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People on vehicles, holding Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan flags, gather near the Friendship Gate crossing point in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border town of Chaman, Pakistan. (REUTERS)

Taliban offers Afghan govt 3-month ceasefire in exchange for release of prisoner

AFP | | Posted by Shanza Khan
PUBLISHED ON JUL 15, 2021 08:04 PM IST
Nadery's revelation came as Pakistan security forces used tear gas Thursday to disperse hundreds of people who tried to force their way across the border from Chaman to Spin Boldak in Afghanistan.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (R) and External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.(REUTERS)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (R) and External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.(REUTERS)

India, US to cement bilateral ties with Quad after Jaishankar visit

By Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 30, 2021 06:26 AM IST
  • Before the Quad physical summit this fall, US, Indian, Japanese and Australian diplomats will work out an elaborate agenda to define the Quad grouping.
Afghan security forces were on high alert for any possible Taliban attacks on retreating American troops. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)(AP)
Afghan security forces were on high alert for any possible Taliban attacks on retreating American troops. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)(AP)

US formally begins withdrawing troops from Afghanistan after 20 years

Agencies | , Kabul
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2021 04:39 AM IST
  • US officials on the ground say the withdrawal is already a work in progress - and May 1 is just a continuation - but Washington has made an issue of the date because it is a deadline agreed with the Taliban in 2020 to complete the pullout.
FILE - in this Jan. 10, 2021, file photo, Afghan security officers inspect the site of a bombing attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. After more than a month of delays, escalating violence and a flurry of diplomatic activity peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government have resumed Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, in the Middle Eastern State of Qatar. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)(AP)
FILE - in this Jan. 10, 2021, file photo, Afghan security officers inspect the site of a bombing attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. After more than a month of delays, escalating violence and a flurry of diplomatic activity peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government have resumed Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, in the Middle Eastern State of Qatar. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)(AP)

Peace btw Afghan govt, Taliban 'waste of time' unless violence reduced: Ahmedzai

ANI | , Kabul
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 01:01 PM IST
Commenting on why the second round of talks was delayed, the presidential aide said that Kabul's delegation has been in Doha, Qatar's capital which hosts the negotiation, "for a long time," ready to continue the talks.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday when asked if Biden is okay with the Taliban ruling Afghanistan.(REUTERS)
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday when asked if Biden is okay with the Taliban ruling Afghanistan.(REUTERS)

Biden would not be okay if the Taliban ruled Afghanistan: White House

PTI | , Washington
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 11:59 AM IST
The US and the Taliban reached an agreement in February 2020 that called for a permanent ceasefire.
The intra-Afghan peace talks between the Afghanistan government and the Taliban had resumed earlier this month but no progress till now has been made.(Reuters | Representational image)
The intra-Afghan peace talks between the Afghanistan government and the Taliban had resumed earlier this month but no progress till now has been made.(Reuters | Representational image)

US, NATO allies slam Taliban for destroying vital infrastructure in Afghanistan

ANI | , Kabul
PUBLISHED ON JAN 31, 2021 11:42 PM IST
"We expect the Taliban to demonstrate its support for the people of Afghanistan by ending the violence, stopping the destruction of vital infrastructure," a joint statement published by the US embassy in Kabul said.
The US Pentagon announced in mid-January that the US military has met its goal of reducing the number of troops in Afghanistan.(AP file photo)
The US Pentagon announced in mid-January that the US military has met its goal of reducing the number of troops in Afghanistan.(AP file photo)

Afghan negotiating team warns Taliban to resume talks

PTI | , Kabul
PUBLISHED ON JAN 31, 2021 06:30 PM IST
The Afghan peace negotiating team praised President Biden's administration for its decision to review the US-Taliban peace deal.
Afghan security officers carry out relief operation after a car bomb attack on Sunday.(AP Photo)
Afghan security officers carry out relief operation after a car bomb attack on Sunday.(AP Photo)

12 pro-govt militiamen killed by Taliban in Afghanistan insider attack

AFP | , Herat, Afghanistan
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 02:50 PM IST
  • Herat provincial council member Mohammad Sardar Bahaduri confirmed the attack and said it was carried out by two Taliban fighters who had infiltrated the base.
In this file photo, Suhail Shaheen, spokesman for the Taliban's political office in Doha, speaks to the media in Moscow, Russia. After months of deliberation Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced his 21-member team to negotiate peace with the Taliban, only to have his political opponent reject it Friday, March 27, 2020, as not inclusive enough.(AP)
In this file photo, Suhail Shaheen, spokesman for the Taliban's political office in Doha, speaks to the media in Moscow, Russia. After months of deliberation Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced his 21-member team to negotiate peace with the Taliban, only to have his political opponent reject it Friday, March 27, 2020, as not inclusive enough.(AP)

Taliban say no to Afghan government negotiators

Kabul | By Agencies, Kabul
PUBLISHED ON MAR 30, 2020 05:52 AM IST
Afghan ministry of peace affairs spokeswoman Najia Anwari said the Taliban’s stance was unjustified as the negotiating team was made after wide consultations among Afghan society.
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