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Sikh religious complex in Kabul attacked

KABUL: A Sikh religious complex in the Afghan capital of Kabul was attacked by unidentified gunmen and suicide bombers on Wednesday, officials said. Up to 200 people were believed to be trapped inside the complex, a member of parliament said. Afghan security forces had blocked off the area and were …

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Afghanistan: Pompeo meets Ghani to push forward peace talks

KABUL: The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo arrived in Kabul this Monday to meet with President Ashraf Ghani to help quell the political instability stemming from last year’s elections which have held back peace negotiations with the Taliban. Pompeo said Monday the United States was cutting $1 billion in …

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Kabul delays Taliban prisoner release plan

KABUL: The Afghan government has postponed its plan to release Taliban prisoners, a senior official said on Saturday, throwing a precarious peace process between the insurgents and Kabul into deeper crisis. President Ashraf Ghani recently announced that the authorities would free 1,500 militants as a “gesture of goodwill” before negotiations …

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Daesh claims deadly attack on rally in Kabul

KABUL: The militant Daesh group has claimed responsibility for a gun assault on a political rally in the Afghan capital on Friday that killed 29 people and wounded 61. “Two brothers… targeted a gathering of apostates… in Kabul city with machine guns, hand grenades and rocket-propelled grenades,” it said in …

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US carries out airstrike on Afghan Taliban, days after signing ‘peace’ deal

WASHINGTON: The United States has conducted an airstrike against the Taliban militant group’s positions in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand Province, just days after the two sides signed a “peace” deal. The Taliban militants “were actively attacking an (Afghan National Security Forces) checkpoint. This was a defensive strike to disrupt the attack,” …

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Taliban says it shot down US military aircraft

TEHRAN, Jan. 27 (MNA) – Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that the Taliban downed a US military plane carrying CIA officers in eastern Ghazni province, Afghanistan. In a statement released by the Taliban on Monday evening, they officially said that the movement downed a US military plane in Taliban-controlled territory …

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Plane crashes in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province

An Afghan passenger plane crashed on Monday in Ghazni province, local officials said, but the number of people on board and their fate was not immediately known, nor was the cause of the crash. Arif Noori, spokesperson for the provincial governor, said the plane went down around 1:10pm local time …

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Afghan official calls Gen. Soleimani key figure in anti-Daesh fight

KABUL: Afghanistan’s second vice president has hailed Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani as a “prominent figure” in the battle against the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, saying his assassination has complicated the situation in the region. Muhammad Sarwar Danish made the remarks in Kabul on Saturday, one day after a US …

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