Afghan Taliban stress preconditions for any peace talks

Doha  – Taliban militants meeting Afghan officials in Qatar reiterated their hardline stance on peace talks Monday, ruling out negotiations until US forces leave the country and the insurgents are allowed to open a political office. A [...]

Suicide attack on Kabul bus kills one, wounds 15: officials

Kabul  – A Taliban suicide bomber struck a government bus in Kabul on Monday, killing one civilian and wounding 15 others, officials said, as insurgent representatives hold talks with an Afghan delegation aimed at ending the country’s [...]

Traffic accident kills 18 in western Afghanistan

Herat (Afghanistan) – At least 18 people were killed and three injured on Sunday when a minivan overturned in western Afghanistan, provincial officials said. The accident in the Bala Murghab district of Badghis province was due to the [...]

Trial begins in case of mob lynching of Afghan woman

Kabul  – The trial began Saturday of 49 people charged in connection with the brutal mob lynching of an Afghan woman in Kabul in March, a killing that triggered protests around the country. The first day of the trial at Afghanistan’s [...]

Afghan delegation to meet with Taliban in Qatar

Kabul  – An Afghan delegation left for Qatar Saturday where they will hold two days of “open discussion” with Taliban representatives aimed at ending Afghanistan’s long war, according to an official. “A 20-member [...]

Female Afghan ‘Top Gun’ soars above gender barrier

Kabul  – With a hint of swagger, Afghanistan’s first female pilot since the fall of the Taliban is defying death threats and archaic gender norms to infiltrate what is almost entirely a male preserve. Dressed in khaki overalls, [...]

52 feared dead in Afghanistan landslide: officials

Kabul  – At least 52 people, mostly women and children, are feared dead after a landslide swept through a village in Afghanistan’s remote mountainous northeast Tuesday, the latest natural disaster in the war-torn nation, officials [...]

Fighting flares as Taliban advance on major Afghan city

Kunduz (Afghanistan) – Intense fighting flared in northern Afghanistan as security forces battled Taliban insurgents advancing Tuesday on a major provincial capital, officials said, with terrified residents fearing the fall of the besieged [...]

Insurgent mortar attack kills five in Afghanistan: officials

Jalalabad (Afghanistan) – At least five members of a family have been killed after an insurgent mortar hit their house in eastern Afghanistan, Afghan provincial authorities said Saturday. “Five Afghan civilians, four women and a [...]

Roadside bomb kills eight civilians in Afghanistan

Herat (Afghanistan)  – A roadside bomb killed eight members of an Afghan family, including children, just hours after the Taliban claimed their upcoming spring offensive would “safeguard” civilian lives, officials said Thursday. The [...]

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