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Taliban Restart Secret Talks with Afghanistan in Qatar

ISLAMABAD, Oct 18 – The Taliban and the Afghan government restarted secret peace talks in September and have held two rounds of discussions in Qatar, Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported on Tuesday, citing anonymous sources. Citing a Taliban official, the Guardian said a senior American diplomat was present at the meetings in Qatar, where the Islamist

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Taliban Fighters Ambush, Kill Dozens of Retreating Afghan Troops

By Stanekzai Zainullah LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, Oct 13  – Taliban militants ambushed and killed around 100 Afghan police and soldiers earlier this week as they tried to retreat, the heaviest losses suffered by government forces during months of fierce clashes near the capital of southern Helmand province. On Tuesday, dozens of Afghan police and soldiers

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Many Hospital Medics Forced to Flee Embattled Afghan City, Jeopardising Care

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, Oct 6 – Fighting in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz has forced many hospital staff to leave for safety, officials said on Thursday, further jeopardising medical care for hundreds of people. Street-to-street gun battles have continued for four days after Taliban militants slipped past the city’s defences on Monday. Government troops, backed

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EU sees Support for Afghan Peace Talks as New Aid Flows In

By Robin Emmott and David Brunnstrom BRUSSELS, Oct 5  – Regional powers agreed to try to revive Afghanistan’s stalled peace process after almost 40 years of conflict, the EU’s foreign policy chief said on Wednesday, as governments began to raise some $13 billion to fund the country through 2020. With the government in Kabul facing

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Taliban Resist Afghan Forces’ Counterattack in Northern City of Kunduz

KABUL, Oct 4  – Pockets of Taliban fighters held out overnight against Afghan government forces in the northern city of Kunduz, a police official said on Tuesday, a day after the militants pushed deep into the city centre. Taliban militants slipped past government defences early on Monday and occupied or attacked central areas of Kunduz,

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Taliban Fighters Enter Northern Afghan City of Kunduz

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, Oct 3 – Taliban fighters pushed into the centre of the northern Afghan city of Kunduz on Monday, taking control of the central intersection where they raised their flag a year ago in their biggest success of the 15-year-old conflict. Witnesses and police said the insurgents, who entered the city in the early hours,

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China to Build Outposts for Tajik Guards on Tajikistan-Afghanistan Border

DUSHANBE, Sept 26  – China plans to finance and build several outposts and other facilities to beef up Tajikistan’s defense capabilities along its border with Afghanistan, the Tajik government said on Monday. The Central Asian nation’s 1,345-km border with its southern neighbour is leaky and Dushanbe routinely reports clashes between border guards and armed drug

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Ex-Afghan Leader Attacks New US Combat Rules, Urges Taliban to Talk Peace

By James Mackenzie and Rupam Jain KABUL, Sept 15  – Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has sharply criticised new authorities giving the U.S. military greater freedom to fight Taliban insurgents, saying they were a further erosion of the country’s sovereignty. In an interview, Karzai, who continues to exert considerable behind-the-scenes influence on Afghan politics, also

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Taliban Forces Sweep into Provincial Capital in Afghanistan

KABUL, Sept 8 – Taliban forces were fighting on Thursday within the capital of Afghanistan’s central province of Uruzgan, one of the top poppy-cultivating provinces in the country, threatening government offices as the leadership fled to the airport, officials said. Militants had fought their way to within a few hundred metres of the governor’s compound

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