“Very positive signals” after US, Taliban talks-sources

By Jibran Ahmad and Abdul Qadir Sediqi PESHAWAR, Pakistan/KABUL, July 29 : A meeting between a senior US diplomat and Taliban representatives in Doha last week to discuss a possible ceasefire ended with “very positive signals” and a decision to hold more meetings, people with knowledge of the talks said on Sunday. The meeting between […]

Prospects for U.S.-Taliban talks rise after Afghan ceasefire

By Rupam Jain and Jonathan Landay KABUL/WASHINGTON, June 20 : Prospects have risen for negotiations between the Taliban and the United States after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called a ceasefire and allowed militants to roam into cities in a gamble to encourage peace talks. The Taliban, ousted from power in 2001 by U.S.-led troops, insist […]

Taliban announce spring offensive, dismiss peace overtures

By James Mackenzie KABUL, Apr 25 : The Taliban announced the start of their annual spring offensive on Wednesday, dismissing an offer for peace talks by President Ashraf Ghani but pledging to focus on U.S. forces in Afghanistan. The announcement of the Al Khandaq campaign, named after the so-called Battle of the Trench, fought by […]

Taliban seize district in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province

By Mustafa Andalib GHAZNI, Afghanistan, Apr 12 : Taliban militants captured a district in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province near the provincial capital early on Thursday and killed more than a dozen people including the district’s governor, a police official said. Ghazni’s Khawaja Omari district was considered one of the province’s safest districts. The militants killed district […]

As Afghan forces squeeze in Helmand, Taliban focus shifts

By Mohammad Stanekzai LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, March 30 : Last week, the Afghan air force dropped its first laser-guided missile on a Taliban compound in Farah, the western Afghan province that has seen increasing fighting since the beginning of the year. The strike was an important milestone for the air force that underlined the growing […]