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Four-Nation Talks on Afghan Peace Begin Amid Dim Hopes, Blame

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD, May 18 – A fifth round of four-nation talks aimed at laying the ground for a negotiated end to the Afghan war began in Pakistan on Wednesday, as hopes faded for bringing the Taliban insurgents to the table quickly. The Afghan government declined to send a delegation from Kabul for the

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Shadowy Unit Seeks to Exploit Afghan Taliban Divisions in South

By Mohammad Stanekzai LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, May 12 – A shadowy new unit run by Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency has begun operations in southern Helmand province with a mission to exploit divisions within the Taliban insurgency, government officials and a militant spokesman said. The aim is to weaken an increasingly dangerous enemy by turning the

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Afghan Child Casualties Soar as Urban Warfare Intensifies

KABUL, April 17 – Urban warfare has caused a spike in deaths and injuries among women and children in Afghanistan this year as the Taliban intensifies their campaign against the Kabul government, the United Nations said on Sunday. In all, 161 children were killed from January to March and 449 were injured, a 29 percent

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Bomb Kills Two Education Ministry Workers in Afghan Capital

By Mirwais Harooni KABUL, April 11 – A bomb hit a mini-bus carrying Afghan Education Ministry workers in the capital Kabul on Monday, killing two people and wounding seven, the ministry said. The roadside bomb blew up as the bus was carrying workers to their offices in Kabul’s eastern Bagrami district, the ministry said. There

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Afghanistan Peace Talks Begin in Pakistan

By Asad Hashim and Tommy Wilkes ISLAMABAD, Jan 11 – Delegates from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States sat down on Monday for talks to resurrect a stalled Afghan peace process and end nearly 15 years of bloodshed, even as fighting with Taliban insurgents intensifies. Senior officials from the four countries are meeting in

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Four-Country Talks on Taliban to Begin in Pakistan

By Amjad Ali ISLAMABAD, Jan 10 – Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States are set to begin talks on Monday aimed at restarting the Afghan peace process and eventually ending 14 years of bloodshed fighting the Taliban insurgents. Officials from the four countries will meet in Islamabad, Pakistan foreign office sources said, in what

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