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    Taliban meet US peace envoy for first time since ‘dead’ deal

    World | October 05, 2019 18:52 IST

    Khalilzad has been in Islamabad for much of the week meeting with senior government officials in what the U.S. State Department described as follow-up meetings he held in New York during last month’s U.N. General Assembly session.

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    At least 11 Afghan police killed in Taliban attack

    World | October 01, 2019 15:52 IST

    The attack on the Shortepa district headquarters in northern Balkh province started early in the morning, according to Munir Ahmad Farhad, spokesman for the provincial governor.

  • Afghans transport the body of a woman who was killed during

    Afghan officials: 40 civilians killed in anti-Taliban raid

    World | September 23, 2019 19:46 IST

    The violence has further rattled Afghanistan which is facing an upsurge in violence after U.S.-Taliban peace talks to end America's longest war collapsed earlier this month.

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    Doors are open if US wants to resume talks: Taliban

    World | September 18, 2019 17:11 IST

    Peace talks between Washington and the Taliban to reach a deal on the withdrawal of thousands of American troops collapsed last week after President Donald Trump cited an attack that killed a US soldier as his reason for pulling out of negotiations.

  • Taliban lift ban on Red Cross operations in Afghanistan

    Taliban lift ban on Red Cross operations in Afghanistan

    World | September 15, 2019 20:11 IST

    The insurgents explained that "a number of issues with the quality and quantity" of the ICRC's activities had led them to implement the ban in the first place.

  • Taliban visits Moscow days after Trump says talks 'dead'  

    Taliban visits Moscow days after Trump says talks 'dead'

    India | September 14, 2019 8:20 IST

    Russian state news agency Tass cited the Taliban's Qatar-based spokesman Suhail Shaheen as saying the delegation had held consultations with Zamir Kabulov, President Vladimir Putin's envoy for Afghanistan. The visit was confirmed to the AP by a Taliban official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters.

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    Afghan peace talks with Taliban are dead: Donald Trump

    World | September 10, 2019 7:26 IST

    Justifying the move, the president underlined that he did not want the meeting to happen under circumstances "where they (Taliban) go around and try and make themselves a little bit more important by killing a soldier and also a total of 12 people".

  • No military solution to conflict in Afghanistan: Pakistan

    No military solution to conflict in Afghanistan: Pakistan

    World | September 09, 2019 6:56 IST

    Trump called off a meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and senior Taliban leaders planned at his Camp David retreat on Sunday after the terror group admitted it was behind a suicide car bomb attack on Thursday that had killed an American soldier and 11 others in the capital of Kabul.

  • Taliban ‘overreached’ in attack that killed American:

    Taliban ‘overreached’ in attack that killed American: Mike Pompeo

    World | September 08, 2019 22:41 IST

    Pompeo said the Trump administration has recalled envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who has been negotiating with Taliban leaders for months in Qatar, and it will be up to the insurgent group whether talks will resume.

  • Taliban attack third Afghan provincial capital in a week

    Taliban attack third Afghan provincial capital in a week; two civilians killed

    World | September 06, 2019 13:20 IST

    Farah provincial governor Mohammad Shoaib Sabet told The Associated Press that another 15 people were wounded in the latest attack, citing local hospitals and that airstrikes had been carried out against the militant group. Small clashes continued in the city, he said.

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    Mike Pompeo declines to sign risky peace deal with Taliban: Report

    World | September 05, 2019 10:32 IST

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has refused to sign the peace deal that his special representative has inked with the Taliban, mainly because it does not guarantee the continued presence of US forces in the country to defeat al-Qaeda or the existence of the democratically elected government, a media report said Wednesday.

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    India backs peace deal which will not leave space for terrorists in Afghanistan: Foreign Secretary

    India | September 02, 2019 22:16 IST

    As the US and the Taliban close in on a deal, India on Monday said it has always supported a peace settlement in Afghanistan which will ensure stability and not leave ungoverned spaces for terrorists or their proxies to take advantage of. Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, while briefing the media on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Russia this week, said that both India and Russia believe that whatever the outcome of the discussions between the US and the Taliban is, they hope to see a stable political situation. India and Russia want to see a situation in Afghanistan where there is political order and where the peace agreement or the post-agreement process will hold.

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    Massive Taliban attack kills dozens in Afghanistan

    World | August 31, 2019 19:55 IST

    The assault began shortly after midnight on Saturday in several parts of the city and insurgents managed to infiltrate different areas of the region before dawn, officials said.

  • US lawmakers seek transparency in Afghan peace deal with

    US lawmakers seek transparency in Afghan peace deal with Taliban

    World | August 31, 2019 10:56 IST

    In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the three Congressmen also sought assurances that any deal signed would verifiably require the Taliban to break ties with all its terrorist allies, including in Pakistan, and that withdrawal of US troops will be conditioned on an agreement between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

  • Trump: No complete withdrawal from Afghanistan

    Trump: No complete withdrawal from Afghanistan

    World | August 21, 2019 15:33 IST

    "We will always have intelligence, and we'll always have somebody there," Trump told reporters at his Oval Office on Tuesday.

  • Top Taliban leader's brother among 5 killed in IED attack

    Top Taliban leader's brother among 5 killed in IED attack on Pakistan mosque

    World | August 16, 2019 23:43 IST

    A week before, on July 30, five persons, including two policemen, died when a powerful bomb tore through a police patrol van at a busy roundabout in Quetta.

  • Taliban says latest talks end on US's Afghanistan withdrawal

    Taliban says latest talks end on US's Afghanistan withdrawal

    World | August 12, 2019 15:50 IST

    A Taliban spokesman says the latest round of talks with the United States on a deal to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan has ended and now both sides will consult their leadership on the next steps.

  • Afghanistan: Taliban men killed after military airstrikes

    15 Taliban terrorists killed in military airstrike in Afghanistan

    World | August 10, 2019 20:33 IST

    At least 15 militants were killed and 10 others wounded after a military aircraft targeted a gathering of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan's Takhar province on Saturday, officials said.

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    Kashmir issue should not be linked to Afghanistan: Taliban

    World | August 09, 2019 8:18 IST

    The Taliban on Thursday said the India-Pakistan rift over Kashmir should not be linked with the situation in Afghanistan.

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    US to press Imran to take irreversible action against terrorists, facilitate peace talks with Taliban

    World | July 20, 2019 6:51 IST

    The United States would press Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is slated to meet President Donald Trump next week, to take irreversible action against terrorist and militant groups, and to facilitate peace talks with the Taliban for intra-Afghan dialogue, the White House said on Friday.

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