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 […]

Trump may have to settle for partial withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan: officials – National

President Donald Trump’s new Pentagon team has not yet signalled an imminent withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, raising expectations among U.S. officials and allies that Trump might settle for a partial reduction before leaving office. A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the military was expecting formal orders in the […]

18 dead, 57 wounded in suicide bombing at education centre in Afghanistan: officials – National

The death toll from the suicide attack Saturday in Afghanistan’s capital has risen to at least 18 killed and 57 people wounded, including students, the interior ministry said. The explosion struck outside an education centre in a heavily Shiite neighbourhood of western Kabul, Dasht-e-Barchi. Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian says that the attacker was […]

Preventing next war with Taliban as important as ending this one: Afghans – National

At a Kabul museum honouring Afghanistan’s war victims, talking to visitors reveals just how many layers and generations of pain and grief have piled up during four decades of unrelenting conflict. Fakhria Hayat recalled an attack that changed her family forever. It was 1995, and the Afghan capital was under siege, pounded by rockets […]

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 welcomes Trump’s tweet on early troop withdrawal from Afghanistan – National

The Afghan Taliban on Thursday welcomed a tweet from U.S. President Donald Trump in which he promised to have the last of U.S. troops out of Afghanistan by Christmas. If that withdrawal happens, it would be months ahead of schedule and the tweet made no reference to a Taliban promise to fight terrorist groups […]

Trump says all remaining U.S. troops in Afganistan will be ‘home by Christmas’ – National

All U.S. troops in Afghanistan should be “home by Christmas,” President Donald Trump said on Wednesday, just hours after his national security adviser said Washington would reduce its forces in Afghanistan to 2,500 by early next year. A landmark deal between the United States and the Taliban in February said foreign forces would leave […]

Government airstrikes kill 24 civilians in northern Afghanistan, witnesses say – National

Government airstrikes in northern Afghanistan killed 24 civilians, including children, and wounded six others, witnesses told The Associated Press on Sunday. The two witnesses contacted by the AP said most of those killed in Saturday’s airstrikes, which struck the village of Sayed Ramazan in northern Kunduz province, were civilians. The Khanabad district in the […]

Long-awaited peace talks between Afghanistan, Taliban officially begin in Qatar – National

The opening ceremony for talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents began in Qatar’s capital Doha on Saturday, marking the start of negotiations aimed at ending two decades of war that has killed tens of thousands of combatants and civilians. The 19-year conflict is also the United States’ longest overseas military action, vexing […]