Abdul Qadir Sediqi

Afghan government says ceasefire still in place even as skirmishes with Taliban resume

28 May 2020

KABUL Skirmishes between Taliban fighters and Afghan security forces recommenced in Afghanistan in the day since a three-day ceasefire expired, but government officials said on Thursday that the incidents were minor and the truce could still hold. | Video

U.S. envoy in Afghan peace shuttle demands reduction in violence

21 May 2020

KABUL The U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan has demanded that all sides reduce violence, he said on Thursday, after shuttling from Kabul to the Gulf to push a peace effort that looks increasingly precarious.

Afghan mosque attack kills eight worshippers breaking fast - officials

20 May 2020

KABUL Gunmen opened fire in a mosque in central Afghanistan on Tuesday evening, killing eight worshippers breaking their Ramadan fast and wounding five others, officials said.

Afghan president and rival strike power-sharing deal after months of feuding

17 May 2020

KABUL Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah signed a power-sharing deal to end a months-long political stalemate, Ghani's spokesman said on Sunday, a step that could smooth efforts to end the country's long-running war.

Afghans say Taliban behind bloodshed, reject U.S. blame of Islamic State

16 May 2020

KABUL Afghan officials on Friday blamed the Taliban for a bloody attack on a maternity hospital in the capital, Kabul, this week, rejecting a U.S. assertion that it was carried out by Islamic State militants. | Video

Truck bomb in eastern Afghan city kills five, Taliban claim responsibility

14 May 2020

JALALABAD/KABUL A truck packed with explosives blew up near a court in the eastern Afghan city of Gardez on Thursday, killing at least five people in an attack claimed by Taliban insurgents.

Maternity ward massacre shakes Afghanistan and its peace process

13 May 2020

KABUL After struggling to get pregnant for years, Zainab, 27, gave birth to a baby boy on Tuesday morning at a small hospital in the southwestern corner of Kabul. She was overjoyed and named the boy Omid, meaning 'hope' in Dari.

Newborns among 16 dead in Kabul hospital attack; 24 killed in funeral bombing

13 May 2020

KABUL/JALALABAD Gunmen disguised as police attacked a hospital in the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday, killing 16 people including two newborn babies from a maternity clinic run by the international humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders. | Video

Exclusive: Afghan lawmakers say 45 migrants drowned after Iranian guards forced them into river

08 May 2020

KABUL/HERAT, Afghanistan Iranian border guards killed 45 Afghan migrant workers trying to cross into Iran this month by forcing them into a raging mountain torrent at gunpoint, according to two Afghan lawmakers investigating the deaths.

Members of Islamic State-Haqqani network arrested over Kabul attacks

06 May 2020

KABUL Afghan security forces arrested eight members of a network grouping Islamic State and Haqqani militants responsible for bloody attacks in the capital including on Sikh worshippers, the country's security agency said on Wednesday.

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