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US Envoy Calls on Afghanistan to Unite as Peace Talks Intensify

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KABUL – US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has called on Afghans to put aside their differences and unite as attempts to end Afghanistan’s 17-year war gain momentum. Khalilzad has held a series of direct talks with Taliban negotiators in the Middle East in recent months, although those discussions have not …

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32 Killed, Wounded in ANSF and Taliban Clash

32 killed in clash between ANSF and Taliban

MAIMANA – At least 32 people including Taliban militants and soldiers of the Afghan Local Police (ALP) were killed or wounded during an overnight clash in Qaisar district of Faryab province, Afghan National Army (ANA) said in a statement. As per the statement, the clash took place late on Sunday …

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Key Taliban Commanders Among 21 Killed in Uruzgan

Key Taliban Commanders Among 21 Killed in Uruzgan

TARINKOT – At least 21 Taliban militants, including some key-commanders were killed in an airstrike in central Uruzgan province, an official claimed on Saturday. The airstrike took place in the Khanaqa locality of the Tarinkot, the provincial capital, late on Friday night, a police officer told Sahar News. Malak Zainullah …

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Faryab: 19 Taliban Militants Killed in a Car Bomb Explosion

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MAIMANA – At least 19 people including Taliban militants and ordinary civilians were killed and wounded in a premature car bomb explosion in northern Faryab province, Afghan National Army (ANA) said in a statement on Friday. The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North in a statement …

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Khalilzad Meets Taliban Representatives for Peace Talks

UAE

KABUL – US Special Envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, has arrived in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the next round of US-Taliban negotiations. Releasing Taliban militants from prisoners and the status of US bases in Afghanistan were among the key issues the insurgents plan to discuss with the US …

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Afghan Govt. is Ready for Reconciliation: Ghani

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KABUL – As the growing violence across Afghanistan has taken many civilian and security forces’ lives, president Ashraf Ghani insists that President Donald Trump’s strategy to win the war against the Taliban is working. “The worst part of my job is early morning, I get my first security briefing and …

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Govt. Advised to Take Lead in Peace Talks with Taliban

Moscow Talks

KABUL – While talking regarding the upcoming Moscow talks on Afghanistan, that will include a Taliban delegation, sources said on Saturday, that government needs to take the lead in such talks. This comes after the Afghan government objected to Moscow’s move and said it would not attend such a meeting. …

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Moscow Talks on Afghanistan ‘Unlikely to Yield Progress’: US State Dept.

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WASHINGTON – The United States has rejected an invitation to join Russia-led talks on Afghanistan because they are unlikely to help bring peace, a State Department spokesman said on Thursday. Earlier, the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry in a statement said that Moscow will host the second round of last year’s …

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Afghanistan has no plans to take part in Moscow talks: Envoy

Maria Zakharova

MOSCOW, Russia – The Afghan government has not yet responded to Russia’s invitation to take part in Moscow peace talks on Afghanistan that will include the Taliban, the TASS news agency quoted Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova as saying on Thursday. Afghanistan’s government at the moment has no intention …

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Despite Violence, US Strategy in Afghanistan “is Working”: Gen. Nicholson

Gen. Nicholson

KABUL – The outgoing commander of US and international troops in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, insisted on Thursday that despite a recent wave of violence, Trump’s strategy of an open-ended deployment of U.S. military advisers, trainers and special operations forces and increased air support for Afghan forces is succeeding. “I …

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