‘At least nine dead’ in attack at Afghan volleyball match

KABUL: At least nine civilians were killed and 33 wounded in a bomb attack Sunday at a volleyball match in Afghanistan´s Paktika province, a volatile region bordering Pakistan, officials said. "At around 6:20 pm...

New Taliban leader calls for unity in ranks in first audio message

KABUL: New Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor called for unity in the movement in his first audio message released Saturday amid reports of rifts in their ranks following the announcement of the death of...

20,000 Afghan families repatriated to Afghanistan

PESHAWAR: Twenty thousand Afghan families comprising about fifty thousand individuals have been repatriated to Afghanistan till August under the voluntary repatriation programmes. According to reports, the UNHCR is providing four hundred US dollars to...

Taliban urged to initiate talks with Afghan government

KABUL:  The four-nation group on Afghan peace process Monday urged the Taliban to initiate talks with the Afghan government at earliest. The demand was made at the second meeting of Quadrilateral Contact Group in...

Afghan forces retake control of Kunduz from Taliban

Kabul: Afghan forces retook control of the strategic northern city of Kunduz on Thursday after a three-day Taliban occupation that dealt a stinging blow to the country´s NATO-trained military. The fall of the provincial...

Afghan peace deal with Hekmatyar an ‘encouraging’ step – U.S. general

WASHINGTON: The Afghan government's peace deal with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is an "encouraging" step in the effort to resolve the country's conflict, the commander of U.S.-led international forces in Afghanistan said on Friday. Afghan officials signed...

Taliban resist Afghan forces’ counterattack in Kunduz city

KABUL: Pockets of Taliban fighters held out overnight against Afghan government forces in the northern city of Kunduz, a police official said on Tuesday, a day after the militants pushed deep into the city...

American University of Afghanistan in Kabul under attack

KABUL: The American University of Afghanistan is under attack, according to multiple accounts. Several American professors are inside, along with possibly hundreds of students. Many appear to have escaped through emergency doors. Witnesses say...

149 Taliban killed in Afghan forces’ operations

KABUL: The Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Friday said 149 Taliban militants were killed and 73 others wounded in operations in various parts of the country over the past 24 hours. According to MoD statement,...

IS militants kill six Afghan Red Cross workers

KABUL: Six Afghan Red Cross workers have been killed by suspected Islamic State (IS) group gunmen in the northern Afghan province of Jowzjan, officials say. The workers were shot dead in the Qush Tepa area,...

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