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Taliban kill 16 Afghan soldiers, kidnap engineers after ceasefire ends

KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban militants killed at least 16 Afghan police and two civilians in western Badghis province after their three-day ceasefire for the Eid al-Fitr holiday ended at the weekend, officials said on Friday.<p>The Taliban, fighting to reimpose strict Islamic law after their 2001 ouster, …

Afghanistan

Saudi Arabia backs cease-fire in Afghanistan, suggesting new role in quest for peace

The kingdom of Saudi Arabia threw its weight behind the Afghan government’s attempts to kindle a peace process with the Taliban this week, reflecting growing international pressure to bring Afghanistan’s long war to a negotiated end.<p>In a statement issued Wednesday, the Saudi government said King …

Afghanistan

Afghanistan: New Farming Methods Increase Prosperity and Hope in Khost Province

Promoting improved farming practices, the National Horticulture and Livestock Project supported by the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) …

Farming

The US is on pace to bomb Afghanistan more than ever this year, but the nominee to be US commander there 'can't guarantee ... an end date'

The 591 weapons released over Afghanistan in May were the most in a month so far this year, according to new statistics released by the Air Force.<p>Those 591 topped the previous high this year, which was 562 in April -- a count that includes bombs, missiles and ground-attacks. The record for a month …

Military

Afghan Taliban kill 30 soldiers in first major attack since Eid ceasefire

KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban militants killed 30 Afghan soldiers and captured a military base in the western province of Badghis on Wednesday, the provincial governor said, their first major attack since a ceasefire for the Eid al-Fitr holiday.<p>The three-day Taliban ceasefire ended on Sunday.<p>Provincial …

Afghanistan

Afghan conflict: Taliban in first major attack since Eid truce

<b>The Taliban have killed about 30 Afghan soldiers in western Afghanistan in their first major attacks since a temporary ceasefire expired.</b><p>Militants stormed at least two army check points in Badghis province before ambushing reinforcements sent to help.<p>The Taliban also suffered casualties, officials …

Afghanistan

Trump’s pick to lead the Afghan war says he won’t talk turning points ‘unless there is one’

The U.S. general nominated by President Trump to be the commander of the war in Afghanistan told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that he wouldn’t speak about the war reaching a turning point “unless there is one.”<p>The statement by Army Lt. Gen. Austin “Scott” Miller during his …

Afghanistan

Prospects for U.S.-Taliban talks rise after Afghan ceasefire

KABUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Prospects have risen for negotiations between the Taliban and the United States after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called a ceasefire and allowed militants to roam into cities in a gamble to encourage peace talks.<p>The Taliban, ousted from power in 2001 by U.S.-led …

Afghanistan

Deadly Blast Punctures Afghanistan’s Brief Moment of Peace

JALALABAD, Afghanistan — A remarkable thing happened in Afghanistan’s war. There were nearly two days of peace.<p>As cease-fires by the government and the Taliban took hold, security forces and insurgents celebrated and took pictures together for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of …

Afghanistan

Taliban leaders reject Afghan government’s proposed cease-fire extension

HERAT, Afghanistan — After two days of rising hopes across the country, Taliban leaders on Sunday brusquely rejected the government’s proposal to extend a three-day cease-fire and said they were ordering all insurgent fighters to resume operations against “the foreign invaders and their internal …

Afghanistan

18 Killed, 45 Civilians Wounded in Nangarahar Suicide Attack

<b>At least 18 civilians were killed and 45 others wounded in a suicide bombing at the governor’s compounded in Jalalabad city, said Najibullah Kamawal,</b> …

Afghanistan

Eid ceasefire proved 'wide support' for Afghan Taliban, they say

KABUL (Reuters) - The Afghan Taliban said their three-day Eid ceasefire, which ends on Sunday, proved the unity of their movement and its "wide national support" as the presidential palace extended its own ceasefire with the militants by 10 days.<p>Taliban fighters headed into cities across …

Afghanistan

Death Toll Rises To 25 In Nangarhar Suicide Bombing

<b>An explosion rocked a gathering of Afghan security forces, civilians and Taliban on Saturday at about 5:30pm, killing at least 25 people, local</b> …

Afghanistan

Their Road to Turkey Was Long and Grueling, but the Short Flight Home Was Crueler

KABUL, Afghanistan — Their desperate journey out of Afghanistan, en route to safer lives in Europe, had taken months through high mountains and treacherous deserts.<p>They survived bullets, beatings and insults from border guards. Bandits stripped them of nearly everything except their shoes and …

United Nations

A Grass-Roots Afghan Peace Movement Grows, Step by Step

GHAZNI, Afghanistan — As they march for peace through Afghan villages laced with roadside bombs and bottomless heartache, their numbers keep growing.<p>They come from all walks of life, ages 17 to 65. Among them is a high school student who went home to complete his final exams before rejoining the …

First Aid

Pakistani Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah killed in U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan

A U.S. drone strike killed the head of the Pakistani Taliban in Afghanistan’s eastern Konar province, Afghan officials said Friday, eliminating a notorious insurgent commander who had ordered attacks on schoolchildren in Pakistan, including future Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.<p>Afghan …

Afghanistan

U.S. Drone Strike Kills Leader of Pakistani Taliban, Pakistan Says

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — An American drone strike killed the leader of the Pakistani Taliban in a border region of Afghanistan, Pakistani officials said on Thursday.<p>Pakistani intelligence officials said the group’s leader, Mullah Fazlullah, and four other senior commanders were killed Wednesday in a …

Pakistan

Govt Confirms TTP Leader Killed In Kunar Drone Strike

<b>The Afghan Defense Ministry on Friday afternoon confirmed that Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Mullah Fazlullah was killed in a drone strike</b> …

Pakistan

U.S. military targets senior militant in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U. S. military said on Thursday it had carried out a strike aimed at a senior militant near the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, and one U.S. official said the target was believed to be the head of the Pakistani Taliban militant group.<p>"U.S. forces conducted a …

Afghanistan

Afghanistan is producing a lot more opium than before the US invasion. The US just can't stop it

In 15 years in Afghanistan, no counternarcotics effort undertaken by the US, it partners, or the Afghan government has led to sustained reductions in poppy cultivation or opium production.<p>That was one of a number of findings of a Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Report issued this week, …

Afghanistan

Australian soldiers fly Nazi swastika flag in Afghanistan

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has criticised a group of soldiers who flew a Nazi swastika flag over their military jeep during an operation in Afghanistan in 2007.<p>A photo obtained by national broadcaster ABC shows the flag raised above the vehicle, where it is understood to have …

Afghanistan

A window for peace may be opening in Afghanistan

<i>Tadamichi Yamamoto is the U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan.</i><p>The Afghan government and the forces of the Taliban have announced that they will each observe a cease-fire over the Muslim Eid holiday this coming weekend. This action is unprecedented in the past 17 years of …

Afghanistan

Afghanistan: World Bank Should Aid Girls’ Education

(New York, June 13, 2018) – The World Bank, along with the Afghan government and its donors, should use its new education program to reverse the …

World Bank

Taliban kill Afghan officials as government's ceasefire kicks in

KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban fighters killed a district governor in northern Afghanistan and kept up the pressure to seize control over some parts of Faryab province, ignoring the temporary ceasefire announced by the government that came into effect on Tuesday.<p>Last week Afghan President Ashraf Ghani …

Afghanistan

In Advance of Cease-Fires, Bombings in Afghanistan Kill at Least 18

KABUL, Afghanistan — Suicide bombers struck a government building in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Monday, killing at least 17 people, Afghan officials said.<p>Another government office, in the eastern city of Jalalabad, was also a bombing target on Monday, but no one was killed. A bomb detonated …

Afghanistan

Ahead of truce, suicide bomber kills at least 13 in Afghan capital

KABUL — A suicide bomber killed at least 13 people at the entrance of an Afghan government building Monday, the day before a truce with Taliban insurgents was supposed to take hold.<p>The Health Ministry said 13 employees of the Ministry of Rural Development were killed and 25 were wounded when the …

Afghanistan

‘Afghanistan’s Malala’: College student shot by Taliban in 2016 graduates with honors

KABUL — The moment Breshna Musazai climbed onto the stage in a black cap and gown, leaning on a walker and her brother’s arm, the audience burst into applause.<p>Of the 139 students who received bachelor’s degrees at the American University of Afghanistan on May 11, Musazai, 28, was the indisputable …

Afghanistan

Afghan forces seize huge bomb-making cache at Pakistan border

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan security forces on Sunday seized 156 sacks of ammonium nitrate, widely used in making explosives, from the back of a vegetable truck crossing from Pakistan, an official said, in one of the biggest such finds.<p>Intelligence officers found nearly eight tonnes of the chemical, …

Afghanistan

Taliban announces first cease-fire with Afghan forces since start of war

KABUL — The Taliban announced its first-ever cease-fire with Afghan forces on Saturday, accepting the Kabul government’s offer to halt fighting at the conclusion of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.<p>The militant group, in a statement to reporters, said it would impose a truce with Afghan troops for …

Afghanistan

UAE to boost troop presence in Afghanistan for training: officials

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan has accepted an offer from the United Arab Emirates to boost its presence in training Afghan forces fighting Islamist insurgents, senior government officials said, as Kabul seeks to improve ties with majority-Muslim nations.<p>Some 200 UAE soldiers have been stationed in …

Afghanistan