Afghanistan government prepares to release 1,500 Taliban prisoners in coming days as UN backs US-led push to end 18-year war
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is preparing to release 1,500 Taliban prisoners in coming days, according to a decree viewed by Reuters on Tuesday, as the United Nations-backed a US-led push to end Afghanistan’s 18-year war
Amid rocket explosions, Ashraf Ghani sworn in as Afghanistan's President; rival Abdullah Abdullah holds his own ceremony
Afghanistan's election commission has declared incumbent president Ashraf Ghani as the winner of September's vote; rival Abdullah Abdullah, as well as the election complaints commission say the results are fraught with irregularities
Taliban claims responsibility for car bomb explosion in Kabul which wounded 65 people, including nine children
The Taliban claimed the attack in Afghan capital Kabul which came just two days after the insurgents began a seventh round of talks with the US in Qatar.
The insurgents have taken advantage of the vacuum and seized territory across the country, redrawing battle lines through urban areas and putting civilians at greater risk.
The event was arranged in secret due to the threat of Taliban strikes in the Afghan capital, which has been hit by repeated suicide bombings and gun attacks over recent years.
Afghanistan aims to raise around 30 percent of its 2014 budget internally, but it is off target and had to ask donors for an emergency bailout in September to pay salaries.
The deal will allow about 10,000 American troops to stay in the country after the international combat mission ends on December 31.
Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai was sworn in on Monday as Afghanistan's new president.
This summer's fighting season has seen Taliban militants advance in several provinces, exploiting a prolonged political deadlock in Kabul over disputed presidential election results.
Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates signed a deal on Sunday to share power after months of turmoil over a disputed election that destabilised the nation at a crucial time as most foreign troops prepare to leave.