Seven dead as Afghan army helicopter ‘shot down by Taliban’
An Afghan army helicopter crashed in northern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing all seven people on board, the defence ministry said, citing...
Afghan city of Kunduz under Taliban attack
The Taliban launched an assault on Kunduz, which was the scene of intense fighting on Monday, one year after...
Twin Taliban suicide blasts in Kabul kill at least nine
At least nine people were killed Monday when two Taliban suicide bombers on foot struck close to the defence...
Seven dead as Afghan army helicopter ‘shot down by Taliban’
An Afghan army helicopter crashed in northern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing all seven people on board, the defence ministry said, citing technical failure.  But the Taliban claimed they shot down the M-17 helicopter in Baghlan province, as the insurgents step up attacks on government forces. “Around 4am, two M-17 helicopters were... Read more
Afghan city of Kunduz under Taliban attack
The Taliban launched an assault on Kunduz, which was the scene of intense fighting on Monday, one year after the Islamist militia briefly took over the northern Afghan city following a lightning offensive. The assault came just a day before President Ashraf Ghani is due to meet world powers... Read more
Twin Taliban suicide blasts in Kabul kill at least nine
At least nine people were killed Monday when two Taliban suicide bombers on foot struck close to the defence ministry in Kabul during late afternoon rush hour, the latest assault on the Afghan capital. Around 30 others were wounded in the assault, which comes as the Taliban intensify their... Read more
Taliban ambush US, European tourists in Afghanistan
Taliban militants attacked a group of 12 American and European tourists escorted by an Afghan army convoy in western Herat province Thursday, leaving at least seven people wounded as the insurgents step up nationwide attacks. The tourists — eight British, three Americans and one German national — were ambushed... Read more
No plans to revive peace talks with Taliban, says Afghan govt
Kabul has no plans to revive a peace process aimed at bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table after a four-nation effort earlier this year produced no results, the spokesman of the Afghan president said Thursday. Haroon Chakhansuri, President Ashraf Ghani’s spokesman, said the four-nation group ─ comprising Afghanistan,... Read more
New Taliban leader tells US to end Afghan ´occupation´ in first message
New Taliban leader Maulawi Haibatullah Akhundzada on Saturday called on the US to end its “occupation” of Afghanistan in his first message since been appointed the militant group´s supreme leader in May. “Admit the realities instead of useless use of force and muscle show and put an end to... Read more
Pakistan condemns attack on Afghan National Police convoy
The government of Pakistan strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Kabul on Afghan National Police convoy killing 30 and injuring 40 others. “The Government and the people of Pakistan extend their heartfelt condolences to the brotherly government and people of Afghanistan over the loss of innocent lives. Our hearts go... Read more
Taliban attack police cadets in Kabul, killing 30
The Taliban on Thursday attacked a convoy of buses transporting police cadets in Kabul, officials said, killing at least 30 and wounding 40 in two powerful explosions. The incident, which was condemned as a “crime against humanity” by President Ashraf Ghani, comes little over a week after 14 Nepali... Read more
Taliban suicide bomber kills at least 14 in Kabul
A Taliban suicide bomber killed at least 14 people and wounded eight in an attack on a minibus carrying Nepalese security contractors in the Afghan capital, Kabul, early on Monday, officials said. A Reuters witness saw several apparently dead victims and at least two wounded being carried out of... Read more
Al Qaeda Ayman Al-Zawahri pledges allegiance to new Taliban leader
The chief of Al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahri, in an online audio message, pledged allegiance to the new head of the Afghan Taliban, who was appointed last month after his predecessor was killed in a US drone strike. The veteran Islamist militant became al Qaeda’s leader after U.S. Navy Seals... Read more
Taliban kill 16 bus passengers in northern Afghanistan: officials
Kabul : The Taliban on Tuesday pulled passengers from several buses in northern Afghanistan, killed at least 16 of them and took dozens of others hostage, officials said. “The Taliban shot dead 16 passengers,” said Sayed Mahmood Danish, spokesman for the governor of Kunduz province, where the incident occurred. Police... Read more
New Afghan Taliban leader flatly refuses peace talks in audio recording
The Afghan Taliban’s newly appointed leader earlier today pledged that there would be no return to peace talks with the government, in an audio recording provided by the group just days after a US drone killed his predecessor, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, in Pakistan. “No, no we will not come to any type of peace... Read more
Mansour’s death confirmed: Taliban declare Maulvi Haibatullah Akhunzada as new chief,
After the death of Mullah Akhtar Mansour ( in a US drone attack), who led the Taliban after Mullah Muhammad Omar, the banned organisation has chosen Maulvi Haibatullah as their new Emir or chief. Meanwhile, senior Taliban military commander Sirajuddin Haqqani and the son of Mullah Muhammad Omar, Mullah Yaqoob, have... Read more
US says slain Taliban leader was planning attacks on Americans
President Barack Obama himself personally approved the drone strike that liquidated Mullah Akhtar Mansour because the Taliban leader was overseeing plans for new attacks on American targets in Kabul, the Afghan capital, US officials claimed earlier yesterday. While the Taliban have yet to confirm the death of their leader Saturday in... Read more