US-Taliban peace talks paused for first day of Ramadan

US-Taliban peace talks paused for first day of Ramadan

Doha: Peace talks between the US and the Taliban were suspended for the beginning of Ramadan on Monday, with the two sides at apparent loggerheads over the key issue of when foreign forces might leave Afghanistan. The foes have spent much of the past week in a sixth round of talks in Doha aimed at […]

Afghanistan could descend into new civil war: Pakistan’s assessment

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s internal assessment about the future of Afghanistan sees the neighbouring country engulfed in a ‘civil war’ again with the US and the Taliban failing to reach a peace deal, a media report said Monday. The search for peace in the war-torn country remained elusive so far despite hectic efforts to end the bloodshed. […]

Accidental blast kills 5 in Afghanistan

Accidental blast kills 5 in Afghanistan

KABUL: Afghan officials say an accidental explosion killed four insurgents and a civilian near a sporting event in an area controlled by the Taliban. Major Hanif Rezaie, an army spokesman, says one of the fighters killed in the northern Baghlan province was a local commander. A provincial official says another 20 people, including Taliban fighters […]

At least 65 killed in Taliban attack on Afghan intel base: Report

At least 65 killed in Taliban attack on Afghan intel base: Report

KABUL: At least 65 people were killed in a Taliban-claimed attack on an Afghan intelligence base, security sources said Tuesday, raising the toll substantially from 12 announced previously. Militants detonated a vehicle packed with explosives at the training facility before gunmen arrived in a car and opened fire. “We took about 65 bodies out of […]

Pak, China discuss situation

Pak, China discuss situation

Beijing: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met his Chinese counterpart Tuesday and discussed the situation arising out of the US decision to pull nearly 7,000 troops from Afghanistan and resurgence of the Taliban in the war-torn country. Qureshi, who is on a three-day four-nation tour, arrived here Tuesday morning following his visit to Afghanistan […]

Chabahar port: India, Afghanistan, Iran agree on routes for trade and transit corridors

Chabahar port: India, Afghanistan, Iran agree on routes for trade and transit corridors

New Delhi: A crucial trilateral meeting of officials from India, Afghanistan and Iran on the strategically-important Chabahar port was held on Monday during which they agreed on the routes for trade and transit corridors between the three countries. The first meeting of the follow-up committee for implementation of the trilateral Chabahar agreement between India, Afghanistan […]

Chabahar port: India, Afghanistan, Iran agree on routes for trade and transit corridors

Chabahar port: India, Afghanistan, Iran agree on routes for trade and transit corridors

New Delhi: A crucial trilateral meeting of officials from India, Afghanistan and Iran on the strategically-important Chabahar port was held on Monday during which they agreed on the routes for trade and transit corridors between the three countries. The first meeting of the follow-up committee for implementation of the trilateral Chabahar agreement between India, Afghanistan […]

Trump to withdraw ‘significant’ troops from Afghanistan

Trump to withdraw ‘significant’ troops from Afghanistan

Kabul: US President Donald Trump has decided to pull a significant number of troops from Afghanistan, a US official told AFP on Thursday, with the Afghan presidency brushing off concerns the drawdown would affect security. Reports suggested as many as half of the 14,000 troops in the war-torn country could be leaving. The surprise move […]

China, Pak and Afghan sign MoU to cooperate on counter-terrorism

China, Pak and Afghan sign MoU to cooperate on counter-terrorism

Beijing: China, Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to cooperate on counter-terrorism and coordinate to call on the Taliban to return to the negotiating table and to move ahead the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Monday. On December 15, State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended the second China, Afghanistan […]

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