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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.

Afghan peace deal hits first snag over prisoner releases

March 01, 2020 4:05 pm

President Ashraf Ghani's comments pointed to the first hitch in implementing the fragile deal, which is aimed at ending America's longest war after more than 18 years and getting rival Afghan factions to agree on their country's future.

Scarred and weary, an Afghan force wonders: What is peace?

February 29, 2020 8:13 pm

Lt. Col. Musa-Kalim Rodwal, the unit’s commander, draws on at least 15 years of perspective, loss and hurt as he ponders. The life they have lived — of assaults and roadside bombs when on duty, and targets on their backs when not — is like being chained by fear, he said.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says Mike Pompeo reports progress in US-Taliban talks

February 12, 2020 8:56 am

In his tweet, Ashraf Ghani wrote that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told him "of the notable progress made in the ongoing peace talks with the Taliban".

Death of a deal

September 11, 2019 2:30 am

By calling off talks with Taliban, President Trump gives all sides opportunity to see what was wrong, reconsider their positions.

Eighteen years on, 9/11 marks the lack of closure to the war in Afghanistan

September 11, 2019 9:38 am

A degree of policy fecklessness and political inconsistency characterises the last 18 years of the US-led global war on terror (GWOT), though the acronym is no longer in vogue.

US, Taliban to open Doha talks in fresh bid to end war

June 29, 2019 2:29 pm

Khalilzad has been relentless in his pursuit of an intra-Afghan dialogue after an earlier planned meeting between the government and the Taliban in Doha was scuttled when both sides disagreed on participants.

Taliban declare start of spring offensive amid talks with US

April 12, 2019 5:43 pm

Friday's announcement instructs the Taliban mujahedeen, or holy warriors, to "launch jihadi operations with sincerity and pure intentions," strictly abiding by the Taliban command structure.

Explained: Why US is talking to Taliban, where the talks are headed

March 15, 2019 7:56 am

The meetings that concluded on Tuesday were important because the Taliban delegation was chaired by Mullah Baradar, a co-founder of the Islamist movement and one of its most senior leaders, who was released by Pakistan in October last year after almost a decade of incarceration.