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Hamid Shalizi

Afghanistan to swap Taliban militants for American, Australian captives

12 Nov 2019

KABUL Afghanistan will release two senior Taliban commanders and a leader of the Haqqani militant group in exchange for an American and an Australian professor who were kidnapped in 2016, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday. | Video

Afghan poll results may be delayed again as candidates spar over recount - officials

10 Nov 2019

KABUL The result of the Afghan presidential election may be further delayed, two officials said, after the main challenger to incumbent Ashraf Ghani said on Sunday he would not agree to the addition of hundreds of thousands of what he called suspicious votes to a planned recount.

Afghanistan braces for political uncertainty in election's wake

08 Oct 2019

KABUL Despite pulling off a safer presidential election than expected, Afghanistan looks headed for a prolonged period of political uncertainty, with the two front-runners claiming victory before ballots are tallied and signalling they would not accept defeat.

Afghan election set to see big drop in voter numbers

29 Sep 2019

KABUL At least 2.2 million people voted in Afghanistan's presidential election with more votes to come, the election commission head Maulana Abdullah said on Sunday, indicating a very low turnout that could mar the result. | Video

Afghanistan bolsters security as Taliban threatens presidential poll

26 Sep 2019

KABUL Afghanistan deployed more than 100,000 troops and police on Thursday to guard polling stations in a presidential election which the Taliban has threatened to disrupt with suicide bombings and rocket attacks.

Afghan president sees his chance after collapse of US-Taliban talks

19 Sep 2019

KABUL Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had no more than 20 minutes to study a draft accord between the United States and the Taliban on pulling thousands of U.S. troops out of his country, but upcoming elections could put him back at the heart of talks to end decades of war.

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.

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