Hamid Shalizi

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9 Jul 2019 | 2:34 AM

Afghans, Taliban talk in Qatar about peace as war rages at home

KABUL/DOHA (Reuters) - Wary representatives of Afghan society met Taliban officials in Qatar on Monday for a second day of talks, with bloody insurgent attacks back home casting a pall over efforts to end Afghanistan's years of war.

1 Jul 2019 | 9:19 PM

Six killed, 105 wounded in Taliban attack in Kabul

KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban Islamist fighters killed six people and wounded 105 others by blowing up a truck bomb at morning rush hour near an Afghan Defence Ministry compound in Kabul on Monday.

4 Jun 2019 | 10:04 PM

New commander takes on corruption "mess" in Afghan police

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's new police chief Khoshal Sadat has one of the hardest jobs in the country - rooting out abuses and bringing new energy to a force that for years has been used as a cash machine by corrupt politicians.

25 Apr 2019 | 2:10 PM

Afghanistan feels impact of Iran's economic isolation

GENEVA/KABUL (Reuters) - Abdul Saboor escaped poverty and instability in Afghanistan three years ago with his wife and three children and found work in neighbouring Iran. Now he has returned home, despite the fact that life there has not improved.

1 Apr 2019 | 8:12 PM

'Fight and talk': Afghan war escalates alongside peace push

KABUL (Reuters) - Fighting in Afghanistan has escalated ahead of the usual spring season, as both sides seek to increase leverage in talks on a peace settlement - a gamble that analysts warn could also risk hardening positions.

27 Mar 2019 | 1:10 PM

In U.S. pursuit of peace talks, perilous rift opens with Afghan leader

WASHINGTON/KABUL (Reuters) - Washington's relationship with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani appears increasingly at risk of permanent damage, the consequence of a U.S. policy shift that has so far excluded his government from talks with the Taliban and of his own determination to retain power and manage peace efforts himself.

27 Mar 2019 | 4:01 AM

Afghanistan recalls ambassador in row over Pakistan PM remarks

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan has recalled its ambassador from Pakistan over reported remarks by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan that suggested Kabul should set up an interim government, calling the comments "irresponsible."

1 Mar 2019 | 7:36 PM

Election rival says Afghan President Ghani hindering peace deal

KABUL (Reuters) - An influential former adviser to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, now a leading electoral rival, has accused his old boss of hampering peace with the Taliban by blocking efforts to include a broad range of voices in the process.

6 Feb 2019 | 3:42 AM

Afghan president says he will oppose peace deal without his government

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's president Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday that no peace deal between the Taliban and the United States could be finalised without involving his government as "the decision-maker".

4 Feb 2019 | 7:32 PM

Kabul sees Taliban-Afghan opposition talks in Moscow as betrayal

KABUL (Reuters) - Senior Afghan officials warned on Monday that talks this week between Taliban militants and opposition politicians, including former President Hamid Karzai, betrayed the principles of democracy and Afghanistan's best interests.