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June 16, 2018 2:00 PM Official: Bomber kills 11, mostly Taliban celebrating truce

KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan official says a suicide bomber blew himself up in the middle of a gathering of mostly Taliban who were celebrating a three-day cease fire outside the Nangarhar provincial capital of Jalalabad, killing 11 and wounding another 12 people. The Nangarhar provincial police chief, Ghulam Sanayee Stanikzai, said the explosion Saturday 47

June 16, 2018 4:47 AM Pakistan: Killing of Pakistan Taliban chief 'significant'

ISLAMABAD – Pakistani caretaker Prime Minister Nasir-ul-Mulk has described the killing of Pakistani Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah in a U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan as a "significant development in the fight against terrorism." Mulk made the comment in a telephone conversation with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and thanked him for sharing information 57

June 15, 2018 8:56 AM Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani Praises Taliban Ceasefire in Eid Holiday Address

(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Friday touted a three-day cease-fire with the Taliban in an address to the nation heralding the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr. The holiday marks the end of the Ramadan holy month, when devout Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. The cease-fire took effect at midnight Thursday and lasts 70

June 10, 2018 10:20 AM Taliban kill 5 Afghan forces days ahead of truce

Taliban kill 5 Afghan forces days ahead of truce The attack late Saturday comes ahead of a three-day cease-fire timed to coincide with the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Daud Ahmadi, spokesman for the provincial governor in Kandahar, says three other forces were wounded in the attack. The Taliban announced the upcoming 76

June 7, 2018 4:39 PM Afghan President Announces Cease-Fire in Bid to Squeeze Taliban

Move is unilateral; Taliban, which recently has expanded its activity across the war-torn nation, hasn’t responded to the government KABUL—Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced a unilateral, weeklong cease-fire as he sought to further pressure Taliban insurgents to negotiate an end to the country’s 17-year war even as it widens. The cease-fire 60

June 2, 2018 5:24 AM Gunmen kill official, wound 3 guards in Pakistan tribal area

PESHAWAR, Pakistan – A Pakistani official says gunmen have shot and killed one of his staff and wounded three security guards in the restive tribal region along the Afghan border. Mohammad Ayaz Khan, the top administrator in North Waziristan, says Hamidullah Khan's vehicle was ambushed in a mountainous area late Friday night, and that a fourth guard 57

May 15, 2018 9:26 AM Turkey: 7 Afghan migrants die during sea crossing to Greece

ISTANBUL – Turkey's coast guard says seven Afghan nationals died, including three children, while trying to cross into Greece, but that it managed to rescue 13 people from the sinking boat. In a statement Tuesday, it said a rescue ship and helicopter were dispatched late Monday near the western province of Canakkale following a tip. A half-sunk 6-meter 103

May 6, 2018 7:00 AM Roadside bomb kills 7 shopkeepers heading to Afghan market

KABUL, Afghanistan – A vehicle carrying shopkeepers on their way to a market has struck a roadside bomb in Afghanistan's northern Faryab province, killing seven of them. Police spokesman Karim Yuresh says another civilian was wounded in Sunday's attack, in an area where the Taliban and an Islamic State affiliate are active. In the eastern Paktia province 54

April 12, 2018 10:34 AM Exclusive: Pakistan could face U.S. aid cuts over human trafficking

ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is warning Pakistan it could lose U.S. civilian aid worth tens of millions of dollars this year if Washington finds that the South Asian nation has not done enough to combat human trafficking, U.S. officials said. An aid cutback would deal a fresh blow to U.S.-Pakistan relations following President 92

March 30, 2018 8:18 AM Afghan official: 4 civilians killed amid battle with Taliban

Afghan official: 4 civilians killed amid battle with Taliban An Afghan official says four civilians have been killed and another eight wounded during a gunbattle between Afghan security forces and the Taliban in northeastern Badakhshan province. Asadullah Mujadedi, a district police chief there, says the battle broke out after security forces launched 54