• Taliban Aug 8

    Taliban Takes Key Northern Afghan Cities as Battles Rage on

    Taliban fighters have seized most of the capital of northern Afghanistan’s key Kunduz province, and won a monthlong siege of a neighboring provincial capital.

  • spokesman Sep 2, 2019

    US Envoy Meets Afghanistan's President Over US-Taliban Talks

    A U.S. envoy has met with the Afghan president in the capital, Kabul, to brief him on the latest round of talks with the Taliban as a deal nears on ending America’s longest war, an official said Monday. President Ashraf Ghani’s spokesman, Sediq Sediqqi, confirmed Sunday night’s meeting at the presidential palace shortly after envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived from Qatar,...

  • Donald Trump Feb 11, 2019

    New Pentagon Chief Makes Global Debut With Status Uncertain

    At an extraordinary moment in Pentagon history, a former business executive with little political stature and without military experience is making his international debut as the acting U.S. secretary of defense. After conferring Monday with Afghan leaders and American military commanders and diplomats in Kabul, Pat Shanahan was scheduled to attend a NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels and an...

  • spokesman Aug 21, 2018

    Taliban Fires Rockets Toward Afghan Presidential Palace

    The Taliban fired a pair of rockets Tuesday toward the presidential palace in Kabul as the Afghan president was delivering his holiday message for the Muslim celebrations of Eid al-Adha, police said, prompting a ferocious aerial response with helicopter gunships bombing the house from where the rockets were reportedly launched. The first rocket landed somewhere near the presidency building while...

  • Donald Trump Aug 14, 2018

    Assaults by Taliban Raise Questions About US Plan for Peace

    A year after the Trump administration introduced its strategy for Afghanistan, the Taliban are asserting themselves on the battlefield even as U.S. officials talk up hopes for peace. That’s raising questions about the viability of the American game plan for ending a war that began when some of the current U.S. troops were in diapers. A Taliban assault on Ghazni,...

  • Afghanistan Jun 9, 2018

    Taliban Announce Cease-Fire Over Eid Holiday for 1st Time

    The Afghan Taliban announced a three-day cease-fire over the Eid al-Fitr holiday at the end of the holy month of Ramadan, a first for the group, following an earlier cease-fire announcement by the government. A statement released Saturday by the Taliban said that they would defend themselves in case of any attack. They say foreign forces are excluded from the...

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