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Hamid Shalizi

Afghan president renews calls for peace, demands ceasefire

09 Sep 2019

KABUL Afghan President Ashraf Ghani made a renewed call for peace on Monday but insisted the Taliban must observe a ceasefire, as he sought to regain a hold on the peace process following the surprise collapse of talks between the United States and the militants.

Taliban attack Afghan province as doubts on peace deal grow

06 Sep 2019

KABUL/HERAT, Afghanistan Taliban fighters launched fresh assaults in the western Afghan province of Farah on Friday, government officials said, part of a wave of violence that has cast a shadow over a peace deal struck between U.S. and Taliban negotiators this week.

U.S. to withdraw 5,000 troops from Afghanistan, close bases - U.S. negotiator

02 Sep 2019

KABUL The United States would withdraw almost 5,000 troops from Afghanistan and close five bases within 135 days under a draft peace accord agreed with the Taliban, the chief U.S. negotiator, Zalmay Khalilzad, said on Monday.

Afghan VP candidate injured as Kabul blast kills two, wounds 25

29 Jul 2019

KABUL A powerful explosion hit central Kabul on Sunday, wounding Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's running mate on the first day of official campaigning for a presidential election and killing at least two others, officials said.

Afghan president launches re-election bid amid worsening security

28 Jul 2019

KABUL Afghan President Ashraf Ghani launched his re-election campaign on Sunday, promising to start peace talks with the Taliban after decades of war and to transform his nation into a trade hub.

Afghan police pull back from isolated outposts as losses mount

24 Jul 2019

KABUL Afghanistan's badly stretched police are taking heavy casualties as attempts build to set up peace talks with Taliban militants, prompting a move to pull back from vulnerable outposts across the country.

Kabul seeks clarification on Trump talk of wiping out Afghanistan

23 Jul 2019

KABUL Afghanistan called on Tuesday for an explanation of comments by U.S. President Donald Trump in which he said he could win the Afghan war in just 10 days by wiping out the country, but did not want "to kill 10 million people."

Six killed, 105 wounded in Taliban attack in Kabul

01 Jul 2019

KABUL Taliban Islamist fighters killed six people and wounded 105 others by blowing up a truck bomb at morning rush hour near an Afghan Defence Ministry compound in Kabul on Monday. | Video

New commander takes on corruption "mess" in Afghan police

04 Jun 2019

KABUL Afghanistan's new police chief Khoshal Sadat has one of the hardest jobs in the country - rooting out abuses and bringing new energy to a force that for years has been used as a cash machine by corrupt politicians. | Video

Afghanistan feels impact of Iran's economic isolation

25 Apr 2019

GENEVA/KABUL Abdul Saboor escaped poverty and instability in Afghanistan three years ago with his wife and three children and found work in neighbouring Iran. Now he has returned home, despite the fact that life there has not improved.

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