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Taliban captures strategic district in Afghanistan (27.08.2015)

Soldiers from the U.S.-led NATO coalition have joined combat to stop a Taliban advance in Afghanistan's Helmand province, where battlefield success has given the insurgents' their biggest symbolic victory in years and made talking peace a fading hope.

Leadership feud could fracture Afghan Taliban (26.08.2015)

The brother of the deceased Taliban leader Mullah Omar is speaking out about an internal power struggle that risks fragmenting the Afghan insurgency.

OSCE/ODIHR opens observation mission for parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan (25.08.2015)

The mission is led by Ambassador Boris Frlec and consists of a core team of 15 experts based in Bishkek and 22 long-term observers to be deployed in teams of two across the country. In addition, ODIHR will request 350 short-term observers to monitor proceedings on election day (October 4).

Record civilian casualties and widening conflict stretch humanitarian capacities (18.08.2015)

The Afghan conflict has intensified in 2015, resulting in record high levels of civilian casualties and new displacements that are stretching the humanitarian community’s ability to sufficiently meet life-saving needs, the United Nations relief wing reported today.

Afghan president warns Pakistan after surge in terrorist attacks (10.08.2015)

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is accusing Pakistan of fostering the recent spike in deadly insurgent attacks in Afghanistan. … Ghani’s criticism follows a series of attacks in Kabul during the past week, including Monday’s suicide car bombing near the city’s international airport.

Central Asian neighbors seek calm after border violence (05.08.2015)

Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have deployed troops and dispatched officials to a volatile frontier region where two days of violence highlighted combustive tensions in the borderlands of ex-Soviet Central Asia.

UN: Afghan civilian deaths to equal, exceed record (05.08.2015)

Civilian casualties of the armed conflict in Afghanistan this year are projected to equal or exceed the country's deadliest year on record, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) announced Wednesday in Kabul.

Key Taliban official quits over naming of new leader (04.08.2015)

The head of the Taliban's political office, Syed Tayyeb Agha, has resigned, days after the group announced the appointment of a new chief. The announcement came amid reports that the Taliban leadership is in disarray following the death of its former leader Mullah Omar.

Afghan Taliban names a new leader, but peace talks delayed (30.07.2015)

The Taliban have chosen supreme leader Mullah Omar's deputy to replace him, two militant commanders said on Thursday, as Pakistan announced that scheduled peace talks between the insurgents and the Afghan government would be postponed.