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  • Local officials: 300 military forces are under Taliban siege in Badghis

    Talking to Kabul Now, local officials in the western Badghis province warned that a battalion of 300 security and defense forces has become under a tightened Taliban siege in Balamurghab district of the province. They further went on to express concern over a possible increase in Taliban offensives across other…

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  • Women rights to education and work remains serious concern

    Women rights to education and work remains serious concern

    A delegation of Afghan representatives led by the government will meet with Taliban peace negotiators for first time in talks that will be held in few weeks. The two sides will discuss a power sharing deal including country’s future political system. On Monday, August 10, President Ashraf Ghani signed a…

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  • Afghan film industry is struggling to survive

    Afghan film industry is struggling to survive

    The new epoch of Afghan film, in the post-Taliban era, was marked by Osama, a film directed by renowned Afghan film maker, Sidiq Barmak. Technically advised by Muhseen Makhmalbaf, an Iranian exiled director, Mr. Barmak, in this film, tells the story of a young girl who disguises herself as a…

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  • Does intra-Afghan talks bring lasting peace in Afghanistan?

    Does intra-Afghan talks bring lasting peace in Afghanistan?

    The road ahead of Afghan peace process appears to be bloomy and complex though main obstacle against start of intra-Afghan talks was removed with President Ghani, under US pressure and Taliban’s resistance, ordered the release of 400 Taliban notorious prisoners yesterday, August 10. On Monday, August 10, Afghanistan’s state-run television,…

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  • Intra-Afghan talks will be held on August 16 in Doha

    The intra-Afghan negotiations will be held on August 16 in Doha, confirmed RTA World, Afghanistan’s state-run television, today, Monday, August 10. The news comes after the Consultative Loya Jirga agreed to release of the remaining 400 Taliban prisoners—whom according to the Afghan government—were involved in serious crimes. Suhail Shaheen, spokesperson…

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  • Father of fallen soldier struggles to survive

    Father of fallen soldier struggles to survive

    “They brought four dead bodies in a single day to Qala-e-Shahada mosque. One of them was my son, Sharif,” Khadim Hussain retells the devastating scene he saw eight years back. His one and only son, Sharif, who was member of the Afghan National Police, was killed in war against the…

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  • Five policemen killed in southern Afghanistan

    As many as four policemen were killed when their outpost came under Taliban attack in Maiwand district of the southern Kandahar province, local security authorities told Kabul Now on Saturday, August 08. Jamal Nasir Barikzai, spokesperson for Kandahar governor, confirmed that the Taliban fighters launched an attack late on Friday…

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  • Pompeo and Qureshi spoke on Afghan peace process

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi yesterday, August 07, read a statement issued by US Department of State. The two sides talked about the importance of US-Pakistan cooperation on the Afghan peace process, according to the statement. The conversation between the US…

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  • Loya Jirga discusses future of 400 Taliban prisoners

    The Afghan government has convened a three-day Consultative Loya Jirga to debate future of peace talks with the Taliban. Afghan leaders including President Ashraf Ghani, Abul Rab Sayyaf, a prominent jihadi leader, and Massom Stanikzai, the head of commission for convening of Loya Jirga, will address the assembly. Abdullah Abdullah,…

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  • Survey: 10 million Afghans infected by coronavirus

    An official survey conducted by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) suggests that 31.5 percent of Afghanistan population—around 10 million people—have been infected by the coronavirus. The poll titled “a national survey of estimated covid-19 infection rate” was ordered by President Ghani. Infection rate is varied by region; Kabul, with…

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