Ayaz Gul VOA News May 8, 2019 ISLAMABAD — Afghan officials say a car bomb-and-gun attack has targeted a U.S.-funded international relief organization in Kabul, causing casualties. Rescue workers transported at least nine injured to city hospitals Wednesday, but there were no immediate reports of death. The Interior Ministry said the non-profit group Counterpart International, which
By Ron Synovitz Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty May 7, 2019 Khalida Khorsand, a 35-year-old rights activist from the western Afghan city of Herat, is skeptical about Taliban claims that it has dispensed with its strict rules against girls’ education and women working. The militant Islamic group made the declaration in the midst of recent peace
1TV: A key Taliban member has been arrested with 11 bottles of wine and a hookah in northern Afghanistan, the Interior Ministry said on Monday. The militant identified as Yousuf was detained in an operation by special unit of the Afghan police in Balkh’s Nahr-i-Shahi district. Click here to read more (external link).
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty May 6, 2019 Peace talks between U.S. negotiators and Taliban representatives in Doha, Qatar, have been interrupted to mark the beginning of Ramadan. The two sides are apparently at loggerheads over the key sticking point of when foreign forces might leave Afghanistan. The two sides have been involved for much of
Ayaz Gul VOA News May 3, 2019 ISLAMABAD — An Afghan grand assembly, or loya jirga, ended Friday with the delegates in Kabul demanding peace with the Taliban, as President Ashraf Ghani promised to free 175 Taliban prisoners ahead of Ramadan, which begins in a few days. The Afghan Taliban, for their part, responded harshly to
Al Jazeera: Comprising 15 percent of the population, the mostly Shia Muslim ethnic minority has long suffered targeted killings – The Hazara have long suffered oppression and persecution in Afghanistan. They are now often targeted by groups swearing allegiance to ISIL. In the 1990s, thousands were killed by al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters. The Taliban declared them as “non-Muslims” during their rule from 1996