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World Nov 19U.S. and Australian hostages freed by Taliban in prisoner swap
The hostages — American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks — were released in an area of southern Afghanistan heavily controlled by the Taliban, ending more than three years of captivity.
World Oct 06Anger grows at civilian deaths by US, Afghan forces
Increasing civilian deaths in stepped-up U.S. airstrikes and operations by Afghan forces highlight the conundrum the U.S. military and its Afghan allies face, 18 years into the war: How to hunt down their Islamic State group and Taliban enemies, while…
World Oct 05Taliban meet US peace envoy for first time since ‘dead’ deal
The Taliban met with U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Pakistan capital for the first time since President Donald Trump declared a seemingly imminent peace deal to end Afghanistan's 18-year war 'dead' a month ago, a Taliban official said…
World Sep 28Afghan presidential polls close amid allegations of fraud
Afghanistan's presidential polls closed Saturday amid fears that accusations of fraud and misconduct could overwhelm any election results, while insurgent attacks aimed at disrupting voting in the country's north and south caused dozens of casualties.
World Sep 13Taliban visits Moscow days after Trump says talks ‘dead’
It was the Taliban's first international visit following the collapse of talks with Washington.
World Sep 01Taliban attack 2nd Afghan city as U.S. envoy says deal is near
It was the second attack on an Afghan city in as many days and killed several civilians and security forces, officials said.
World Aug 06Taliban say differences resolved on U.S. troop withdrawal
The United States and the Taliban have resolved differences in peace talks over the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan and guarantees from the insurgents that they will cut ties with other extremist groups, a Taliban official said Tuesday.
World Jul 01Taliban bombing in Afghan capital kills at least 6, wounds dozens
At least 26 children were among the wounded, many of whom were cut by shards of glass when the bomb shattered nearby windows.
World Jun 29U.S., Taliban open Doha talks in fresh bid to end war
A fresh round of talks between the U.S. and the Taliban began in Qatar on Saturday, just days after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington is hoping for an Afghan peace agreement before Sept. 1.
World Apr 29Afghan leaders convene to set agenda for Taliban talks
President Ashraf Ghani hopes to showcase unity at the four-day meeting that brings together politicians, tribal elders, many prominent figures and others.