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The Next Taliban King

Over the last 21 years I’ve had many encounters with the man who will now head the Afghan Taliban fighting the U.S.-backed government in Kabul. What lies behind his dark glasses?

Taliban Appoints New Leader, Peace Talks With Kabul in Jeopardy

Following the announcement of the death of Taliban founder Mullah Omar, the group has selected Omar’s longtime deputy to replace him as supreme leader.

Why the West may miss the Taliban’s Mullah Omar

“The nightmare is if nobody respected the leadership anymore in the Taliban,” said Graeme Smith, an International Crisis Group senior analyst who is based in Kabul, “because then you have no one to talk to.”

Afghanistan says Taliban leader dead, urges peace talks

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan said on Wednesday that Mullah Omar, the elusive leader of the Taliban movement fighting to topple the government, died more than two years ago.

Taliban Leader Mullah Omar Confirmed Dead by Afghan Intelligence Agency

Updated | KABUL (Reuters) - A spokesman for Afghanistan's intelligence agency said on Wednesday that Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar died two years ago in a Pakistani hospital. The statement by National Directorate of Security...Show More Summary

Taliban Leader Mullah Omar Believed Dead: Reports

KABUL (Reuters) - The Afghan government is investigating reports that Mullah Omar, leader of the Afghan Taliban, is dead, a spokesman for the president's office said on Wednesday. Afghan and Pakistani media reports this week said that...Show More Summary

Taliban advance in north Afghanistan seizing district, villages

KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban fighters have gained ground in two provinces in northern Afghanistan, overrunning a district centre in Sar-e-Pol and seizing villages in Kunduz, local officials there said on Tuesday.

Why Afghanistan Is Banning Toy Guns

5 days agoNews : Huffington Post

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The weapons of Afghanistan's long decades of war can be seen almost everywhere, from the burned-out hulks of Soviet tanks to the Kalashnikov assault rifles slung over policemen's shoulders and helicopter gunships roaring overhead. Show More Summary

Gun Battle Breaks Out At Wedding In Northern Afghanistan, Killing 21

5 days agoNews : Huffington Post

  KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A shootout at a wedding party in northern Afghanistan has left 21 people dead and eight wounded, an official said Monday. Abdul Jabar Perdili, police chief of Baghlan province, said a gunfight broke out between two groups attending the wedding in Dih Salah district late Sunday. Show More Summary

Gunmen attack Afghan wedding party, killing 21, wounding eight

KABUL (Reuters) - Armed men opened fire at a wedding ceremony in northern Afghanistan, killing at least 21 guests and wounding eight, provincial officials said on Monday.

Gun Battle Breaks Out At Wedding In Northern Afghanistan, Killing 21

5 days agoNews : Huffington Post

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says that 21 people have been killed by gunmen who fought a gun battle during a wedding in a northern province. Jaweed Basharat, the governor of Baghlan province, said Monday that anotherShow More Summary

Taliban seize Afghan police base, push closer to strategic pass

KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban militants have captured a large police base in northeast Afghanistan, forcing the mass surrender of more than a hundred policemen and pushing closer to a strategic pass at the border with Pakistan, local officials and security sources said on Sunday.

Ceasefire on agenda for next Taliban talks: Afghan negotiator

KABUL (Reuters) - An Afghan government delegation due to meet Taliban representatives for a second round of official peace talks next week will press for a ceasefire in the fighting, a negotiator said on Saturday.

Second round of Afghan peace talks likely next week in China

KABUL (Reuters) - China is likely to host a second round of peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban representatives next week, an Afghan official said on Friday, raising hopes for progress toward a political settlement to end years of bloodshed.

Suicide bomber on motorcycle kills 15 near Afghan market

KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber on a motorcycle killed at least 15 people and wounded 38 near a busy marketplace in northwest Afghanistan on Wednesday, officials said.

NATO Airstrike Accidentally Kills 7 Afghan Soldiers

A NATO airstrike hit two Afghan military checkpoints today in a restive province about 30 miles east of the capital, Kabul, killing at least seven Afghan troops in what an Afghan official describes as an accident. Five troops were also wounded in the early morning strike in Logar province's district...

Coalition Airstrike Kills 8 Afghan Troops Near Kabul, Military Official Says

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan military official says an airstrike by the international coalition has killed eight Afghan soldiers in a province east of the capital, Kabul. Provincial army commander Abdul Razaq says the strike took place Monday morning in Logar province's district of Baraki Barak, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of Kabul. Show More Summary

Can a film help save an Afghan archeological site before it's an open-pit mine?

In its day, the ancient city of Mes Aynak was a wonder of temples, monasteries, monuments and statuary. Located in the mountains about 90 minutes east of Kabul, in Afghanistan, this important Silk Road hub bears Hellenistic, Persian, Central Asian, Tibetan, Indian and Chinese influences. It's peak...

Message in name of Taliban's Mullah Omar favors Afghan peace process

KABUL (Reuters) - A message purportedly from reclusive Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar on Wednesday appeared for the first time to signal approval for peace talks with the Afghan government, a week after milestone meetings between the two sides in Pakistan.

The Taliban may be talking peace, but it hasn’t stopped fighting

2 weeks agoNews : BlogPost

KABUL — On Sunday night, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani hailed last week’s peace talks with Taliban officials as a major achievement since the fall of the hardline Islamist regime nearly 14 years ago.That remains to be seen. But one thing is clear: the violence is far from over.Read full article >>

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