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Afghan govt’s control over territories reaches record low

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) The Afghan government has lost control over a record number of districts this year, although Taliban too have lost some areas, says an official US report sent to Congress this week. The report — that covers the period between July 1 and Sept 30, 2018, — identifies a …

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Ashraf Ghani to seek re-election next year

KABUL (Web Desk) Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will seek re-election in 2019, his office announced on Saturday, as potential rivals begin jockeying for the country’s top job ahead of the ballot. Mr Ghani, who was elected in a controversial poll in 2014, is expected to present himself to war-weary voters as …

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Russia invites Afghan leaders for talks with Taliban, angering Kabul

KABUL (Web Desk) Russia has quietly invited a group of senior Afghan politicians to talk with the Taliban in Moscow, bypassing President Ashraf Ghani’s government in a move that has angered officials in Kabul who say it could muddle the US-backed peace process. The invitations, extended over the past two months …

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Suicide bomber kills 1, injures 6 in Kabul

KABUL (Web Desk) The Monday morning suicide attack near election commission in Kabul, Afghanistan has claimed the life of one and injured 6 others, Kabul police spokesman said.Speaking to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on Monday Basir Mojahed said the suicide bomber who wanted to attack a polling staff …

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Suicide attack on Afghan police bus kills six

KABUL (Web Desk) A suicide car bomb attack on a bus carrying police officers and workers in central Afghanistan killed at least six people and wounded dozens on Saturday, officials said. The Taliban-claimed blast happened as the bus entered a police compound in the Wardak provincial capital of Maidan Shar, provincial …

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Afghans becoming unprecedentedly pessimistic about future of country

KABUL (Web Desk) People in Afghanistan are showing unprecedented levels of pessimism about the future of their war-ravaged country, a US survey shows, as militant attacks continue to take toll on the lives of Afghans almost every day 17 years after the US invaded the country.In a survey, whose results …

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Chaotic Afghan parliamentary elections enter second day

KABUL: (Web Desk) Parliamentary elections in Afghanistan have entered a second day following violence and chaos that caused delays and interruptions on the first day of polling. Independent Elections Commission Chairman Abdul Badi Sayat says over 3 million people out of 8.8 million registered voters cast their ballots on Saturday. …

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Multiple blasts rock Kabul as Afghans line up to vote

KABUL: (Web Desk) Afghanistan’s long-delayed parliamentary elections dissolve into chaos as blasts rock polling centers across Kabul, forcing authorities to extend voting in some constituencies to Sunday. According to acting Health Ministry spokesman Mohibullah Zeer, at least three people were killed and more than 30 wounded in Saturday attacks which …

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Afghanistan braces for militant attacks as polling centres open

KABUL (Web Desk) Afghans are bracing for more deadly violence on Saturday as voting gets under way in the long-delayed legislative election that the Taliban has vowed to attack.Polling centres opened at 7:00 am (0230 GMT) across the war-torn country, with some 54,000 security forces deployed to protect them.But there …

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