The Taliban group has said that the "reduced violence period" is over and announced resumption of operations against the government forces, a spokesman for the group said. “As per the (US-Taliban) agreement, our mujahideen will not attack foreign forces but our operations will continue against the Kabul administration forces," the spokesman said. Fawad Aman, deputy spokesman for

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An explosion went off near a football ground in eastern Khost province on Monday evening, killing three people and wounding seven others, local officials said. The blast happened in Zanikheil village of Nadir Shah Kot district, said Talib Khan Mangal, a spokesman for Khost governor. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing. It comes as

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The Presidential spokesman, Sediq Sediqqi says the Afghan Gov has not made any commitment to release 5,000 Taliban prisoners before the start of any potential negotiation. "We need to see the significant issues;a permanent ceasefire by the Taliban, their relationship with outside state and non-state actors, and drug curtails be addressed," Sediqqi said. He stated that the government will discuss the issue of prisoners as

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The Taliban will not participate in intra-Afghan talks until roughly 5,000 of its prisoners are released, its spokesman said on Monday, Reuters reported. “If our 5,000 prisoners - 100 or 200 more or less does not matter - do not get released there will be no intra-Afghan talks,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told Reuters by phone. A

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Taliban insurgents have abducted 55 civilians in central Maidan Wardak province, local officials said on Monday. The spokesman of Wardak governor, Muhibullah Sharif Zai said the victims were abducted from Chak District over the last two days. He declared that the abductors were demanding the release of their prisoners held by the government. District Governor Fazlhaq Haqmal said that the Taliban said that they abducted the

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A Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson on Monday welcomed the peace agreement signed between the United States and Taliban in Doha and said that it was important for a political settlement of the Afghan issue. “China welcomes the signing of the deal between the US and Afghan Taliban. We think it is important for a political settlement of the Afghan issue,” Zhao Lijian said during

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The National Assembly (NA) of Pakistan will hold a national dialogue on 17th of March on how to take up challenges to post US-Afghan peace deal inked in Qatar on Saturday. Pakistani National Assembly Speaker, Asad Qaiser has welcomed the US-Afghan peace deal terming it a commencement of sustained peace and stability in Afghanistan that would also contribute positively to connectivity and regional prosperity

2 March 2020

Speaking on Afghanistan peace deal, Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that real negotiations will start now, whether Taliban joins democratic setup or democratic setup adjusts to Taliban. “I would remind people that this isn't the Afghanistan of 2000-2001, many things have happened since then. To US & West our message has been that it's

2 March 2020

Two Indonesians have tested positive for novel coronavirus after coming into contact with an infected Japanese national, President Joko Widodo said on Monday. A 64-year-old woman and her 31-year-old daughter had become infected after contact with a female Japanese visitor, who lived in Malaysia and had tested positive after returning from a trip to Indonesia, Widodo told reporters at the presidential palace.

2 March 2020

Veterans of America's longest war are finding themselves torn as the U.S. signs a potentially historic peace accord with the Taliban in Afghanistan. For many, the U.S. is long overdue in withdrawing its forces after more than 18 years of fighting. Others question the trustworthiness of the Taliban, whose hard-line government the U.S.-led forces overthrew in 2001. Skeptics worry the Taliban's re-integration could cause

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