Civilians continue to die in record numbers, new UN report shows (10.10.2018)

The conflict in Afghanistan continues to exact a terrible toll on civilians, with the highest number of fatalities recorded for the first nine months of this year, since 2014, a United Nations report has revealed.

Taliban vows to attack and disrupt Afghan elections (08.10.2018)

The Taliban has ordered its fighters to attack authorities and security forces who are helping organize this month’s parliamentary elections in Afghanistan, denouncing the process as “fake” and “completely bogus.”

Afghanistan election faces major organizational challenges (03.10.2018)

The Afghan government is tasked with organizing a parliamentary election at a time when the Taliban are at their strongest since 2001. Electoral irregularities and power brokering also complicate a fair voting process.

UN ‘outraged’ by new elections-related suicide attack (02.10.2018)

Denouncing attacks and intimidation in the week since formal campaigning began for Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections next month, the United Nations voiced outrage on Tuesday at the death of 14 civilians, killed by a suicide bomber at a campaign rally.

‘Time for important decisions,’ head of UN in Afghanistan tells Security Council (17.09.2018)

With parliamentary elections one month away and a major ministerial conference planned for November in Geneva, the United Nation’s Special Representative for Afghanistan briefed the Security Council on Monday, noting that “preparations are on track” but that many challenges lie ahead, including...

Afghanistan peace talks stick on bases (13.09.2018)

Negotiations between the United States and the Afghan Taliban for a political settlement to end the protracted war in Afghanistan are stuck over the issue of maintenance of U.S. military bases in the country, according to Waheed Muzhda, a former Taliban official in Kabul who remains in regular...

US appoints veteran envoy for Afghan peace effort (04.09.2018)

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has named veteran diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad as a special adviser on seeking reconciliation in war-battered Afghanistan. … Khalilzad is the fourth such special envoy named in the past month, following Brian Hook, who will handle Iran; James Jeffrey, who will run Syria...

Russia Foreign Ministry says Afghan peace talks delayed (27.08.2018)

Russia's Foreign Ministry says that multiparty talks aimed at ending the war in Afghanistan have been postponed, after a request from Afghanistan's president. The ministry said in a statement on August 27 that the 12-party talks, which were scheduled to include representatives from the Taliban,...

U.S. to appoint Special Envoy on Afghanistan to promote peace: reports (23.08.2018)

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to appoint Zalmay Khalilzad, an Afghan-born former U.S. ambassador to Kabul, as his special envoy on Afghanistan, media reported on August 22.