2 U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan as talks with Taliban resume (21.08.2019)

American casualties in the long war, still a fraction of the Afghan losses, are rising steadily as the United States take a more aggressive role amid peace talks.

Afghan President vows to eliminate IS safe havens after wedding attack (19.08.2019)

Afghanistan's president has vowed to eliminate all safe havens of the Islamic State. Ashraf Ghani's comments Monday, on Afghanistan's centennial Independence Day, come as the South Asian country is still recovering from the shock of a bombing at a wedding late Saturday that killed at least 63...

Ex-Kyrgyz president Atambaev accused of plotting coup (13.08.2019)

Atambaev surrendered to police on August 8 following a deadly two-day standoff with security forces at his residential compound in the village of Koi-Tash near the capital. The violence underscored a power struggle between Atambaev and his handpicked successor, Sooronbai Jeenbekov, that has raised...

Afghanistan election in doubt as US, Taliban near deal (09.08.2019)

Afghanistan faces a presidential election next month but few believe the vote will take place as the United States and the Taliban inch closer to a deal that could end the nearly 18-year war but bring uncertainty about almost everything else.

Kyrgyzstan troops storm ex-President Almazbek Atambayev's home (08.08.2019)

Security forces in the central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan have stormed the home of former President Almazbek Atambayev in an attempt to detain him. Mr Atambayev's supporters clashed with the troops and one officer died from gunshot wounds, officials said. It is understood Mr Atambayev is still...

UNAMA ‘outraged’ by deadly Taliban attack in Kabul, as hardline group threatens election violence (07.08.2019)

The UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has expressed outrage at a Taliban attack in Kabul, that led to scores” of civilians casualties on Wednesday. In a Tweet, the Mission said that such “indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks in heavily populated civilian areas must stop”.

Taliban bomb kills many amid peace talks with US (07.08.2019)

A huge bomb outside a police station in the Afghan capital Kabul has killed at least 14 people and injured nearly 150. The explosion sent a large plume of black smoke into the sky and left nearby buildings in ruins. Most of those wounded were civilians. The Taliban say they carried out the attack.

Taliban expects peace deal with US in next meeting (31.07.2019)

The Taliban says it is hopeful an agreement will be reached with the United States to end the 18-year-old war in Afghanistan when the two adversaries meet later this week in Qatar for a crucial round of peace negotiations.

Update on the protection of civilians (30.07.2019)

[…] While the number of injured civilians in the second quarteris comparable to the first quarter of 2019, UNAMA documented a 27per cent increase in civilian deaths from the first to second quarter in 2019.

Pompeo: Trump wants forces reduced in Afghanistan by next US election (30.07.2019)

U.S. President Donald Trump wants combat forces reduced in Afghanistan by the next U.S. presidential election, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday, in comments that underlined the growing pressure from Washington to cut troop numbers there.