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Afghanistan, Pakistan will boost efforts to curb terrorism

ISLAMABAD: (Web Desk) Pakistan and Afghanistan on Sa­turday reiterated the desire to coordinate counter-terrorism operations, said the Foreign Office (FO). According to the FO, a meeting was held between Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and visiting Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Nasir Andesha to discuss counterterrorism efforts. Mr Andesha is visiting Pakistan …

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Taliban ‘open letter’ to Trump urges US to leave Afghanistan

KABUK (Web Desk) The Afghan Taliban in an “open letter” to United States (US) President Donald Trump, reiterating their calls for America to leave Afghanistan after 16 years of war.In a note in English that was sent to journalists on Tuesday by Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, the insurgents said that …

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Taliban seize district in northern Afghan province

KABUL: (Web Desk) Taliban militants have seized control of a district headquarters in Afghanistan’s northern province of Faryab, officials say. Security forces were forced to pull out of the Ghormach district to avoid civilian casualties, said Nasratullah Jamshidi, an army corps spokesman for the northern region, on Sunday. The military …

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Taliban Rejects Reports of Civilian Deaths in Attack on Afghan Village

KABUL (Web Desk) Afghan Taliban Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid rejected reports that the group has recently killed dozens of Shiite civilians in a remote village in northern Afghanistan as rumors spread by the US and Afghan governments.According to Tasnim dispatches, Mujahid claimed no civilian was killed in the Taliban’s recent attack …

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New Afghan strategy threatens graduated sanctions on Pakistan

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) US Senator John McCain has unveiled his long-promised strategy for Afghanistan, which threatens “imposing graduated diplomatic, military, and economic costs on Pakistan” if it continues to provide the alleged support and sanctuary to terrorist and insurgent groups, including the Taliban and the Haqqani Network. The strategy, issued …

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US uses terrorism as a tool in Afghanistan: Ex-diplomat

KABUL: (Web Desk) A recent Taliban attack on a Shia village in northern Afghanistan has left 60 dead, including women and children. The Taliban have rejected reports that they cooperated with Daesh Takfiri militants in attacking the Mirza Olang village in the northern province of Sar-e Pol. Press TV has …

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Death toll from raid on Shia Afghan village ‘hits 60’

KABUL: (Web Desk) Reports say the death toll from a Taliban attack on a remote Shia village in northern Afghanistan has risen to 60. The civilians, including women and children, were massacred during an attack on the Mirza Olang Village in the northern Sar-e Pol Province overnight Sunday. A number of …

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Taliban release hostages after Afghanistan ‘massacre’

MAZAR-E-SHARIF (Web Desk) The Taliban released 235 hostages from a remote village in northern Afghanistan where it allegedly massacred around 50 civilians along with IS insurgents but others were still feared held, officials said on Tuesday.“This evening 235 people including women and children were released from Mirzawalang as a result …

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From poppy to heroin ‘Taliban moving into Afghan drug production’

KABUL (Web Desk) The Taliban  which banned poppy cultivation when it ruled Afghanistan now appears to wield significant control over the war-torn country’s heroin production line, providing insurgents with billions of dollars, officials have told.In 2016 Afghanistan, which produces 80 per cent of the world’s opium, made around 4,800 tonnes …

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