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U.S. seeks 'real action' from Pakistan on militant groups


WASHINGTON The United States has not yet seen Pakistan take significant steps to clamp down on the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network militant groups, a senior U.S. administration official said on Friday.


U.S. looks to protect Afghan capital against Taliban bombings 14 Mar 2018

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan Once seen as relatively secure, the sprawling Afghan capital of Kabul is becoming the main focus of an intensified U.S.-backed battle against the Taliban this year after a series of high-profile attacks exposed major gaps in security.


U.S. detecting Taliban interest in Afghan peace talks - Mattis 13 Mar 2018

KABUL The United States is seeing signs of interest from elements of Afghanistan's Taliban insurgency about talks with Kabul to end the more than 16-year-old war, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday, as he made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan.

Afghan forces battle to win back district centre 12 Mar 2018

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan Afghan forces backed by air strikes battled on Monday to recapture a district centre in the western province of Farah, after Taliban fighters seized the town in an overnight attack that killed several policeman, regional officials said.

Taliban likely to miss Afghan peace meeting, says host Uzbekistan 12 Mar 2018

TASHKENT The Taliban is likely to miss an Afghan peace conference at which participants are set to call for direct talks between the militant group and the government of President Ashraf Ghani, the foreign ministry in Uzbekistan said on Monday.

As many as 18 Afghan soldiers killed fighting in western province 10 Mar 2018

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan As many as 18 Afghan soldiers and members of the special forces have been killed in fighting in the western province of Farah, local officials said on Saturday.

Afghan Taliban urge religious scholars to boycott peace conference 10 Mar 2018

KABUL The Taliban urged Islamic scholars on Saturday not to take part in a conference due to take place in Indonesia aimed at building agreement and support for possible future peace talks in Afghanistan.


Suicide bomb kills at least 7 at Shi'ite gathering in Kabul 09 Mar 2018

KABUL A suicide bomber blew himself up in the Afghan capital on Friday, killing at least seven people in an attack on a crowd gathered to commemorate a political leader from the mainly Shi'ite Hazara minority, officials said.

Female police officers help security on Afghan front line 09 Mar 2018

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan Shokria Jan, a female police officer in southern Afghanistan, is in a small force of women operating in one of the world's most conservative societies and difficult security environments. | Video

Afghanistan drone strike kills 20 Pakistani Taliban, officials say 08 Mar 2018

PESHAWAR, Pakistan A suspected U.S. drone strike on a training camp in an isolated part of Afghanistan's eastern province of Kunar on Wednesday killed more than 20 Pakistani Taliban preparing to launch suicide attacks in Pakistan, officials said.