U.S. blames brutal attack on Afghan maternity hospital on IS

World / Politics May 15, 2020

U.S. blames brutal attack on Afghan maternity hospital on IS

A U.S. official said Friday that an Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan carried out this week’s horrific attack on a maternity hospital in a majority Shiite Muslim neighborhood in Kabul, killing 24 people including newborns and mothers. Peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said the U.S. government ...

Attacks deal Trump's long-shot Afghan peace push a fresh blow

World May 14, 2020

Attacks deal Trump's long-shot Afghan peace push a fresh blow

U.S. President Donald Trump's stalled plans to bring peace to Afghanistan have suffered a new setback with a decision by Kabul to resume offensive operations against the Taliban following two attacks on Tuesday that killed scores of Afghans. Washington cast the attacks — one at ...

Taliban reject Afghanistan cease-fire offer during Ramadan

World Apr 24, 2020

Taliban reject Afghanistan cease-fire offer during Ramadan

The Taliban have dismissed a government call for a Ramadan cease-fire in Afghanistan, saying a truce is "not rational" as they ramp up attacks on government forces. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani appealed to the militants to lay down their arms for the Islamic holy month ...

Gunmen in Afghanistan kill 25 in raid on Sikh complex

Asia Pacific Mar 25, 2020

Gunmen in Afghanistan kill 25 in raid on Sikh complex

Unidentified gunmen and suicide bombers raided a Sikh religious complex in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Wednesday, killing 25 people before security forces killed all of the attackers, the government said. Sikhs have been the target of attack by Islamist militants before in South ...

Afghan gunmen attack 'apostate' political rally, killing dozens

World Mar 7, 2020

Afghan gunmen attack 'apostate' political rally, killing dozens

Dozens of people were killed when gunmen opened fire at a political rally in Kabul on Friday, the deadliest assault in Afghanistan since the U.S. signed a withdrawal deal with the Taliban. The attack, claimed by the Islamic State group, highlights a glaring lack of ...

World / Crime & Legal Mar 5, 2020

Afghan war crimes probe must go ahead, says ICC judges

International war crimes judges ruled Thursday that a probe into wartime abuses in Afghanistan must go ahead, including looking into possible atrocities committed by U.S. forces, as they overturned a previous court ruling. Pretrial judges at the Hague-based International Criminal Court last year rejected a ...

U.S. downplays Taliban attacks following peace deal

World Mar 5, 2020

U.S. downplays Taliban attacks following peace deal

The Pentagon on Wednesday played down the gravity of new Taliban attack in Afghanistan that cast doubts on a new peace deal between the insurgent group and the United States. Since the signing in Doha on Saturday, the militants have ramped up violence against Afghan ...