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Hezb-i-Islami leader calls for peace with Taliban fighters and says the Western-backed government is ‘not working’

Hezb-i-Islami leader calls for peace with Taliban fighters and says the Western-backed government is ‘not working’

After two decades in hiding, Hezb-i-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar returned to Kabul on Thursday, pleading for peace as he was welcomed by the Afghan government at the presidential palace. The controversial commander’s arrival in the capital – a city his forces had shelled with thousands of rockets during the Afghan civil war – came after […]

Top US military officials allude to increasing concerns over Moscow’s role in Afghanistan

Top US military officials allude to increasing concerns over Moscow’s role in Afghanistan

The United States must confront Russia for providing weapons to the Taliban for use against US-backed forces in Afghanistan, top US military officials say. According to the Associated Press news agency, a senior US military official speaking on condition of anonymity said in Kabul on Monday that Russia was giving machine guns and other medium-weight […]

72 killed as Taliban suicide bomber blows himself up in Pakistan

72 killed as Taliban suicide bomber blows himself up in Pakistan

More than 70 people, including 29 children, have been killed by a Taliban suicide bomber who targeted Christians near a children’s playground in a park in Pakistan. Some 300 people were injured when explosives packed with ball bearings ripped through crowds near the children’s swings in the Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, in Lahore, where many had gathered […]

Pakistan allows Taliban to meet, choose leader despite warnings from Washington

Pakistan allows Taliban to meet, choose leader despite warnings from Washington

Defying warnings from Washington and the fury of Afghanistan’s government, Pakistani authorities are turning a blind eye to a meeting of hundreds of Taliban supporters in a city near the Afghan border aimed at resolving a dispute over the group’s leadership following the death of figurehead Mullah Mohammad Omar. The gathering in the Pakistani city […]

Former head of Pakistan’s powerful spy agency Hamid Gul dies

Former head of Pakistan’s powerful spy agency Hamid Gul dies

Hamid Gul, the former head of Pakistan’s powerful intelligence agency who strongly backed the Taliban, has died of a brain haemorrhage at the age of 79. Gul, who was a military commander in the Pakistani Army in the 1980s, died on Saturday night at a military hospital in Muree, 50km northeast of the capital Islamabad.He […]

Al Qaeda Leader Pledges Support for Taliban

Al Qaeda Leader Pledges Support for Taliban

The leader of Al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahri, broke nearly a year of radio silence on Thursday to pledge allegiance to the new leader of the Taliban, but his audio message made no mention of the Taliban’s two-year delay in acknowledging that their former leader was dead. Mr. Zawahri’s message came in an audio recording attached […]

Afghanistan On track For Its Bloodiest Year For Civilians – UN

Afghanistan On track For Its Bloodiest Year For Civilians – UN

A wave of violence has engulfed the Afghan capital over the past few days, killing at least 50 people, mostly civilians. “On Saturday alone, within 24 hours, we had three attacks,” says Mujib Mashal, a reporter for the New York Times in Kabul. “One targeted a residential area, in the middle of the night. It […]

Taliban suicide attack kills 20 Afghan cadets

Taliban suicide attack kills 20 Afghan cadets

A suicide attacker has struck near the Kabul police academy, killing at least 20 cadets and wounding 27 others, officials said, in the second major attack in the Afghan capital in 24 hours. The bomber managed to place himself in a queue as police trainees were waiting to be searched before entering the academy, a […]

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