Hamid Shalizi

Two U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan: NATO

11 Jan 2020

KANDAHAR Two U.S. service members were killed and two others wounded when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar, the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission said in a statement on Saturday.

Afghanistan's Ghani claims narrow win in preliminary presidential vote results

22 Dec 2019

KABUL Afghanistan's incumbent President Ashraf Ghani won a slim majority of votes in a Sept. 28 election, delayed preliminary results showed on Sunday, after a poll that plunged the country into political crisis and was marred by allegations of fraud. | Video

U.S. peace envoy in Kabul for revival of talks

04 Dec 2019

KABUL/WASHINGTON U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Kabul on Wednesday in a bid to breath new life into efforts to end the war in Afghanistan, discussing with President Ashraf Ghani steps that could lead to a ceasefire and a peace deal, Washington and Kabul said.

U.S. peace envoy in Kabul for revival of talks-sources

04 Dec 2019

KABUL, Dec 4 U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Kabul on Wednesday to meet Afghanistan's president to discuss ways of resuming peace talks, Afghan government officials said, after negotiations with the Taliban collapsed in September.

After U.S. pressure, Afghanistan frees activists who exposed sex abuse

27 Nov 2019

KABUL Afghanistan on Wednesday released two civil society activists arrested after exposing alleged sexual abuse of hundreds of school children, following pressure from the United States and international human rights groups.

Taliban frees two Western prisoners, U.S. sees hope for wider Afghan peace

20 Nov 2019

PESHAWAR, Pakistan/KABUL The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday released American and Australian university professors held hostage for more than three years, officials of the three nations said, completing a delayed prisoner swap and raising hopes for a revival of peace talks. | Video

Taliban shifted Western hostages as prisoner swap postponed-sources

15 Nov 2019

PESHAWAR, Pakistan/KABUL A plan to swap two Western hostages with three Taliban prisoners has been postponed, an Afghan government official told Reuters on Friday, and Taliban sources said the group had moved the Westerners to a "new and safe place".

Afghanistan to swap Taliban militants for American, Australian captives

12 Nov 2019

KABUL Afghanistan will release two senior Taliban commanders and a leader of the Haqqani militant group in exchange for an American and an Australian professor who were kidnapped in 2016, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday. | Video

Afghan poll results may be delayed again as candidates spar over recount - officials

10 Nov 2019

KABUL The result of the Afghan presidential election may be further delayed, two officials said, after the main challenger to incumbent Ashraf Ghani said on Sunday he would not agree to the addition of hundreds of thousands of what he called suspicious votes to a planned recount.

Afghanistan braces for political uncertainty in election's wake

08 Oct 2019

KABUL Despite pulling off a safer presidential election than expected, Afghanistan looks headed for a prolonged period of political uncertainty, with the two front-runners claiming victory before ballots are tallied and signalling they would not accept defeat.

World News