Kabul: A US delegation led by Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad on Friday departed for Kabul, Doha and the region. A US inter-agency delegation, including the National Security Council, Department of Defense, and USAID members were part of the delegation, said the media note of the US Department of State. In Kabul, the delegation will meet with the Afghanistan government, other political

6 June 2021

Kabul: Several provinces in Afghanistan are witnessing intense clashes between government forces and the Taliban, including Zabul, Helmand, Herat and Baghlan. Following the withdrawal of security forces, after heavy fighting with Taliban fighters, from the police headquarters and the Shinkai district building in Zabul, the insurgents took over the buildings, said Asadullah Kakar, a member of the Zabul Provincial Council, on Friday. According to him,

5 June 2021

Kabul: The main focus for the global leaders and the foreign troops withdrawing from Afghanistan currently is how to financially support the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces along with over-the-horizon logistical support. This was reiterated by Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby during a media briefing on Wednesday. "Right now, the focus of the post-withdrawal support to the Afghan is going to be

3 June 2021

Kabul: The Taliban has set three pre-conditions for it to attend the Istanbul Summit scheduled to deliberate on the Afghan peace process, reported the VOA on Tuesday citing senior Taliban leaders. The conditions set by the Taliban are that the conference must be short; the agenda should not include decision-making on critical issues; and the Taliban delegation should be low level, a senior Taliban

26 May 2021

Kabul: In a move that comes as a positive step in the Afghan peace process, some negotiators of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban held a meeting in Doha on Sunday--their latest since May 13. Shaikh Abdul Hakim Haqqani, the head of the Taliban’s negotiating team, also attended the meeting, according to sources in Qatar. This follows his one-month consultation with the

25 May 2021

Kabul: In an interview with German magazine Der Spiegel, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said that Afghans should not be used by other powers for their own gains. “I realized early into my tenure as president that this war is not our conflict, and we Afghans are just being used against each other - the republic against the Taliban and the Taliban

23 May 2021

Kabul: In more disturbing news coming in from Afghanistan, local officials confirmed that Jalriz district of Maidan Wardak province fell to the Taliban on Friday, but the Interior Ministry described it as a "tactical retreat”. This is yet another district which was captured by the Taliban and this comes even as the withdrawal of international troops continue in full swing. Representatives of Maidan Wardak

22 May 2021

Kabul: Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar has outrightly emphasized that the Afghan government will not put forth a request to international agencies to lift UN sanctions against the Taliban till a peace agreement has reached and added that the government has sought for the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to investigate the bombing of the Sayyid al-Shuhada school in the Barchi area of

19 May 2021

Kabul: Offensive and counter-terrorism operations have been launched by the Afghan army forces stationed in the southern province of Helmand after the end of the three-day Eid ceasefire. According to the 215th Maiwand Corps, the operation was launched simultaneously in the western areas of Lashkar Gah, Nawa and Nahrsaraj districts. There were clashes on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand, which

16 May 2021

Kabul: In a regressive development for Afghanistan, Beraka district of the Baghlan province was attacked and captured by the Taliban at 10pm on Tuesday night, according to police spokesperson Ahmad Javed Besharat. This is the first fall of a district to the Taliban since the withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan. The capture of the district comes even as there were concerns that with increasing

5 May 2021