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Afghan, grand assembly, gathers, decide, fate, Taliban, prisoners

Afghan grand assembly gathers to decide fate of Taliban prisoners

08 August, 2020 4:56 pm 4:56 pm

KABUL (Reuters) – Thousands of Afghan elders, community leaders and politicians gathered on Friday to debate whether the government should release 400 hard-core Taliban prisoners, a move that would likely quickly clear the path for peace talks. Some 3,200 people have been invited to the grand assembly, known as a Loya Jirga, in Kabul amid … Read More


COAS Qamar Bajwa, Zalmay Khalilzad, Afghan, reconciliation, process

COAS Qamar Bajwa, Zalmay Khalilzad discuss Afghan reconciliation process

06 June, 2020 8:17 am 8:17 am

RAWALPINDI (92 News) – Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, US Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation, called on COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday. According to a press release issued by the ISPR, matters of mutual interest, overall regional security situation including Afghan refugees issue / Afghan reconciliation process and Pakistan-Afghanistan border management were discussed during the … Read More


Afghan rivals say they’re close to ending leadership feud

05 May, 2020 5:59 pm 5:59 pm

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and rival Abdullah Abdullah are close to resolving a standoff over last year’s disputed presidential election that has threatened a US-brokered peace process, both sides said on Saturday. The feud culminated in both men declaring themselves president at parallel inauguration ceremonies in March. A draft deal had been … Read More


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Pompeo says Afghan negotiating team looks ‘pretty inclusive’

03 March, 2020 11:41 pm 11:41 pm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday praised an Afghan government negotiating team identified to hold talks with the Taliban as appearing to be fairly broad and inclusive. “We have seen a team identified. It looks like it’s pretty inclusive, pretty broad,” Pompeo told a news conference, adding that he was … Read More


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Afghan government announces team for talks with Taliban

03 March, 2020 5:51 pm 5:51 pm

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s government announced a 21-member team to negotiate with the Taliban, in a tentative sign of progress for the United States-brokered peace deal. The list announced late on Thursday by the country’s State Ministry of Peace was headed by Masoom Stanekzai, a former National Directorate of Security chief and supporter of President … Read More


Afghan, military, base, stormed, security, personnel, killed

Afghan military base stormed, 27 security personnel killed

03 March, 2020 4:47 pm 4:47 pm

KABUL (Reuters) – At least 27 security personnel were killed when a military base was stormed in Afghanistan on Thursday, in one of the biggest attacks since a violence reduction agreement was signed between the United States and the Taliban last month. The Afghan government blamed the attack on the Taliban, with whom the United … Read More


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Taliban wait for Afghan president to order release of fighters in prisoner ...

03 March, 2020 2:05 pm 2:05 pm

PESHAWAR/KABUL (Reuters) – The Taliban sent vehicles for fighters set to be released by the Afghan government in a prisoner swap expected to be announced on Tuesday, and were ready to honour their side of the deal by handing over 1,000 captured government troops, militant leaders said. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will issue a decree … Read More


Ashraf Ghani, sworn in, Afghan, president, Abdullah Abdullah, inauguration

Ashraf Ghani sworn in as Afghan president, Abdullah Abdullah holds parallel...

03 March, 2020 4:46 pm 4:46 pm

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was sworn in for a second term on Monday but his main rival refused to recognize the inauguration and held his own swearing-in ceremony as a rival president. Both Ghani and former chief executive Abdullah Abdullah say they are Afghanistan’s rightful leader following a disputed election last September, … Read More


Pompeo, Afghan, violence, stop, peace, process, move, forward

Pompeo says Afghan violence must stop for peace process to move forward

03 March, 2020 8:25 pm 8:25 pm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday called on all nations to hold Iran accountable for its nuclear commitments and said Tehran’s failure to report nuclear material was a clear violation of safeguard agreements. The International Atomic Energy Agency, which is policing Iran’s troubled nuclear deal with major powers, sounded an … Read More


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US conducts airstrike against Taliban to ‘defend Afghan forces’

03 March, 2020 3:56 pm 3:56 pm

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US conducted an airstrike against Taliban fighters to defend Afghan forces on Wednesday, an American military spokesman said, as violence spirals after a string of deadly attacks by the insurgents, throwing the country’s nascent peace process into grave doubt. News of the airstrike in southern Helmand province — the first in … Read More


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Taliban rule out taking part in Afghan talks until prisoners released

03 March, 2020 5:42 pm 5:42 pm

KABUL (Reuters) – Taliban militants will not take part in intra-Afghan talks until about 5,000 of its prisoners are released, a spokesman said on Monday, presenting a major possible barrier to ending the war. Under an accord between the United States and the Islamist Taliban signed on Saturday, the two sides are committed to working … Read More


COAS Qamar Bajwa, EU delegation discuss Afghan reconciliation process

02 February, 2020 11:32 pm 11:32 pm

RAWALPINDI (92 News) – A European Union delegation led by European Union Ambassador Androulla Kaminara met Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday. According to a press release issued by the Inter Services Public Relations, matters of mutual interest, regional security including Afghan reconciliation process, situation at Line of Control (LOC) … Read More


Afghan, peace, agreement, signed, month, Taliban leader

Afghan peace agreement to be signed by end of this month: Taliban leader

02 February, 2020 8:58 pm 8:58 pm

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Mullah Abdul Salam Hanafi, a senior Taliban leader and member of the political commission, said that the Afghan peace agreement would be signed by the end of this month. In a video message shared with journalists on Monday, he said that it had been decided that America would release 5,000 Taliban … Read More


Antonio Guterres, COAS Qamar Bajwa, Afghan, reconciliation, process

Antonio Guterres, COAS Qamar Bajwa discuss Afghan reconciliation process

02 February, 2020 7:48 pm 7:48 pm

RAWALPINDI (92 News) – United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at General Headquarters on Monday. During the meeting, matters of mutual interests, overall regional security situation including Afghan Refugees issue, Afghan Reconciliation Process and Kashmir dispute were discussed. The COAS said that Pakistan … Read More


Afghan, president, Pompeo, reports, progress, US-Taliban, talks

Afghan president says Pompeo reports progress in US-Taliban talks

02 February, 2020 12:05 pm 12:05 pm

WASHINGTON/KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday he was told by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that “notable progress” had been made in talks between the United States and the Taliban on an agreement for a US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. In a post on Twitter, Ghani wrote that Pompeo had … Read More