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

Taliban launches annual spring offensive in Afghanistan

The Taliban launched their annual spring offensive on Friday, calling on Afghan soldiers and police to abandon the government in a statement that points to further violence before peace negotiations with Washington bear any fruit. Fighting has intensified across Afghanistan in recent weeks, killing and wounding hundreds of Afghan troops and civilians, making the announcement… Read More Taliban launches annual spring offensive in Afghanistan

Three dead, nineteen injured following double explosions in eastern Aghanistan

Twin explosions on Saturday in the eastern Afghanistan city of Jalalabad killed three people and injured 19 others, a government spokesman said. Two children and eight security forces were among the casualties, said Ataullah Khogyani, spokesman for the Nangarhar provincial government. It was not clear what caused the explosions. No group took immediate responsibility. Islamic… Read More Three dead, nineteen injured following double explosions in eastern Aghanistan

Afghan security forces arrest alleged members of Islamic State online recruiters

Afghan security forces have arrested six alleged members of the Islamic State militant group and accused them of using hundreds of fake accounts on Facebook Inc and other social media to find recruits, authorities said on Thursday. The men, arrested in the capital, Kabul, also used Twitter Inc, Instagram and Telegram for fake accounts recruiting… Read More Afghan security forces arrest alleged members of Islamic State online recruiters

Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum escapes death as gunmen attack his convoy

Afghanistan’s vice president, Abdul Rashid Dostum, escaped unhurt from an attack that killed one of his bodyguards on Saturday, dodging death for the second time since returning from exile last year. Attackers ambushed Dostum’s convoy on the way from Mazar-i-Sharif, a city in Balkh province, to Jawzjan province in northern Afghanistan, said Bashir Ahmad Tayenj,… Read More Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum escapes death as gunmen attack his convoy