Afghan president fled with 4 cars, chopper full of cash, claims Russia

Asia & Pacific 08/17/21, 16:04

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani escaped the country with four vehicles and a helicopter loaded with cash, the Russian embassy in Kabul said Monday, Aug. 16. On Sunday, Aug. 15, the besieged commander surrendered the presidential palace in Kabul to militant Taliban insurgents who had overthrown his government, New York Post reported. “To ...

Taliban sweep across Afghanistan’s south, take 4 more provincial capitals

Middle East 08/13/21, 17:59

Insurgents’ seemingly unstoppable advance now pushing into area 50 miles from Kabul The Taliban's inexorable progress across Afghanistan resumed on Friday, Aug. 13,  as the rebels gained control of four more provincial capitals after seizing the country's second and third largest towns, Kandahar and Herat, on Thursday, Aug. 12. The Taliban are ...

Taliban council agrees to cease-fire in Afghanistan

Asia & Pacific 12/29/19, 09:00

The Taliban's ruling council agreed Sunday to a temporary cease-fire in Afghanistan, providing a window in which a peace agreement with the United States can be signed, officials from the insurgent group said. They didn't say when it would begin. A cease-fire had been demanded by Washington before any peace agreement ...

Taliban says they freed US, Australian hostage for 3 Taliban

Asia & Pacific 11/18/19, 23:45

The Taliban said it freed on Tuesday, Nov. 19, an American and an Australian hostage held since 2016 in exchange for three top Taliban figures who were released by the Kabul government and flown out of Afghanistan the previous day. The hostages—American, Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks—were released in southern ...

US military says 2 service members killed in Afghanistan

Asia & Pacific 06/26/19, 10:43

The U.S. military said two of its service members were killed Wednesday in Afghanistan. The deaths occurred a day after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited the Afghan capital of Kabul, where he said Washington was hopeful of a peace deal before Sept. 1. At a news conference Wednesday in ...

Security forces mistakenly kill 6 civilians in Afghanistan

Asia & Pacific 05/25/19, 10:26

An Afghan security forces raid against Taliban fighters in eastern Nangarhar province mistakenly killed at least six civilians, including a woman and two children, provincial officials said Saturday.Attahullah Khogyani, the provincial governor's spokesman, said 10 insurgents were also killed in the Friday night attack in Sherzad district.The civilians' vehicle was ...

Taliban attack aid group office in Afghan capital, 9 wounded

Asia & Pacific 05/08/19, 04:19

The Taliban attacked the offices of an international NGO in the Afghan capital on Wednesday, setting off a huge explosion and battling Afghan security forces in an assault that wounded at least nine people, officials said.Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Mayar said that at least nine Afghans were wounded in ...

Afghan grand council sets recommendations for Taliban talks

Asia & Pacific 05/02/19, 05:02

An Afghan grand council on Thursday agreed on several recommendations for peace talks with the Taliban, after four days of meetings in Kabul meant to hammer out a common strategy for future negotiations.President Ashraf Ghani had convened the council of more than 3,200 participants, known as Loya Jirga, earlier in ...

Taliban: Fresh round of talks with US peace envoy starting

Asia & Pacific 05/01/19, 03:44

The Taliban say a fresh round of talks with U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is to start in Qatar, where the religious movement maintains a political office.Khalilzad is trying to negotiate an end to Afghanistan's 17-year war, America's longest military confrontation. He was in Pakistan on Tuesday.Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid ...

US watchdog: Afghans may not be ready for ‘day after’ peace

Asia & Pacific 05/01/19, 00:29

Afghanistan may not be ready for peace unless it formulates a strategy for re-integration of Taliban fighters into society, combating corruption and reining in the country's runaway narcotics problem, a U.S. watchdog said Wednesday.The warning by Washington's Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, which monitors billions of dollars ...

Memory center takes visitors through 4 decades of Afghan war

Asia & Pacific 04/30/19, 01:09

A teary-eyed Hameed Rafi said he'll never forget the day he joined a panel of civilian war victims and family members and spoke about the suicide bombing in Kabul that killed his sister last August.Sharing his story with them in March at the Afghanistan Center for Memory and Dialogue, Rafi ...

Afghan president holds council to set agenda for peace talks

Asia & Pacific 04/29/19, 00:27

The Afghan president is hosting a grand council of some 2,500 prominent figures to agree on a shared approach to peace talks with the Taliban.But the gathering — known as a Loya Jirga — instead looks to further aggravate divisions within the U.S.-backed government, even as America makes progress with ...

End of content

No more pages to load