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Hamid Shalizi

Car bomb blast near high-security compound in Kabul kills four, 90 wounded

Jan 14 2019

KABUL At least four people were killed and 90 wounded when a bomb-laden car blew up near a high-security compound in the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday, officials said.

Afghanistan says end to war a 'dream' without Taliban talking to government

Jan 09 2019

KABUL Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah said on Wednesday that the Taliban's refusal to involve the government in peace talks means the end to a conflict that has lasted 17 years can only remain a dream.

Afghanistan to delay presidential election to July: election body

Dec 30 2018

KABUL Afghanistan's presidential election will be postponed by three months to July 20 to give authorities more time to organize the ballot, election authorities announced on Sunday, following mounting speculation of a delay.

Afghans, diplomats surprised by report of Trump plan to pull out troops

Dec 21 2018

KABUL Afghan officials and America's Western partners reacted with unease on Friday to reports that the United States planned to withdraw more than 5,000 of its 14,000 troops from Afghanistan, after tentative steps toward peace talks.

Afghan forces seek to press Taliban by targeting field commanders

Dec 13 2018

KABUL Afghan forces, backed by U.S. advisers and air power, are targeting Taliban field commanders seen as a major obstacle to possible peace talks, as they step up military pressure on the insurgents, security officials said.

Overuse, maintenance problems strain Afghan army helicopter fleet

Dec 06 2018

KABUL A deadly mix of hard use and poor maintenance has taken a heavy toll in recent months on Afghanistan's aging fleet of Soviet-era helicopters, one of the mainstays of its air support while U.S. Black Hawk helicopters enter service over coming years.

Afghan peace push backed by surge in air strikes, operations

Dec 05 2018

KABUL The death last week of the Taliban's senior leader in southern Afghanistan in a U.S. air strike highlights a surge in operations amid pressure to coax the increasingly confident insurgents to accept talks to end the 17-year war.

Gunmen attack UK contractors' compound in Afghan capital, at least 10 dead

Nov 28 2018

KABUL Gunmen attacked a British security contractors' compound in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least 10 people and wounding 19 only hours after President Ashraf Ghani outlined plans for peace in Afghanistan. | Video

Suicide bomber kills over 50 at religious event in Kabul

Nov 20 2018

KABUL A suicide bomber blew himself up in a banqueting hall where Islamic religious scholars had gathered in the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday, killing more than 50 people, three government officials said.

Long queues as Afghan voters defy election day attacks, delays

Oct 20 2018

KABUL Afghans braved chaotic delays outside polling stations and the threat of militant attacks to vote in parliamentary elections on Saturday that were seen as a major test of the Western-backed government's credibility. | Video

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