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Senior Taliban commander among 29 others killed in Helmand drone strike

Senior Taliban commander among 29 others killed in Helmand drone strike

PESHAWAR: A senior Taliban commander and two of his deputy commanders were among 27 others killed in a joint operation by Afghan and US Special Forces at the Sargardan Chowk in Orgon Bazaar of Helmand province, Afghanistan on Saturday night, Afghan officials confirmed on Sunday.“Mullah Muhammad Rahim Akhand alias Maulvi Manan, who was in charge of […]

After meeting Taliban in Qatar, US envoy hopes for peace deal in 2019

After meeting Taliban in Qatar, US envoy hopes for peace deal in 2019

KABUL: The US special envoy to Afghanistan hopes to cement a peace deal with Taliban insurgents by April 2019, local media reported on Sunday.Zalmay Khalilzad, in Kabul to lead talks between the United States, the Taliban and the Afghan government, told reporters he hopes “a peace deal is reached before April 20 next year”, when Afghanistan […]

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 […]

Historic support for Taliban pursuit of national interest: FM Qureshi

Historic support for Taliban pursuit of national interest: FM Qureshi

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has termed the nation’s historic support for Afghan Taliban as pursuit of national interest.The foreign minister made the remarks while talking to Al-Jazeera in an interview broadcast on Thursday. Questioned on the aforementioned account, Qureshi said previous Pakistani governments were “helping their country”. Daily diary: Pakistan at the United Nations General Assembly […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]