MOSCOW, June 25 (Sputnik) – Russia does not believe that there is potential for direct talks between Afghanistan’s government and the Taliban radical movement, Russian Foreign Ministry’s Second Asian Department Director Zamir Kabulov said on Monday, commenting on reports about the upcoming meeting between the two parties for negotiations. Earlier in the day, Azerbaijani media
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty June 25, 2018 U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he sees encouraging signs for substantive talks between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban after 17 years of war. Mattis, speaking on June 24, pointed to the Taliban’s acceptance of a three-day cease-fire offered recently by President Ashraf Ghani. Government forces
June 24, 2018 TEHRAN (Tasnim) – An Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesperson called on the US administration to exempt Iran’s southeastern port city of Chabahar from a new wave of economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic. In comments on Saturday, Sebghatullah Ahmadi, head of the press department at Afghanistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said his country
Ayaz Gul VOA News June 24, 2018 ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s military says Afghanistan-based “terrorists” on Sunday ambushed one of its border fencing teams and killed a soldier. The fatal cross-border raid in the treacherous North Waziristan region also injured a junior officer, said army spokesman Major-General Asif Ghafoor. “Another son of soil sacrificed his life while
Ayaz Gul VOA News June 23, 2018 ISLAMABAD — The extremist Pakistani Taliban has formally confirmed the death of its chief in last week’s American drone strike in eastern Afghanistan and announced the appointment of his successor. The slain militant leader, Mullah Fazlullah, and his four key commanders were traveling in a vehicle in the Afghan
McClatchy: Robert Bales, the former Army staff sergeant who killed 16 Afghan civilians, including seven children, will likely ask the president to commute his life sentence once he exhausts his legal appeals for one of the nation’s most notorious war crimes. Click here to read more (external link).
WASHINGTON, June 21 (Sputnik) – Vice President Mike Pence and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani discussed by phone on Thursday the recent ceasefires between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban, including the continued US support for Kabul, the White House said in a press release. “Vice President Mike Pence spoke with President Ashraf Ghani of
WASHINGTON, June 20 (Sputnik) – The US government has spent at least $249 million over the past dozen years on an Afghan road project that is only 15 percent complete and more money is expected to be wasted going forward, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said in a new report on Wednesday.
SAMARA, June 20 (Sputnik) – The US claims that Russia allegedly supports the Taliban movement in Afghanistan are groundless and seek to divert attention from Washington’s failures in the Asian nation, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday. Earlier on Wednesday, the Khaama news agency cited Lt. General Austin Scott Miller, the newly
The Hill: A former Afghan interpreter for U.S. forces is accusing the Afghanistan government of releasing Taliban prisoners “under the table.” Saber Rock spoke with Hill TV’s “Rising” on Tuesday morning, where he was strongly critical of Kabul’s handling of the war against the Taliban. He noted that the American government has spent billions in its war