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No one tames Taliban

Pakistan has no influence, only cause to fear Taliban and its patron, al Qaeda

One of seven Indians abducted by Taliban last May returns

Last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had raised the issue with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

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Taliban kill 22 Afghan forces in attack on checkpoints

Last week, around 100 Afghan soldiers in the western Badghis province fled their posts and tried to cross the border during a weeklong battle with the Taliban, officials said Sunday.

Senior Afghan official publicly criticizes US negotiator Khalilzad on visit to Washington

NSA Hamdullah Mohib's comments to reporters were the most strident public complaints to date by an Afghan official over the Kabul's government's absence and the role of U.S. Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad, an Afghan-born veteran diplomat.

In rare rebuke, US State Department summons visiting Afghan NSA

Over the past two days, Mohib at various public forums — during an appearance at a Washington DC-based think-tank and in an interaction with reporters — described the US's talks with the Taliban as surrender discussion.

No breakthrough after weeks of US-Taliban talks, but progress could be made

The chief U.S. peace envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, was expected to fly back to Washington on Tuesday night to brief Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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Afghan journalist wounded in bombing; 10 troops killed

Radio and TV journalist Nesar Ahmad Ahmadi was wounded when a sticky bomb attached to his car exploded as he was heading to work in Helmand province.

Mullah Mohammad Omar’s final days: how new book contests US claims

The author, independent Dutch journalist Bette Dam, worked from Kabul from 2009 to 2014. Her biography on Omar, Searching for an Enemy, was published in Dutch last month. In an article published in English by a think-tank named Zomia, Dam summarises the book.

US peace talks with Taliban trip over a big question: What is terrorism?

The answer is so important because the two sides had already agreed in principle on a framework for two crucial issues: the withdrawal of US troops, and a commitment that Afghan soil would not again be used to launch terrorist attacks against the United States and its allies.

US and Taliban talks progress despite attacks and regional tensions

Even as negotiators were sounding hopeful in Doha, Taliban fighters assaulted a large Afghan army base in Helmand province where US Marines are present, killing at least two dozen Afghan soldiers.

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Schools in Peshawar reopen after the Taliban attack

Security was tight, part of a country-wide move to boost security at schools in the wake of the attack.

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India to move UN for Azhar Masood ban: MEA

New Delhi, Feb 25 (ANI): Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Vikas Swarup onThursday said that India will yet again move the United Nations to include the name of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar on the sanctions list to ban him. Swarup said "We will be moving to 1267 Sanctions Committee to also include the name of Masood Azhar on the sanctions list. It is a great anomaly that the organisation Jaish-e-Mohammed is listed but not its leader. He also noted that India has already submitted to the UN's Sanction Committee a fresh list of 11 terrorists from Pakistan -based terror groups affiliated to Al Qaeda, Taliban and other outfits responsible for terrorism in the country. He further said "We are awaiting details from Pakistan about the composition of the Special Investigation Team and the itinerary of the visit. The two foreign secretaries are in touch.

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