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US-Taliban talks end without deal, both sides to consult

The eighth round of talks, which began on August 3 and focused on technical details, ended in the early hours, according to Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.

Aug 12, 2019, 20:01 PM IST

EAM S Jaishankar, US official Zalmay Khalilzad discuss Afghanistan situation

A tweet by EAM said that both sides "shared views on how we could work together effectively". This is the third visit by Khalilzad to India in 2019 and comes even as Afghan peace process gathers pace.

Aug 06, 2019, 21:48 PM IST

Taliban denounce Afghan election, warn rallies face attack

The Taliban called for a boycott of the election scheduled for September 28, and said foreign powers should instead focus on the effort to negotiate the deal with the United States on "ending the occupation of Afghanistan".

Aug 06, 2019, 21:07 PM IST

Fresh round of US, Taliban peace talks begin in Qatar's Doha

A fresh round of US-Taliban peace talks began in Qatar`s capital Doha on Saturday, officials said, describing it to be the "most crucial" phase of negotiations to end the 18-year war in Afghanistan.

Aug 03, 2019, 14:49 PM IST

Intra-Afghan talks only after US agrees to withdraw troops: Taliban

Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Taliban's political office in Qatar, says talks with the Afghan government would only come after a deal had been struck with the United States on the departure of its forces.

Jul 28, 2019, 16:36 PM IST

12 killed, 179 injured in Afghanistan suicide bombing

At least 12 people were killed and 179 others injured on Sunday in a suicide car bombing in Afghanistan`s Ghazni city. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Jul 07, 2019, 16:18 PM IST

United States hails peace talks with Taliban

The U.S. peace envoy leading talks with the Taliban to end the war in Afghanistan said on Saturday the latest discussions were the "most productive session" to date.

Jul 06, 2019, 23:19 PM IST

Pakistan to remain in greylist of international terror financing watchdog FATF

Islamabad was put on the greylist in 2018 which means the country comes under financial jurisdiction with 'structural deficiencies' in anti-money laundering (AML) and combating the financing of terrorism (CFT) or just supports financing of terror.

May 29, 2019, 16:27 PM IST

US says it will consult India in Afghan peace process

The United States has said that it will consult India as the Afghan peace process goes forward even as it called for 'inclusive and legitimate process' that preserves the gains made in the last 18 years.

May 07, 2019, 21:35 PM IST

Taliban suicide bomber leads attack on an Afghan police headquarters, 20 injured

Many armed Taliban fighters entered the police headquarters after the blast and opened fire on security forces stationed there.

May 05, 2019, 15:47 PM IST

Sri Lanka on alert for attacks by militants dressed in uniforms

Authorities suspect members of two little known groups - National Thawheedh Jamaath (NTJ) and Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim - of carrying out the Easter attacks, though Islamic State has claimed responsibility.

Apr 29, 2019, 13:38 PM IST

Senior UN official meets Taliban negotiators in Qatar

The head of the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Tadamichi Yamamoto met Mullah Baradar Akhund and other members of the Taliban`s negotiating team in the Qatari capital Doha.

Apr 25, 2019, 23:54 PM IST

Taliban team at Afghan peace talks in Qatar to include women: Spokesman

For a group notorious for its strictly conservative attitude to women`s rights, the move represents a step towards addressing demands that women be included in the talks.

Apr 16, 2019, 09:40 AM IST

Taliban storms west Afghanistan district, kills dozens

Fighting in Afghanistan has escalated ahead of the usual spring season, as both sides seek to increase leverage in talks on a peace settlement.

Apr 05, 2019, 11:29 AM IST

Afghanistan-Pakistan relations plummet after Imran Khan's controversial comment

Afghanistan has recalled its ambassador after Imran Khan told journalists that establishing an interim government in Kabul would ensure smooth talks between the US and Taliban.

Mar 27, 2019, 10:14 AM IST

Pakistan's new game plan - Joint terror strikes by Jaish-e-Mohammad, Taliban in India

JeM and the Taliban are planning to carry out joint terror strikes in India, warns intelligence report.

Mar 16, 2019, 12:03 PM IST

Taliban head Mullah Omar lived in 'secret room' within 'walking distance of US bases': Report

The US had maintained that just like al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, Omar was also in hiding in Pakistan.

Mar 11, 2019, 09:58 AM IST

Talks with Taliban focus on four key issues to end the Afghan war: US

The talks have been going on for several days to finalise a draft agreement on a potential foreign troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and to end the 17-year war in the country.

Mar 06, 2019, 11:11 AM IST

Taliban co-founder in Qatar for talks with US

The Taliban have refused to meet the Afghan government but President Ashraf Ghani has insisted that the peace talks will not go anywhere unless the insurgents formally sit with his administration.

Feb 25, 2019, 13:59 PM IST

US-Taliban talks in Pakistan postponed

Afghanistan's Foreign Ministry reacted strongly to the announcement of a meeting in Islamabad, saying it was in violation of a United Nations Security Council resolution.

Feb 18, 2019, 15:30 PM IST