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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 organisation in Afghanistan currently waging war within that country. Since 2016, the Taliban's leader is Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada.

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Fighting continues in Afghanistan as gov’t and Taliban meet [Video]

Fighting continues in Afghanistan as gov’t and Taliban meet

It is the first time after nearly two decades that the Afghan government and the Taliban are meeting face to face. But as they meet in Doha, attacks are continuing in Afghanistan.

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Afghan Peace Talks: Can the Taliban Compromise? [Video]

Afghan Peace Talks: Can the Taliban Compromise?

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Talks between Afghan government and Taliban open in Qatar [Video]

Talks between Afghan government and Taliban open in Qatar

Nearly 20 years of war has led to the deaths and injury of an estimated 300,000 Iraqi and Afghan people.

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Pompeo urges Afghans to make peace deal [Video]

Pompeo urges Afghans to make peace deal

Afghan government representatives and Taliban insurgents met on Saturday to begin historic peace talks aimed at ending two decades of war that has killed tens of thousands of combatants and civilians...

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Afghan observers tamp down peace prospects as Taliban talks begin [Video]

Afghan observers tamp down peace prospects as Taliban talks begin

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Afghan, Taliban talks aim to end decades of war [Video]

Afghan, Taliban talks aim to end decades of war

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Taliban kill four survivors of Afghanistan flash floods [Video]

Taliban kill four survivors of Afghanistan flash floods

Taliban fighters killed four civilians on Thursday during clashes with Afghan forces in the central province of Parwan, amid rescue work after flash floods claimed more than 150 lives, officials said...

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Afghan govt begins releasing last Taliban prisoners [Video]

Afghan govt begins releasing last Taliban prisoners

The Afghan government has begun releasing the last Taliban prisoners from a final batch of 400 who the militants want freed before they agree to start peace negotiations, a security agency spokesman..

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Afghan president backs release of 400 Taliban prisoners [Video]

Afghan president backs release of 400 Taliban prisoners

Their release has been a pre-condition for the armed group to hold peace talks with the government.

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Afghanistan to free 'hard-core' Taliban prisoners [Video]

Afghanistan to free 'hard-core' Taliban prisoners

Afghanistan has agreed to release 40 Taliban prisoners, accused of some of the country's bloodiest attacks, in order to pave the way for peace talks. David Doyle reports.

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Afghan president agrees Taliban prisoner release [Video]

Afghan president agrees Taliban prisoner release

President Ghani's statement comes after Afghan grand assembly passed a resolution on Sunday morning.

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Trump would be 'angry' if Russian bounty reports were true [Video]

Trump would be 'angry' if Russian bounty reports were true

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday if U.S. intelligence reports that Russia paid Taliban to kill American troops in Afghanistan were true, he would be very angry about it.

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Afghan Sikhs share horrific experience after escaping Taliban terror [Video]

Afghan Sikhs share horrific experience after escaping Taliban terror

Nidan Singh, the Afghan Sikh who was kidnapped a month ago in Afghanistan and released recently, arrived in Delhi on July 26 along with his family and a delegation of Afghan Sikhs. Several among them..

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11 Afghan Sikhs, including Nidan Singh kidnapped by Taliban last month, arrives in Delhi [Video]

11 Afghan Sikhs, including Nidan Singh kidnapped by Taliban last month, arrives in Delhi

Nidan Singh, the Afghan Sikh who was kidnapped a month ago in Afghanistan and released recently, arrived in Delhi on July 26. He was accompanied by his family and a delegation of Afghan Sikhs. Nidan..

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Head of Afghan peace council thanks India for continued support to Afghanistan

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India backs Afghanistan peace talks but remains wary of Taliban-ISI links

As Taliban sat down in Doha for its direct engagement with Afghan government for peace, India participated in the inaugural session of negotiations with foreign minister S Jaishankar underscoring the..
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As peace talks with Taliban begin, India extends support for 'immediate ceasefire' in Afghanistan

India's External Affairs minister Dr S Jaishankar, who joined the meet virtually, reiterated that Afghan peace process should be "Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled".
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China's BRI under threat after Pakistan Taliban reunification

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EXCLUSIVE: Ball is now in the Taliban court for peace talks, says Afghan President's spokesperson Sediq Sediqqi

Speaking exclusively to our Principal Diplomatic Correspondent Sidhant Sibal from Kabul, Sediqqi welcomed India's role and said New Delhi "has played an important role in the country's democracy" and..
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2 Indian nationals abducted in Afghanistan by Taliban in 2018 set to return to India

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Reluctance to free 'most dangerous' Taliban prisoners slows Afghan peace talks: sources

Western powers are backing the Afghan government's refusal to free hundreds of prisoners accused of some of Afghanistan's most violent attacks, a release demanded by the Taliban as a condition to start..
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Afghan government, Taliban agree to Doha as venue for first peace talks

Afghanistan's government and the Islamist Taliban group have agreed that Doha will be the venue for the first meeting in their peace talks, both sides said on Sunday.
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Afghan peace talks seen this month after U.S. shuttle diplomacy

Talks to end the 18-year-old conflict in Afghanistan may begin this month, sources said on Monday, a day after the U.S. special envoy visited the capital of neighbouring Pakistan and met Taliban..
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U.S. forces conduct airstrikes on Taliban in Afghanistan

American forces conducted two airstrikes on Taliban fighters to foil the militant group's plan to launch attacks on Afghan security forces, a U.S. military spokesman said on Friday, in a move that..
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Taliban, al Qaeda retain ties despite U.S.-Taliban deal, U.N. monitors say

Ties between the Taliban, especially its Haqqani Network branch, and al Qaeda remain close, independent U.N. sanctions monitors said in a report made public on Monday, despite a U.S.-Taliban pact..
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Khalilzad sounds upbeat note on chances for intra-Afghan peace talks

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Intel sources warn of terror attacks in J&K by Pak-trained terrorists

According to sources, a group of around 20 members of the Taliban are being trained by Pakistan Army's SSG near Jalalabad to plan attacks in Jammu and Kashmir.
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Afghan government says ceasefire still in place even as skirmishes with Taliban resume

Skirmishes between Taliban fighters and Afghan security forces recommenced in Afghanistan in the day since a three-day ceasefire expired, but government officials said on Thursday that the incidents..
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Exclusive: U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan down to close to 8,600 ahead of schedule - sources

U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan is down to nearly 8,600, well ahead of a schedule agreed with Taliban militants in late February, in part because of concerns about the spread of the coronavirus,..
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Exclusive: U.S. ahead of schedule in cutting Afghanistan troop strength - sources

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Afghanistan begins freeing 900 Taliban prisoners, urges truce extension

The Afghan government said it was in the process of freeing 900 Taliban members from prison on Tuesday, the biggest such release yet, and urged the insurgent group to extend a three-day ceasefire set..
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Afghan government will free 900 Taliban prisoners Tuesday - Afghan official

The Afghan government urged the Taliban to extend a three-day ceasefire which is due to end on Tuesday night and also announced that it would release 900 prisoners from the insurgent group on Tuesday.
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Afghan Taliban declare three-day Eid ceasefire from Sunday

The Taliban declared a three-day Eid ceasefire starting on Sunday, a spokesman for the hard-line Islamist group wrote in a tweet on Saturday, a move that comes as fighting has intensified between the..
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U.S. envoy meets Afghan president and former rival Abdullah in push for peace

The United States' special envoy for Afghanistan on Wednesday met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his former rival Abdullah Abdullah, to discuss progress towards a peace deal with the insurgent..
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U.S. envoy to press Taliban, Afghan officials on peace talks

A senior U.S. envoy left for Doha and Kabul on Sunday to press Taliban and Afghan government officials to open peace talks that the United States hopes will allow it to withdraw from Afghanistan, the..
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Kashmir India’s ‘internal affair, won’t interfere’, say Taliban


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Taliban blast near Afghan intelligence base kills seven, injures 40

Taliban fighters detonated a car bomb on Monday near an Afghan intelligence agency installation in the central province of Ghazni, killing at least seven people and wounding 40, officials and the..
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India should talk to Taliban if Delhi feels it will bolster peace push - Pakistan's U.S. envoy

India should speak with Taliban militants if it feels that it will help the peace process, Pakistan's envoy to Washington said on Saturday, after a series of attacks in Afghanistan raised questions..
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Drawdown of U.S. troops from Afghanistan continuing: Pentagon

The United States is continuing its drawdown of troops from Afghanistan and is expected to meet a timeline that had been agreed upon with the Taliban earlier this year, the Pentagon said on Friday.
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Brutal Afghan attacks highlight limitations of U.S.-Taliban deal

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Afghans say Taliban behind bloodshed, reject U.S. blame of Islamic State

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Truck bomb in eastern Afghan city kills five, Taliban claim responsibility

A truck packed with explosives blew up near a court in the eastern Afghan city of Gardez on Thursday, killing at least five people in an attack claimed by Taliban insurgents.
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Attacks deal Trump's long-shot Afghan peace push a fresh blow

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Pompeo urges Taliban, Afghan govt to bring hospital, funeral attacker to justice

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday called on the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban to cooperate to bring to justice the perpetrators of attacks on a hospital and a funeral that..
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Taliban wants positive relationship with India, welcomes New Delhi's contribution in Afghanistan

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Get involved in Afghanistan, look at different formulations: US to India

The US asked India to get involved in the internal political process in Afghanistan, including looking at “proposals for different formulations that would include separate strands in Afghanistan”,..
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