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Pakistan reiterates support for Afghan peace initiative

Islamabad, March 18 (IANS) Pakistan's National Security Adviser Naseer Khan Janjua, who held talks with top Afghan leaders in Kabul on Saturday, reiterated on Sunday the country's full support to President Ashraf Ghani's recent dialogue offer to the Taliban insurgents. Janjua said he had elaborate and successful meetings with Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, his counterpart Hane...

21 hours ago
One killed in Afghanistan school blast

Kabul, March 18 (IANS) A child has been killed and 16 others wounded following a blast in Afghanistan's eastern province of Khost, police said on Sunday. The blast occurred on Saturday evening in the vicinity of a religious school in Spin Kaan locality, Nadir Shah Kot district. Khost provincial police have launched an investigation into the incident, Xinhua quoted provincial police spoke...

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Taliban kill 3 in Kabul suicide bombing

Kabul, March 17 (IANS) A suicide car bombing claimed by the Taliban in Kabul on Saturday left at least three people dead and four injured. The attack, which caused panic among Kabul residents, came amid increased government forces' crackdowns on anti-government militants elsewhere in the country especially in the countryside where armed insurgents are active, Xinhua news agency reported....

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35 Islamic State militants killed in Afghanistan

Kabul, March 17 (IANS) At least 35 Islamic State militants were killed in airstrikes on their hideouts in Afghanistan's northern Jawzjan province, an Army spokesperson said. In deadly airstrikes against IS outfit which were conducted in Qush Tepa and Darzab districts at 4.45 a.m., 35 insurgents, including seven foreign fighters, were killed and 13 more militants sustained injuries, spoke...

1 day ago
Three killed in Kabul suicide bombing

Kabul, March 17 (IANS) At least three people were and four others injured in a suicide bombing here on Saturday, Afghanistan's Interior Ministry said. A ministry spokesman has confirmed the attack but did not provide details, saying investigation was underway, reports Xinhua news agency. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. --IANS ksk ...

3 days ago
UNSC welcomes offer to engage Taliban in peace talks

United Nations, March 16 (IANS) The UN Security Council has welcomed the Afghan government's offer to engage the Taliban in direct peace talks and called on the Taliban to accept it without preconditions. The offer was made at the second meeting of the Kabul Process in early March. The Taliban had insisted on direct negotiations with the US. In a press statement on Thursday, the ...

4 days ago
EU hopes China will mediate with Taliban for talks

Beijing, March 14 (IANS) The European Union's Special Envoy to Afghanistan on Wednesday hoped that key player China would mediate with the Taliban for acceptance of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's offer for unconditional peace talks. Speaking at a press conference in Beijing, Roland Kobia said the EU was not in contact with the Taliban and urged those countries that were, including China...

5 days ago
Mattis pays surprise visit to Kabul

Kabul, March 13 (IANS) US Defence Secretary James Mattis arrived in the Afghan capital on Tuesday on a surprise visit to meet Afghan authorities and commanders of NATO and US forces in the country. The visit by the Pentagon chief comes at a time when the Afghan government is actively looking to broker peace talks with the Taliban. Mattis will meet Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani t...

6 days ago
Taliban capture first Afghan district in 2018

Kabul, March 12 (IANS) Taliban fighters have taken control of a district in Afghanistan's Farah province, making it the first district to fall into their hands in 2018, after clashes in which 10 members of the security forces were killed, officials said on Monday. The fighting took place on Sunday night when dozens of Taliban fighters attacked the administrative compound of the Anar Dara...

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Seven civilians killed in Afghanistan Taliban attack

Kabul, March 12 (IANS) Seven Afghan civilians, including children, were killed and two others injured when Taliban militants attacked a vehicle with rockets in Nangarhar province, officials said on Monday. The attack occurred at around 8.30 p.m. on Sunday in Bati Kot district, reports Xinhua news agency. One of the injured remains in critical condition, the officials said.

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15 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack

Kabul, March 10 (IANS) At least 15 Afghan soldiers were killed when Taliban militants attacked their outpost in Afghanistan's Farah province, the media reported on Saturday. Citing Ariana News TV, Xinhua reported that the attack was carried out by the Taliban militants on Friday night in Farah Rod area of Bala Buluk district, northeast of provincial capital city Farah, Farid Bakhtawar, c...

9 days ago
Seven killed in Kabul suicide attack

Kabul, March 9 (IANS) At least seven people were killed and 22 others injured in a suicide attack in western Kabul near where thousands of members of the Shia Hazara minority had gathered. An Interior Ministry official told TOLOnews that the explosion took place near the Mosalla-e-Mazar area in Police District 6. Meanwhile, Afghan Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahidullah Majro...

9 days ago
Four killed in Kabul suicide attack

Kabul, March 9 (IANS) At least four people were killed on Friday in a suicide attack in western Kabul near where thousands of members of the Shia Hazara minority had gathered. So far we have received four dead and 13 injured ones... Numbers could rise, Afghan Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahidullah Majroh told EFE news. --IANS mr/ ...

9 days ago
10 security personnel killed in Afghanistan

Kabul, March 9 (IANS) Ten security personnel were killed and nine others injured when Taliban militants ambushed a security patrol in Afghanistan's Takhar province on Friday, police said. The incident took place in Pul-e-Momin area of Khawja Ghar district, an official told Xinhua news agency. --IANS ksk/mr ...

10 days ago
Afghanistan welcomes Pakistan's inclusion on terror finance watch list, aid cut

United Nations, March 9 (IANS) Afghanistan has welcomed the rising international pressure on the counter-terrorism front against Pakistan including its recent listing on a terrorism financing watch list and the United States withholding aid. We hope that this trend continues and the response to these measures is positive in the interest of peace and security in Afghanistan and the region...

10 days ago
India calls for international backing for Afghanistan peace efforts with Taliban

United Nations, March 9 (IANS) India has expressed its support for the Afghanistan government's offer to the Taliban to participate in a peace process without preconditionsdespiteAthe group's irreconcilable nature, and called for international backing for Kabul's reconciliation efforts. These efforts of the Afghan Government calling on the armed groups to cease violence and join the nati...

11 days ago
Pakistan postpones reopening of border crossing with Afghanistan

Islamabad, March 8 (IANS) Pakistan on Wednesday postponed the long-awaited reopening of a key border crossing with Afghanistan for unknown reasons, officials said. Ghulam Khan border, the third major crossing point with Afghanistan in North Waziristan tribal region, was closed in June 2014 after the security forces launched a major operation against the Taliban militants and their foreig...

11 days ago
Ghani calls for patience on peace talks progress

Kabul, March 7 (IANS) Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday called for patience on the progress of peace talks without any pre-conditions following his proposal to insurgent groups a week ago. Ghani said it was normal for some people to have doubts over his peace call after four decades of war led to enmity and hatred. To reach this goal, we should be patient and not ...

16 days ago
China offers aid to Afghan IDPs in Kabul

Kabul, March 2 (IANS) Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan Liu Jingsong on Friday met with representatives of an internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp in Kabul, discussing ways to provide assistance to displaced families, particularly children. On Thursday, the Chinese Embassy donated items for IDPs at Char Rah-e-Qambar Camp. The donations included chairs, tables, computer desks, aluminu...

17 days ago
Pakistan welcomes Ghani's dialogue offer to Taliban

Islamabad, March 1 (IANS) Pakistan on Thursday welcomed Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani's dialogue offer to the Taliban. Afghan Taliban is a political entity and Pakistan supports the dialogue between the Afghan government and the Taliban, Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif told the media in Islamabad. Ghani unveiled his peace offer to the Taliban on Wednesda...

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