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  • Jul 13, 2014
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Taliban suicide attack on Afghan police station kills 11

Taliban fighters killed at least 11 people and wounded 22 in a suicide bomb attack and gunbattle at a police station in Afghanistan’s eastern Jalalabad city early on Thursday morning, according to police and health officials.

Thursday, 20 March, 2014, 5:32pm

Forged release letter sees Taliban fighters walk out of Kandahar jail

It was the third time that prisoners had escaped from their cells in southern Afghanistan's main jail, and the most audaciously simple. The names of the men were simply added to a list of 18 others genuinely due for release, a police spokesman said of Saturday's escape.

3 Mar 2014 - 9:26pm

Bowe Bergdahl a conundrum for US as Afghanistan conflict winds down

The case of US army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who has been held by the Taliban since 2009, has arisen again as Washington and other countries engage in diplomatic efforts to free him.

3 Mar 2014 - 9:00pm 2 comments

Pakistan to free former Afghan Taliban No 2

Pakistan will soon release former Afghan Taliban second-incommand, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, in an attempt to help advance peace efforts in neighbouring Afghanistan, Pakistan's foreign policy chief said yesterday.

11 Sep 2013 - 1:31am

Taliban close office in Qatar and vow to step up fight against Karzai

Afghanistan's Taliban have temporarily closed their new office in Qatar, abandoning a diplomatic approach seen as the best hope of finding a political end to the protracted 12-year war and vowing to fight on against President Hamid Karzai's government.

11 Jul 2013 - 2:45am

Afghan Taliban offers to free US soldier held captive since 2009

The Afghan Taliban are ready to free a US soldier held captive since 2009 in exchange for five of their senior operatives imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay as a conciliatory gesture, a senior spokesman said yesterday.

21 Jun 2013 - 2:31am

US-Taliban talks in Qatar not expected on Thursday

Preliminary Afghan peace talks in Qatar between US and Taliban officials are unlikely to take place on Thursday as had been expected, a source familiar with the matter said.

Asked if the meeting would happen on Thursday, the source replied: “There is nothing scheduled that I am aware of.” Asked if that meant they would not happen today, the source added: “Yes that’s correct.”

20 Jun 2013 - 6:35pm

Afghanistan's Taliban say they killed 4 US troops

The Taliban claimed responsibility on Wednesday for an attack in Afghanistan that killed four American troops just hours after the insurgent group announced it would hold talks with the US on finding a political solution to ending the nearly 12-year war in the country.

19 Jun 2013 - 3:47pm

Spy programmes no secret to Taliban

Like the rest of the world, Taliban officials learned last week of the US government's large-scale surveillance of citizens and foreigners, including access to a massive amount of information gathered from online communications.

16 Jun 2013 - 6:51am

Accused Fort Hood gunman Nidal Hasan barred from using Taliban claim

US army psychiatrist Major Nidal Hasan cannot argue at trial that he was defending the Afghan Taliban when he went on a 2009 shooting rampage in Texas that killed 13 soldiers, a military judge has ruled.

16 Jun 2013 - 8:53am