Afghan government to release 1,500 Taliban prisoners in move for direct talks

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is set to release 1,500 Taliban prisoners in coming days to pave the way for direct talks with the hardline insurgent group that are aimed at ending the 18-year-long war in Afghanistan, according to a decree. The two-page decree – which was signed by Ghani and will be made public later… Read More Afghan government to release 1,500 Taliban prisoners in move for direct talks

Taliban say parallel presidential ceremonies threatens Afghan peace talks progress

The Taliban militant group said peace talks with the Afghan government next week were unlikely to take place because rivals for the presidency were both holding swearing-in ceremonies on Monday, and urged them instead to focus on an end to the war. The United States is trying to push the government toward talks with the… Read More Taliban say parallel presidential ceremonies threatens Afghan peace talks progress

International Criminal Court set to launch investigation into alleged Afghan war crimes

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court will investigate whether war crimes were committed in Afghanistan by the Taliban, Afghan military and U.S. forces after an appeals panel said on Thursday the “truth-seeking” inquiry should go ahead. The ICC decision, which came days after the United States agreed to pull its troops from the long-running conflict,… Read More International Criminal Court set to launch investigation into alleged Afghan war crimes

Five Afghan policemen killed as Taliban attacks security checkpoint

Five Afghan policemen died in a Taliban attack on a security checkpoint near a copper mine on Tuesday, officials in the region said, a day after the insurgents decided to resume operations against local forces. The Taliban is yet to confirm or deny responsibility for the attack in eastern Afghanistan. The militants had a reduction… Read More Five Afghan policemen killed as Taliban attacks security checkpoint

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani rejects Taliban prisoner release under U.S. deal

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani rejected on Sunday a Taliban demand for the release of 5,000 prisoners as a condition for talks with Afghanistan’s government and civilians, included in a deal between the United States and the Islamist militants. “The government of Afghanistan has made no commitment to free 5,000 Taliban prisoners,” Ghani told reporters in… Read More Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani rejects Taliban prisoner release under U.S. deal

U.S., Taliban sign Afghanistan troop withdrawal deal

The United States signed a deal with Taliban insurgents on Saturday that could pave the way toward a full withdrawal of foreign soldiers from Afghanistan and represent a step toward ending the 18-year-war in the nation. But while the agreement creates a path for the United States to gradually pull out of its longest war,… Read More U.S., Taliban sign Afghanistan troop withdrawal deal

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