliban on Monday night in Gereshk district of Helmand province,” said Omar Zwak, the provincial governor’s spokesman.A statement from the …

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Afghan President unveils plan for peace talks with Taliban

KABUL (Web Desk) Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday unveiled a plan to open peace talks with the Taliban, including eventually recognising them as a political party, days after the militants called for direct negotiations with the US.The apparent openness by both sides to some form of negotiations came as …

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AFGHAN PRESIDENT GHANI MAKES OFFER TO TALIBAN FOR PEACE TALKS

KABUL (Web Desk) Afghan President Ashraf Ghani offered recognition of Taliban insurgents as a legitimate political group on Wednesday as part of a proposed political process that could lead to talks aimed at ending more than 16 years of war.The offer, made at the start of an international conference aimed …

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