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‘We Won’t Be Silenced,’ Afghan Female Musicians Tell Taliban

Fresh from a sold-out concert tour of the U.K. and Sweden, Afghanistan’s first female conductor is convinced music can help deliver peace to her war-torn country. If only the Taliban would listen. At just 22, Negin Khpelwak has already stared down threats and intimidation from her conservative relatives, who wished …

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Gunmen attack Afghan communications ministry in Kabul

The attack began with an explosion at the entrance to the multi-storey building in a busy commercial area of the city. Gunmen have attacked the communications ministry in the centre of Kabul, interrupting months of relative calm in the Afghan capital and underlining security threats that have continued despite efforts …

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Interview: Ex-Afghan Warlord Says ‘No Doubt’ Pakistan ‘Supports’ Taliban

By RFE/RL’s Radio Free AfghanistanGulbuddin Hekmatyar, one of Afghanistan’s most notorious former warlords, said there is “no doubt” neighboring Pakistan supports the Afghan Taliban.In an interview with RFE/RL in the Afghan capital on April 14, Hekmatyar also expressed hope that talks scheduled this week between the Western-backed Kabul government and …

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Abdullah Says Won’t Attend Afghanistan’s Planned Peace Loya Jirga

KABUL — Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah says he will boycott a planned meeting of nearly 2,500 Afghan politicians and tribal, ethnic, and religious leaders aimed at discussing negotiations with the Taliban. Abdullah made the announcement on April 14, about two weeks before the gathering, known as a consultative Loya …

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Taliban launches deadly attack in Afghanistan’s Kunduz

The group’s fighters attacked the city from various directions after midnight, killing many and wounding over 50 others. At least six people have been killed and more than 50 wounded in Afghanistan‘s northern city of Kunduz in an assault by Taliban fighters, according to a local official. Mohammad Yusouf Ayubi, the head of …

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Taliban announce annual spring offensive in Afghanistan

KABUL (Reuters) – The Taliban launched their annual spring offensive on Friday, calling on Afghan soldiers and police to abandon the government in a statement that points to further violence before peace negotiations with Washington bear any fruit.  Fighting has intensified across Afghanistan in recent weeks, killing and wounding hundreds …

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At Least 150 Killed in Battle for Control of Afghan District

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN —  Authorities in Afghanistan say the latest military-led offensives, backed by coalition airpower, have killed nearly 100 Taliban insurgents and injured dozens more in a bid to reclaim full control of a volatile district in western Badghis province. Hundreds of heavily armed insurgents assaulted Bala Murghab last Thursday …

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Afghanistan summons Pakistan diplomat yet again over PM Imran’s comments

KABUL: The Afghan government on Saturday summoned a Pakistan diplomat to explain Prime Minister Imran Khan’s latest remarks on ongoing Afghan peace talks, as tensions flared between the neighbouring countries once again. Afghanistan’s ministry of foreign affairs summoned the diplomat to object about remarks that it deemed “explicit interference” in …

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Afghanistan: Taliban encircles government compound, kills dozens

Taliban fighters storm Afghan government compound in Badghis, kill at least 32 soldiers and policemen in 48 hours. Afghan officials say a massive Taliban siege of a government compound and army base in western Badghis province, now in its second day, has killed at least 12 more troops. Friday’s fatalities bring the …

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Are Iran-Supported Afghan Fighters Returning To Afghanistan?

The Ministry of Defense in Kabul has denied reports that the members of Iran-supported Liwa Fatemiyoun have returned to Afghanistan. Liwa Fatemiyoun, also known as Fatemiyoun Division, is an Afghan Shi’ite militia formed, trained and funded by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) beginning in 2014 to fight in Syria …

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