Hamid Shalizi

Gifted young Afghan returnee is victim of campaign attacking civil society

30 Jun 2020

KABUL Twenty-four-year-old Fatima Khalil, known as Natasha, was a shining example of young, progressive Afghanistan.

West reluctant for 'dangerous' Taliban prisoners to be freed - sources

19 Jun 2020

KABUL Western powers are backing the Afghan government's refusal to free hundreds of prisoners accused of some of Afghanistan's most violent attacks, a release demanded by the Taliban as a condition to start peace talks, five sources told Reuters.

Reluctance to free 'most dangerous' Taliban prisoners slows Afghan peace talks -sources

18 Jun 2020

* Afghan govt opposes releasing hundreds of Taliban prisoners

Afghan peace talks seen this month after U.S. shuttle diplomacy

08 Jun 2020

KABUL/ISLAMABAD Talks to end the 18-year-old conflict in Afghanistan may begin this month, sources said on Monday, a day after the U.S. special envoy visited the capital of neighbouring Pakistan and met Taliban leaders in Qatar.

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

Afghanistan begins freeing 900 Taliban prisoners, urges truce extension

27 May 2020

KABUL The Afghan government said it was in the process of freeing 900 Taliban members from prison on Tuesday, the biggest such release yet, and urged the insurgent group to extend a three-day ceasefire set to end at midnight. | Video

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

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

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