KABUL, Aug 9: Afghanistan agreed on Sunday to release 400 “hard-core” Taliban prisoners, paving the way for the beginning of peace talks aimed at ending more than 19 years of war.

KABUL/QUETTA, Pakistan, July 31: Cross-border artillery fire by Pakistan killed at least 15 civilians in Afghanistan on Thursday, Afghan officials said, prompting Kabul to put its ground and air forces on alert.

KABUL, May 24: The Taliban declared a three-day Eid ceasefire in Afghanistan starting Sunday, via a tweet on Saturday from the hardline Islamist group, and the country’s president said the government would reciprocate.

KABUL, May 9: Seven people were killed when protesters angry over what they see as unfair food aid distribution during the coronavirus pandemic clashed with police in Afghanistan’s western Ghor province on Saturday, according to a local member of parliament.

KATHMANDU, April 8: As the entire world is battling against the coronavirus pandemic, South Asian countries are no exception.

KABUL, March 27: Afghanistan will release at least 10,000 prisoners above the age of 55 in an attempt to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, officials said on Thursday.

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 24: Washington’s unprecedented threat to cut $1 billion in Afghanistan funding — a response to the refusal of rivals in Kabul to work together to advance peace — comes at a time when the impoverished nation risks being overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic.

How not to leave Afghanistan

March 5, 2020 08:45 am

NEW YORK – After nearly two decades, 2,400 soldiers killed, another 20,000 wounded, and as much as $2 trillion spent, the United States is understandably eager to withdraw from Afghanistan. President Donald Trump wants to be able to claim in advance of the November 2020 election that he fulfilled his campaign promise to end the country’s longest war, and his Democratic challengers share his desire to extricate the US from the conflict.

KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb 22: A United Nations report says Afghanistan passed a grim milestone with more than 100,000 civilians killed or hurt in the last 10 years since the international body began documenting casualties in a war that has raged for 18 years.

KABUL, DEC 23: The Taliban said their fighters killed a U.S. service member in Afghanistan on Monday and posted photographs of a blood-soaked backpack and the identity card of an American soldier to prove it.

It’s been 18 months since Suraya Shaheedi started her mobile tattoo shop in the capital, Kabul. She’s received death threats for taking on the taboo of the ink-on-skin drawings she does — as well as being a single woman willing to work with men.

KABUL/NANGARHAR, Afghanistan, Dec 4 : Six people including the head of a Japanese NGO were killed on Wednesday after unknown gunmen attacked their vehicle in Jalalabad, the capital city of Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province, officials said.

U.S. troop numbers in the Middle East

October 27, 2019 00:00 am

Despite President Donald Trump’s repeated promises to end what he calls America’s “endless wars,” there are now more U.S. troops in the Middle East than when he took office. The United States is estimated to have 60,000 to 80,000 troops stationed across the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, which covers the Middle East and Southwest Asia, including Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. Since President Trump took office in 2017, roughly 3,000 more U.S. troops have been sent to Afghanistan, America’s longest-running war.

KABUL, Oct 16: A Taliban suicide bomber killed at least three people and wounded 27 on Wednesday when he set off explosives in a truck near a police headquarters in Afghanistan, officials said.

KABUL, Oct. 2: An Afghan Taliban delegation will visit Pakistan on Wednesday, the insurgent group said, the latest stop on a tour of regional powers after an Afghanistan peace process broke down.

KABUL, Sept 23: A Taliban delegation met China’s special representative for Afghanistan in Beijing to discuss the group’s peace talks with the United States, a spokesman for the Islamist insurgency said.

KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept 19: A powerful suicide truck bomb devastated a hospital in southern Afghanistan early Thursday morning, killing as many as 20 people and wounding more than 90 others, Afghan officials said, while a deadly drone strike in the country’s east was blamed on U.S. forces.

ISLAMABAD, Sept 15: Pakistan has summoned diplomats from Afghanistan and India after several shooting incidents along two different borders killed four Pakistani soldiers and a civilian woman.

Between 480,000 and 507,000 people have been killed in the United States’ post-9/11 wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, according to a Brown University study.

KABUL, Sept 10: President Donald Trump’s sudden halt to U.S.-Taliban talks looks like a gift to the beleaguered Afghan president, who has insisted on holding a key election in less than three weeks’ time despite widespread expectations that a peace deal would push it aside. Now, with an agreement to end America’s longest war on hold, Afghanistan suddenly faces a presidential vote amid warnings that it’s not ready — and the threat of even more violence.

WASHINGTON/ISLAMABAD, Sept 8: U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday said he canceled peace talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban leaders after the insurgent group claimed responsibility last week for an attack in Kabul that killed an American soldier and 11 other people.

Taliban kidnap six Afghan journalists

September 7, 2019 18:40 pm

KABUL, Sept 7: Taliban kidnapped six Afghan journalists working for private and government media organisations in eastern Paktia province, government officials and Taliban said on Saturday.

KABUL, Sept 5: A Taliban suicide blast in the centre of Kabul killed at least 10 people and wounded more than 40 on Thursday, destroying cars and shops in an area near the headquarters of Afghanistan’s NATO force and the U.S. embassy, officials said.

KABUL, Sept 3: A Taliban vehicle bomb late on Monday close to a housing compound used by international organizations in the Afghan capital Kabul killed at least 16 people and wounded 119, officials said as emergency workers began cleanup operations.

KABUL, Sept 1: U.S. and Taliban negotiators are close to a deal that would open the way for peace in Afghanistan, a top U.S. official said on Sunday, as the insurgents followed their weekend assault on the strategic center of Kunduz by attacking a second northern city.

KABUL, Aug 31: The Taliban launched a new large-scale attack on one of Afghanistan’s main cities, Kunduz, killing at least three civilians, government officials said Saturday, even as the insurgent group continued negotiations with the United States on ending America’s longest war.

KABUL, Aug 21: An Afghan official says the death toll in a suicide bombing at a wedding in Kabul claimed by the local Islamic State affiliate has risen to 80. The initial death toll in Saturday’s blast was 63.

KABUL, August 21: The United States envoy negotiating with the Taliban for an end to nearly 18 years of fighting in Afghanistan was departing Tuesday for Qatar to resume talks, the State Department said, amid concerns about a growing threat by an Islamic State affiliate.

KABUL, August 20: A suicide bombing at a wedding party in Kabul claimed by a local Islamic State affiliate has renewed fears about the growing threat posed by its thousands of fighters, as well as their ability to plot global attacks from a stronghold in the forbidding mountains of northeastern Afghanistan.

KABUL, Aug 19: Afghanistan’s president on Monday vowed to “eliminate” all safe havens of the Islamic State group as the country marked a subdued 100th Independence Day after a horrific wedding attack claimed by the local IS affiliate.

KABUL, Aug 18: An Afghan official says at least 63 people have been killed when a suicide bomber detonated explosives in a packed wedding hall late Saturday night in Kabul.

KABUL, August 18: A bomb exploded at a wedding reception in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday night, wounding at least 20 people, officials and emergency services said.

KATHMANDU, Aug 16: Nepal national volleyball team clinched the friendly series 2-0 against Afghanistan after registering a stunning 3-2 win in the last match on Thursday.

KATHMANDU, August 15: Nepal has completed a whitewash against Afghanistan after winning the second friendly today.

KATHMANDU, August 14: Nepal beat Afghanistan 3-2 in the first friendly played at Army covered hall, Lagankhel today.

KABUL, Aug 11: Afghanistan’s president on Sunday rejected foreign interference as the United States and the Taliban appear to be closing in on a peace deal without the Afghan government at the table.

KABUL, August 7: A car bomb exploded on Wednesday outside a police station in the Afghan capital, Kabul, wounding at least 34 people, government officials said.

KABUL, Aug 6:  The United States and the Taliban have resolved differences in peace talks over the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan and guarantees from the insurgents that they will cut ties with other extremist groups, a Taliban official said Tuesday.

KABUL, July 31: A bus in western Afghanistan was hit by a roadside explosion on Wednesday that killed at least 34 passengers, including children, and injured 17, officials said.

WASHINGTON, July 30: U.S. President Donald Trump wants combat forces reduced in Afghanistan by the next U.S. presidential election, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday, in comments that underlined the growing pressure from Washington to cut troop numbers there.

KABUL, July 29: At least 20 people were killed and 50 injured in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Sunday in a suicide bombing and gun battle at vice-presidential candidate Amrullah Saleh’s office, the government said in a statement on Monday.

KABUL, July 25: Two explosions went off in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Thursday, minutes after a bus carrying government employees was hit by a blast, killing five people, government officials said.

BELGRADE, July 24: A Croatian soldier serving in Afghanistan died and two others were seriously injured in a suicide attack on their convoy outside Kabul on Wednesday, authorities said.

WASHINGTON, July 23: President Donald Trump voiced optimism on Monday that Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan could help broker a political settlement to end the nearly 18-year-old U.S. war in Afghanistan and held out the possibility of restoring aid to Islamabad.

KABUL, July 12: A suicide bomber on foot targeted a wedding party in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar on Friday, killing at least five people and injuring 40, local officials said.

MUMBAI, July 7:  Afghanistan will play a lone test match against West Indies when they host the Caribbean side for a short series in November in their adopted home India, the Afghanistan Cricket Board has said.

KABUL, July 6: Islamic State fighters claimed responsibility on Saturday for a deadly overnight attack in a mosque in central province of Ghazni in Afghanistan.

WASHINGTON, July 2: President Donald Trump said he wants to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan but is concerned that without an American military presence, the country could be used as a base for terrorist attacks on the United States.

KABUL, June 26: Two U.S. service members were killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday, the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said in a statement.

ISLAMABAD, June 23: Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday called for trust to be rebuilt between Islamabad and Kabul as Pakistan began a new initiative to bolster a faltering peace process aiming to end Afghanistan’s lengthy civil war.