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Taliban, US officials discuss troop withdrawal, ceasefire

AT-KABUL: The Taliban and US representatives discussed the America’s military drawdown and a long-term truce as they sat Tuesday for the fourth face to face talks in Qatar’s capital Doha, sources close to Taliban told the Kabul News broadcaster. Taliban announced Monday that representatives from their Doha-based political office started …

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Peace talks won’t succeed sans Afghan govt inclusion: Asfandyar

AT-KABUL: Asfandyar Wali Khan, a veteran Pakhtun nationalist leader on Monday said the ongoing talks on peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan would give no tangible result if the Afghan government sidelined. Awami National Party (ANP) President Wali Khan expressed his surprise over the peace talks in Islamabad in the absence …

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Car bomb attack in Maidan Wardak leaves tens of casualties

By Farhad Naibkhel-KabuL: The Taliban killed at least 12 members of security forces and wounded 28 others in a car bomb attack inside a military compound in Maidan Wardak province on Monday morning, officials said. Five assailants who were clad as Special Forces attacked a military base in Maidan Wardak, …

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Ahadi likely to be appointed as finance minister

KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani has offered ministry of finance to former commerce minister Anwarulhaq Ahadi, sources close to the president said. Ahadi has served as finance minister, central bank governor and commerce minister under ex-president Hamid Karzai. The sources who spoke on condition of anonymity, went on to say that …

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Mohib meets Khalilzad, UAE counterpart

KABUL: As part of Afghanistan’s regional engagement on peace and security,the National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib met with his UAE counterpart Sheikh Tahnoon in Abu Dhabi and the U.S. special envoy for peaceZalmay Khalilzadin the United Arab Emirates. A statement from the National Security Council said on Monday that Dr. …

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12 Islamic State rebels killed in Nangarhar air strike

KABUL: Twelve Islamic State terroristshave been killed in a raid in eastern Nangarhar province, the Defense Ministry said on Monday. Afghan forces launched an air strike to target Daesh hideout in Achin district of Nangarhar, which as result 12 Daesh fighters were killed, said a statement issued by MoD. No …

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Germany donates equipment to Afghan Interpol

KABUL: German Police donated detection equipment to the Afghan Interpol in a bid to help them identify and arrest criminals. The equipment donated by Germany police included security camera, smart camera, night vision cameras, TVs, projectors and sound recorders, said a statement issued by Ministry of Interior (MoI). Statement said …

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