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Afghan govt, Taliban prisoner swap to begin from this week

04 April, 2020 4:14 pm 4:14 pm

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan will release some Taliban prisoners this week as part of confidence building measure crucial for the success of the peace deal signed between America and the Taliban to end nearly two decades of war, officials said on Wednesday. A three-member Taliban team arrived in Kabul on Tuesday to begin a prisoner … 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

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First official talk held between Afghan govt, Taliban for prisoner exchange

03 March, 2020 12:49 pm 12:49 pm

DOHA (AFP) – US special envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad said that Afghan government and the Taliban held their first official discussion on arranging prisoner exchanges. In a tweet, Khalilzad said that a key step in a broader push for peace as today, the US and Qatar facilitated the first Afghan government to Taliban technical … Read More

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Kabul, Taliban should begin prisoner releases as soon as possible: Khalilza...

03 March, 2020 11:48 pm 11:48 pm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad said on Wednesday the coronavirus pandemic adds urgency to prisoner releases agreed by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s government and the Taliban and that they should begin “as soon as possible.” “No prisoners have been released to date despite the commitment to do so expressed by both sides,” … Read More

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Afghan government set to release thousands of Taliban prisoners

03 March, 2020 10:07 am 10:07 am

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is set to release at least 1,500 Taliban prisoners in coming days to pave the way for direct talks with the Taliban aimed at ending the 18-year-long war in Afghanistan, according to a copy of the decree seen by Reuters. However US Special Representative to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalizad … Read More

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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

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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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Trump, Taliban’s Abdul Ghani Baradar discuss Afghan peace deal

03 March, 2020 9:29 am 9:29 am

WASHINGTON (92 News) – US President Donald Trump telephoned Taliban chief negotiator Mullah Abdu Ghani Baradar and discussed the Afghan peace deal among other important matters. It is pertinent to mention here that this is the first known conversation between a US leader and a top Taliban official, as a dispute over a prisoner release … Read More

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Taliban resume attacks on Afghan forces, five policemen die

03 March, 2020 4:20 pm 4:20 pm

NANGARHAR/KABUL (Reuters) – Five Afghan policemen died in a Taliban attack on a security checkpoint near a copper mine on Tuesday, officials in the region said, a day after the insurgents decided to resume operations against local forces. A Taliban spokesman did not confirm or deny responsibility for the attack in eastern Afghanistan when contacted … 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

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US, Taliban sign historic peace deal in Doha

02 February, 2020 6:26 pm 6:26 pm

DOHA (92 News) – The US and Taliban signed a historic deal to allow a US troop reduction and a permanent ceasefire on Saturday. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar signed the pact. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Qatari Emir, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, … Read More

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US Secretary of State Pompeo arrives in Doha for signing of pact with Talib...

02 February, 2020 2:43 pm 2:43 pm

DOHA (Reuters) – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Doha on Saturday to witness a US troop withdrawal deal that could end the war in Afghanistan. Pompeo arrived in Qatar’s capital on a flight from Washington after refueling in Germany, according to a pool report. The signing ceremony between the United States and … Read More

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FM hopes peace agreement of US, Taliban to be signed tomorrow

02 February, 2020 3:05 pm 3:05 pm

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Foreign Minister (FM) Shah Mehmood Qureshi hoped that a peace agreement between the US and Afghan Taliban will be signed in Doha tomorrow. In a statement issued, FM Qureshi said representatives from fifty countries, including foreign ministers of different countries, will be attending the signing ceremony. He also said Pakistan has … Read More

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Pakistan welcomes mediation offer from US president on Kashmir issue

02 February, 2020 7:38 pm 7:38 pm

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Pakistan on Thursday welcomed the mediation offer from US President Donald Trump on Kashmir issue.  Addressing a weekly media briefing, Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Aisha Farooqui reiterated a pleasant change could be witnessed in the entire region if the issue is resolved through peaceful negotiations. US-India deal will disturb balance of … Read More

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US, Taliban say they will sign agreement on Feb 29 following violence cut p...

02 February, 2020 5:49 pm 5:49 pm

KABUL/WASHINGTON/PESHAWAR (Reuters) – The United States and the Taliban will sign an agreement on Feb. 29 at the end of a week long period of violence reduction in Afghanistan, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Taliban said on Friday. Afghan, international and Taliban forces will observe the reduced violence period beginning at midnight … Read More