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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

Three-pronged attack on Pakistan: India, Iran and Afghanistan pile on pressure

While India and Iran have lost security personnel in the last one week to terrorists backed by Pakistan, Afghanistan is fuming over Islamabad's invite to Taliban for talks.

Feb 18, 2019, 07:12 AM IST

Top Taliban leader leading peace efforts with US released by Pakistan at the behest of Trump administration: Envoy

The special envoy on Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, said that Pakistan had a very crucial role to play in the reconciliation process with the Taliban but has "historically not played a positive role". 

Feb 09, 2019, 07:47 AM IST

Long a spoiler, Pakistan begins giving behind-scenes aid to US-Taliban peace talks

Pakistan's role in the peace negotiations is a delicate one, with Islamabad seeking to avoid demonstrating the kind of broad influence over the Taliban that Washington has long accused it of having. 

Feb 09, 2019, 06:31 AM IST

Taliban, Washington at odds over Afghanistan troop pullout

US and Taliban delegations met in Qatar in January and are due to meet again this month. 

Feb 06, 2019, 21:23 PM IST

Mike Pompeo calls Afghan President amidst talks with Taliban

The top US diplomat also emphasised the importance of an intra-Afghan dialogue and the role of a ceasefire in ending the violence and creating the conditions for his government, the official added.

Feb 06, 2019, 06:09 AM IST

Afghanistan says Taliban mastermind of deadly attack on military base killed

Taliban officials were not immediately available to confirm the death of the commander.

Jan 23, 2019, 15:20 PM IST

Peace talks with Taliban will happen soon: US envoy

Talks between the Taliban and American officials have hit a roadblock after the hardline Islamic militants cancelled the fourth round of peace talks last week.

Jan 16, 2019, 23:30 PM IST

Afghan Taliban claim responsibility for deadly Kabul car bomb attack

At least four people a day earlier and more than 90 people were also wounded in the attack near the Green Village compound.

Jan 15, 2019, 11:09 AM IST