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Taliban suicide bomber kills at least 10 civilians, two NATO troops in Kabul

05 Sep 2019

KABUL A Taliban suicide blast in the centre of Kabul killed at least 10 civilians and two NATO soldiers on Thursday, destroying cars and shops in an area near the headquarters of Afghanistan's international military force and the U.S. embassy. | Video

Death toll from Afghan wedding blast rises to 80 - officials

21 Aug 2019

KABUL The death toll from a suicide bomb attack on a wedding reception in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, has risen to 80, two senior officials said on Wednesday.

Fresh round of U.S., Taliban talks in Doha, hope for peace deal rise

03 Aug 2019

KABUL A fresh round of U.S.-Taliban peace talks began in Qatar's capital Doha on Saturday, officials said, describing it to be the "most crucial" phase of negotiations to end the 18-year war in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan names team to talk to Taliban, expecting swift U.S. deal to leave

31 Jul 2019

KABUL The Afghan government named a team on Wednesday to negotiate directly with the Taliban, in the expectation that Washington was on the cusp of agreeing to withdraw troops after 18 years of war, meeting the insurgents' precondition for talks with Kabul.

UN says almost 4,000 Afghans killed or wounded in first half of 2019

30 Jul 2019

KABUL At least 3,812 Afghan civilians were killed or wounded in the first half of 2019 in the war against militant groups, including a big increase in the number of casualties caused by government and foreign forces, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Trump wants forces reduced in Afghanistan by next U.S. election - Pompeo

30 Jul 2019

WASHINGTON/ KABUL U.S. President Donald Trump wants combat forces reduced in Afghanistan by the next U.S. presidential election, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday, in comments that underlined the growing pressure from Washington to cut troop numbers there.

Intra-Afghan talks only after U.S. agrees to withdraw troops - Taliban

28 Jul 2019

KABUL The Taliban said on Sunday they will not hold direct talks with the Afghan government and rejected a statement from a senior minister about plans to hold such a meeting in the next two weeks, a senior Taliban official said.

Bombs in Kabul kill at least 11 as U.S. steps up diplomacy in effort to end war

25 Jul 2019

KABUL Three bombs rocked the Afghan capital of Kabul on Thursday, killing at least 11 people and wounding 45, officials said, as the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and NATO officials in the city.

Blast at Kabul University kills eight, injures 33

19 Jul 2019

KABUL A powerful bomb blast outside the gates of Kabul University in the Afghan capital on Friday killed at least eight people and wounded 33, as students and lawyers waited to take an examination, officials said.

U.S., Taliban talks end after rival Afghans agree on 'roadmap for peace'

09 Jul 2019

KABUL The U.S. special envoy for peace in Afghanistan wound up on Tuesday the seventh round of talks he has held with the Taliban in Qatar, after signs of progress in efforts to end the longest war the United States has ever fought.

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