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Abdul Qadir Sediqi

Taliban say no pact struck with U.S. over deadline to end Afghan war

4:03am EST

KABUL A three-day meeting between the Taliban and the U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan to pave the way for peace talks ended with no agreement, the militant group said a day after the diplomat declared a deadline of April 2019 to end a 17-year-long war.

Thousands flee as Taliban attack Afghanistan's 'safe' districts

Nov 14 2018

GHAZNI, Afghanistan/KABUL Thousands of members of Afghanistan's mainly Shi'ite Hazara ethnic minority have fled their homes in the central province of Ghazni as the Taliban have pressed into two previously safe districts, officials and witnesses said on Wednesday.

Taliban tax collectors help tighten insurgents' grip in Afghanistan

Nov 06 2018

KABUL Every two months, Mohammaddin visits a tax collector in Chardara district, in northern Afghanistan, and is given receipts to show he has paid his tax and utility bills.

Afghans shut out by polling station chaos return to vote

Oct 21 2018

KABUL Afghans unable to vote in Saturday's parliamentary election because hundreds of polling stations failed to open were given another chance to cast their ballot on Sunday after the authorities extended voting for another day.

Afghans shut out by polling station chaos return to vote

Oct 21 2018

KABUL Afghans unable to vote in Saturday's parliamentary election after hundreds of polling stations failed to open were given another chance to cast their ballot on Sunday after voting times were extended despite security threats and warnings of fraud.

Women candidates face 'small-scale war' in Afghan election

Oct 17 2018

KABUL More female candidates than ever are set to contest Afghanistan's upcoming parliamentary election, braving violence and opposition from social conservatives in a campaign seen as a test of the war-torn nation's democratic institutions. | Video

Afghan Taliban say will continue talks with U.S. peace envoy

Oct 13 2018

KABUL Taliban leaders will continue to have discussions with the newly appointed U.S. special envoy for peace in Afghanistan, the group said on Saturday, a move that could accelerate diplomatic engagement between the warring sides.

Afghanistan prepares for election amid fraud allegations, fear of Taliban

Oct 06 2018

KABUL Najibullah, a 47 year-old shopkeeper in the main bazaar of Kabul's old city, is resisting the widespread pessimism and allegations of cheating that have hung over elections to Afghanistan's often-derided parliament this month.

Afghan Shi'ites brace for attacks ahead of Ashura celebration

Sep 19 2018

KABUL Afghan police and volunteer groups of armed civilians tightened controls across the capital Kabul on Wednesday ahead of Ashura, the holiest day of the Shi'ite Muslim calendar, following a series of attacks on Shi'ite targets by Islamic State militants.

Dozens killed and injured in suicide attack at Afghan protest

Sep 11 2018

KABUL A suicide bomber in Afghanistan killed at least 32 people and wounded more than 120 at a demonstration on Tuesday on the highway between the eastern city of Jalalabad and the main border crossing into neighboring Pakistan, officials said.

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