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Taliban rejects Afghan Govt’ truce offer for Ramadan

The Taliban have dismissed a government call for a Ramadan ceasefire in Afghanistan, saying a truce is “not rational” as they ramp up attacks on government forces. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani appealed to the militants to lay down their arms for the Islamic holy month that began Friday, as the country battles the growing coronavirus […]

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Over 20 Afghan presidential palace staff test positive for coronavirus

At least 20 officials working at Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s palace have tested positive for coronavirus, prompting the 70-year-old leader to limit most of his contact with staff to digital communication. An official document delivered to the Presidential Palace in Kabul is thought to have infected staff, many of whom began feeling unwell and were […]

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Gunmen target Sikh religious complex in Kabul

Gunmen  and suicide bombers attacked a Sikh religious complex in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Wednesday, and up to 200 people were believed to be trapped inside, a member of parliament said. Afghan security forces had blocked off the area and were taking on the attackers, Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said. It was […]

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SAARC leaders hold unprecedented conference to combat Novel Coronavirus

The SAARC nations — India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka — held a conference to discuss the “roadmap to fight the challenge of COVID-19, Novel Coronavirus”. The meet was chaired by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He suggested for the creation of an emergency fund with “voluntary contributions” to counter the […]

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US begins withdrawing troops from Afghanistan

The United States started withdrawing troops from Afghanistan as part of a deal with the Taliban aimed at bringing peace to the country. The US agreed to reduce its troops from about 12,000 to 8,600 within 135 days of signing the agreement. Drawing back troops was a condition of the historic peace deal signed by […]

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Afghanistan has two presidents Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani took oath once again but his main rival Abdullah Abdullah has refused to recognise the inauguration, holding his own swearing-in ceremony, landing the nation into fresh political crisis. Afghan local news channel TOLOnews reported international representatives, including US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, and US and NATO forces commander General Scott Miller, […]

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Dozens killed, injured in Kabul ceremony attack attended by opposition leader Abdullah Abdullah

Gunmen in the Afghan capital of Kabul attacked a ceremony attended by opposition leader Abdullah Abdullah on Friday, killing 32 people and injuring another 58. Women and children were among the dead, Health Ministry spokesperson Waheedullah Mayar said. Abdullah said he heard gunfire and what he thought sounded like rocket fire, and that he managed […]

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United States conducts airstrikes against Taliban in Afghanistan

The United States conducted an airstrike on Wednesday against Taliban fighters in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province, a U.S. forces spokesman said, the first such attack since a troop withdrawal agreement was signed between the two sides on Saturday. The Taliban fighters were “were actively attacking an (Afghan National Security Forces) checkpoint. This was a defensive […]

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Afghan President rejects prisoner release deal signed between U.S-Taliban

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says his government has not pledged to free Taliban prisoners, as stated in a deal reached by the US and the militants. Under the landmark agreement signed on Saturday in Qatar, 5,000 Taliban would be released in exchange for up to 1,000 government detainees by 10 March. Less than 24 hours […]

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IN PICTURES: Afghanistan Peace Deal

The United States signed a historic deal with Taliban insurgents on Saturday that could pave the way toward a full withdrawal of foreign soldiers from Afghanistan over the next 14 months and represent a step toward ending the 18-year-war there. The agreement paves the way for the United States to gradually pull out of its […]

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U.S.-Taliban sign “Peace Deal” to end 18-year war

The United States signed a historic deal with Taliban insurgents on Saturday that could pave the way toward a full withdrawal of foreign soldiers from Afghanistan over the next 14 months and represent a step toward ending the 18-year-war there. While the agreement paves the way for the United States to gradually pull out of […]

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United States, Taliban to sign historic agreement on Feb 29

The United States and the Taliban will sign an agreement on Feb. 29 at the end of a week-long period of violence reduction in Afghanistan, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Taliban said on Friday. The agreement could represent a chance for peace after 18 years of war and a U.S. troop presence […]