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Taliban bomb attack kills security forces in Afghan capital after collapse of peace talks

According to a statement by Afghanistan’s Defense Ministry, the deadly blast occurred after a bomber detonated an explosives-laden minibus in front of the entrance to a camp of Special Operations Corps in Chahar Asyab district on Thursday. The explosion also inflicted wounds on at least three others. The ministry said the national defense and security forces would use all force to continue…

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Rocket explodes near US Embassy in Kabul on 9/11 anniversary

A plume of smoke rose over the Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood shortly after midnight on Wednesday and sirens could be heard. Inside the embassy, employees heard a message over the loudspeaker saying a blast had gone off. “An explosion caused by a rocket has occurred on compound,” it said. About an hour later the all-clear was given, with no injuries reported. There was no…

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Zarif in Trump reminder: Did you know Netanyahu pushed you into Afghan war, too?

“Did you know, realDonaldTrump (the name of the US president’s Twitter account), that Netanyahu was also instrumental in pushing the US into the Afghanistan quagmire?” Zarif tweeted on Tuesday. The tweet incorporated a video showing the Israeli premier’s promoting the Afghan invasion before its realization in 2001 during a congressional hearing in the US. “His (Netanyahu’s) motto since 1986: Fight…

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Taliban: Trump will ‘soon regret’ abandoning Afghan talks

Speaking to reporters at the White House on Monday, Trump said the US military was already pounding Taliban positions in Afghanistan with unprecedented fire. “They are dead. As far as I am concerned, they are dead,” Trump said, when asked about the long-running talks with the militant group in Qatar. The talks produced a draft agreement last week that included…

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Zarif: Iran Concerned about Imminent Spread of Violence in Afghanistan

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif voiced serious concern about the start of a new wave of violence in Afghanistan, warning that the situation may be pounced on by foreigners and aggressors. “The Islamic Republic of Iran warns that foreigners and aggressors may cash in on the new situation in this country and trigger a fresh round of killing and…

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Defeated foreigners must leave Afghanistan, fratricide must end: Zarif

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says foreign troops, who have failed in achieving their purported goal of fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan, must leave South Asian country so that fratricide would end there. Zarif made the remarks in a post on his official Twitter account on Sunday in reaction to ongoing developments in Afghanistan and after the US President Donald…

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Taliban attacks army recruitment center amid talks with US

The militants set the army center ablaze after a coordinated attack launched overnight from several points around Farah city, according to Mohibullah Mohib, a police spokesman in Farah. “Taliban fighters are pushing to take over the prison but the security forces are resisting,” Mohib said. There were no immediate reports of casualties among either the Afghan forces or the militants.…

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At least 10 killed, over 40 wounded in Taliban bomb attack in Afghan capital

The blast occurred after an assailant detonated his explosive vest in Shash Darak, a heavily-fortified area close to the Green Zone in the Afghan capital and home to a number of important complexes, including the National Directorate of Security (NDS), the Afghan intelligence service. “At least 10 civilians have been killed and 42 injured were taken to hospitals” said Nasrat…

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Taliban militants attack Afghan city amid so-called ‘peace talks’ with US

Witnesses said on Saturday gunfire could be heard across Kunduz, the capital of Kunduz province. Heavy fighting has been going on in Kunduz city since Taliban fighters mounted attacks from several directions on Friday night.  The Taliban claimed they had captured several important buildings, while Afghan security officials insisted they had enough manpower on the ground to repel the attack. “Security forces are repelling…

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Afghan Taliban kill 14 pro-government militia members

The casualties occurred when a large number of Taliban militants stormed security checkpoints in the Chahardara area, in Rubat-e-Sangi district of Herat, Abdul Ahad Walizada, a spokesman for Herat police, said on Wednesday. “At least nine others are wounded in the clashes, and the Taliban militants were pushed back after Afghan forces reinforced the area,” said Walizada. It was not…

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