1 killed, 3 wounded in explosion in Kabul

KABUL, June 2 (Xinhua) -- One person was killed and three others were wounded in a bomb explosion in downtown Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, on Tuesday, an Interior Ministry spokesman confirmed.

"One worshiper was martyred and three wounded after an improvised explosive device detonated in the courtyard of Wazir Akbar Khan mosque at 7:25 p.m. local time," spokesman Tariq Arian told Xinhua.

Bomb hits TV bus in Afghan capital, killing 2

KABUL, May 30 (Xinhua) -- A journalist and a driver were killed and four others wounded after a bomb hit a local TV channel's bus in Kabul, Afghanistan on Saturday, an Interior Ministry official confirmed.

"The roadside bomb blast occurred at 4:05 p.m. local time in Police District 4 of the city. The killed along with the wounded were shifted to a hospital shortly after the explosion," Marwa Amini, deputy spokesperson of the ministry, told Xinhua.

US troop pullout from Afghanistan ahead of schedule

28 May 2020; AFP: The US military withdrawal from Afghanistan is considerably ahead of schedule, an official told AFP on Wednesday, as President Donald Trump reiterated calls for the Pentagon to bring troops home.

The developments came as questions loomed over the next phase of Afghanistan's long war following a historic, three-day ceasefire that led to a major drop in civilian casualties.

Afghanistan: Taliban, Ghani declare three-day ceasefire for Eid holiday

Islamabad, May 24 (AP/PTI) The Taliban and Afghanistan's president announced late Saturday a three-day ceasefire ahead of a major Islamic holiday that begins Sunday to mark the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramzan.

The Taliban order, which was soon followed by an announcement via Twitter from Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announcing the government "extends the offer of peace", comes just days after US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was in Kabul and Doha.

Afghan forces kill Taliban key commander in northern Kunduz province

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, May 23 (Xinhua) -- The Afghan security forces have killed Taliban key commander Habibullah Nasiri in the northern Kunduz province, a senior police official said on Saturday.

"The notorious Habibullah Nasiri, who was involved in conducting terrorist attacks including target killings and served as the Taliban commander for the provincial capital Kunduz city, was killed Saturday," Shir Mohammad Parsa told Xinhua.

According to the official, the elimination of commander Nasiri could prove a major setback to the Taliban militants in Kunduz province.

U.S. envoy meets Afghan president and former rival Abdullah in push for peace

KABUL (Reuters) - The United States’ special envoy for Afghanistan on Wednesday met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his former rival Abdullah Abdullah, to discuss progress towards a peace deal with the insurgent Taliban.

The meeting was the first between the three men since Ghani and Abdullah ended a months-long political impasse in which both claimed to be Afghanistan’s rightful leader.

UN: Civilian deaths by Taliban and Afghan forces on the rise

Kabul, May 19 (AP) The United Nations on Tuesday called for an immediate reduction of violence in Afghanistan, warning that civilian deaths by both the Taliban and Afghan security forces are on the increase.

The UN mission also expressed concern about stepped-up attacks and brutality of the Islamic State group.

Afghanistan: Rival leaders Ghani and Abdullah in power-sharing deal

KABUL, May 19 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Dr Abdullah Abdullah have signed a power-sharing deal, ending months of political uncertainty.

Ghani will stay on as president while both men will choose an equal number of ministers.

Abdullah will lead peace talks with the Taliban, should they get under way.

It is hoped the deal in the capital Kabul will help to maintain the balance of power that existed before last year’s disputed presidential election.

Official: Suicide bomber in eastern Afghanistan kills 5

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber using a stolen military Humvee targeted an intelligence service base in eastern Afghanistan early Monday, killing at least five personnel, a provincial official said on Monday.

Arif Noori, spokesman for the provincial governor in eastern Ghazni province, said at least 40 intelligence forces were wounded in the attack near Ghazni city, the capital of the province. A number of the wounded are in critical condition, he added.

Afghan President Ghani and rival Abdullah sign power-sharing deal

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah signed a power-sharing deal to end a months-long political stalemate that has hampered progress towards peace, Ghani’s spokesman said on Sunday.

“The Political Agreement between President Ghani and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah has just been signed,” spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said on Twitter, adding that Abdullah would lead the council for peace talks and his team members would be included in cabinet.

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