Thirty dead following Taliban suicide bomb attacks in Afghanistan

Taliban suicide attackers killed at least 30 people in Afghanistan on Tuesday, their deadliest bombing taking place near an election rally by President Ashraf Ghani, although he was unhurt. The attacks happened 11 days before Afghanistan’s presidential elections, which Taliban commanders have vowed to violently disrupt, and follow collapsed peace talks between the United States… Read More Thirty dead following Taliban suicide bomb attacks in Afghanistan

Twelve dead, scores injured as Taliban militants attack police headquarters in Afghanistan

Twelve people were killed and more than 80 wounded when Taliban fighters detonated two car bombs at a gate outside police headquarters in the Afghan city of Kandahar on Thursday, police and medical officials and the Taliban said. After the blasts, militant gunman opened fire from nearby positions and members of the security forces were… Read More Twelve dead, scores injured as Taliban militants attack police headquarters in Afghanistan

Eleven dead, dozens injured as bus conveying pilgrims sets off landmine in southern Afghanistan

At least 11 pilgrims including seven children were killed and on Monday when their vehicle set off a landmine in southern Afghanistan, local government and health officials said. The blast happened in the Khakrez district of Kandahar province at around midday, said Hayatullah Hayat, a spokesman for Kandahar’s governor. A senior health official said 22… Read More Eleven dead, dozens injured as bus conveying pilgrims sets off landmine in southern Afghanistan

Taliban militants kill government militiamen as talks advance into critical stage

Taliban militants killed at least 26 members of a pro-government militia in north Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said, as the militants and U.S. negotiators prepared for a new round of peace talks in Qatar. The U.S. officials and the Islamist militants are due to launch a seventh round of talks later on Saturday, in what… Read More Taliban militants kill government militiamen as talks advance into critical stage

U.S. releases American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh

John Walker Lindh, the American captured in Afghanistan in 2001 fighting for the Taliban, was freed early from federal prison on Thursday after serving 17 years, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said. Lindh, who was 20 years old when he was captured, was released amid concerns about his rehabilitation. Lindh, now 38, left the prison… Read More U.S. releases American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh

Seven dead, dozens injured as Taliban militants attack police headquarters in northern Afghanistan

At least seven people were killed and 55 wounded after a Taliban suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden car at a police headquarters in northern Afghanistan on Sunday, with officials saying clashes between gunmen and security forces continued. An interior ministry official in Kabul said the bomber blew up a Humvee loaded with explosives at the… Read More Seven dead, dozens injured as Taliban militants attack police headquarters in northern Afghanistan

Afghan forces launch attacks to clear militants in eastern Afghanistan

Afghan government forces have launched attacks in a bid to clear rival militants who have been battling each other for territory near the Pakistan border in fighting that has forced thousands of villagers from their homes, officials said on Tuesday. Taliban and Islamic State militants have been fighting for more than a week in the… Read More Afghan forces launch attacks to clear militants in eastern Afghanistan

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani holds grand assembly in bid to negotiate peace deal with Taliban

Thousands of Afghans congregated in Kabul on Monday for a rare consultative meeting aimed at finding ways to negotiate a peace deal with the Taliban and end Afghanistan’s war. The four-day consultative grand assembly, known as a Loya Jirga, is an attempt by President Ashraf Ghani to influence peace talks between the United States and… Read More Afghan President Ashraf Ghani holds grand assembly in bid to negotiate peace deal with Taliban