Afghanistan

US, Taliban make progress in Doha talks: Sources

KABUL (TOLO News): The ninth round of the negotiations between the US and the Taliban on Saturday completed its third day with progress on a full withdrawal of foreign troops within 15 to 20 months as well as counterterrorism assurances from the Taliban side, sources familiar with the talks said. The sources said the two…

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Afghan peace ‘highest priority’ for US: Envoy

KABUL (TOLO News): The US Ambassador in Kabul, John Bass, who visited the northern province of Balkh on Saturday, said that both election and peace are important but peace in Afghanistan is the “highest priority” for the United States because it is the highest priority for the Afghan people as well. The ninth round of…

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Traffic accident in Kandahar leaves six dead

KANDAHAR (TOLO News): At least six people were killed, 12 others were wounded in a traffic accident in Kandahar highway on Saturday morning, local officials said. The incident happened in Maiwand district, the deputy head of provincial Traffic Department, Sardar Mohammad Naseri, said. He said the incident was due to the damaged roads and recklessness…

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Peace must be on top of agenda, not election

KABUL (AT News): Former President Hamid Karzai’s Adviser, Shahzada Masoud said that there are unprecedented opportunities for Afghanistan to achieve peace, thus the government must pot on priority peace process as core remedy for crisis rather than going to election. Mr. Masoud continued that running of free, fair and nationwide election is impossible without stability…

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78 drug traffickers sent to jail

KABUL (AT News): At least 78 drug runners pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and have been sentenced to different terms of prison service in the past one month. A statement issued by the courts of Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) that 78 drug traffickers sentenced to one – 16 years’ incarceration after examining their dossiers…

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15 insurgents killed, villages cleared in Takhar

KABUL (AT News): At least 15 Taliban terrorists were killed and several villages were cleared from their presence in northeastern Takhar province A statement released by Ministry of Interior (MoI), said Saturday that 15 Taliban terrorists were killed and 23 others injured during a joint clearance operation carried out by ANDSF in Ashkmash district of…

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US, Taliban due to resume peace push at Doha talks

Monitoring Desk DOHA: The US and the Taliban said they would return to talks in Qatar on Friday aimed at bringing a close to Afghanistan’s 18-year conflict. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told a media WhatsApp group that day two of the ninth round of negotiations in Doha would “restart after evening prayers and will continue…

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Hideout of ISIS facilitator stormed

Monitoring Desk KABUL: The Special Forces stormed the hideout of a key ISIS terrorist in Jalalabad city. The 201st Silab Corps said in a statement the NDS forces stormed the hideout of Abdul Basit, a key facilitator of ISIS terrorist group. The statement further added that the NDS forces conducted the raid late on Thursday…

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Three police, five militants killed in clashes in eastern Afghan province

Monitoring Desk JALALABAD: Three policemen and five militants were killed during fresh clashes in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province overnight, provincial government spokesman confirmed on Friday. “Taliban launched a group attack on Ghazni Abad police checkpoint in Khogyani district of Afghanistan overnight. The Afghan Local Police (ALP) fought back the attackers and the clashes left three…

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