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Afghan government forces launch offensive to re-capture Taliban area outside Kabul

Afghanistan’s security forces have launched an operation to recapture a Taliban-held district outside the capital Kabul. The battle for Nerkh district, which lies in Wardak province about 40km from Kabul, came on Wednesday, just before the start of a three-day ceasefire at midnight. Taliban have killed or captured some government soldiers on Tuesday and forced […]

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US, NATO troops begin preparations for withdrawal from Afghanistan

The commander of foreign military in Afghanistan claimed ‘local actions’ begun as part of the planned withdrawal of foreign troops from the country, about two weeks after US President Joe Biden announced all US forces would leave by September 11. US Army General Scott Miller on Sunday said foreign military bases would be gradually handed […]

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Afghanistan: Taliban warns United States of ‘reaction’ if they defy May 1 deadline for withdrawal

Taliban warns United States of a ‘reaction’ if they defy the May 1 deadline for the withdrawal of US and NATO troops from Afghanistan. Taliban said in a press conference in Moscow after meeting with senior Afghan government negotiators and international observers to try to jump-start a stalled peace process to end Afghanistan’s decades of […]

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Kabul: Bus ferrying Afghan government employees to work bombed, 4 dead

Four people were killed and nine wounded when a bomb hit a bus carrying Afghan government employees in Kabul on Thursday. The blast hit a bus which was rented by the Afghan Ministry of Information and Technology to transport employees, said Abdul Samad Hamid Poya, a ministry adviser. No one claimed immediate responsibility for the […]

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‘Talibanising’: Backlash forces Afghan authorities to overturn ban on girls singing in public

After facing a public backlash Afghan education officials overturned the ban on women singing in public. Schoolgirl choirs are a regular feature of official Afghan events, but when education authorities in the capital Kabul banned the participation of girls over the age of 12 and this prompted an immediate backlash. The order raised fears that […]