The US wants to draw down on Afghanistan so that it can focus on other theatres after almost 20 years of war.

'Just leave': Afghanistan withdrawal is no-brainer, but 'deep state' controls US foreign policy, says ex-Virginia lawmaker

A truce between US troops and the Taliban in Afghanistan could result in American forces finally exiting the country, but there are powerful interests that want the war to continue, former Virginia ...
26 February 20 - 15:56
Pakistan to hold national dialogue on Afghan peace

Pakistan to hold national dialogue on Afghan peace

Pakistan will hold a national dialogue on the Afghan peace in the last week of March to formulate a strategy, Pakistan’s National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser announced on Wednesday.
26 February 20 - 15:52
Afghan peace plan: Kandahar

Afghan peace plan: Kandahar's war-weary residents want the violence to end

The most vivid personal memory of war is the first bombs dropping on Kandahar, said Naimatullah Zenrary. “The pressure of the blasts would prompt blood to shoot out of people’s eyes and noses,...
26 February 20 - 13:07
Amnesty International Voices Concern Over Referral of 40 People to Afghanistan AGO

Amnesty International Voices Concern Over Referral of 40 People to Afghanistan AGO

The Amnesty International South Asia has expressed concern over referral of 40 people in Afghanistan to the Attorney General Office for social media posts.
26 February 20 - 12:53
Militants

Militants' attacks registered amid observing "reduction in violence" in Afghanistan

Cases of militancy and attacks by armed insurgents on the security forces have been registered in the militancy-plagued Afghanistan while the Taliban group was observing the seven-day reduction ...
26 February 20 - 12:27
Afghanistan truce still in effect despite Taliban attacks

Afghanistan truce still in effect despite Taliban attacks

It appears the U.S. military’s temporary truce with the Taliban is still holding despite a recent Taliban attack that killed at least six people in Afghanistan.
26 February 20 - 12:18
Kazakhstan names Special Representative for Afghanistan

Kazakhstan names Special Representative for Afghanistan

Ambassador-at-large of the Foreign Ministry of Kazakhstan Talgat Kaliyev has been appointed as Special Representative of Kazakhstan for Afghanistan, Akorda reported.
26 February 20 - 12:11
Afghan government agrees to postpone presidential inauguration: US

Afghan government agrees to postpone presidential inauguration: US

The United States State Department on Tuesday confirmed that Afghan government has agreed to postpone its presidential inauguration, amid an election feud in which both President Ashraf Ghani ...
26 February 20 - 12:08
Govt. Negotiating team to enter Peace talks with Clear Mandate: President Ghani

Govt. Negotiating team to enter Peace talks with Clear Mandate: President Ghani

 President Mohamad Ashraf Ghani met on Monday evening with the administrative board and committee heads of the Lower House of the Parliament at the Presidential Palace to continue his series ...
26 February 20 - 12:05
NATO Secretary-General calls on Afghan politicians to avoid tensions

NATO Secretary-General calls on Afghan politicians to avoid tensions

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has called on all Afghan political actors to refrain from taking steps that would escalate tensions and undermine political stability.
26 February 20 - 10:03
Pompeo says U.S.-Taliban deal to include timeline for troops withdrawal, intra-Afghan negotiations

Pompeo says U.S.-Taliban deal to include timeline for troops withdrawal, intra-Afghan negotiations

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that a possible U.S.-Taliban peace deal will include a timetable for conditions-based U.S. troop withdrawals and the start of the intra-Afghan ...
26 February 20 - 09:58
Many Countries Invited to Attend US-Taliban Deal ceremony: Qatari Envoy

Many Countries Invited to Attend US-Taliban Deal ceremony: Qatari Envoy

Qatar’s special envoy to Afghanistan, who arrived in Kabul Sunday to discuss Afghanistan’s peace process, says several key countries and organizations involved in the Afghan peace process have ...
25 February 20 - 17:10
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak dies at 91

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak dies at 91

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak passed away at the age of 91 on Tuesday.
25 February 20 - 17:00
Trump says ready to sign peace deal with Taliban if truce holds

Trump says ready to sign peace deal with Taliban if truce holds

U.S. President Donald Trump says he is ready to sign a peace agreement with the Taliban in Afghanistan if a temporary truce between the two sides holds.
25 February 20 - 14:20
Uzbekistan to shut down border with Afghanistan due to coronavirus outbreak

Uzbekistan to shut down border with Afghanistan due to coronavirus outbreak

Sanitary and epidemiological agency of the Ministry of Health of Uzbekistan offered to close the Uzbek-Afghan border after coronavirus outbreak in Afghanistan.
25 February 20 - 12:59
Afghanistan reopens border with Iran

Afghanistan reopens border with Iran

Afghanistan has reopened its border with Iran, a day after closing it over fears of spread of coronavirus, Afghanistan's National Security Council said.
25 February 20 - 12:54
SAS under investigation for 55 incidents in Afghanistan

SAS under investigation for 55 incidents in Afghanistan

The Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force is investigating 55 allegations, mostly killings of Afghan non-combatants, by Special Forces soldiers.
25 February 20 - 12:51
Afghanistan

Afghanistan's Public Health Ministry on Monday confirmed the first case of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country.

"The first coronavirus case was found in western Herat province. The patient had no direct contact with the public recently," Afghan Public Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz told reporters here....
25 February 20 - 12:25
US Wants Afghan President to Postpone Inauguration: Sources

US Wants Afghan President to Postpone Inauguration: Sources

The United States wants Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to defer his second-term inauguration over concerns it could inflame an election feud with his political rival and jeopardize U.S.-led peacemaking ...
25 February 20 - 12:30
5 killed in military attacks in N. Afghanistan

5 killed in military attacks in N. Afghanistan

Five people including a civilian have been confirmed dead as the Taliban fighters stormed a security checkpoint in Charkent district of the northern Balkh province on Monday, district governor ...
25 February 20 - 12:22