Taliban 'elements' interested in talks: US defense secretary Jim Mattis (13.03.2018)

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Tuesday, saying he was aiming both to assess recently boosted US military operations and the chances of reconciliation between Taliban rebels and the Afghan government.

Uzbek president vows closer ties in 'fateful' visit to Tajikistan (09.03.2018)

Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoev, making a landmark visit to Tajikistan, has vowed to swiftly build stronger relations after years of tension between the Central Asian neighbors. Speaking alongside Tajik President Emomali Rahmon in Dushanbe on March 9, Mirziyoev told reporters that "Tashkent will...

Security Council renews UN mission in Afghanistan (08.03.2018)

The Security Council on Thursday renewed the mandate of the United Nations political mission in Afghanistan for another year to continue providing assistance to the Government and the people of the conflict-plagued country.

German cabinet approves troop increase for Afghanistan (07.03.2018)

The German government on March 7 approved plans to extend the country's overseas military missions, including in Afghanistan. The defense bill, which must still be approved by parliament, would raise the maximum number of German troops deployed in Afghanistan as part of NATO’s Resolute Support...

Once-feared Afghan warlord is still causing trouble, but talking peace (04.03.2018)

After reconciling with the Afghan government, the former insurgent Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is still deeply divisive. But he insists he can broker a Taliban deal.

UN mission welcomes Afghan Government’s proposal for peace talks with Taliban (28.02.2018)

The Government presented the proposal at an international conference aimed at creating a platform for peace talks. “The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomes the Afghan Government’s renewed call for unconditional peace talks with the Taliban and the outlining of a framework for...

Impact of Afghanistan’s fourth consecutive year of war on civilians far too high' – UN report (25.02.2018)

More than 10,000 civilians have lost their lives or suffered injuries during 2017, according to the latest report by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) documenting the impact of the armed conflict on civilians in Afghanistan.

More Afghan civilians being deliberately targeted, UN says (15.02.2018)

An annual United Nations report released on Thursday offered a stark assessment of the 16-year Afghan war, showing a slight decline in civilian casualties from an all-time high but a rise in complex bombing attacks that have taken a heavy toll in the capital.

Afghan province declared landmine-free after 10-year clearance drive (15.02.2018)

Afghanistan's deadliest province for landmines has been declared free of the explosive devices after a decade-long clearance effort, the demining group HALO Trust said on Thursday. The organisation said it had cleared more than 600 minefields in Afghanistan's western province of Herat, opening up...

Afghan Taliban pen open letter to Americans, call for dialogue (14.02.2018)

The Taliban, in an “open letter” to the American people has called for dialogue to end the prolonged Afghan war, claiming increased U.S. military airstrikes have not "retaken even a single inch of land" from the insurgency. Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, released copies of the 10-page...