Taliban chief Mullah Omar: 10 things you should know

Despite reports of death of Taliban chief Mullah Omar, mystery continue to shroud the reclusive Islamic leader who has remained in hiding since 2001.

Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead: Reports
Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead: Reports

Just days after Afghan Taliban issued a statement by its supreme leader Mullah Omar backing peace talks, reports have emerged claiming that the militant outfit's one-eyed leader was killed two years ago in July.

GPS data reveals Gurdaspur attackers' link to Pakistan, had three targets
GPS data reveals Gurdaspur attackers' link to Pakistan, had three targets

The three heavily armed terrorists, who unleashed terror and killed several people in Punjab’s Gurdaspur on Monday, may have sneaked into India from Pakistan after crossing the Ravi river and had two more targets marked, the data obtained from their GPS devices has revealed.

Pakistan gets USD 336m to support forces in Afghanistan

Pakistan on Tuesday received some USD 336 million from the United States for its ongoing role in combating a Taliban insurgency in neighbouring Afghanistan.

Taliban take district HQ in remote north: Afghan official
Taliban take district HQ in remote north: Afghan official

An Afghan security official says Taliban insurgents have seized control of the administrative headquarters of a district in northern Sari Pul province, where fighting has been ongoing for days.

Gunfight at Afghan wedding kills at least 22

 At least 22 people were killed when a gunfight broke out at a wedding party in northern Afghanistan, officials said Monday, highlighting the fragile security situation in the war-torn country.

Gunmen attack Afghan wedding party, killing 21, wounding 8

Armed men opened fire at a wedding ceremony in northern Afghanistan, killing at least 21 guests and wounding eight, provincial officials said on Monday.

125 Afghan security personnel join Taliban

At least 125 Afghan security personnel have joined the Taliban militant group after three days of fighting in Badakhshan province.

Pakistan keen to boost trade with Iran

 The lifting of economic sanctions on Iran will open "massive trade" opportunities for Pakistan, a senior has official said.

Afghan officials say Taliban take remote police base in deal

Afghan security officials say the Taliban have taken control of a large police base in the country's remote northeast after three days of fighting that saw some 100 police and border officers join the insurgents.

Taliban, Afghan govt to hold second round of talks by July-end

The Afghanistan government and the Taliban representatives are expected to hold the second round of their peace talks at the end of this month, officials said on Saturday.

US air strike kills top al Qaeda commander in Afghanistan

A US air strike in Afghanistan killed a senior al Qaeda commander in charge of suicide bombing and two other militants, the Pentagon said on Friday.

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.

25 Taliban militants killed in Afghanistan

At least 25 Taliban militants were killed and 22 others injured in Afghanistan, the interior ministry said in a statement here on Thursday.

Suicide bomber kills 19 in Afghan market

 At least 12 people were killed and 32 others were injured in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan`s northern province of Faryab on Wednesday, police said.

2016 Twenty20 World Cup: Hong Kong, Netherlands book India ticket
2016 Twenty20 World Cup: Hong Kong, Netherlands book India ticket

Hong Kong and the Netherlands booked their respective 2016 Twenty20 World Cup tickets after registering contrasting wins in the qualifying play-offs in Dublin.

Pakistan, China ready to 'guarantee' Afghan peace deal: Report

 As talks between the Taliban and Afghan government officials move ahead, the key facilitators - Pakistan and China - are ready to become "guarantors" of a possible peace deal, a media report said here today.

Afghanistan`s Bamiyan on frontline of warzone tourism

Trudging halfway up a jagged goat trail, guide Mohammad Ibrahim extolled the panoramic view -- a vast, ancient landscape of russet-hued cliffs that is on the frontline of Afghan efforts to jumpstart warzone tourism.

Torrential rains, flash flood paralyse Pak border district

Two people have been killed in flash floods triggered by seasonal monsoon rains that have paralysed Pakistan's northern mountainous Chitral district as authorities struggled to provide relief to people in remote areas.

Afghan officials say 10 soldiers killed in US air strike
Afghan officials say 10 soldiers killed in US air strike

A US air strike killed at least 10 Afghan soldiers today at an army checkpoint in a Taliban-infested province south of Kabul, officials said, the latest "friendly fire" incident involving foreign coalition forces.