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Taliban pledge Afghan peace talks after 4000 prisoners release completed

08 August, 2020 3:03 pm 3:03 pm

KABUL (AFP) – The Taliban said Monday they were ready for peace talks with the Afghan government, as authorities announced that the release of hundreds of prisoners would begin in the next few days. The fate of some 400 Taliban prisoners has been a crucial hurdle in launching peace talks between the two warring sides, … Read More

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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

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US says landmark deal with Taliban entering second phase

07 July, 2020 2:09 pm 2:09 pm

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US has said that its landmark deal with the Taliban is entering its second phase, urging militants to stop violence so that the Afghan peace talks can be held. The two sides signed an agreement in February that saw Washington pledge to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by the middle of … Read More

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Taliban suicide bomber kills three as violence rises despite peace push

07 July, 2020 4:24 pm 4:24 pm

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan/KABUL (Reuters) – A Taliban suicide bomber detonated an explosive-packed military vehicle on the approach to the provincial governor’s residence and police headquarters in the Afghan province of Kandahar on Wednesday, killing at least three people, authorities said. Bloodshed is escalating anew in Afghanistan even as the United States tries to broker a peace … Read More

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Trump: US intelligence doubted Russia urged Taliban to kill US troops

07 July, 2020 9:35 am 9:35 am

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he was not told about a reported Russian effort to get the Taliban to kill US soldiers because many US intelligence officials doubted its veracity, a stance contradicted by four US and European sources and by its inclusion in a widely read CIA report in … Read More

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White House to brief Democrats on reports Russia paid Taliban to kill US tr...

06 June, 2020 9:39 am 9:39 am

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House sought to play down reports it knew Russia had paid the Taliban bounties to kill US troops, promising to brief Democrats on Tuesday after being accused of only sharing information with President Donald Trump’s fellow Republicans. Trump administration officials said there was no consensus on the underlying intelligence among … Read More

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US conducts first air strikes against Taliban since Afghan ceasefire ends

06 June, 2020 7:29 pm 7:29 pm

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US conducted its first air strikes against the Taliban since a rare ceasefire between the insurgents and Afghan forces ended more than a week ago, the US military said Friday. The two assaults took place on Thursday and Friday in separate provinces in Afghanistan, spokesman Sonny Leggett said on his Twitter … Read More

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US decreases troops presence in Afghanistan to nearly 8,600 before schedule

05 May, 2020 6:04 pm 6:04 pm

KABUL (Reuters) – US and NATO officials have said the number of troops in Afghanistan are down to 8,600, after a February deal between Washington and Taliban agreed to reduce American forces in the country. A key provision of the February 29 agreement between the Taliban and the United States — to which the Afghan government … Read More

Taliban, Afghan president declare three-day Eid ceasefire from Sunday

05 May, 2020 3:09 pm 3:09 pm

KABUL (Reuters) – The Taliban declared a three-day Eid ceasefire in Afghanistan starting Sunday, via a tweet on Saturday from the hardline Islamist group, and the country’s president said the government would reciprocate. The move came as fighting between the two sides had intensified despite the coronavirus pandemic. “Do not carry out any offensive operations … Read More

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US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad to meet Taliban in Qatar, visit Pakistan, India

05 May, 2020 2:21 pm 2:21 pm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US Special Envoy for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad will meet Taliban negotiators in Doha and officials in Pakistan and India to support reduced violence, speeding up intra-Afghan peace talks and cooperating on the coronavirus pandemic during his upcoming visit, the State Department said on Wednesday. Khalilzad’s trip comes amid concerns that surging … Read More

US, Taliban officials meet to discuss prisoner release dispute: Taliban spo...

04 April, 2020 9:13 am 9:13 am

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The chief US negotiator and the top US commander in Afghanistan held talks on Monday with Taliban officials in Doha on a prisoner release dispute that helped stall US-led peace-making efforts, a Taliban spokesman said. The discussions, held despite the global coronavirus pandemic, followed some movement on prisoner releases, with Kabul freeing … Read More

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Taliban break off talks with Afghan government on prisoner exchange

04 April, 2020 9:24 am 9:24 am

KABUL (Reuters) – The Taliban on Tuesday broke off talks with the Afghan government on a prisoner exchange, a main step in peace talks being brokered by the United States after it agreed on a troop withdrawal pact with the militants. Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Islamist insurgent group’s political office in Qatar, said … Read More

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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