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Afghan Taliban attacks intensify as US peace envoy returns

GHAZNI: The Taliban intensified attacks in a district heavily populated by minority Hazaras Sunday, as US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad returned to the region as part of efforts to convince the group to end the 17-year war. In pre-dawn fighting in Jaghori district in the southeastern province of Ghazni, militants killed 15 civilians and 10 members of Afghanistan's elite special forces, provincial police spokesman Ahmad Khan Sirat told AFP. Another six special forces and eight civilians were wounded, Sirat added. The…

Afghan Taliban to ‘join’ Moscow peace talks

PESHAWAR: The Afghan Taliban will join multilateral peace talks being hosted by Rus­sia on Friday, senior Taliban officials said on Monday, after the United States and Afghanistan turned down their invitations. But Taliban spokesman Zabih­ullah Mujahid said they had not formally agreed to take part. Russia invited 12 countries and the Taliban, but the United States and the US-backed Afghan government declined. Representatives from Iran, China, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan are expected to attend,…

Deputy chief Afghan Taliban Abdul Ghani released

KABUL: Pakistan Embassy in Kabul on Sunday said that Pakistan had freed Deputy Chief of Afghan Taliban Mulla Abdul Ghani Baradar, ARY News reported. The spokesman for the embassy confirmed that another Taliban commander Mulla Abdul Samad Sani was also released. Sources said the release has been made to make America's rapprochement process with Taliban possible. The special representative of the United States had requested Pakistan for granting them freedom from jail.  Sources said this would send a positive…

Big hugs and selfies as Afghan soldiers, Taliban celebrate Eid ceasefire

KABUL: Afghan soldiers and Taliban militants celebrated an unprecedented ceasefire marking the end of the Ramadan fasting season with Eid greetings, handshakes, big hugs, and selfies. The Taliban announced a surprise three-day ceasefire over the Eid holiday, which began on Friday, except against foreign forces. It overlaps with an Afghan government ceasefire which lasts until Wednesday. Video and pictures on social media showed cheerful soldiers and Taliban hugging one another and exchanging Eid greetings in Logar…

Afghan Taliban raise hopes with surprise Eid ceasefire

KABUL: The Afghan Taliban on Saturday announced a surprise three-day ceasefire over the Muslim Eid holiday in the middle of June, their first offer of its kind, days after the government declared an unconditional ceasefire of its own. The militants said foreign forces would be excluded from the ceasefire and that operations against them would continue. They also said they would defend themselves against any attack. “Members of the Taliban should not participate in public gatherings during the Eid festivities because…

Russia denies aiding Afghan Taliban after US general’s comments

KABUL: Russia has rejected comments by NATO’s top commander in Afghanistan that it has been supporting and even supplying weapons to the Taliban, in a clash of words that underlines growing tension over Moscow’s involvement in the conflict. In an interview with the BBC last week, General John Nicholson said that Russia had been acting to undermine US efforts in Afghanistan despite shared interests in fighting terrorism and narcotics, with indications that Moscow was providing financial support and even arms. “We’ve had…

US general accuses Russia of supplying arms to Afghan Taliban

The head of US forces in Afghanistan, Gen John Nicholson, has accused Russia of supporting and supplying arms to the Afghan Taliban.  In an interview to BBC, he claimed he'd seen "destabilising activity by the Russians." The US general claimed Russian weapons were smuggled across the Tajik border to the Taliban, but could not say in what quantity. "We see a narrative that's being used that grossly exaggerates the number of Isis fighters here," Gen Nicholson told BBC News. "This narrative then is used as a…

US slaps sanctions on six Afghan Taliban, Haqqani Network militants

WASHINGTON: The United States (US) imposed sanctions on six men linked to the Afghan Taliban and the related Haqqani network on Thursday, less than a month after President Donald Trump ordered big cuts in security aid to Pakistan. The counter terrorism designations announced by the U.S. Treasury Department bars two Pakistanis and four Afghans living in Pakistan from accessing the U.S. financial system. In a surprise tweet on New Year’s Day, Trump said the United States had “foolishly” given Pakistan more than $33…

Former Taliban hostage Boyle arrested for assault, other charges

MONTREAL: Canadian national Joshua Boyle, who was held captive by a faction of the Afghan Taliban for five years has been arrested on 15 charges including sexual assault, illegal confinement and issuing death threats, according to reports on Tuesday. Joshua Boyle was freed last October along with his American wife Caitlan Coleman and their three children born in captivity. The identity of the alleged victim was being withheld by a court, according to Boyle's lawyer Eric Granger. Granger added his client was…

Afghan air strike kills about 20 Taliban at religious school – officials

KABUL: A rocket attack on an Afghan religious school killed about 20 Taliban insurgents exchanging fire with security forces, officials said on Friday, adding that no children were among the victims. The insurgents had taken shelter at the school compound in the central eastern province of Wardak, 35 km (20 miles) southwest of the capital, Kabul, when the air strike hit late on Wednesday, the officials said. International forces that conduct most of the air strikes across the country were not immediately available for…