US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called a surge in violence in Afghanistan this week “unacceptable” and warned both the Taliban and the Afghan government to “stop posturing” ahead of intra-Afghan peace talks. “The upsurge in violence in parts of Afghanistan over the last couple days is unacceptable,” Pompeo told reporters at the State Department on Thursday. “In no uncertain terms, violence must be

5 March 2020

The current week was the most violent week for freedom of expression in Afghanistan, said Afghan Supporting Open Media-Nai. According to Nai, about 10 complaints have been recorded in Nai which are mainly about the journalists challenges in terms of accessing the information. Afghan Supporting Open Media-Nai in a statement cited that In the most recent case,

5 March 2020

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) says the Taliban’s attacks have been reduced after US airstrike on the group's hideout in Helmand province. The spokesman of MoI, Nasrat Rahimi declared that the Taliban insurgents conducted 11 against security forces in 11 provinces during the 24 provinces. According to Rahimi, at least two civilians and four security forces were

5 March 2020

US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told lawmakers that the Taliban were not honoring their part of a deal inked Feb. 29 with the U.S. following a recent spate of violence across Afghanistan. The agreement between the Taliban and the U.S. just four days old is already under pressure as American warplanes swept into Helmand Wednesday to bail out Afghan security forces just three

5 March 2020

Appeals judges at the International Criminal Court gave the green light Thursday for prosecutors to open an investigation targeting the Taliban, Afghan forces and U.S. military and intelligence personnel for war crimes and crimes against humanity. The global court upheld an appeal by prosecutors against a pretrial chamber’s rejection in April last year of Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s request to open a probe in Afghanistan.

5 March 2020

The Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani held a telephone conversation with US President Donald Trump, during which they reviewed the strategic relations between the two countries and ways to support and enhance them in various fields. They discussed the developments of the situation in Afghanistan following the signing of the peace agreement between the US

5 March 2020

There will no peace in Afghanistan without Pakistan ensuring that terrorism doesn't transpire from their premises, the US said. On being asked if the US has firmly conveyed to Pakistan to stop supporting terror, Morgan Ortagus, Spokesperson of the US State Department said: "Yes, we have a complicated relationship with Pakistan as evidenced by the fact that US President Donald Trump decided to stop

5 March 2020

The United Arab Emirates pledged 3.4 million U.S. Dollars to help Afghanistan in diagnosis of 50,000 cases of Coronavirus, the Afghan officials said. Waheed Mayar, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Public of Health said the first consignment of the diagnosis kits is expected to arrive in the near future. The Public Health Ministry officials had earlier

5 March 2020

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) says testing for COVID-19 case costs up to $1600 each. News of the virus, officially dubbed COVID-19, even overshadowed the developments In the country. The Minister of Health, Ferozuddin Firoz in a press conference in Kabul said over 50,000 Afghans have been tested so far who came from Iran, to ensure the safety of our people. "We are at a

5 March 2020

Western forces will only leave Afghanistan if the Taliban make good on their commitment to reduce bloodshed, the head of NATO warned, as attacks surge. The militants have ramped up violence against Afghan forces since signing a deal with Washington at the weekend, casting doubt over peace talks between Kabul and the Taliban, due to begin on March 10. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told

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