Afghan Taliban launches major offensive following elapse of U.S. troops withdrawal deadline

Afghan security forces fought back a major Taliban offensive in southern Helmand province in the last 24 hours, officials and residents said on Tuesday, as militants launched assaults around the country after a missed U.S. deadline to withdraw troops. Although the United States did not meet the May 1 withdrawal deadline agreed in talks with… Read More Afghan Taliban launches major offensive following elapse of U.S. troops withdrawal deadline

At least seven dead following Taliban attack on army outpost in southwest Afghanistan

Taliban insurgents attacked an army outpost in Afghanistan’s southwestern Farah province killing at least seven soldiers, local officials said on Monday, as the country braces for violence after May 1, a previously agreed deadline for foreign troop withdrawal. In a video message to media, Farah Governor Taj Mohammad Jahid said the Taliban had blown up… Read More At least seven dead following Taliban attack on army outpost in southwest Afghanistan

U.S. launches steps to end military mission in Afghanistan

The commander of foreign forces in Afghanistan, U.S. Army General Scott Miller, on Sunday said an orderly withdrawal of foreign forces and the handing over of military bases and equipment to the Afghan forces had begun. Miller said he was acting on orders based on U.S. President Joe Biden’s decision to end America’s longest war,… Read More U.S. launches steps to end military mission in Afghanistan

U.S. President Joe Biden to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by September 11

President Joe Biden plans to withdraw the remaining 2,500 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021, 20 years to the day after the al Qaeda attacks that triggered America’s longest war, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. The disclosure of the plan came on the same day that the U.S. intelligence community released a gloomy… Read More U.S. President Joe Biden to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by September 11

At least three dead, several injured following Afghan Taliban car bomb attack near Kabul

A car bombing near Kabul on Sunday killed at least three Afghan security personnel and injured 12 others, officials said, in an attack claimed by the Taliban. While attacks have continued unabated in Afghanistan, the insurgent Taliban has rarely taken responsibility since the formal start of peace talks and an agreement with the United States… Read More At least three dead, several injured following Afghan Taliban car bomb attack near Kabul

Gunmen kill three female health workers in eastern Afghanistan

Gunmen killed three female polio vaccination health workers in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Tuesday, officials said, adding that a blast had also rocked the provincial health department headquarters but left no casualties. Ghulam Dastagir Nazari, head of the immunisation programme at Afghanistan’s Health Ministry said the explosion took place at the entrance… Read More Gunmen kill three female health workers in eastern Afghanistan

U.S., Pakistan and China join Russian-hosted Afghan peace talks

Russia said it hoped international talks in Moscow on Thursday would breathe new life into the Afghan peace process, after a high-level U.S. official joined the Russian-hosted talks for the first time. The talks, which also include representatives of Pakistan and China, are designed to give a boost to negotiations between the Afghan government and… Read More U.S., Pakistan and China join Russian-hosted Afghan peace talks

Two dead, six injured as gunmen ambush university bus in northeastern Afghanistan

Gunmen ambushed a bus carrying university staff in northeastern Afghanistan on Tuesday killing the driver and a student, officials said, as attacks on civilians continued, while peace talks between the government and the Taliban remained stalled. Six university lecturers were also wounded during the attack in Baghlan province, said Sayed Hamid Rushan, a spokesman for… Read More Two dead, six injured as gunmen ambush university bus in northeastern Afghanistan