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Russia to host talks with Afghan leaders, Taliban delegation today

Russia to host talks with Afghan leaders, Taliban delegation today

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Moscow is set to host multilateral peace talks that underline the increasingly active role Russia is playing in Afghanistan, decades after Soviet forces withdrew from the country, with business investment plans, diplomatic and cultural outreach and small military support for the central government.The Afghan Taliban will attend the peace talks, senior Taliban officials […]

Afghan army helicopter crashes, killing 25 on board: officials

Afghan army helicopter crashes, killing 25 on board: officials

KABUL: An army helicopter crashed in southwestern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing 25 people on board, including a top commander and the head of the provincial council key in fighting off a Taliban attack in May, officials said. Taliban insurgents fighting the Western-backed government said they shot it down. Two army helicopters were on their way from […]

Jalalabad consulate: Afghan FM assures of ‘positive outcome’

Jalalabad consulate: Afghan FM assures of ‘positive outcome’

ISLAMABAD:Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Monday expressed concern at the closure of the country’s consulate in the Afghan city of Jalalabad and was assured by his Afghan counterpart of a “positive outcome” in the matter. Qureshi requested the Afghan foreign minister, Salahuddin Rabbani, during a telephonic conversation, to restore security arrangements allowing the consulate general to […]

US launches airstrikes as Taliban attack Afghan city

US launches airstrikes as Taliban attack Afghan city

United States (US) forces launched airstrikes on Friday to counter a major Taliban assault on an Afghan provincial capital, where terrified residents cowered in their homes amid explosions and gunfire as security forces fought to beat the insurgents back. Officials said Afghan special forces were also being deployed to the southeastern city of Ghazni after […]

8 killed, 40 wounded as Afghan passenger bus hit by roadside bomb: officials

8 killed, 40 wounded as Afghan passenger bus hit by roadside bomb: officials

A roadside bomb hit a Kabul-bound passenger bus in western Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least eight people and wounding around 40, mostly women and children, officials said. “It was a bomb planted by the Taliban to hit security forces but unfortunately it got a passenger bus,” Farah provincial police spokesman Muhibullah Muhib claimed. There […]

At least 10 killed in attack on Afghan govt office: official

At least 10 killed in attack on Afghan govt office: official

Gunmen stormed an education department compound in Afghanistan’s restive east on Wednesday in an attack that left at least ten people dead, officials said. Ten others have been wounded in the second attack in Jalalabad city in as many days, Nangarhar provincial governor spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told AFP. The sound of gunfire followed by a “big […]

Afghan national held in fraud case

Afghan national held in fraud case

PESHAWAR: The National Accountability Bureau, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter, has arrested an accused Gula Jan, an Afghan national and resident of College Doraha area, Mansehra, for his involvement in cheating public at large under the garb of investment in car bargain and property business, fleecing them of millions of rupees. According to a statement issued here […]

Taliban rejects pleas by Afghan elders for a ceasefire extension

Taliban rejects pleas by Afghan elders for a ceasefire extension

KABUL (Reuters) – The Taliban on Monday rejected pleas by Afghan elders and activists for an extension of this month’s ceasefire and said they amounted to a call for surrender to foreign forces, as local groups continued to push for an end to fighting. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid dismissed the peace “slogans” and urged civil […]

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