Kabul: Acting Interior Minister Abdul Sattar Mirzakwal claimed on Saturday that the Taliban are trying to transfer government-acquired weapons to Pakistan. The acting interior minister, who is in Paktia, said that the Taliban wants to transport tanks and other military equipment to Pakistan via Zabul. "There is also information that the Taliban are moving some tanks to Pakistan via Zabul," he said. "The Security

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Kabul: The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Saturday said that the capacity to detect the delta variant of the coronavirus has been developed by in-house specialists in the ministry's central laboratories. Acting Minister of Health, Vahid Majrooh, told a news conference at the government's media center that currently 55-60 percent of coronavirus positive cases are of the delta-type variant. Majrooh also said that

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Kabul: The World Bank Board of Executive Directors on Saturday approved a $132 million grant from the International Development Association (IDA) to help Afghanistan continue implementing critical reforms to improve public spending and fiscal transparency, strengthen governance, and mobilize private investment toward economic recovery. The 2021 Incentive Program Development Policy Grant aligns with the government’s priorities under the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework

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Kabul: Mutlaq Al-Qahtani, Qatar’s special envoy for counterterrorism and mediation of conflict resolution, said that a proposal for employing third-party mediation to revive peace talks had been sent to Afghanistan's warring sides. Qatar has proposed that Afghanistan's warring sides agree to third-party mediation to revive stalled peace talks, a Qatari official has said. News of Doha's diplomatic push comes as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

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Kabul: A US defense official quoted by Fox News said on Friday that the United States military has launched two drone strikes against Taliban positions in northern Afghanistan. The strikes came hours before President Ashraf Ghani’s meeting with US President Joe Biden on Friday, the report says. An unknown number of Taliban fighters were killed in Baghlan and Kunduz provinces, where the strikes took

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Kabul: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday that Washington was assessing whether the Taliban was serious about ending the conflict in Afghanistan, and that trying to take back the country by force was not consistent with peace efforts, foreign media reported. Blinken, who was visiting Paris, acknowledged attacks on Afghan security forces were increasing. The peace process has stalled as Afghan

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