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Afghan government considering new Eid ceasefire offer

KABUL Afghan President Ashraf Ghani may offer the Taliban a ceasefire during next month's Eid holiday after the truce in June which saw unprecedented scenes of unarmed fighters and soldiers mingling on the streets of Kabul, a spokesman said on Saturday.

Exiled Afghan Vice President Dostum due to return home on Sunday

KABUL Afghanistan's Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum, who left the country last year amid allegations of sexual abuse and torture, will return home on Sunday after more than a year in exile and resume his duties, officials said.

World, 10:21am EDT

Man arrested with knives near UK parliament jailed for life

LONDON A British man who had made bombs for the Taliban in Afghanistan and was plotting an attack near London's parliament was jailed for life with a minimum term of 40 years at the Old Bailey court on Friday.

World, Jul 20 2018

Families flee as Taliban battle Islamic State in northern Afghanistan

MAZAR-I SHARIF, Afghanistan Battles between Taliban and Islamic State fighters in a remote district of Jawzjan province in northern Afghanistan have caused heavy casualties and displaced thousands of people in recent days, officials said on Friday.

World, United Nations Jul 20 2018

Civilians killed in Afghanistan air strike: officials

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan As many as 14 people, including women and children, were killed in an air strike carried out during an operation by Afghan security forces near the northern city of Kunduz on Thursday, officials said.

World, United Nations Jul 19 2018

No big shifts expected from U.S. assessment of Afghan war: general

WASHINGTON The United States is unlikely to make any big shift in military strategy as a result of an ongoing assessment of the war effort in Afghanistan, the top U.S. general overseeing forces in the region said on Thursday.

World, Jul 19 2018

Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan kill at least 15 Taliban

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan Islamic State fighters attacked the house of a Taliban commander in the northern Afghan province of Sar-e Pul on Tuesday, killing at least 15 people as they were attending a prayer ceremony, the provincial governor's office said.

World, Jul 17 2018

U.S. general says remarks on Afghan peace talks 'mischaracterized'

KABUL The NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan on Tuesday rejected reports its commander General John Nicholson had said the United States was ready to join direct negotiations with the Taliban, saying his comments were "mischaracterized".

World, Jul 16 2018

In parched Afghanistan, drought sharpens water dispute with Iran

KABUL Rafiqullah Dawoodzai says his fields were too dry to sow crops this year, the first time he has skipped a growing season in more than 40 years. The 60 acres he farms lie along the banks of Afghanistan's Helmand River, but the country lacks the infrastructure to use its waters for large-scale irrigation.

World, Environment, Jul 16 2018

U.S. ready for direct talks with Afghan Taliban, general says

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan The United States is ready to join direct negotiations with the Taliban in an effort to end the 17 year-long war in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, the top U.S. commander, said on Monday, amid growing speculation about possible peace talks.

World, United Nations Jul 16 2018