Kabul: Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on Monday discussed with Zalmay Khalilzad, the US special representative for reconciliation in Afghanistan, prospects of an "enhanced" bilateral relationship amid the withdrawal of US and NATO troops from the war-torn country. Tokayev received Khalilzad, who arrived in Kazakhstan on a working visit. “They discussed the prospects for the development of the Kazakh-US enhanced strategic partnership in the context

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Kabul: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Monday that Iranian police have detained a number of Afghan refugees living in Tehran near the Afghan Embassy in Tehran. A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed concern over the detention of the refugees. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said that Kabul's concerns have been shared with Iran through the Afghan embassy. According to the

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Kabul: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi during the inaugural session of the Pak-Afghan Bilateral Dialogue in Islamabad on Monday, said that Pakistan cannot be held responsible for all the ills and crisis in Afghanistan. He added that Pakistan will continue to play a positive role in the success of intra-Afghan peace talks. He stressed on Pakistan's reconciliatory role in the Afghan peace process

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Kabul: Amrullah Saleh, the first vice-president, said that the Taliban fighters had created a narrow line of advance with the fall of some areas, which did not have depth and width. "Those who know the war with the Taliban, know that this narrow line will become the mass graveyard of this group of terror and ignorance," Saleh wrote on his Facebook page on

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Kabul: A number of civil society activists in Bamyan have expressed concern about the growing number of coronavirus patients in Bamyan, saying that the province's 20-bed hospital is facing a shortage of beds, oxygen and medical staff. At a news conference on Monday, activists criticized the current state of the COVID-19 Hospital in Bamyan, saying that a "humanitarian catastrophe" would ensue if the existing

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Kabul: The Ministry of Defense confirmed on Monday that defense and security forces have recaptured Khanabad district of Kunduz province from the Taliban. MoD spokesperson Ruhollah Ahmadzai said that Taliban fighters had retreated from the district with heavy casualties. He also said that the clean-up operation in the district is underway in full swing. The district fell to the Taliban at 6:00am today. Earlier, a

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Kabul: Mir Rahman Rahmani, Speaker of the Lower House of Parliament, called on the government's political leaders and security officials to involve the people in defending the country through large-scale political mobilization. The Speaker of the House of Representatives on Monday, in the plenary session of the House, said that all war plans and strategies by the security agencies should be changed in the

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Kabul: Local sources in Kunduz province said that the capital of Khanabad district of Kunduz province fell to the Taliban on Monday morning. Ali Abad district of Kunduz fell to the Taliban on Sunday. Mohammad Yusuf Ayoubi, head of the Kunduz Provincial Council, said that after the fall of Khanabad district, shops had been set on fire and many had fled their homes due to

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Kabul: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said that Turkey will be the "only reliable" country left to stabilize Afghanistan after the US pulls out its troops, indicating that Washington could rely on its NATO ally. Erdogan also said that he would discuss the issue in his first face-to-face meeting with US President Joe Biden on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Brussels

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