AFGHANISTAN
30 April 2017

 

 

2019 presidential elections will be held on time and there will be parliamentary elections this year," President Ashraf Ghani said Saturday.

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A senior Afghan Taliban leader was shot dead near Peshawar, Pakistan late Thursday, it has been reported.

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Afghan government on Saturday welcomed Hizb-i-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's return to public life, hoping his comeback helps security and development in the country.

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In his first public speech Saturday after coming out of long hiding, Hizb-i-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar Saturday voiced support for peaceful transition of power in Afghanistan.

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Two members of U.S. Special Forces were killed Thursday during a joint operation with Afghan forces in eastern Nangarhar province, it has been reported, first U.S. deaths since mother of all bombs strike two weeks ago.

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After a long time in hiding, former Afghan militant leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is expected to return to public life coming one or two days.

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Former U.S. military commander and CIA director, David Petrous, has called for 5,000 additional coalition troops in Afghanistan.

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Former commander of Afghan army's 209th Corps Lieutenant General Mohmand Katawazai has been referred to prosecution over alleged negligence after Friday's attack that killed many soldiers at the base.

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Civilian casualties from conflict in Afghanistan fell slightly in the first three months of 2017, the United Nations said on Thursday, a rare drop after continuous reports of rising casualties.

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is reportedly looking to force his first deputy Abdul Rashid Dostum into exile in Turkey.

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