U.S. withdrawal opens way for terrorist alliance in Afghanistan

World Jul 29, 2020

U.S. withdrawal opens way for terrorist alliance in Afghanistan

An alliance of terror groups aimed at destabilizing peace in South Asia is emerging in Afghanistan as U.S. troops pull out of the war-ravaged nation, security officials said. Pakistan-based militant organizations, the Lashker-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed, the Afghan Taliban and Islamic State-Khorasan, the local affiliate of ...

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 ...

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 ...

Partial truce in Afghanistan boosts hopes for lasting peace

World Feb 22, 2020

Partial truce in Afghanistan boosts hopes for lasting peace

Afghans woke up to a weeklong partial truce Saturday after the Taliban, the U.S. and local forces all agreed to a lull that could be a major turning point in the long conflict. If the so-called "reduction in violence" holds, it will be a major ...