Afghanistan

Afghan President, NATO Chief Hold Phone Conversation Over Peace Talks

KABUL, Jan 19 (NNN-AGENCIES) – Afghan President, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, and NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, held a phone conversation over peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

The two sides discussed “the Afghan peace process and NATO’s continued support for Afghanistan Defence and Security forces,” the presidential office said.

“NATO remains committed to supporting the Afghan Defence and Security forces, and continues its mission to train, advise and assist the forces,” the statement added.

Group: Billions in aid needed to help Afghan kids in 2021

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Some 10 million children in war-ravaged Afghanistan are at risk of not having enough food to eat in 2021, a humanitarian organization said Tuesday, and called for billions in new funds for aid.

Just over 18 million Afghans, including 9.7 million children, are badly in need of lifesaving support, including food, Save the Children said in a statement. The group called for $3 billion in donations to pay for assistance in 2021.

Gunmen kill two female Supreme Court judges in Afghanistan: police

KABUL (Reuters) - Unidentified gunmen killed two female judges from Afghanistan’s Supreme Court on Sunday morning, police said, adding to a wave of assassinations in Kabul and other cities while government and Taliban representatives have been holding peace talks in Qatar.

The two judges, who have not yet been named, were killed and their driver wounded, in an attack at around 8:30 am, police said, adding the case was being investigated by security forces.

A spokesman for the Taliban said its fighters were not involved.

Afghan rivals to resume talks as civilian killings sow suspicion

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan government representatives and Taliban officials are due to resume their power-sharing talks, officials said on Monday, although battlefield clashes and targeted killings risk undermining efforts to end the war.

The talks began in Qatar in September months after the Taliban reached an agreement with the United States allowing it to pull its troops out of Afghanistan and end its longest war in exchange for Taliban security guarantees.

Explosions kill 2 police in Afghanistan's Kabul

KABUL, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- Two police officers were killed and two police officers and a civilian were wounded in three separate explosions in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan on Saturday, the latest in a string of bomb attacks in the city, the capital police confirmed

Two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) hit two Ranger-type police vehicles in Police District (PD) 3 and PD 6, destroying one vehicle and severely damaging the other during morning rush hour, Kabul police told reporters via a text message.

Seven Killed In Roadside Bomb Explosions In Afghanistan

KABUL, Dec 21 (NNN-AGENCIES) – Seven people, including a highway police chief, were killed, in two improvised bomb explosions in Afghanistan today, local police confirmed.

In eastern Parwan province, five police officers, including provincial highway police chief, Wali Mohammad, were killed, after the vehicle they were aboard, touched off a bomb in Police District 2 of the provincial capital, Charikar city roughly at 1:30 a.m. this morning, Mohammad Sadiq Hashimi, of the provincial police said.

Nine dead as Kabul car bombing targets Afghan lawmaker

KABUL (Reuters) - A car bombing in Kabul targeting an Afghan lawmaker killed at least nine people, officials said.

Lawmaker Khan Mohammad Wardak survived the blast but is among 20 injured including women and children, Afghan Interior Minister Massoud Andarabi said.

It is unclear whether the explosive was planted in a car parked on the lawmaker’s route or if a vehicle with the bomb was being driven by a bomber, Andarabi added.

No one has claimed responsibility for the blast.

Afghanistan, Iran inaugurate cross-border railway

HERAT, Afghanistan, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- Afghanistan and Iran jointly inaugurated a main railway after two freight trains officially traveled along Herat-Khaf railway project, linking Afghanistan's western Herat province with Khaf city of Iran, general director of Afghanistan railway authority said Thursday.

"The Herat-Khaf railway project is inaugurated Thursday with a construction cost of about 75 million U.S. dollars," director Yamma Shams told a ceremony held in Ghoryan district of Herat.

Female journalist killed by gunmen in Afghanistan

JALALABAD/KABUL (Reuters) - Gunmen shot and killed a female television journalist, who was also a women’s rights activist, in Afghanistan on Thursday, an incident that underscores an increasing trend of violence against journalists in the country.

Malalai Maiwand, a reporter at Enikas Radio and TV in Nangarhar, was killed along with her driver in an attack on their vehicle in Jalalabad, capital of the eastern province of Nangarhar, taking the total number of journalists and media workers killed this year in Afghanistan to 10.

Afghan Supreme Court Judge Killed In Kabul Shooting

KABUL, Dec 5 (NNN-XINHUA) – A judge of the Afghan Supreme Court has been assassinated, in the country’s capital, a local TV channel reported today.

Abdul Jamil was shot dead after Friday prayers, outside a mosque in the Rahman Mina neighbourhood Police District 8, on Friday, Tolo News TV reported.

No group has claimed responsibility for the killing, the latest in a string of targeted attacks in the country.

Afghan officials usually regard the killings as targeted attacks by the Taliban militant group.

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