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Taliban in first major attack since Eid truce (20.06.2018)

The Taliban have killed about 30 Afghan soldiers in western Afghanistan in their first major attacks since a temporary ceasefire expired. Militants stormed at least two army check points in Badghis province before ambushing reinforcements sent to help.

Afghanistan extends ceasefire with Taliban (16.06.2018)

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the UN mission in Afghanistan welcomed on Saturday the Afghan Government’s extension of the unilateral ceasefire with the Taliban, amid an outpouring of support for the truce from war-weary people all across the country.

Battles continue despite government’s ceasefire (13.06.2018)

Over 30 security force members were killed on Wednesday around the country despite the ceasefire.

Afghan Taliban chief renews call for direct talks with America (12.06.2018)

The leader of Afghanistan's Taliban, Hibatullah Akhundzada, renewed his call Tuesday for direct talks with the United States to end the war, dashing renewed hopes the insurgent group might be mulling to engage in a peace dialogue with the Kabul government.

Taliban announces limited cease-fire (09.06.2018)

The Taliban announced Saturday it will halt offensive operations against government security forces across Afghanistan during three days of Eid al-Fitr festivities, which mark the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. The cease-fire coincides with the unilateral, weeklong stoppage of...

Afghan President announces ceasefire with Taliban (07.06.2018)

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced a ceasefire with Taliban insurgents Thursday until June 20, coinciding with the end of the Islamic fasting season, but said fighting against other militant groups such as Islamic State will continue.

UAE and Qatar to send military forces to Afghanistan (06.06.2018)

The National Security Council (NSC) has said it has approved the UAE and Qatar proposal for forces to be deployed to Afghanistan. In a statement released by the Afghanistan National Security Council (NSC) late Tuesday the council confirmed the UAE proposal to send special forces to Afghanistan...

U.S. commander in Afghanistan says some Taliban interested in peace talks (30.05.2018)

U.S. Army General John Nicholson made the remarks on May 30, citing "offstage" contacts involving what he described as mid- and high-level Taliban leaders.

Afghanistan, Pakistan renew push for cooperation against terrorism (28.05.2018)

Amid heightened tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan, senior military and intelligence officials from the two neighbors have agreed to enhance joint efforts to fight against terrorism, the Pakistani military says.

UN says more than 100,000 Afghans displaced in 2018 (23.05.2018)

The report comes as the Taliban ramps up attacks on Afghan government facilities, administrative centers, and at least one provincial capital since the start of their annual spring offensive.