Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai

After 17 years of war, a peace movement grows in Afghanistan

SHAKARDARA, Afghanistan — With every step, the blisters burned.<p>After three days of walking barefoot alongside a highway from Kabul with about 50 other peace activists, Abdul Malik Hamdard, a computer teacher, had only gotten as far as this farming village about 40 miles north of the capital. But he …


Why is the U.S. talking to the Taliban?

When the Afghan government and Taliban fighters declared a cease-fire in mid-June for the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of Ramadan, there were …


Taliban Chief: US Offers to End Afghan War 'Neither Rational Nor Practical'

The fugitive Taliban leader renewed his call Saturday for direct talks with the United States, dismissing as impractical and unacceptable …


Afghanistan. Graveyard of Empires

After 17 bloody years, the longest war in US history continues without relent or purpose in Afghanistan.<p>There, a valiant, fiercely-independent …


U.S. Defense Chief Says Afghanistan's Ghazni 'Much More Stable'

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has said Taliban fighters in Afghanistan are trying to "up the ante" ahead of an expected cease-fire offer from the …


Can Imran Khan Save Pakistan?

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — When Imran Khan is sworn in as the prime minister of Pakistan on Saturday, he will be confronted by daunting challenges.<p>The country has a balance-of-payments crisis. The judiciary is in a hyperactivist mood. The effects of climate change are being keenly felt, with a major …


'Goodbye, Dad': Father Remembers Afghan Twins Killed In Kabul Bombing

Hassan Rahimi recalls the last time he saw Farzana and Atta, his twin daughter and son.<p>He had just ended a grueling shift at a local bakery. It was …


Afghan women key to sustainable peace in Afghanistan

For years, the United States has engaged in backchannel talks with the Taliban to little avail. However, news that principal deputy assistant …


Ghani Accuses Pakistan of Treating Wounded Taliban Fighters

Afghanistan has alleged hospitals in neighboring Pakistan are receiving and treating Taliban insurgents who had been injured in recent fighting with …


Trump's strategy is failing and the Taliban is winning

<b>(CNN) —</b> Just consider this incomplete précis of the past six days.<p>The Taliban stormed into the strategic city of Ghazni on Friday, ultimately killing hundreds over at least four days of intense urban fighting and undermining the Afghan security plan of focusing on keeping population centers safe.<p>On …


'She went to school to learn but left in blood-soaked clothes'

At least 34 people were killed in Thursday's suicide attack by ISIL in Kabul, and most of them were students.Ahmad Sharifi stepped out of his class on Wednesday to buy a bottle of water when he heard a loud explosion that "shook the walls" of his school west of the Afghan capital, Kabul.The …

World News

Boris Johnson trip on day of Heathrow vote cost taxpayer £20,000

A trip by Boris Johnson to Afghanistan on the day of the government’s key vote on Heathrow expansion cost taxpayers nearly £20,000, official figures have revealed.<p>The Foreign Office, in response to a freedom of information request from Scottish website The Ferret, said the cost of flights and visas …

Great Britain

Afghanistan Violence Continues as Gunmen Attack Intelligence Facility

The latest in a week of attacks that have claimed at least 311 lives<p>KABUL—Gunmen attacked the Afghan intelligence service’s training facility in central Kabul on Thursday, a day after a suicide bomber struck a classroom full of students in the city.<p>There was no immediate claim of responsibility for …


Spate of Deadly Violence Darkens Peace Prospects in Afghanistan

Suspected Islamic State blast in Kabul classroom, Taliban attacks across country sap hopes for truce<p>KABUL—A blast that killed scores of students preparing here for their university entrance examinations capped an extraordinary week of violence in Afghanistan, undermining what the U.S. and Afghan …


Are Afghanistan-Iran Relations on the Mend?

Rouhani’s outreach to Ghani at the SCO summit this summer may herald an improvement in bilateral ties.

South Asia

At least 25 killed as suicide attacker targets school in Kabul

KABUL (AFP) -<p>At least 25 people, many believed to be students, were killed when a suicide blast ripped through a school in a Shiite area of Kabul Wednesday, officials said, the latest assault on Afghanistan's war-weary capital.<p>The attacker appeared to target the Mawoud education centre, which …


Afghanistan: At least 25 killed in suicide blast in Afghan capital Kabul

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, which came after several weeks of relative calm in Kabul.<p>By: | Kabul |<p>Kerala rains …


‘It was a horror scene’: Scores of Afghan students killed in Kabul suicide bombing aimed at minority Shiites

KABUL — The college prep class on the west side of Kabul was just getting underway Wednesday afternoon. All 500 seats in the private learning center were filled with high school students from the local Shiite Muslim community. Suddenly, a stranger strode into the ground-floor hall and detonated a …


Taliban attack in northern Afghanistan kills at least 30 soldiers, police

A Taliban assault on two adjacent checkpoints in northern Afghanistan killed at least 30 soldiers and policemen, officials said, as life gradually …


Afghan Taliban considering Eid holiday ceasefire - sources

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - The Taliban are considering announcing a ceasefire during next week’s Eid holiday, despite heavy fighting seen over recent days in the central Afghan city of Ghazni, two senior Taliban officials said.<p>They said no decision had been taken but senior leaders would meet …


Suicide Bomber Targets Afghan Students, Killing 48

The death toll from a suicide bombing in Afghanistan’s capital on Wednesday has jumped to 48, according to ABC News. The bombing occurred in the …


An alignment for peace in Afghanistan

Over the past year, the long war in Afghanistan has seen no strategic breakthroughs. And in fact, a major battle is now being waged in the city of …


Opinion | India’s narrative faces trouble in Afghanistan

New Delhi’s long-endorsed ‘no good terrorist, bad terrorist’ line of thinking is making it lose political traction

Opinion (India)

Taliban Demand Swap of Haqqani Member, Others for Western Hostages

The Afghan Taliban is demanding freedom for a member of the militant Haqqani network along with other insurgent prisoners in exchange for the release …


America's longest war takes worrying new turn

<b>(CNN) —</b> Four days after the Taliban launched its most serious challenge to the authority of Afghanistan's government in three years, heavy fighting was taking place in the streets of Ghazni, a city in the east of the country. The UN has urgently called for humanitarian assistance for Ghazni's …


Brazen four-day Taliban assault on key city kills 120

KABUL, Afghanistan — A four-day assault by the Taliban on a key provincial capital has killed about 100 Afghan security forces, the country's defense minister, Tariq Shah Bahrami, said Monday. Between 20 and 30 civilians have been killed in the fighting, he said.<p>It is a major show of force by the …


Taliban hails 'helpful' US talks as boost to Afghan peace process

Fresh hope has been injected into the Afghan peace process after Taliban officials said groundbreaking preliminary talks with the US last month were “very helpful” and that another round will take place in Doha in September.<p>Four Taliban members met Alice Wells, a senior US state department …


Why are UK and US sending more troops to Afghanistan?

<b>Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that 440 more British military personnel will join the Nato mission in Afghanistan. But how do the UK and US allies see their role in the country?</b><p>The additional troops will be ferrying international advisors safely around the country's capital city, Kabul, …


Kabul dam construction may rekindle Indo-Pak water row

India is set to help build a dam in the Kabul river basin in Afghanistan, a project which may raise hackles in Pakistan.<p>New Delhi has agreed to …


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