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Orooj Hakimi

'Don't redeem the Taliban', Afghan social media users ask world before peace talks

20 Jul 2020

KABUL Afghans shared accounts of violence linked to the Taliban on social media with the hashtag phrase 'don't redeem the Taliban' as anxiety grows as the United States withdraws troops and attempts to usher peace talks with the militant group.

Afghan Taliban kidnap dozens of civilians amid peace efforts, officials say

21 Jun 2020

KABUL Taliban militants kidnapped about 60 civilians in central Afghanistan over the past week, officials said on Sunday, with more than half still being held amid efforts by the United States and other foreign powers to start peace talks.

Doctors Without Borders to close Kabul maternity clinic after attack

15 Jun 2020

KABUL Doctors Without Borders said on Monday it would close its maternity ward in Kabul due to fears of further attacks after three gunmen last month opened fire at the clinic, killing 24 people including new mothers and babies.

Four killed, eight wounded in blast at Kabul mosque during Friday prayers

12 Jun 2020

KABUL A blast in a Kabul mosque during Friday prayers killed at least four people and wounded eight, Afghanistan's interior ministry said on Friday, at a time when the country is attempting to move towards peace talks to end 18 years of war.

Afghan mosque attack kills eight worshippers breaking fast - officials

19 May 2020

KABUL Gunmen opened fire in a mosque in central Afghanistan on Tuesday evening, killing eight worshippers breaking their Ramadan fast and wounding five others, officials said.

Afghan accused of mutilating wife after she asks for divorce

15 May 2020

KABUL An Afghan man cut off his wife's nose with a kitchen knife after she asked for a divorce, officials said on Friday, amid a surge in domestic violence triggered by the coronavirus lockdown.

Maternity ward massacre shakes Afghanistan and its peace process

13 May 2020

KABUL After struggling to get pregnant for years, Zainab, 27, gave birth to a baby boy on Tuesday morning at a small hospital in the southwestern corner of Kabul. She was overjoyed and named the boy Omid, meaning 'hope' in Dari.

Afghan airlines at risk of collapse, taking women's jobs with them

12 May 2020

KABUL Shagufa Haidari, 23, a flight attendant for Afghanistan's Kam Air, used to fly six days a week around the country and abroad, to Istanbul, Islamabad and Delhi.

Afghan government announces 'inclusive' team for talks with Taliban

27 Mar 2020

KABUL Afghanistan's government announced a 21-member team to negotiate with the Taliban, in a tentative sign of progress for the United States-brokered peace deal.

Gunmen in Afghanistan kill 25 at Sikh complex, Islamic State claims responsibility

26 Mar 2020

KABUL Gunmen and suicide bombers raided a Sikh religious complex in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Wednesday, killing 25 people before security forces killed all of the attackers, the government said. | Video

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