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Taliban denies holding secret peace talks with Kabul (19.10.2016)
A Taliban spokesman has rejected reports of secret meetings with the Afghan government. On October 18, a senior Afghan official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed to RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan that two secret rounds of peace talks had been held in Qatar since early September.
Afghan civilians are paying the price for increased fighting in populated areas around the country, the United Nations reported on Wednesday, with government troops responsible for a growing share of civilian casualties.
Turkmenistan will hold a presidential vote on February 12, state media reported on October 12. The announcement comes a month after Turkmenistan passed constitutional changes which removed barriers to President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov’s lifelong rule.
Bulgaria threatens to pull out of Afghanistan (06.10.2016)
Bulgaria will withdraw its 110-strong contingent deployed in Afghanistan if failed Afghan asylum seekers are not returned, prime minister Boyko Borissov said on Wednesday.
Addressing a conference aimed at charting a way forward for conflict-ravaged Afghanistan, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the international community to sustain its commitment to support the country and its people, while stressing the importance of holding both donors and...
Opium production in Afghanistan increased this year to one of the highest levels on record as efforts to eradicate the crop in a country that provides much of the world's heroin collapsed, the United Nations said Wednesday.
Kunduz assault: Taliban forces 'defeated' (04.10.2016)
The governor of Afghanistan's Kunduz province says Taliban forces which staged an assault on the provincial capital have been defeated. … On Monday, Taliban fighters appeared to have breached the strategic northern city.
Uzbekistan: In Transition – ICG report (29.09.2016)
Islam Karimov’s death creates uncertainty, first for Uzbekistan but also for neighbours and major powers, all with strong interest in the strategic state’s stability. The transition’s first stage has been smooth. Shavkat Mirziyoyev, prime minister since 2003, has emerged as the main leader,...
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has formally signed and put into force a much-touted peace pact with an ethnic Pashtun warlord who has been designated a “global terrorist” by the United States.
The Afghan government has signed a draft peace accord with notorious exiled warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, paving the way for his return after years of fighting the central authorities. A government delegation and a team representing Hekmatyar's Hezb-e Islami militant group signed the document at a...