Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Tag Archives: Taliban

Haqqani network founder dead

WASHINGTON: The founder of the Haqqani network, Jalaluddin Haqqani, is dead, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid announced. Haqqani, who had fought with Soviet troops, was reportedly ill for a long period of time. He was a member of Quetta Shura, a terrorist organisation comprising Afghan Talibanleaders, who are believed to be ...

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Afghanistan announces Eid holiday ceasefire with Taliban

KABUL: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday announced a ceasefire with Taliban from Monday to mark the Eid al-Adha holiday, despite the heavy fighting seen over recent days in the central city of Ghazni. “The conditional ceasefire will start tomorrow and it will continue as long as the Taliban preserves ...

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In Policy Shift, US Open To Meeting With Taliban

WASHINGTON: The United States is open to holding direct talks with the Taliban to encourage negotiations between the militant group and the Afghan government to end 17 years of war, US officials said. That marks a tactical shift by the Trump administration, which has previously only appeared willing to participate ...

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Pakistan needs to do more: US

KABUL: Calling on Pakistan to exert more pressure on the militants, the Trump administration has said that the Taliban’s failure to engage in talks to end Afghanistan’s nearly 17-year conflict was “unacceptable”. During a recent visit to Kabul, two weeks after a ceasefire triggered street celebrations, US envoy Alice Wells ...

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Taliban kill 30 Afghan soldiers in first major attack since ceasefire

Afghan Taliban militants rode a motorbike as they took to the streets to celebrate a ceasefire on the second day of Eid Credit: NOORULLAH SHIRZADA/AFP/Getty Images KABUL: Taliban militants killed 30 Afghan soldiers and captured a military base in the western province of Badghis on Wednesday, the provincial governor said, ...

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At least 20 dead in Afghanistan suicide attack during ceasefire

KABUL: A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of Afghan Taliban, security forces, and civilians celebrating an unprecedented ceasefire in the war-torn country on Saturday, killing at least 20 people, officials said. The attack came as President Ashraf Ghani announced an extension of the government’s week-long ceasefire with ...

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Pakistan Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah ‘killed in drone attack’

EPA KABUL: The leader of Pakistan’s Taliban armed group has been killed in neighbouring Afghanistan’s Kunar province, the Afghan defence ministry said on Friday. “I confirm that Mullah Fazlullah, leader of the Pakistani Taliban, has been killed in an joint air operation [with the US] in the border area of ...

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Afghan president announces temporary ceasefire with Taliban

KABUL: Afghanistan announced on Thursday a week-long ceasefire with the Taliban for the Eid holiday, though operations against other groups including the militant group Islamic State (IS), will continue. The ceasefire will last “from the 27th of Ramazan until the fifth day of Eidul Fitr,” Afghan President Ashraf Ghani tweeted ...

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7 Indians engineers abducted in Afghanistan

KABUL: In another instance of Indian interests in Afghanistan being targeted, seven Indian nationals working for a power company in the country’s northern Baghlan province were abducted, allegedly by Taliban gunmen. There was speculation over the exact number of men but they are understood to have been accompanied by a ...

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US, Afghan forces expand air strikes on Taliban drug labs

KABUL: American and Afghan forces have expanded their air strikes against drug labs into western Afghanistan, aiming to choke Taliban revenue. Air strikes in Afghanistan, the world’s main heroin source, also threaten civilians, however, and may not be an effective blow to the Taliban militant group, an expert on the ...

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