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30 Afghan security forces killed in Taliban attacks: officials

30 Afghan security forces killed in Taliban attacks: officials

HERAT, Afghanistan Taliban fighters killed around 30 Afghan security forces in multiple attacks in western Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday, days after the group ended its ceasefire.”More than half of the fatalities came from the ambush and roadside bomb blasts that hit a reinforcement convoy,” Badghis provincial governor Abdul Qhafoor Malikzai told AFP.The other soldiers and […]

US reaches out to Bajwa, offers ceasefire to Afghan Taliban

US reaches out to Bajwa, offers ceasefire to Afghan Taliban

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo launched a new peace initiative for Afghanistan on Thursday, reaching out to the man Washington believes can help them achieve this objective, Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa Later, he announced that American and Nato troops in Afghanistan will also observe a temporary ceasefire that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani […]

Afghanistan announces ceasefire with Taliban for Eid

Afghanistan announces ceasefire with Taliban for Eid

Afghanistan announced on Thursday a week-long ceasefire with the Taliban for the Eid holiday, though operations against other groups including the militant group Islamic State (IS), will continue.The ceasefire will last “from the 27th of Ramazan until the fifth day of Eidul Fitr,” Afghan President Ashraf Ghani tweeted from an official account, indicating it could […]

Taliban, Afghan officials in ceasefire talks: US general

Taliban, Afghan officials in ceasefire talks: US general

WASHINGTON ;Senior Taliban officials have been secretly negotiating with Afghan officials on a possible ceasefire, the commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan disclosed Wednesday.”A lot of the diplomatic activity and dialogue is occurring off the stage, and it s occurring at multiple levels,” General John Nicholson said in a teleconference with reporters at the […]

US, Afghan attacks force Taliban to retreat from western city

US, Afghan attacks force Taliban to retreat from western city

HERAT: Afghan commandos and US air strikes have driven the Taliban to the outskirts of Farah city, officials said Wednesday, after a day-long battle to prevent the insurgents from seizing the western provincial capital. “Subdued” fighting was continuing outside the city and Afghan troops were being supported by US airpower and advisers, a NATO spokesman said, while the Afghan […]

Taliban seize Afghan district centre, attack army base?

Taliban seize Afghan district centre, attack army base?

Kundus: Taliban fighters seized a district centre in northern Afghanistan on Saturday, while a bomb at an army base in the southern province of Helmand killed at least five people.The latest violence came as insurgents pushed ahead with a spring offensive. Fighters captured the governor’s house and police headquarters in Aq Tapa, in the Qala-e Zal district […]

Former Taliban hostage Boyle arrested for 15 charges including assault

Former Taliban hostage Boyle arrested for 15 charges including assault

A Canadian man who was held captive by a faction of the Afghan Taliban for five years has been arrested on 15 charges including sexual assault, illegal confinement and issuing death threats, according to reports on Tuesday. Joshua Boyle was freed by the Pakistan Army in October along with his American wife Caitlan Coleman and […]

Afghanistan wants more US help in fight against Taliban, IS

Afghanistan wants more US help in fight against Taliban, IS

Afghanistan wants the United States to send more forces to help meet shortfalls in the battle against the Taliban and the militant Islamic State (IS) group, the country’s top diplomat said Tuesday. Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani welcomed a recent call by US Gen John Nicholson, the top US commander in Afghanistan, for a few […]

Taliban car bomb hits army base in eastern Afghanistan

Taliban car bomb hits army base in eastern Afghanistan

Agencies A suicide car bomb detonated near an army base in the eastern Afghan province of Khost on Friday, killing one soldier and wounding several before the army repelled at attack on the base by four gunmen, the district chief said. The blast, 50 meters from the base, was heard several miles away and damaged […]