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 threatens to attack Afghan election rallies; presidential candidate Amrullah Saleh says outfit 'created, backed to suppress nation’
The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday denounced a presidential vote due next month as a sham and threatened to attack election rallies. 'This election process is nothing more than a ploy,' the Taliban said in a statement.
Taliban spokesperson says latest round of peace talks with US is critical as both parties are seeking ‘tangible results’
The seventh and latest round of peace talks between the U.S. and Taliban is 'critical', said Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen on Sunday. The agreements are also expected to provide guarantees that Afghanistan will not again harbor terrorists to carry out attacks worldwide. 'Getting a comprehensive peace agreement with the Taliban before 1 September would be nothing short of a miracle', said Michael Kugelman, deputy director of the Asia Program at the U.S.-based Wilson's Center.
'Have to vote for better future of my country': Afghans risk lives to vote in delayed Kandahar poll, brazen out Taliban threat
Afghans risked their lives to vote in legislative elections in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, after the Taliban-claimed killing of a powerful police chief delayed the ballot by a week.
US renews call on Pakistan to cut off extremists on western border, says Washington will hold Islamabad to account
Pompeo made the comments as he welcomed long-delayed legislative elections in Afghanistan, saying the US was "encouraged" by voter turnout, despite reports of widespread problems including poll centres that failed to open or lacked voter rolls.
Afghanistan elections: 67 killed, 126 injured in 193 attacks carried out at polling stations across country by Taliban
The attacks include a suicide blast in Afghanistan's Kabul, 76 raids against polling centres throughout the country, a dozen explosions near those polling centres, as well as armed fighting between the Taliban and Afghan security forces.
Afghanistan elections: At least 3 killed, over 30 wounded after explosions at polling centres across Kabul
At least three people were killed and more than 30 wounded, acting Afghanistan health ministry spokesman Mohibullah Zeer said, hours after the Taliban warned voters to boycott the ballot "to protect their lives". The Italian NGO Emergency said 37 people had been taken to its trauma hospital in Kabul, including a dead child.
Afghanistan elections: Voting begins amid chaos, corruption and Taliban threats; polling in Kandahar postponed by a week
Voting began on Saturday in Afghanistan parliamentary elections overshadowed by chaotic organisation, allegations of corruption and violence that has forced a postponement of the vote in the strategic southern province of Kandahar
A bomb blast inside a mosque in eastern Afghanistan that was being used as a voter registration centre killed at least 12 people and wounded 33, officials said.
Afghanistan's legislative elections will be held on 20 October, officials said Sunday, following three years of delays as the war-torn country grapples with a resurgent Taliban and political instability.
Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai has packed up all his personal possessions and is ready to leave the palace, his spokesman said today, even though the disputed election has failed to find his successor.
Afghans headed to the polls Saturday in a presidential runoff between two candidates who both promise to improve ties with the West and combat corruption as they confront a powerful Taliban insurgency and preside over the withdrawal of most foreign troops by the end of the year.