Taliban cancels peace talks with U.S. officials

The Taliban said on Tuesday they had canceled planned peace talks with U.S. officials in Qatar this week over an agenda disagreement. “Both sides have agreed to not meet in Qatar,” senior Taliban members based in Afghanistan said. Talks had been planned for two days starting Wednesday in Qatar, senior Taliban members earlier said. The… Read More Taliban cancels peace talks with U.S. officials

Afghan Taliban releases abducted civilians, keep security officers captive

The Taliban released more than 160 civilian passengers a day after they were kidnapped from three buses in northern Afghanistan but kept at least 20 soldiers and policemen as captives, an official said on Tuesday. Nearly 200 passengers were taken as hostages by Taliban insurgents near the northern province of Kunduz on Monday as they… Read More Afghan Taliban releases abducted civilians, keep security officers captive

Scores abducted as Afghan Taliban rejects government ceasefire offer

The Taliban rejected on Monday an Afghan government offer of a ceasefire and said they would persist with their attacks, militant commanders said, while insurgents ambushed three buses and abducted nearly 200 passengers traveling for a holiday. Two Taliban commanders said their supreme leader rejected President Ashraf Ghani’s Sunday offer of a three-month ceasefire, beginning… Read More Scores abducted as Afghan Taliban rejects government ceasefire offer

Afghanistan agrees ceasefire with Taliban for Muslim Eid holiday

​Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced a ceasefire with Taliban insurgents from Monday to mark the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, days after fighting in the central city of Ghazni and a northern province. Taliban sources said their leaders had also provisionally agreed a four-day truce during the annual Islamic feast of sacrifice, though supreme leader Sheikh… Read More Afghanistan agrees ceasefire with Taliban for Muslim Eid holiday

Sixteen police, two civilians killed as Afghan Taliban militants launch attacks following end of ceasefire

Taliban militants killed at least 16 Afghan police and two civilians in western Badghis province after their three-day ceasefire for the Eid al-Fitr holiday ended at the weekend, officials said on Friday. The Taliban, fighting to reimpose strict Islamic law after their 2001 ouster, resumed their campaign on Thursday after rejecting President Ashraf Ghani’s request… Read More Sixteen police, two civilians killed as Afghan Taliban militants launch attacks following end of ceasefire

Afghanistan announces ceasefire with Taliban till June 20

​Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced for the first time an unconditional ceasefire with the Taliban, coinciding with the end of the Muslim fasting month, but excluding other militant groups, such as Islamic State. The decision came after a meeting of Islamic clerics this week declared a fatwa, or ruling, against suicide bombings, one… Read More Afghanistan announces ceasefire with Taliban till June 20