11 Afghan rights activists, media workers killed since start of negotiations: UN

A United Nations report released on Monday said no fewer than 11 human rights defenders and media workers were killed in targeted attacks in Afghanistan from the 12 September 2020 start of peace negotiations through to 31 January 2021. The period following the start of Intra-Afghan negotiations in Qatar in September 2020 has witnessed a […]

At least 34 dead after 2 separate suicide bombings, Afghan officials say – National

At least 34 people were killed on Sunday in two separate suicide bombings in Afghanistan that targeted a military base and a provincial chief, officials said. There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attacks, which took place as Afghan government representatives and the Taliban hold face-to-face talks in Qatar for the first […]

At least 3 dead, 11 wounded after mortar shells strike parts of Afghan capital – National

Over a dozen mortar shells slammed into different parts of the Afghan capital on Saturday, killing at least three people and wounding 11 others, an Interior Ministry spokesman said. Heath Ministry officials put the death toll at five with 25 injured. There was no immediate explanation for the discrepancy in figures. Read more: 18 […]

Australian troops unlawfully killed 39 Afghan prisoners, civilians: report – National

A shocking Australian military report into war crimes has found evidence that elite Australian troops unlawfully killed 39 Afghan prisoners, farmers and civilians. Australian Defence Force Chief Gen. Angus Campbell said Thursday the shameful record included alleged instances in which new patrol members would shoot a prisoner in order to achieve their first kill […]

U.S. launches airstrikes against Taliban in response to attacks in Afghan province – National

American forces carried out several airstrikes in support of Afghan security forces under attack by the Taliban in southern Helmand province, a spokesperson for the U.S. military in Afghanistan said Monday. Col. Sonny Leggett said the recent Taliban attacks in Helmand are “not consistent” with a U.S.-Taliban deal signed in February and undermine ongoing […]

Taliban almost took key to Afghan city weeks before historic peace talks: examination – National

Khan Agha has endured years of violence in Kunduz, but it was the Taliban’s attack on the strategic city in northeastern Afghanistan, as the government and insurgents were preparing for historic peace talks, that unnerved him. “Like me, the majority of Kunduz residents are living in fear,” Agha, a 46-year-old driver, told Reuters. “Looking […]

Roadside bomb attack in Kabul misses Afghan vice president, but kills four – World

A roadside bomb in Kabul targeted First Afghan Vice President Amrullah Saleh on Wednesday morning, but he escaped unharmed, his spokesman said. The blast killed at least four people and wounded 16, a health ministry spokesman said, including some of Saleh’s bodyguards. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which comes just […]

‘Logistical issues’ delay Afghan peace negotiations – Newspaper

KABUL: Afghan negotiators have pushed back a planned trip to Doha for long-awaited peace talks with the Taliban as logistical issues are still being worked on in the Qatari capital, delaying the start of the talks, a government and a diplomatic source said on Monday. After months of delays largely due to a disagreement over […]

Taliban say negotiating team in Qatar for Afghan peace talks

The Taliban’s negotiating team has arrived in Qatar, a spokesman said on Saturday, in a sign that long-delayed peace talks with the Afghan government are inching closer to starting. A date for the talks, to be hosted in Doha, has not been set but the warring sides have this week made signals that negotiations could […]