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Hamid Shalizi

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".

Kabul sees Taliban-Afghan opposition talks in Moscow as betrayal

04 Feb 2019

KABUL Senior Afghan officials warned on Monday that talks this week between Taliban militants and opposition politicians, including former President Hamid Karzai, betrayed the principles of democracy and Afghanistan's best interests.

Car bomb blast near high-security compound in Kabul kills four, 90 wounded

14 Jan 2019

KABUL At least four people were killed and 90 wounded when a bomb-laden car blew up near a high-security compound in the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday, officials said.

Afghanistan says end to war a 'dream' without Taliban talking to govt

09 Jan 2019

KABUL Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah said on Wednesday that the Taliban's refusal to involve the government in peace talks means the end to a conflict that has lasted 17 years can only remain a dream.

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