Kabul: Adding to the criticism faced by US President Joe Biden regarding his announcement of withdrawal of troops by September 11, US Republican Utah Senator Mitt Romney on Thursday said that the decision will have “serious consequences”. Romney, who is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, criticized Biden’s decision after attending a Senate briefing with administration officials about the withdrawal plan on

22 April 2021

Kabul: Reiterating their stance, the deputy president's spokesperson, Fatema Morchal, on Thursday said that said the Taliban had no commitment to establish peace. "The Taliban's non-participation in the Istanbul summit shows that the group has no commitment to peace and political understanding at all," Morchell said in a video message. As per her, the Afghan government welcomes

22 April 2021

Kabul: To give more momentum to the now postponed peace talks, a trilateral meeting between the foreign ministers of Turkey, Afghanistan and Pakistan has been scheduled to take place in Istanbul on April 23. "Apart from the Afghan peace process, cooperation in the fields of security, energy, connectivity and irregular migration are slated to be discussed during the meeting," said a Foreign Ministry statement.

22 April 2021

Kabul: There is one person who risks being left behind in Afghanistan even as the US moves to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan by September 11. Mark Frerichs, a contractor from Lombard, Illinois, believed to be held for more than a year by the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network, was not mentioned in President Joe Biden’s address on Afghanistan last week. The troop withdrawal also did

22 April 2021

Kabul: The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Thursday reported 196 new positive cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in the last 24 hours. The ministry also reported four deaths and 41 recoveries from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. The total number of cases now stand at 58,542, while the number of reported deaths is 2,565

22 April 2021

Kabul: There is no reason to continue the war as foreign troops are leaving the country and now the Taliban should work towards rebuilding the country with unity and determination, said President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Thursday in Kandahar. Ghani visited Kandahar province leading a delegation and when he inaugurated the province's 200-bed hospital, the president made the comments.

22 April 2021

Kabul: Carrying the bodies of the four civilians who had been targeted by the Taliban while they were travelling from Lal Sar-e-Jangal district to Firuzkuh on Wednesday, hundreds of residents the district of Ghor province staged a protest on Thursday. Chants of "Enough is enough, justice and death to terrorism", echoed across the streets as they called for the perpetrators of the shootings to

22 April 2021

Kabul: Discussions on ensuring safety of troops returning from Afghanistan is the priority in Washington currently, even as top US military commanders have sought the approval of the Pentagon to deploy an aircraft carrier near Afghanistan. The move comes even as the US is prepping up to drawdown from war-ravaged Afghanistan safely by September 11. The Defence Department had earlier also hinted at an

22 April 2021

Kabul: In another report of increasing violence across the country, Taliban insurgents beheaded five government forces who had surrendered on the outskrits of the Maidan Shahr, local officials in Maidan Wardak province said on Thursday. Sardar Bakhtiari, deputy head of Maidan Wardak Provincial Council, said that the incident took place two nights ago in the village of Mulakhail in Maidan Shahr and these forces

22 April 2021

Kabul: In a series of rally meetings, the UN envoy for Afghanistan Deborah Lyons on Thursday concluded several days of consultations in Doha with Afghan parties and international partners on the best way forward to strengthen and add impetus to intra-Afghan peace negotiations. In a series of tweets, UNAMA stated “there will be no pause in work to support Afghan peace negotiations. UN is

22 April 2021