Chinese experts, in a video conference with envoys from 15 regional countries including Afghanistan, shared their experience of containing the spread of the coronavirus, which has wreaked havoc globally, killing over 100,000 people worldwide. Afghan authorities joined the conference from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday, as Chinese officials vowed to provide technical support for

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The President's spokesman Sediq Sediqqi says the Afghan government has strongly condemns recent ‘terrorist attack by the Taliban' on the country’s security and defense forces in Zabul province. Sediqqi declared that the Taliban's continued attacks reflect the group's commitment to continuing violence and opposition to the peace process in the country. At least 24 Afghan security forces

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Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday directed authorities to open the Chaman-Spinboldak border between Pakistan and Afghanistan and said Islamabad would continue to support Kabul during the global coronavirus pandemic. “Despite the global pandemic of COVID-19, we remain committed to supporting our Afghan brothers and sisters. I have given instructions to open the Chaman-Spinboldak border and

20 March 2020

Two civilians and six Taliban militants were killed and 22 people injured following an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in northern province of Takhar, a provincial government spokesman confirmed on Friday. "The explosion occurred in Chinzayee, an area on outskirts of provincial capital Taluqan roughly at 6:30 p.m. local time on Thursday," spokesman Abdul Khalil Aser said. The blast occurred after a group of Taliban

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At least two dozen Afghan security forces were killed Friday in an insider attack on their base in southern Zabul province, two officials said. Several "infiltrators" opened fire on their comrades as they slept, Zabul governor Rahmatullah Yarmal said, in one of the deadliest attacks since the US signed a withdrawal deal with the Taliban last month. The pre-dawn raid targeted a joint police and

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Afghanistan has said it was ordering its forces to switch to an “active defence posture” as the Taliban continued to attack even after the militant group signed a deal with the United States. “The Taliban continued high level of violence despite the peace agreement,” acting defence minister Asadullah Kalid said in a video statement. “An active defence

20 March 2020

US Special Envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad in his Nawroz message urged Afghan leaders to reach an agreement on an inclusive government to end the political crisis. Khalilzad stated that the best gift for Afghan leaders to give the country on the occasion of the new year is that they take the needed steps to

20 March 2020

President Ashraf Ghani in a recorded video has wished the country a happy solar new year and called for unity among the people to achieve peace. Ghani said the government dubs 1399 the "year of unity and reform." “Now that we are hopeful for peace more than ever, there is a need for unity more than ever,” Ghani said. “Peace requires unity and cooperation from all

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