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Afghanistan to swap Taliban militants for American, Australian captives

The government has decided to free top militant commander Anas Haqqani and two other Taliban commanders in a prisoner swap, a deal that could pave the way for peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

China to host rare meeting between Afghan govt, Taliban

Taliban, which till recently was holding talks with the US before it collapsed in September, has so far declined to hold direct talks with the Afghanistan government.

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Swapping 3 Indian engineers with 11 Taliban terrorists — the Afghan deal, explained

In May 2018, seven Indians engineers working with Indian power company KEC International were abducted by the Taliban in the Baghlan province in northern Afghanistan. In March this year, one of the kidnapped engineers returned safely to India.

Taliban free 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 of its leaders

However, there was no official confirmation from India on the release or identity of the engineers, who are reported to have been working for KEC, a global infrastructure engineering, procurement and construction company of RPG Enterprises.

Taliban delegation meets Pakistan's Foreign Minister to push for revival of Afghan peace process

The Taliban, however, have repeatedly refused to meet with officials of the Afghan government, whom they dismiss as "puppets". The US has long considered Pakistani cooperation crucial to efforts to end the war in Afghanistan.

Taliban, US negotiator both in Islamabad for talks with Pakistan

The Taliban delegation led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, one of the group's founders, was due to discuss "important issues" with Pakistani officials in the capital, Islamabad.

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Afghanistan elections: Afghans vote for President amid Taliban attacks, fraud fears

An upsurge in violence in the run-up to the elections, following the collapse of US-Taliban talks to end America's longest war, had already rattled Afghanistan in the past weeks.

Taliban car bomb kills at least 20 in southern Afghanistan

The Taliban, who have been carrying out nearly daily attacks since peace talks with the United States collapsed earlier this month, said the target was a nearby government intelligence department building in Qalat, the capital of Zabul province.

Taliban makes good on pledge to strike Afghan election campaign

Trump’s decision upended nearly a year of diplomacy that had verged on a deal with the Taliban to end the longest war in U.S. history, which began after the Taliban sheltered the plotters of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

Explained: Who is Noor Wali Mehsud, the latest 'Specially Designated Global Terrorist' identified by the US?

Mehsud is believed to have fought against the North Alliance alongside the Afghan Taliban before the US invaded Afghanistan. He subsequently served as a senior military commander, and led the TTP in Karachi.

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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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