Gunmen shoot dead Afghan parliament adviser in Kabul

Gunmen shot dead a former television journalist and adviser to the Afghan parliament in Kabul on Saturday, underlining threats to women and drawing widespread condemnation. Mina Mangal, who used to report for prominent TV station Ariana News, was killed by two unidentified men on a motorbike close to her home in eastern Kabul, police spokesman… Read More Gunmen shoot dead Afghan parliament adviser in Kabul

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

UN Afghan senior official meets with Taliban negotiators in Qatar

The United Nations’ top official in Afghanistan met the Taiban’s chief negotiator in Qatar on Thursday, the movement’s chief spokesman said, as moves continue to try to start full peace negotiations to end more than 17 years of war. The head of the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Tadamichi Yamamoto met Mullah Baradar Akhund… Read More UN Afghan senior official meets with Taliban negotiators in Qatar

Taliban insurgents battle Islamic State counterparts over territory in eastern Afghanistan

Afghan Taliban insurgents are battling fighters loyal to Islamic State over control of territory in eastern Afghanistan in some of the heaviest clashes over the past year between the rival militants, officials said on Wednesday. The fighting erupted on Monday in two districts of the eastern Afghan border province of Nangarhar, when Islamic State fighters… Read More Taliban insurgents battle Islamic State counterparts over territory in eastern Afghanistan

Gunmen attack communications ministry in Afghanistan

Gunmen attacked the communications ministry in the center of Kabul on Saturday, interrupting months of relative calm in the Afghan capital and underlining security threats that have continued despite efforts to open peace talks with the Taliban. Saturday’s attack began shortly before midday with an explosion at the entrance to the multi-storey building housing the… Read More Gunmen attack communications ministry in Afghanistan

International Criminal Court judges reject investigation request of war crimes in Afghanistan

International Criminal Court judges on Friday rejected a request by the court’s prosecutor to open an investigation into possible war crimes during the conflict in Afghanistan, citing a lack of evidence and a poor outlook for state cooperation. ICC prosecutors spent a decade examining alleged war crimes by all parties in the conflict in Afghanistan,… Read More International Criminal Court judges reject investigation request of war crimes in Afghanistan