The Afghan Ministry of Defence stated that at least ’15 Taliban rebels’ were killed on the evening of 30 April in Logar province following yet another assault on security forces. According to the Ministry, the attack took place in the Baraki Barak district, but the Afghan armed forces managed to repel the offensive. During the…

The Taliban released a first group of 20 prisoners on Sunday, effectively moving forward a crucial swap with the Afghanistan government aimed at kick-starting peace talks between Afghan parties to the war. The insurgent move follows the release of 300 Taliban prisoners over the past few days, including 100 freed on Sunday, by the government….

The Taliban says it has broken off talks with the Afghan government on a prisoner exchange, a main step in peace talks being brokered by the United States. Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Taliban’s political office in Qatar, tweeted on April 7 that a technical team would not participate in “fruitless meetings.” Shaheen blamed…

The President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, has declared that the next government will represent the will of all the Afghan people, while the country is in a political stalemate. Meanwhile, the US withdrawal continues and there are growing misunderstandings with the Taliban. “The chapter of solidarity and unity has arrived, the next government will reflect…

The Taliban are ready to reduce violence in Afghanistan before signing, perhaps by the end of the month, an agreement with the United States on the withdrawal of American troops, their spokesman assured the press on Saturday. “We agree to reduce our military activities in the days leading up to the signing of a peace…

The United States and the Taliban are “on the verge of reaching an agreement” after 18 years of conflict in Afghanistan, US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said Sunday after a round of talks in Doha. “We are about to reach an agreement that will reduce violence and pave the way for Afghans to sit together to…

The Taliban once again expressed on Sunday their refusal to enter into direct peace talks with the Afghan government, after a minister said a first meeting could be held within two weeks. “Inter-Afghan discussions will only begin once the withdrawal of foreign forces has been announced,” said Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Taliban’s political…