Friday, 18 January 2019

Tag Archives: Taliban

Trump expresses willingness to meet Pakistan’s new administration

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said that he wants a good relationship with Pakistan and is looking forward to meeting the new leadership in Pakistan. The US President underscored that his administration has initiated peace talks with the Taliban. He also announced that a meeting with the new leadership of ...

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Pentagon opposes Trump’s troop withdrawal plan

WASHINGTON: The US Department of Defence has informed Congress that it wants to continue to apply direct and indirect military pressure on the Taliban, while supporting nascent efforts for peace in war-ravaged Afghanistan. The Pentagon’s strategy paper, submitted to Congress this week, clearly differs with President Donald Trump’s plan to ...

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Afghan Taliban not serious about peace, says govt chief

KABUL: The Taliban in Afghanistan have not yet shown any sign they are serious about ending their 17-year insurgency despite US efforts to push a fresh peace process, the country´s de facto prime minister told AFP. Abdullah Abdullah, who serves as “chief executive” of the unity government in Kabul, struck ...

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Taliban confirms talks with US officials on Afghan conflict

KABUL: The Taliban held talks with US officials in Qatar on ending the Afghan conflict last week, the militants confirmed, but said no agreement was reached on “any issue”. The statement comes a day after US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad expressed hopes in Kabul that a peace deal could be struck ...

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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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