Presidential spokesperson Sediq Sediqqi said that the prisoner exchange process is getting affected as the Taliban has failed to release the remaining security forces detainees. Speaking at a conference on Monday, Sediqqi said the prisoner “exchange” process cannot be one-sided and that the Taliban should also release the remaining prisoners and remove the obstacles to the start of the intra-Afghan talks. "Some countries have opposed

17 August 2020

First Russia, and now Iran have been linked to bounties paid to the Taliban for targeting American and coalition troops in Afghanistan, reported CNN on Monday. They found that a foreign government had made payments to the Haqqani Network – led by Taliban deputy Sirajuddin Haqqani  - according to a Pentagon briefing document the news organisation reviewed. The name of the foreign

17 August 2020

President Ashraf Ghani met with Russia’s ambassador to Afghanistan Dmitry Zhirnov and his delegation on Monday, where they discussed regional security and shared messages ahead of Afghanistan’s Independence Day. Ghani said at the meeting that the “struggle of the Afghan government and people against the Islamic State (IS) and terrorism is an exceptional struggle. Our people have made many sacrifices for the security of

17 August 2020

Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, said that the Taliban should reciprocate the goodwill shown by the the people and government of Afghanistan, and agree for the intra-Afghan peace talks to start. Abdullah met with members of the board of the Peace Advisory Loya Jirga on Monday, and called the Loya Jirga the true will of the Afghan people.

17 August 2020

At least 40 Taliban fighters have been killed and 22 have been wounded in clashes across seven provinces, said the Ministry of Defense (MoD) and other security authorities. An initial report by the 201 Selab Corps stated that five Taliban members had been killed and four others injured in clashes in the Dangam district of Kunar province on Saturday night. Consequently, Indian news agency

17 August 2020

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) reported 77 new cases of Coronavirus in the past 24 hours, bringing the Afghan tally of confirmed cases to 37,676. New cases were reported in the provinces of Herat (25), Balkh (17), Kabul (11), Nangahar (5), Daykundi (5), Takhar (4), Kunduz (3), Bamyan (2), Badakhshan (2), Panjshir (2) and Baghlan (1).

17 August 2020

The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations (MoRR) said dozens of families have fled after a series of Taliban attacks in Kabul province's Shakardara district, north of the capital. The families have relocated to Kabul city or other districts as the clashes between the Taliban and the government forces intensified in the past two days, the ministry said on Monday. The capital too has been affected,

17 August 2020

President Ashraf Ghani said he was not willing to bargain or pay a ransom for peace to sacrifice any value of the republic, and they had the consensus of the people to back-up this decision. The Presidential Palace (ARG) said Ghani was addressing young leaders during the International Youth Day celebration organized on Sunday, which was also attended by United Nations Assistance Mission in

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