Afghan Taliban divided as talks between two factions fail

The Afghan Taliban may split into two factions, said a spokesman for one group on Saturday, because they cannot agree who should be leader following the death of their founder. 

US condolences over deadly attacks in Afganistan

The United States has sent condolences to Kabul over a barrage of bomb attacks that killed at least 51 people in the deadliest day of fighting in years, the White House said Saturday.

Second round of Afghan peace talks likely next week in China

China is likely to host a second round of peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban representatives next week, an Afghan official said on Friday, raising hopes for progress toward a political settlement to end years of bloodshed.

Pakistan-brokered talks raise hopes of formal dialogue with Taliban

Pakistan-brokered talks raise hopes of formal dialogue with Taliban

 The Pakistan-brokered peace talks between the top officials of the Afghan government and the Taliban leaders have raised hopes for the start of a formal dialogue process, reports Xinhua.

Kabul confirms parley with Taliban

Kabul confirms parley with Taliban

 The Afghan government on Wednesday confirmed holding face-to-face peace talks with the Taliban at a hill resort in neighbouring Pakistan and said the dialogue will continue after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Fighting flares as Taliban advance on major Afghan city

 Intense fighting flared in northern Afghanistan as security forces battled Taliban insurgents advancing Tuesday on a major provincial capital, officials said, with terrified residents fearing the fall of the besieged city.

Taliban announce plans to ramp up attacks in Afghanistan

  The Afghan Taliban announced the start of its annual spring offensive on Wednesday, warning it would ramp up attacks on foreign embassies and government officials as well as military targets. 

Afghans protest at lynching of woman for allegedly burning Quran

Hundreds of protesters shouting "Down with ignorance!" urged the Afghan government Tuesday to bring to justice the killers of a woman lynched by a mob for allegedly burning the Quran. 

Pakistan welcomes Afghan peace talks

Pakistan Thursday welcomed the "prospects" of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban saying political solution is the only solution to the problem.

Pakistan has stake in Afghan peace process US

The US has acknowledged Pakistan's stake in Afghan peace process, saying it has encouraged Islamabad in facilitating peace talks between Afghan government and the Taliban.

Obama signs order expanding US Afghanistan role: Report

Obama signs order expanding US Afghanistan role: Report

US President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing a broader military mission in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

New Afghanistan president to visit China

Afghanistan's new President Ashraf Ghani will head to China next week for a three-day visit, his office said in a statement on Tuesday, his first trip abroad since being sworn in last month.

Call to end election-related attacks in Afghanistan

Taliban threats and violence against campaign workers and election officials risk undermining Afghanistan`s presidential election slated for April 5, Human Rights Watch said Sunday.

Al Qaeda plots comeback in Afghanistan: Officials

Al Qaeda`s Afghanistan leader is laying the groundwork to relaunch his war-shattered organisation once the United States and international forces withdraw from the country, as they have warned they will do without a security agreement from the Afghan government, US officials say.

Afghan govt offers 2009 photo as `evidence` of 2014 airstrike

A photograph the Afghan government distributed to back up its claims about civilian casualties in a US airstrike 10 days ago was actually a 2009 AFP photograph of a different funeral, a media investigation revealed Sunday.

US catches Afghan govt `red handed` in plotting with Pakistani Taliban

The United States has caught the Afghan government red-handed secretly conniving with the Pakistani Taliban to gain a stronger position in a regional power game.

Taliban may be willing to talk to Afghan govt: UN

Ban cited two statements from the Taliban prompted by a recent UN report on civilian casualties as "perhaps indicating a willingness to engage".

Pak says can`t force freed Taliban insurgents to negotiate with Afghan government

Pakistan has said it cannot push the freed Afghan Taliban prisoners to negotiate with the Afghan government.

Afghan neighbours join forces to tackle problems

Afghanistan and regional heavyweights have agreed to work together to fight terrorism and drug-trafficking and pursue economic development.

Taliban deny plan for Saudi talks with Afghan govt

Taliban negotiators have begun preliminary discussions
with the United States in Qatar.