Tag Archive | Talibans

Donald Trump’s hands-off approach gives US military free rein

Donald Trump’s hands-off approach gives US military free rein

President has delegated direction of overseas conflicts to his generals, raising fears of unchecked escalation.

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ISIL’s grand plan in Asia

ISIL’s grand plan in Asia

A month ago, I was seated in a dimly-lit room in downtown Karachi, talking to militants representing three factions of the Taliban-al-Qaeda conglomerate that has ruled the underworld of Afghanistan and Pakistan since the 1990s. Not generally eager to reveal themselves, let alone to talk shop with a journalist, previous twice-yearly encounters had been rather […]

Rival Taliban factions agree on ceasefire

Rival Taliban factions agree on ceasefire

Rival factions of the Afghan Taliban agreed to stop deadly infighting, officials said, but tensions remained over the status of new leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour, who has not been seen since reportedly being shot last month. Leadership of the Taliban has been in dispute since the confirmation last July of the death of the hard-line […]

HPC for the resume of peace talks with Talibans

HPC for the resume of peace talks with Talibans

Abdul Hakim Mujahid, acting head of the High Peace Council has called on the National Unity Government (NUG) and the international community to start the peace talks process with armed opposition groups as soon as possible. The acting head said that the United Nations has relaxed some restrictions imposed on the Taliban in order to […]

Barack Obama delays withdrawal from Afghanistan

Barack Obama delays withdrawal from Afghanistan

Barack Obama has abandoned his longstanding goal of ending the war in Afghanistan – the longest in US history – and suggested he may need to make further adjustments in troop numbers before his presidency ends. After months of deliberation within his administration, the US president said he would leave 5,500 US forces in Afghanistan […]

Afghans and Taliban meet for the first time

Afghans and Taliban meet for the first time

An Afghan government delegation met with Taliban officials in the Pakistani capital for the first time on Tuesday, in a significant effort to open formal peace negotiations, according to Afghan, Pakistani and Western officials. The Islamabad meeting, brokered by Pakistani officials after months of intense effort by President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan to get them more […]

Afghan troops retake control of remote district

Afghan troops retake control of remote district

Afghan troops have retaken control of Waygal district in the mountainous Nuristan Province on the border with Pakistan, a day after the district fell to the Taliban, according to officials. Sayedullah Nuristani, head of the provincial council, said that Afghan troops recaptured Waygal district late on June 26. Eighteen policemen died and 20 others were […]