Three female media workers shot dead in Afghanistan

Three female media workers have been shot and killed in Afghanistan, their TV network said, in what appeared to be the latest targeted killing to rock the country. Journalists, religious scholars, activists and judges have all been victims of a recent wave of political assassinations, forcing many into hiding — with some fleeing the country.… Continue reading Three female media workers shot dead in Afghanistan

Taliban ‘clearly’ behind violence in Afghanistan: US

The Taliban are “clearly” responsible for violence in Afghanistan, with civilians and Afghan security forces taking the brunt of the bloodshed, the commander of US forces in the Middle East said Thursday. General Kenneth McKenzie, head of the US Army Central Command (Centcom), made the remark on a regional tour, as President Joe Biden reviews… Continue reading Taliban ‘clearly’ behind violence in Afghanistan: US

Fading security in Kabul angers Hekmatyar

Former Afghan Mujahideen leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar on Friday expressed grim concerns over deteriorating security situation in the capital Kabul as a string of targeted assassinations rocked the war-ravaged country. Addressing a large public gathering at his party’s headquarters in Kabul, the leader of the Hezb-e-Islami party Hekmatyar blamed the government for failing to ensure security.… Continue reading Fading security in Kabul angers Hekmatyar

Iran’s remarks stirs controversy in Afghanistan

An interview with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif indicating Tehran’s involvement and interference in Afghanistan has stirred controversy. Talking to Afghanistan’s private Tolo news broadcaster, Zarif acknowledged some 2,000 Afghans fought alongside pro-regime forces in Syria under the Fatemiyoun brigade, a Shiite militia backed by Tehran. “In Syria, we were supporting them under the leadership… Continue reading Iran’s remarks stirs controversy in Afghanistan

NATO welcomes Taliban, Afghan government’s breakthrough

The NATO chief on Wednesday welcomed the breakthrough deal between the Afghan government and the Taliban in the Qatari capital Doha. Speaking at a news conference in Brussels after a defense ministers’ meeting, Jens Stoltenberg said: “This is one step towards lasting political, peaceful resolution of the war in Afghanistan.” He said that all NATO… Continue reading NATO welcomes Taliban, Afghan government’s breakthrough

At least three dead as barrage of rocket fire hits Kabul

At least three people were killed Saturday when a barrage of rockets struck densely populated parts of Kabul, officials said, marking the latest attack in an ongoing wave of violence sweeping the Afghan capital. The salvo slammed into various parts of central and north Kabul — including near the heavily fortified Green Zone that houses… Continue reading At least three dead as barrage of rocket fire hits Kabul

Afghan government, Taliban agree peace talk rules

The Afghan government and the Taliban have resolved key sticking points that had stalled peace talks for weeks, several sources told AFP on Friday, clearing the way for negotiations to move forward. Talks started September 12 in the Qatari capital Doha but almost immediately faltered over disagreements about the agenda, the basic framework of discussions… Continue reading Afghan government, Taliban agree peace talk rules

Afghan peace talks: Deadlock broken as PM Imran lands in Kabul

The deadlock between the Afghan government and the Taliban over the procedure for moving ahead with intra-Afghan peace talks was broken on Thursday as both sides agreed to a 19-point plan, confirmed Rahmatullah Nabil, the former Director of National Directorate of Security (NDS), the premier intelligence agency of Afghanistan. This is the second confirmation of… Continue reading Afghan peace talks: Deadlock broken as PM Imran lands in Kabul

IS attack on Kabul University kills 22

At least 22 people were killed when attackers stormed one of Afghanistan’s main universities on Monday, detonating a suicide bomb and spraying classrooms with bullets in a brazen hours-long assault claimed by Islamic State group. The attack on Kabul University, which came as violence surges across Afghanistan, marked the second time in less than two… Continue reading IS attack on Kabul University kills 22

Trump says wants US troops out of Afghanistan by Christmas

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he wants all US troops to leave Afghanistan by Christmas, speeding up the timeline for ending America’s longest war. “We should have the small remaining number of our BRAVE Men and Women serving in Afghanistan home by Christmas!” Trump wrote on Twitter. We should have the small remaining number of… Continue reading Trump says wants US troops out of Afghanistan by Christmas