Over the past three months, Chinese officials have tried to bargain with the Taliban, by offering to build a road network if they can secure peace in Afghanistan once the U.S. withdraws troops, the Financial Times (FT) reported on Tuesday. Two senior Pakistani tribal leaders with close ties to the Taliban, spoke to FT and said Beijing diplomats have been talking to Taliban

9 September 2020

With just 24 new cases of Coronavirus reported in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said that the outbreak is slowing down in Afghanistan. Akmal Samsor, spokesperson for the MoPH, said on Wednesday that the Coronavirus positive rates have reduced further, meaning in Week 35 of the pandemic only 10% of the samples overall were found to be positive, compared

9 September 2020

Fazel Fazly said the Afghan government has released 6,300 Taliban prisoners as a measure to leave “no room for excuses” for the Taliban. Fazly, who is the Director General of the Administrative Office of President Ashraf Ghani, said, he met First Vice President Amrullah Saleh after he was attacked on Wednesday. “He [Saleh] is doing well with a more strengthened resolve. But unfortunately a number

9 September 2020

Kunduz police said they have rescued three young children who were being trafficked to Pakistan. Hijratullah Akbari, spokesperson for the Kunduz Police Command said on Wednesday that the three boys, residents of Charkh Ab area east of the provincial capital, were around 10 years old. They were studying in a religious school in a remote area and

9 September 2020

The city of San Diego in the state of California, declared Wednesday, Sept. 9, both as Ahmad Shah Massoud Day in District 7, and Massoud Foundation Day citywide. The Mayor of "America's Finest City,” Kevin Faulconer signed the Massoud Foundation Day proclamation, establishing it citywide on Tuesday. Scott Sherman, City Councilman from District 7, praised Ahmad Shah Massoud and his legacy, along with the contributions

9 September 2020

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said 24 samples from the 209 tested were found to be positive for Coronavirus in the past 24 hours in Afghanistan. Two people succumbed to the virus while 332 recovered, the MoPH said. The current Afghan figures are 38,544 confirmed cases so far, with 6,077 active. There have been 1,420 deaths

9 September 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to announce a further reduction of American troops in Afghanistan in the coming days, senior officials told reporters on Tuesday. The official said that Trump will make a similar announcement regarding troops in Iraq on Wednesday i.e. today, with the announcement on Afghanistan expected soon. The senior administration official told reporters

9 September 2020

Ministry of Interior (MoI) said that initial investigations show a planted bomb was responsible for the explosion that struck the convoy of First Vice President Amrullah Saleh in Kabul on Wednesday morning. MoI spokesperson Tariq Arian said on Wednesday that investigations into the blast had begun and the cause was found to be a planted improvised explosive device (IED) and it was not a

9 September 2020

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said that according to initial reports, two people were killed and 12 others were injured in the explosion in Kabul on Wednesday morning. While the MoI did not mention the target, the convoy of First Vice President Amrullah Saleh was attacked. MoI spokesperson Tariq Arian said that an explosion took place at around 7:35 a.m. today morning in the

9 September 2020

India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar made a stopover in Tehran to meet his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif on Tuesday. Jaishankar tweeted after the meeting that he and Zarif had “discussed strengthening our bilateral cooperation and reviewed regional developments.” It was reported that the topics discussed included the Chabahar port project and the emerging situation in Afghanistan. The

9 September 2020