Hamid Shalizi

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7 Apr 2018 | 4:25 PM

Afghan air strike kills Islamic State commander

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan forces killed an important Islamic State (IS) commander in an air strike, one year after he defected from the Taliban and established a new IS foothold in the country, security officials said.

21 Mar 2018 | 7:06 PM

Suicide bomber kills at least 29 near shrine in Afghan capital

KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew himself up near a Shi'ite shrine in Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least 29 people and wounding dozens, officials said, as the Afghan capital celebrated the Nawruz holiday marking the start of the Persian new year.

28 Feb 2018 | 11:28 PM

Afghanistan's Ghani offers talks with Taliban 'without preconditions'

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani offered recognition of the Taliban as a legitimate political group on Wednesday as part of a proposed political process that he said could lead to talks aimed at ending more than 16 years of war.

27 Feb 2018 | 11:46 PM

Afghanistan hosts talks on peace platform after Taliban offer to U.S.

KABUL (Reuters) - Suicide attacks which killed around 150 people in Kabul last month have added urgency to diplomatic efforts to end more than 16 years of war in Afghanistan through talks with the Taliban.

13 Feb 2018 | 11:46 PM

Afghan army shake-up to push out old guard in fight against Taliban

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani plans to retire more than 2,000 army generals and other senior officers, aiming to bring new blood into the military's top ranks to battle a resilient Taliban insurgency, officials said.

8 Feb 2018 | 8:39 PM

Who is an Afghan? Row over ID cards fuels ethnic tension

KABUL (Reuters) - A multi-million dollar plan to issue new electronic identity cards ahead of elections in Afghanistan has stirred heated debate and ethnic animosity, raising political tension just as the country faces a stepped-up campaign of Taliban attacks.

3 Feb 2018 | 10:07 PM

Afghan president leaves open possibility of talks with some Taliban

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani left open on Saturday the possibility for talks with militants who accept peace but said the door was closed to those who cause tragedies like recent attacks in the capital, Kabul.

29 Jan 2018 | 8:42 PM

Eleven Afghan soldiers killed in latest attack in Kabul

KABUL (Reuters) - Militants on Monday raided a military academy in Kabul, the Afghan capital, killing 11 soldiers, the fourth major attack in a spate of violence over the past nine days that is putting a new, more aggressive U.S. strategy under the spotlight.

27 Jan 2018 | 11:47 PM

Nearly 100 killed in ambulance blast in Afghan capital Kabul

KABUL (Reuters) - A bomb hidden in an ambulance killed at least 95 people and wounded about 158 in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday when it blew up at a police checkpoint in a busy part of the city that was crowded with pedestrians.

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23 Jan 2018 | 11:25 PM

Afghan hotel attack stirs fresh debate on private security firms

KABUL (Reuters) - A bloody Taliban raid on a high-end hotel guarded by a private company in the Afghan capital has stirred fresh debate about the role of security firms in the violence-plagued county.