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Afghanistan: Thousands of families flee their homes as fighting between Taliban, government intensify

At least 5,000 families have fled their homes in Afghanistan’s Kunduz Province after days of fighting between Taliban and government forces, officials said on Saturday. Heavy fighting has also been reported in the provinces of Kandahar and Baghlan, where the Afghan forces claimed to have retaken areas from Taliban control but the armed group still […]

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Taliban takes control of more than 50 districts in Afghanistan, UN sounds alarm

The Taliban has taken more than 50 of the 370 districts in Afghanistan since May this year, UN special envoy Deborah Lyons told the Security Council, warning of “dire scenarios” ahead of the foreign troop withdrawal. The US and NATO troops have set 11 September as the final date for withdrawal, though Pentagon spokesman John […]

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Afghanistan: 11 killed in multiple attacks on first day ceasefire with Taliban

At least 11 people were killed and 13 other wounded in four separate bombings in Afghanistan on Thursday, hours after a three-day ceasefire began across the country to mark the holy festival of Eid al-Fitr. A roadside bomb struck a car in the Panjwai district of southern Kandahar province, killing five civilians, including a woman […]