Kabul: Russia on Wednesday launched military exercises in Tajikistan as the Taliban continue their blistering offensive in neighboring Afghanistan. The insurgents in recent weeks have brought huge swathes of the country under their control as foreign troops withdraw, including Afghanistan's main Shir Khan Bandar border crossing with Tajikistan. Moscow is closely watching the offensive, concerned about the security of countries in ex-Soviet Central Asia

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Kabul: Local officials in Badghis province said that the Taliban have declared a ceasefire in the province. Badghis Governor Hesamuddin Shams said that the ceasefire had been accepted by the Taliban with the mediation of tribal elders. According to him, the ceasefire started at 12:00pm on Thursday. In the past few weeks, Badghis province has seen intense clashes. A few days ago, Taliban fighters attacked

15 July 2021

Kabul: Hundreds of new soldiers from the National Directorate of Security arrived in Ghazni on Thursday to bolster the security situation. These new forces will be deployed in the areas that are most in need of reinforcements. The defense and security forces will join them and begin the clearing operation, as per the press office of the Ghazni governor. Upon arrival, the soldiers assured the

15 July 2021

Kabul: The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Thursday reported 1,198 new positive cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in the last 24 hours. The ministry also reported 89 deaths and 1,613 recoveries from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. The total number of cases now stand at 139,051, while the number of reported deaths is 6,072. The Ministry of Health has called on Afghan citizens

15 July 2021

Kabul: The Ministry of Industry and Commerce announced on Thursday that China's first shipment of commercial and transit goods arrived at the Hairatan commercial port on Sunday. The ministry said in a that the consignment included 51 containers of commercial and transit goods from China, which arrived in the country via railroad for the first time this solar year. According to the ministry, the

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Kabul: Nader Naderi, a member of the government's negotiating team, said that the Taliban had proposed a three-month ceasefire, but had demanded the release of 7,000 prisoners by the Afghan government. He said that removing the group's leaders from the UN blacklist was another precondition for the group's three-month ceasefire plan. "We saw that the release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners did not help the

15 July 2021

Kabul: A key member of the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist network, a Pakistani national who played a key role in planning and organizing terrorist attacks in Kunar province, was killed, announced the Ministry of Interior. The deceased has been identified as Saifullah and was killed on Wednesday in a clash with security and defense forces in Asmar district of Kunar province. Meanwhile, Fazlullah Irfan, a spokesman for

15 July 2021

Kabul: The fourth meeting of the Afghanistan-Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Contact Group was held on Wednesday afternoon in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, with the participation of eight members of the SCO and Afghanistan. The issues discussed in the meeting were focused on Afghanistan's membership in SCO, the roadmap for the organization’s cooperation with Afghanistan in three areas, including – security; economic; cultural-humanitarian, and the situation in

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