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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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Taliban kill 20 Afghan troops in attack on post near Iran border

KABUL (Web Desk) Taliban militants attacked a border outpost in western Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing 20 Afghan soldiers in the latest assault likely to compound fears that security forces are facing an unsustainable casualty toll. Sparsely-populated Farah, on the border with Iran, has seen months of heavy fighting, with hundreds of …

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Afghan Taliban to ‘join’ Moscow peace talks

Kabul (Web Desk)  The Afghan Taliban will join multilateral peace talks being hosted by Rus­sia on Friday, senior Taliban officials said on Monday, after the United States and Afghanistan turned down their invitations. But Taliban spokesman Zabih­ullah Mujahid said they had not formally agreed to take part. Russia invited 12 countries …

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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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