Hamid Shalizi

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14 Jan 2019 | 11:04 PM

Car bomb blast near high-security compound in Kabul kills four, 90 wounded

KABUL (Reuters) - At least four people were killed and 90 wounded when a bomb-laden car blew up near a high-security compound in the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday, officials said.

9 Jan 2019 | 7:42 PM

Afghanistan says end to war a 'dream' without Taliban talking to govt

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah said on Wednesday that the Taliban's refusal to involve the government in peace talks means the end to a conflict that has lasted 17 years can only remain a dream.

30 Dec 2018 | 11:07 PM

Afghanistan to delay presidential election to July - election body

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's presidential election will be postponed by three months to July 20 to give authorities more time to organise the ballot, election authorities announced on Sunday, following mounting speculation of a delay.

21 Dec 2018 | 6:02 PM

Afghans, diplomats surprised by report of Trump plan to pull out troops

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan officials and America's Western partners reacted with unease on Friday to reports that the United States planned to withdraw more than 5,000 of its 14,000 troops from Afghanistan, after tentative steps towards peace talks.

13 Dec 2018 | 6:16 PM

Afghan forces seek to press Taliban by targeting field commanders

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan forces, backed by U.S. advisers and air power, are targeting Taliban field commanders seen as a major obstacle to possible peace talks, as they step up military pressure on the insurgents, security officials said.

6 Dec 2018 | 9:36 AM

Afghan peace push backed by surge in air strikes, operations

KABUL (Reuters) - The death last week of the Taliban's senior leader in southern Afghanistan in a U.S. air strike highlights a surge in operations amid pressure to coax the increasingly confident insurgents to accept talks to end the 17-year war.

28 Nov 2018 | 11:09 PM

Gunmen attack UK contractors' compound in Afghan capital, at least 10 dead

KABUL (Reuters) - Gunmen attacked a British security contractors' compound in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least 10 people and wounding 19 only hours after President Ashraf Ghani outlined plans for peace in Afghanistan.

20 Nov 2018 | 11:59 PM

Suicide bomber kills over 50 at religious event in Kabul

KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew himself up in a banqueting hall where Islamic religious scholars had gathered in the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday, killing more than 50 people, three government officials said.

20 Oct 2018 | 11:01 PM

Long queues as Afghan voters defy election day attacks, delays

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghans braved chaotic delays outside polling stations and the threat of militant attacks to vote in parliamentary elections on Saturday that were seen as a major test of the Western-backed government's credibility.

19 Oct 2018 | 8:39 PM

Afghanistan delays vote in strategic Kandahar after killing of commander

KABUL (Reuters) - Saturday's parliamentary election in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar will be delayed by a week after the assassination of one of the country's most powerful security chiefs dealt a stunning blow to the Western-backed government.