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At least 18 people were killed in the suicide bombing in the capital Kabul.

Violence on the ground has spiked in recent weeks despite the Taliban and Afghan government holding peace talks in Qatar.

Afghan road bomb kills nine civilians: officials

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Afghan road bomb kills nine civilians: officials

The Taliban has been blamed for the attack which killed nine civilians.

Trump tweet gave Taliban boost in negotiations: Afghan official

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Trump tweet gave Taliban boost in negotiations: Afghan official

Donald Trump's tweet about an Afghan withdrawal might have given the Taliban a boost.

US envoy says Taliban agree to reduce Afghan casualties

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US envoy says Taliban agree to reduce Afghan casualties

The Taliban have promised to reduce casualties in Afghanistan after violence raised questions about the validity of peace talks.

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Nine dead after helicopters collide in Afghanistan

Nine people were killed after two military helicopters collided amid fighting in southern Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan withdrawal still 'conditions-based', top US general says

The Pentagon's top general said the US withdrawal of more troops from Afghanistan will depends on several conditions.

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Afghan police ordered to shoot criminals

Afghanistan's interior minister issued Kabul police with a shoot-to-kill order in a bid to control any escalation in violent crime as ...

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Taliban endorses 'wise man' Trump in US presidential race

Weeks after receiving an endorsement from the niece of former Al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden, US President Trump has found support from the ...

The legacy of Tehran's weaponised sectarianism in Iran-Iraq war

Tallha Abdulrazaq

The legacy of Tehran's weaponised sectarianism in Iran-Iraq war

Comment: Sectarianism is seen as the tragic norm in today's Middle Eastern conflicts, but its roots were put down 40 years ago during the ...

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Trump wants US troops in Afghanistan 'home by Christmas'

The Taliban welcomed the announcement as a "positive step" in implementing their February 29 agreement with the US.

Afghan president shuns Taliban in meeting with Doha's leaders

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Afghan president shuns Taliban in meeting with Doha's leaders

A unnamed senior western diplomat told Reuters it was 'clear' whether the former World Bank economist would meet officials from the militant ...

Head of Afghan peace process visits Pakistan amid talks

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Head of Afghan peace process visits Pakistan amid talks

Abdullah Abdullah, previously Afghanistan's chief executive, was meeting senior officials in Islamabad for the first time as chair of his ...

Migrants accuse Greece of pushing them out to sea

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Migrants accuse Greece of pushing them out to sea

The Turkish coast guard says it rescued over 300 migrants 'pushed back by Greek elements to Turkish waters' this month alone.

Freed Taliban have returned to battlefield: top Afghan official

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Freed Taliban have returned to battlefield: top Afghan official

A top Afghan official said some of the Taliban prisoners who were released by the Afghan government as a condition for peace talks have resumed ...

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Young Afghan women, men perform whirling Sufi dance together

Young Afghans are embracing Sufi dance in which spin repetitively in prayer and seek to lose themselves in a spiritual trance that they believe unites them with God.

Syed Fazl-e-Haider

How looming US elections could derail Afghan peace talks

Significant challenges remain to ensure long-awaited intra-Afghan peace talks produce a breakthrough in the decades-long conflict.

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Afghan women negotiators face hardline Taliban in peace talks

With the Taliban only offering vague comments about women's rights so far, the Afghan government's women negotiators know they are facing an ...

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At Afghan peace talks, the hard work begins

Negotiations will be arduous and messy, delegates warned during the opening ceremony, and are starting even as deadly violence continues to grip ...

NATO hails Afghan talks as 'historic opportunity'

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NATO hails Afghan talks as 'historic opportunity'

NATO took part in the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and then led the UN-mandated force to stabilise the country which at its height ...

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Afghanistan talks: bitter foes with incompatible goals

The main issues to be addressed by the peace talks between the Taliban and Afghan government negotiators.

Historic talks begin between Taliban, Afghan government

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Historic talks begin between Taliban, Afghan government

Afghanistan's warring sides started negotiations on Saturday, bringing together the Taliban and delegates appointed by the Afghan government for ...

Bombing targets Afghan soldier's wedding ahead of peace talks

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Bombing targets Afghan soldier's wedding ahead of peace talks

At least two civilians and two army personnel died in the attack in the remote province of Khost, with 13 reportedly injured.

Doha talks could reshape Afghanistan, but peace not assured

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Doha talks could reshape Afghanistan, but peace not assured

US-backed talks between Afghanistan's government and the Taliban are major milestone in the 19-year conflict, but a peaceful outcome - or even a ...

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