Afghanistan executes six Taliban inmates

Six Afghan Taliban inmates on death row were hanged on Sunday, government sources said, in the first set of executions endorsed by President Ashraf Ghani since he came to power in 2014.

Afghan Taliban announce start of `spring offensive`

The Afghan Taliban announced on Tuesday the start of their "spring offensive" even as the government in Kabul tries to bring the insurgents back to the negotiating table to end their drawn-out conflict.

Mullah Omar's brother, son given senior roles in Afghan Taliban

A senior figure in the Afghan Taliban Tuesday said that a brother and son of their late founder, the one-eyed Mullah Mohammad Omar, have been appointed to leadership positions in the insurgency.

Pakistan wants as many Taliban groups as possible to join talks

Pakistan wants as many Taliban groups as possible to join talks

Pakistan said as many Taliban groups as possible must be persuaded to join any upcoming peace discussions with the Afghan government, as a third round of four-country talks aimed at reviving negotiations with the insurgent group began Saturday.

Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, US push for direct talks with Taliban

A four-nation group involving the US, Afghanistan, Pakistan and China has pushed for immediate direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban to end the conflict in the war-torn country.

Pakistan opposes preconditions for Afghan-Taliban peace talks

Pakistan opposes preconditions for Afghan-Taliban peace talks

Pakistan on Monday said that no precondition should be attached for talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, as a key meeting of a quadrilateral group involving Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the US began here aimed at reviving the stalled peace process.

Afghan peace talks may resume next month: Report

Afghan reconciliation talks may resume next month, a media report said here on Monday following a key visit to Kabul by Pakistan's powerful Army Chief General Raheel Sharif during which he and Afghanistan's top leadership discussed ways to revive stalled dialogue with the Taliban.

Afghanistan seeks to establish fate of `injured` Taliban chief

Afghanistan seeks to establish fate of `injured` Taliban chief

Afghan officials scrambled Thursday to establish the fate of Taliban supremo Mullah Akhtar Mansour, after intelligence sources said he was grievously wounded in a firefight following a bitter argument with commanders in the divided militant movement.

Pakistan provided sanctuary to Mullah Omar: Afghan Chief Executive

Pakistan provided sanctuary to elusive one-eyed Taliban chief Mullah Omar, Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday said.

Pakistan army chief say would not allow even a shadow of Islamic State

Pakistan Army chief General Raheel Sharif has said that his country wold not allow "even a shadow" of Islamic State and termed the group a greater threat than al Qaeda.

Afghan Taliban says leadership dispute resolved

The Afghan Taliban said on Wednesday that a major dispute undermining the movement has been resolved, after relatives of the militant group`s late leader, Mullah Omar, pledged support for his appointed successor Mullah Mansour.

Mullah Omar's family declares support for new Taliban leader

Mullah Omar's family declares support for new Taliban leader

Taliban insurgents say that the family of late Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has announced their support for Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as his successor.

Pakistan liberates Taliban 'no-go zones' in Karachi

 With a machine-gun in the back seat, his foot on the accelerator and wearing 'Top Gun' style sunglasses, Azfar Mahesar pushes deeper into the heart of one of Karachi's "Talibanised" areas.

Mullah Omar died of natural causes, says son

The Afghan Taliban's founder Mullah Omar died of natural causes in his home country, his son has said in an attempt to quash the myriad rumours surrounding the warrior cleric's mysterious death.

Mullah Omar sheltered by ISI, says Clinton email

Mullah Omar sheltered by ISI, says Clinton email

Top Taliban leader Mullah Omar was sheltered by Pakistan's powerful spy agency ISI after the outfit's leadership fled from Afghanistan in 2001, according to an email received by former secretary of state Hillary Clinton during her tenure.

Afghan Taliban admit covering up Mullah Omar`s death

Afghan Taliban admit covering up Mullah Omar`s death

The Taliban on Monday admitted covering up longtime leader Mullah Omar`s death for more than two years, saying he died in 2013 as was first claimed by the Afghan intelligence.

ISI hid news of Mullah Omar's death: Ex-Pentagon official

 Pakistan's intelligence had knowledge about the death of reclusive Taliban chief Mullah Omar and its move to hide the news is "failure" of not only the US-Pak intelligence co-operation, but also the American intelligence as well, a former top Pentagon official has said.

New Taliban leader welcomes al Qaeda chief`s pledge of loyalty

The Taliban`s new leader on Friday welcomed al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri`s pledge of allegiance which could bolster his accession amid a bitter power struggle within the Afghan militant movement.

Al Qaeda`s Zawahiri pledges allegiance to new Taliban chief

 Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri on Thursday pledged his group`s allegiance to new Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour who is facing a bitter struggle over his leadership.

'Afghan Taliban will not make any leadership change'

Afghan Taliban will not change its decision to appoint Mullah Akhtar Mansour as the group's chief as he was elected by a "clear majority" with only a "few people" opposing him, Mullah Omar's former spokesman has said.