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Taliban: Islamic fundamentalist political movement in Afghanistan
The Taliban or Taleban, who refer to themselves as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), are a Sunni Islamic fundamentalist political movement and military organization in Afghanistan currently waging war within that country. Since 2016, the Taliban's leader is Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada.

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Pentagon chief in Afghanistan as U.S. looks to kickstart Taliban talks

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Afghanistan on Sunday, as the United States seeks to bring talks with the Taliban back on track after President Donald Trump abruptly broke off negotiations..
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Afghanistan suffers record 4,300 civilian casualties in three months: U.N.

A record 4,313 civilians were injured or killed in Afghanistan's war against the Islamist Taliban between July and September, the United Nations said on Thursday.
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At least 62 killed in Afghan mosque bombing [Video]At least 62 killed in Afghan mosque bombing

A spokesman for Nangarhar province's governor says there were multiple blasts from explosives placed inside the mosque in the Jawdara area of Haska Mena district. Mia Womersley reports.

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Afghan forces face heavy toll after US troop pullout [Video]Afghan forces face heavy toll after US troop pullout

Since US withdrew soldiers from Afghanistan, conflict with Taliban fighters has killed at least 45,000 Afghan troops.

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Violence, conflict blamed for low voter turnout in Afghan presidential election [Video]Violence, conflict blamed for low voter turnout in Afghan presidential election

A preliminary count of voter participation in the first round of Afghanistan's presidential vote indicates a sharp drop in turnout, in an election held amid Taliban threats to disrupt the process.

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Afghan election beset by low turnout, technical glitches [Video]Afghan election beset by low turnout, technical glitches

Millions of Afghans brave persistent Taliban threats to cast their ballots in the fourth presidential polls.

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Afghanistan elections: US calls for transparent process [Video]Afghanistan elections: US calls for transparent process

US calls for credible and transparent presidential elections in Afghanistan following the collapse of peace talks with the Taliban.

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Millions of Afghans defy Taliban threat to vote in presidential elections [Video]Millions of Afghans defy Taliban threat to vote in presidential elections

Tens of thousands of Afghan forces were deployed across 34 provinces to protect the country's nine million registered voters from Taliban attacks.

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Afghanistan boosts security for presidential election [Video]Afghanistan boosts security for presidential election

About 100,000 security personnel are to guard polling stations in the wake of Taliban threats.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:35Published

Afghan forces' raid on Taliban hideout kills dozens of civilians [Video]Afghan forces' raid on Taliban hideout kills dozens of civilians

At least 40 civilians killed in air raid and ground assault on Taliban hideouts by Afghan special forces.

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Wedding guests killed in Afghan army raid [Video]Wedding guests killed in Afghan army raid

At least 35 people attending an Afghan wedding have been killed in a raid by the Afghan army on a nearby militant hideout on Sunday evening. David Doyle reports.

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Sources Say John Bolton Criticized Trump At Private Event [Video]Sources Say John Bolton Criticized Trump At Private Event

An attendee at a private event said former national security adviser John Bolton criticized President Donald Trump. According to CNN, Bolton criticized Trump’s international approach with Iran, North..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Afghanistan explosions: Dozens killed in two separate blasts [Video]Afghanistan explosions: Dozens killed in two separate blasts

The Taliban says its suicide bomber targeted special forces soldiers but most of those killed and injured were civilians.

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Nuclear Power Threats: Trump Has Scientists Scratching Their Head [Video]Nuclear Power Threats: Trump Has Scientists Scratching Their Head

Donald Trump recently threatened the Taliban with "power the likes of which the US has never used before." However, he is now stressing that he was not talking about nuclear weapons. "And I'm not even..

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Riding the rails of Europe's new migrant surge [Video]Riding the rails of Europe's new migrant surge

A freight train rumbles across the Greek countryside, but a black moving shadow cast on the ground reveals human figures are hiding between the train's wagons. This is one path of a continent's..

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Taliban suicide attack in Kabul kills Afghan troops [Video]Taliban suicide attack in Kabul kills Afghan troops

Afghan officials said at least four soldiers killed in the attack in Chahar Asyab district of Kabul.

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Donald Trump marks 18th anniversary of 9/11 terror attacks at the Pentagon [Video]Donald Trump marks 18th anniversary of 9/11 terror attacks at the Pentagon

US President Donald Trump has marked the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks at the Pentagon military intelligence complex in Virginia, where one of three hijacked planes crashed on September..

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Security tight as election materials land in Afghanistan [Video]Security tight as election materials land in Afghanistan

Materials arrive before presidential elections and under guard due to past Taliban threats.

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Creditworthiness: What Broke Up Trump And Bolton [Video]Creditworthiness: What Broke Up Trump And Bolton

President Donald Trump and former National Security Adviser John Bolton's parting came down to ego. The media reported Bolton had advised scuttling a meeting with Taliban leaders at Camp David. But..

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Trump fires hardline adviser John Bolton [Video]Trump fires hardline adviser John Bolton

U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly fired his national security adviser John Bolton amid disagreements with his hardline aide over how to handle foreign policy challenges such as North Korea, Iran,..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:15Published

Trump says US-Taliban peace talks are 'dead' [Video]Trump says US-Taliban peace talks are 'dead'

After calling off a secret meeting with Taliban leaders, Trump says as far as he's concerned US-Taliban talks are over.

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Trump Overruled Advisers On The Now-Canceled Taliban Camp David Meeting [Video]Trump Overruled Advisers On The Now-Canceled Taliban Camp David Meeting

The talks between Trump and Afghani Taliban officials has been canceled. The meeting was originally organized by Trump despite major pushback from the republican party. The meeting was scrapped after a..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:42Published

Afghanistan peace talks are 'dead': Trump [Video]Afghanistan peace talks are 'dead': Trump

President Trump told reporters at the White House Monday that talks with Taliban leaders of Afghanistan are 'dead' but that he was still thinking about a troop drawdown in the country. Rough cut (no..

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Taliban truck bomb in Afghanistan kills at least three, wounds dozens

A Taliban suicide bomber killed at least three people and wounded 27 on Wednesday when he set off explosives in a truck near a police headquarters in Afghanistan, officials said.
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U.N. report says U.S. air strikes on Afghan drug labs unlawful, hit civilians

U.S. air strikes on alleged Taliban drug labs in Afghanistan in May killed or wounded at least 39 civilians, including 14 children, and violated international humanitarian law as the victims were..
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Taliban: 3 Indians released in exchange of 11 prisoners

The freed Afghan Taliban includes prominent leaders Sheikh Abdul Rahim and Maulvi Abdur Rashid.
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Afghan Taliban release 3 Indians in exchange for 11 members


IndiaTimes - Published

Kidnapped Indian engineers released in Taliban prisoner swap

The Taliban has released three kidnapped engineers from India in exchange for 11 members of the militant group who were held in an Afghan prison, a senior Afghan government source said on Monday.
Reuters - Published

Taliban release three Indian engineers: Report

Taliban officials said they have released three Indian engineers they had been holding, though that has yet to be confirmed by New Delhi or the Afghan government. The Taliban officials spoke Sunday on..
IndiaTimes - Published

3 Indians abducted by Taliban in Afghanistan last year to be released

The development comes days after US special envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad met the Taliban in Pakistan.
DNA - Published

U.S. Afghanistan envoy meets Taliban in Pakistan: sources

A Taliban delegation met U.S. special representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad for more than an hour on Thursday, two sources told Reuters, the first known contact between the sides since U.S...
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Taliban delegation met U.S. envoy during visit to Islamabad: sources

A Taliban delegation met U.S. special representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad in Pakistan's capital Islamabad on Thursday, two sources told Reuters, the first known contact between the two..
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Pakistan and Taliban call for U.S. to resume Afghan peace talks

Peace talks in Afghanistan must resume as soon as possible, Pakistan and the Taliban militant group urged on Thursday, after President Donald Trump broke off negotiations last month seeking to end the..
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Pakistan, Taliban call for Afghan peace talks to resume: foreign office

Pakistan's foreign office on Thursday said that Pakistan and the Taliban agreed that the Afghanistan peace talk process halted by the United States last month should resume as soon as possible.
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Taliban, U.S. envoy in Pakistan to review broken peace talks

Afghan Taliban officials were due in Islamabad on Wednesday to discuss the possibility of reviving talks for a political settlement in Afghanistan, Pakistan's foreign ministry and the insurgent group..
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Taliban, U.S. negotiator both in Islamabad for talks with Pakistan

Afghan Taliban officials were due in Pakistan on Wednesday, the insurgent group said, as the top U.S. diplomat involved in talks with the militants also met government officials there, although it was..
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Taliban to visit Pakistan, discuss failed Afghan peace talks

An Afghan Taliban delegation will visit Pakistan on Wednesday, the insurgent group said, the latest stop on a tour of regional powers after an Afghanistan peace process broke down.
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Taliban kill 11 Afghan police, torch district headquarters

The Taliban killed at least 11 police officers in Afghanistan's northern Balkh province before burning their headquarters, officials said on Tuesday.
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Afghan voters defy attacks, delays to choose president

Afghans braved the threat of militant attacks and delays at polling booths to vote in a presidential election on Saturday, a major test of the Western-backed government's ability to protect democracy..
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The Taliban cut off his finger for voting, he defied them again

The Taliban cut off Safiullah Safi's right forefinger for voting in 2014. That did not stop the businessman from doing it again.
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Numbed by war, generations of Afghans seek solace in voting

Nearly two decades ago, an Afghan man risked his life to protect the country's prized artefacts by hiding them in the basement of the central bank office in Kabul as Taliban Islamists destroyed the..
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Taliban worries loom as Afghanistan prepares to vote for a president

Millions of Afghans are expected to brave the threat of militant attacks to vote in a presidential election on Saturday, hoping to prevent a repeat of a bitter, fraud-marred and ultimately unresolved..
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Russia says it will help revive Afghan peace talks between Taliban, U.S.

Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday it would help revive Afghan peace talks between the United States and the Taliban that collapsed earlier this month, the RIA news agency reported.
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Afghanistan bolsters security as Taliban threatens presidential poll

Afghanistan deployed more than 100,000 troops and police on Thursday to guard polling stations in a presidential election which the Taliban has threatened to disrupt with suicide bombings and rocket..
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Factbox: Afghan voters speak ahead of Saturday's presidential election

Afghanistan's twice-delayed presidential election is expected to go ahead on Saturday, after months of uncertainty in which U.S. diplomats sought to hammer out a pact with Taliban Islamist militants to..
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Afghanistan's Taliban meets Chinese government in Beijing

A Taliban delegation met China's special representative for Afghanistan in Beijing on Sunday to discuss the group's peace talks with the United States, a spokesman for the Islamist insurgency said.
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Afghanistan braces for deadly attacks as Taliban vow to disrupt presidential election

A deadly suicide bombing this week near an election rally in central Afghanistan where President Ashraf Ghani was due to speak came as a sharp reminder of the risks to a ballot set for the end of next..
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Taliban car bomb kills at least 20 in southern Afghanistan

A Taliban truck bomb killed at least 20 people and wounded 95 others when it exploded near a hospital in southern Afghanistan, an official said.
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Pakistan PM to urge Trump to restart Afghan peace talks

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Wednesday that he would urge U.S. President Donald Trump next week to revive Afghanistan peace talks with the Taliban militant group.
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Afghanistan's Taliban tells teachers, students to block presidential elections or risk death

Afghanistan's Taliban insurgent group on Wednesday warned teachers, students and other education workers to avoid the upcoming presidential vote or risk dying in attacks on election centers.
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Afghan president sees his chance after collapse of U.S.-Taliban talks

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had no more than 20 minutes to study a draft accord between the United States and the Taliban on pulling thousands of U.S. troops out of his country, but upcoming..
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Iran says it held talks with Afghanistan's Taliban

Iran held talks with a delegation from Afghanistan's Taliban, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, a week after peace talks between the United States and the Islamist insurgents collapsed.
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Taliban attacks kill 48, Afghan leader unhurt as bomber targets rally

Taliban suicide bombers killed 48 people in two separate attacks in Afghanistan on Tuesday, the deadliest taking place near an election rally by President Ashraf Ghani, though he was unhurt.
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Taliban militant group claims Afghan blasts, says dozens dead

The Taliban insurgent group claimed responsibility for two blasts which it said killed dozens of people in Afghanistan on Tuesday.
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U.S. service member killed in Afghanistan

A U.S. service member was killed in Afghanistan on Monday, the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said, after the collapse of talks between the United States and Taliban to end the conflict.
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Two Afghan Taliban shadow governors killed as air strikes step up

Afghan security forces, backed by U.S. air strikes, killed two of the movement's shadow provincial governors on Sunday, as fighting stepped up in the wake of the collapse of talks aimed at ending the..
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Afghan, U.S. forces kill Taliban governors, fighters

Afghan forces backed by U.S. forces killed two senior Taliban leaders and at least 38 fighters of the hardline insurgent group in joint air strikes conducted in northern and western regions of..
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Taliban revoke ban on Red Cross, provide security guarantees

The Taliban on Sunday revoked their ban on the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Afghanistan and gave a guarantee of security for its staff doing humanitarian work in areas under their..
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Germany warns against early troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

A withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan could see the country falling back under the strict Islamic rule of the Taliban, German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said on Saturday.
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Afghan Taliban send team to Russia after U.S. talks collapse

The Taliban have sent a delegation to Russia to discuss prospects for a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan following the collapse of talks with the United States this month, officials from the..
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U.S. House panel to force testimony from Trump's Afghan envoy

The U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee said on Thursday it will subpoena President Donald Trump's special Afghanistan envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, to testify at an open hearing on..
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Taliban car bomb blast kills four Afghan special forces in Kabul

A suicide bomber targeted an Afghan Special Forces base in Kabul on Thursday, killing at least four commandos, officials said, as violence continued to escalate following the collapse of peace talks..
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After US-Taliban meltdown, India calls for direct talks with Kabul

Further, extensively highlighting the issue of cross-border terror, the Indian envoy called for an atmosphere free of terror for peace and reconciliation to go forward
DNA - Published

Fighting picks up in Afghanistan after talks collapse

Fighting has picked up in several areas of northern Afghanistan, officials said on Wednesday, days after the collapse of talks between the United States and the Taliban aimed at agreeing the withdrawal..
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Trump says Taliban talks 'dead,' U.S. military to ramp up Afghanistan operations

U.S. President Donald Trump proclaimed talks with Afghanistan's Taliban leaders dead on Monday, while the general in charge said the U.S. military is likely to ramp up operations in Afghanistan to..
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Trump says as far as he is concerned, Afghanistan talks are dead

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that talks with Afghanistan's Taliban leaders are off and that he was still considering a U.S. troop drawdown in the country.
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U.S. military likely to ramp up operations against Taliban: U.S. general

The U.S. military is likely to accelerate the pace of its operations in Afghanistan to counter an increase in Taliban attacks, a senior U.S. general said on Monday following Washington's suspension of..
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Afghan president renews calls for peace, demands ceasefire

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani made a renewed call for peace on Monday but insisted the Taliban must observe a ceasefire, as he sought to regain a hold on the peace process following the surprise..
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More Americans will die after Trump abruptly ends Afghan talks, Taliban say

President Donald Trump's decision to cancel Afghan peace talks will cost more American lives, the Taliban said on Sunday while the United States promised to keep up military pressure on the militants,..
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