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 ...

UN: Pro-government forces kill more Afghans than insurgents

Asia & Pacific 04/23/19, 23:13

Afghan and international forces had killed more civilians than insurgents in the first three months of the year, the U.N. announced Wednesday, the first time the deaths caused by the government and its allies exceeded their enemies.Still it was insurgents who were responsible for the majority of dead and wounded ...

US tells Afghan president Qatar talks best chance for peace

Asia & Pacific 04/22/19, 05:01

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Afghanistan's president over the weekend to express Washington's disappointment over the indefinite postponement of Afghan talks with the Taliban and to condemn the insurgent's latest "spring offensive," according to a statement Monday.The Afghan-to-Afghan talks were scheduled to start on Friday in Qatar, where ...

Ex-president: Peace possible when all Afghans sit together

Asia & Pacific 04/19/19, 07:48

Afghanistan's former President Hamid Karzai said Friday that peace in his homeland, ravaged by more than 17 years of war, will only be possible when Afghans from all sectors of society sit together and negotiate — including the Taliban.Karzai expressed disappointment that a scheduled gathering for Afghan-to-Afghan talks in Qatar ...

Qatari official: Afghan talks postponed indefinitely

World 04/18/19, 23:31

A first round of Afghan-to-Afghan peace talks that would have seen Taliban and government officials sit together for the first time were postponed indefinitely Thursday after a falling out over who should attend.Sultan Barakat, director of Qatar's Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies, the organization sponsoring the talks, tweeted news ...

Taliban declare start of spring offensive amid talks with US

Asia & Pacific 04/12/19, 00:52

The Taliban announced Friday the start of their spring offensive despite talking peace with the United States and ahead of a significant gathering of Afghans meant to discuss resolutions to the protracted war and an eventual withdrawal of American troops from the country.The insurgents released a lengthy missive in five ...

Remains of 3 Marines killed in Afghanistan returned to US

U.S. 04/11/19, 20:44

The remains of three Marines killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan have been returned to the U.S., arriving Thursday at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.Staff Sgt. Christopher K.A. Slutman, 43, of Newark, Delaware; Sgt. Benjamin S. Hines, 31, of York, Pennsylvania, and Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks, 25, of ...

Update: Pentagon IDs 3 Marines killed in Afghanistan

U.S. 04/09/19, 21:46

The Latest on the Taliban attack on U.S. service members in Afghanistan (all times local):7:15 a.m. WednesdayThe Pentagon has released the identities of three Marines killed in a roadside bombing of an American convoy in Afghanistan on Monday.Afghan security forces gather at the site of Monday's attack near the Bagram ...

3 American soldiers, 1 US contractor killed in Afghanistan

Asia & Pacific 04/08/19, 15:37

Three American service members and a U.S. contractor were killed when their convoy hit a roadside bomb on Monday near the main U.S. base in Afghanistan, the U.S. forces said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. The U.S. and NATO Resolute Support mission said the four Americans were killed near ...

EU official backs key role for Kabul in talks with Taliban

Europe 03/26/19, 04:10

The European Union's top diplomat has expressed support for U.S.-led efforts to resolve Afghanistan's 17-year war but stressed that the Afghan government should have a leading role in the process.The remarks by EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini reflect the bloc's displeasure that the peace talks with the Taliban have ...

Blasts in Kabul hit near ceremony attended by top officials

Asia & Pacific 03/07/19, 06:36

Several explosions struck Thursday outside a ceremony in Kabul attended by Afghanistan's chief executive and the former president, both of whom were unharmed, officials said. There was conflicting information as to the casualty figures in the immediate aftermath of the blasts.A short while later, Health Ministry official Mohaibullah Zaeer said ...

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