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Taliban Takes District Headquarters, Says It Will Not Negotiate With Afghan Government Team.

Taliban forces have taken control of a district headquarters in Afghanistan's northeastern province of Badakhshan, an overnight development that was followed on March 28 by an announcement that the militant group will not negotiate with a team rec...

Afghan Government Unveils Negotiating Team For Taliban Talks.

Afghanistan's government has finalized a 21-member team that is expected to negotiate with the Taliban at upcoming talks aimed at putting an end to the country’s 18-year conflict.

Blast Rocks Funeral Services For Sikhs Killed In Kabul Attack.

A small explosion has disrupted the funeral services for 25 members of Afghanistan's Sikh community who were killed earlier this week in an attack by an Islamic State gunman on their religious compound.

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Abdullah Says Release Of Taliban Prisoners 'Beneficial' For Peace Process.

Afghanistan's former Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah says the release of Taliban prisoners by the government would be beneficial for both sides and would help move the Afghan peace process forward.

Islamic State gunman kills 25 in attack on Sikh house of worship in Kabul.

The Afghan special forces rescued at least 80 worshippers who had been trapped inside the Sikh house of worship, known as a Gurdwara, as the gunman lobbed grenades and fired his automatic rifle into the crowd, the ministry said.

Taliban Says Kabul Vows To Start Releasing Prisoners By End Of March.

The Taliban says Afghanistan's government has agreed to begin releasing Taliban prisoners by the end of March.

Gunmen, Suicide Bombers Attack Sikh Temple In Afghan Capital.

Unidentified gunmen and suicide bombers have launched an attack on a Sikh temple in the Afghan capital, Kabul, trapping hundreds of people inside, officials told RFE/RL on March 25. 

Pompeo Condemns Attack On Afghan Woman Of Courage Award Recipient.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has condemned an attack on Afghan politician Zarifa Ghafari, who received a woman of courage award from the U.S. State Department just a few weeks ago.

Pompeo Arrives In Kabul Amid Ongoing Political Crisis.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived on March 23 in Kabul to try to jump-start a U.S. peace deal signed last month with the Taliban, a trip that comes amid a coronavirus pandemic.

Afghan Officials Hold First Prisoner-Swap Talks With Taliban, U.

The Afghan government has held its first talks with the Taliban about a prisoner swap, the U.S. envoy to the war-torn country has said.

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Afghanistan Urges Taliban To Commit To Truce To Help Fight Coronavirus Outbreak.

Afghan Defense Minister Asadullah Khalid says the Taliban should commit to a truce as a means of helping both sides battle the spread of the coronavirus, which he called a “plague” on the war-ravaged country.

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U.S. Urges Afghan Government, Taliban To Move Forward With Prisoner Releases

The United States said the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban should begin prisoner releases “as soon as possible,” adding that the global coronavirus pandemic is adding to the urgency.

COVID-19: Serbia Declares State Of Emergency; Iran Warns Of Overwhelmed Health System.

Serbia has declared a state of emergency to contain the coronavirus outbreak, shutting down schools and universities and deploying the military to guard hospitals.

Afghan Government Postpones Plan To Release Taliban Prisoners.

Afghan authorities say they have delayed the release of 1,500 Taliban prisoners, throwing a precarious peace process into deeper crisis.

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U.S. Envoy Calls On Afghan Leaders To End Election Standoff, Seize 'Historic Opportunity' For Peace

U.S. envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad has called on Afghan leaders to end their standoff over a disputed presidential election and seize a "historic opportunity” for peace. 

Afghan President's Prisoner Release Decree Rejected By Taliban.

The Taliban says a decree issued by Afghan President Ashrf Ghani to release 1,500 Taliban prisoners runs counter to a deal with the United States allowing for talks on securing a peace deal with the military group.

U.S. Says Level Of Violence In Afghanistan Unacceptable For Peace Process

The United States has warned the Taliban on March 10 that the current level of violence by the militants “is unacceptable” to advancing the peace process as the UN Security Council supported a U.S.-led effort to end Afghanistan’s nearly two-decade...

U.S. Official Says U.S. Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan Has Begun

A U.S. official says U.S. forces have begun leaving Afghanistan under the first phase of an initial troop withdrawal required under the newly signed U.S.-Taliban peace agreement.

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American troops on their way out of Afghanistan under terms of peace deal: U.

Under the peace agreement, the U.S. troop withdrawal had to begin within 10 days after the deal was signed on Feb. 29.

Ghani, Abdullah Set For Rival Inaugurations, Barring Last-Minute Compromise.

Two rivals claiming the Afghan presidency are set to conduct separate swearing-in ceremonies in moves certain to hike tensions in the country that is seeking at the same time to end its long conflict with the Taliban.

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Taliban Says Intra-Afghan Talks Unlikely To Start On Schedule.

The Taliban says talks scheduled this week with Afghanistan’s government are unlikely to take place on time because of plans by two rivals for the Afghan presidency to conduct parallel swearing-in ceremonies.

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Afghan Provincial Council Member Killed In Kabul Gun Attack.

Unidentified gunman have killed a local provincial council member and two of his bodyguards in a March 8 attack in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

Shooting at Kabul ceremony leaves at least 32 people dead, dozens more injured.

After opening fire, the two gunmen holed up in a half-finished apartment building, leading to a five-hour standoff with security forces.

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Several Wounded In Kabul Attack, Abdullah Escapes Unharmed.

At least 18 people have been hospitalized in Kabul after a gunman opened fire at a ceremony attended by several high-level officials, including Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, who escaped unharmed.

Trump Calls Taliban Fighters ‘Warriors,’ Says Chief Has Difficult Task.

U.S. President Donald Trump has called Taliban fighters "warriors" and said the extremist group's leader has a difficult task in trying to get them to end their violent attacks.

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