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The strength of embattled Afghan defence forces has declined to its lowest level in four years [Massoud Hossaini-AP]

Report: Afghan forces lose ground as peace efforts continue

The security forces continue to lose grip over parts of Afghanistan and the Taliban are steadily holding their own, despite an increase in the US air attacks against the armed group, a US watchdog agency has said.
Abdul Ghani Baradar

Taliban appoint co-founder as top negotiator for talks with US

The Taliban have appointed a co-founder of the movement as the new head of their political office in Doha, where talks have been held since Monday with US officials seeking to end 17 years of conflict in Afghanistan.
Ashraf Ghani

Afghanistan’s incumbent president registers for re-election

President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday formally registered as a candidate for Afghanistan’s delayed presidential election, setting up a rematch with Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah in the July ballot.
The Taliban has refused to hold formal talks with the Western-backed Afghan government [File- Sergei Karpukhin-Reuters]

Afghan Taliban, US to hold fourth round of peace talks in Qatar

Afghan Taliban representatives and United States officials will hold peace talks for two days starting Wednesday in the Gulf state of Qatar.
The Taliban want to change the venue for talks from Saudi Arabia to Qatar [Osama Faisal-AP]

Taliban seek venue change for peace talks with US to Qatar

The Taliban will not attend planned peace talks with the United States in Saudi Arabia this month and want to shift the venue to Qatar.

Militants detonate car bomb in Kabul government compound

Militants detonated a car bomb before storming a Kabul government compound in an ongoing attack Monday, officials and witnesses said, in the latest violence to rock the Afghan capital.
Zalmay Khalilzad held three days of talks with the Taliban in Qatar in November [US embassy via Reuters]

Taliban to meet US officials in UAE – spokesperson

The Taliban have said they are holding a meeting on Monday with US officials, in the latest attempt to bring a negotiated end to Afghanistan's 17-year war.
US President Donald Trump disembarks from Air Force One upon arrival in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on November 29, 2018, as he travels to attend the G20 summit. - US President Donald Trump jets into Argentina on Thursday for a G20 summit, keen to do battle with China on trade and sharpening his rhetoric against Russia over Ukraine. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

Donald Trump writes to Imran Khan, seeks Pakistan’s help in Afghanistan

Pakistan’s foreign ministry said on Monday that US President Donald Trump has written a letter to prime minister Imran Khan seeking Islamabad’s support in securing a “negotiated settlement” to the war in Afghanistan.
Members of an internally displaced Afghan family sit on a truck as they flee from Jaghori district to escape ongoing battles between Taliban and Afghan security forces, in Ghazni on November 15, 2018. - Escalating violence in Afghanistan's southeast has prompted thousands of people to abandon their villages in Hazara-dominated districts to reach the provincial capital Ghazni on November 15. (Photo by ZAKERIA HASHIMI / AFP)

Taliban confirms talks with US officials on Afghan conflict

The Taliban held talks with US officials in Qatar on ending the Afghan conflict last week, the militants confirmed Monday, but said no agreement was reached on "any issue".
Zalmay Khalilzad

Taliban hold talks with US envoy in Qatar

Taliban officials have held three days of talks with the United States' special representative for Afghanistan in Qatar, Zalmay Khalilzad, aimed at renewing the peace process in the war-torn country, an official of the armed group said.

At least three killed in Kabul suicide attack

At least three people were killed when a suicide attacker blew himself up in Kabul Monday, close to where scores of Afghans had been protesting against Taliban attacks on the minority Hazara ethnic group.
Pakistan has reportedly released the former deputy chief of the Taliban group Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar from the jail.

Afghan Taliban founder Mullah Baradar ‘released’ by Pakistan

Pakistan has released the Afghan Taliban leader from prison, a spokesman for the Taliban said on Thursday.
Asim Munir

Pakistan appoints new head of powerful intelligence agency

Pakistan has appointed a new chief for its powerful intelligence agency, the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), as the previous appointee completed his term, the military said.
Dozens of security forces have died as a result of Taliban attacks in recent months [Rahmat Gul-AP Photo]

Taliban urge Afghans to boycott polls, reject peace talks

The Taliban on Monday directed Afghans to boycott upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for October 20, as they ramp up attacks in strategic provinces.
An Afghan policeman stands as unseen volunteers carry an injured on a stretcher to a hospital, following an attack that targeted a parliamentary election rally in the Kama district of the eastern province of Nangarhar, in Jalalabad on October 2, 2018. At least 13 people were killed in a suicide attack on an Afghan election campaign rally on October 2, officials said, in the latest violence ahead of this month's legislative vote. The attack is the first suicide assault since campaigning officially kicked off last Friday for the parliamentary elections, preparations for which have already been marred by bloody violence. / AFP PHOTO / NOORULLAH SHIRZADA

Taliban vow to attack Afghan security forces during elections

The Taliban on Monday vowed to target government security forces in upcoming parliamentary elections, as US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met with Afghan leaders to discuss ways to end the 17-year war.

US seeks reset button with Pakistan

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday said he was hoping to “reset the relationship” with nuclear-power Pakistan ahead of a trip to Islamabad to meet with new Prime Minister Imran Khan.

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