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Saturday, October 24, 2020

Afghan Taliban


The women of Afghanistan stand to lose the most if the Taliban return to power

October 17, 2020 8:55 am

Pakistan is putting up a wire-fence on the Durand Line while the Taliban — Afghan and Pakistani — take potshots at the soldiers assigned to erect the fence. Yet, when the deluge of refugees comes, fleeing the exemplary bravery of the Islamic soldiers, it will be the children and women who will suffer most.

Deadly truck bomb rocks Afghanistan amid peace talks

October 04, 2020 12:06 pm

A suicide attack in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province has killed over a dozen people and wounded many more. The attack comes as Afghan officials and the Taliban engage in peace talks to end the 19-year-long conflict.

Search for peace in Afghanistan will not succeed unless all parties relinquish entrenched thinking

September 21, 2020 8:54 am

As the talks begin, the Taliban is in a position of strength. If the Kabul-based Afghan political class had succeeded in consolidating the republic and had kept the Taliban confined to a small area, it would have had the upper hand.

Road from Doha

September 14, 2020 12:13 am

Uncertainties ahead are unfortunately easier to foresee than any outcome that can herald real peace in Afghanistan.

Critics of US-Taliban deal say militants can't be trusted

July 04, 2020 2:29 pm

For its part, the Taliban committed to reducing violence, cutting ties with al-Qaida and sitting down with other Afghans to craft a political road map for their country’s future.

Taliban attack military centre in Afghanistan, casualties reported

May 04, 2020 1:11 pm

The defence ministry confirmed the blast, and said one member of the army was injured. The Afghan forces in the last two months have suffered heavy casualties across the country.

Afghanistan: Civilian casualties down, but hundreds still killed, despite US-Taliban deal

April 28, 2020 8:35 am

The report found that anti-Government elements were responsible for 55 per cent - or 710 - of the civilian casualties, with 39 per cent attributed to the Taliban, 13 per cent to the ISIL, Khorasan Province extremist group (ISIL-KP) and the remainder to undetermined anti-Government elements.

Afghanistan: Taliban rejects Ramadan ceasefire

April 25, 2020 3:21 pm

The Afghan government had proposed a truce so that it could focus on its coronavirus response. The Taliban has attacked a series of government targets in recent weeks.

Afghan Taliban confirms release of first government prisoners

April 12, 2020 4:13 pm

The Afghan government released its first 100 Taliban prisoners last week and Jawed Faisal, a spokesman for Afghanistan's national security adviser, said the government has thus far released 300 Taliban prisoners overall from government custody.

Two days after peace deal, blast at Afghan football field kills at least three

March 02, 2020 8:37 pm

There was no immediate claim of responsibility and the governor, Halim Fidai, said he did not know who was behind the attack.


Afghanistan's youth wary of future with Taliban

February 09, 2019 10:09 am

Afghanistan has a strikingly young population, with more than 60 percent of its 35 million people under the age of 25, and half under the age of 15, according to the UN population agency