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Hamid Shalizi

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.

Swapping Kalashnikovs for bat and pads: Afghan cricket, the Taliban and peace

02 Apr 2019

JALALABAD, Afghanistan During a lull in Afghanistan's never-ending war, before the fighting season resumes once again in the spring, Taliban fighters recall laying down their Kalashnikovs and, for a brief moment, enjoying a game of cricket.

'Fight and talk': Afghan war escalates alongside peace push

01 Apr 2019

KABUL Fighting in Afghanistan has escalated ahead of the usual spring season, as both sides seek to increase leverage in talks on a peace settlement - a gamble that analysts warn could also risk hardening positions.

In U.S. pursuit of peace talks, perilous rift opens with Afghan leader

27 Mar 2019

WASHINGTON/KABUL Washington's relationship with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani appears increasingly at risk of permanent damage, the consequence of a U.S. policy shift that has so far excluded his government from talks with the Taliban and of his own determination to retain power and manage peace efforts himself.

Afghanistan recalls ambassador in row over Pakistan PM remarks

26 Mar 2019

KABUL Afghanistan has recalled its ambassador from Pakistan over reported remarks by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan that suggested Kabul should set up an interim government, calling the comments "irresponsible."

Election rival says Afghan President Ghani hindering peace deal

01 Mar 2019

KABUL An influential former adviser to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, now a leading electoral rival, has accused his old boss of hampering peace with the Taliban by blocking efforts to include a broad range of voices in the process.

Election rival says Afghan President Ghani hindering peace deal

01 Mar 2019

KABUL An influential former adviser to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, now a leading electoral rival, has accused his old boss of hampering peace with the Taliban by blocking efforts to include a broad range of voices in the process.

Afghan president says his government must be 'decision-maker' in any peace deal

06 Feb 2019

KABUL Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday no peace deal between the Taliban and the United States could be finalised without involving his government as "the decision-maker".

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