Hamid Shalizi

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5 May 2017 | 6:21 PM

Afghan former warlord Hekmatyar rallies supporters in Kabul

KABUL (Reuters) - Thousands of supporters of Afghan former warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar rallied in Kabul's main football stadium on Friday, making a stark demonstration of force in the city his fighters helped destroy during civil war two decades ago.

4 May 2017 | 10:33 PM

Former warlord Hekmatyar calls for peace with Afghan Taliban

KABUL (Reuters) - Former Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar returned to Kabul on Thursday after two decades in hiding, calling for peace with Taliban insurgents and criticising the Western-backed government, which he said was not working.

4 May 2017 | 9:03 AM

Wary mood in Kabul as notorious former warlord set to return

KABUL (Reuters) - Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is due to meet the Afghan president this week ahead of a return to politics, a remarkable turnaround for a leader widely reviled for his part in a civil war that killed thousands in the capital Kabul and razed much of the city.

24 Apr 2017 | 2:43 AM

Afghan Taliban's brazen attack eclipses Trump's 'mother of all bombs'

KABUL (Reuters) - Eight days after the U.S. military dropped its largest ever conventional bomb on suspected Islamic State fighters in eastern Afghanistan, Taliban militants breached an army base in the north of the country and killed scores of local soldiers.

22 Apr 2017 | 10:58 PM

Death toll in Afghan base attack rises to 140, officials say

MAZAR-I-SHARIF/KABUL, Afghanistan (Reuters) - President Ashraf Ghani declared a national day of mourning after scores of soldiers were killed by Taliban fighters disguised as fellow soldiers, in the deadliest attack of its kind on an Afghan military base.

16 Apr 2017 | 11:02 PM

Trump aide McMaster visits Afghanistan - Afghan presidency on Twitter

KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser met Afghan officials in Kabul on Sunday and said the new administration was weighing diplomatic, military and economic responses to its Taliban and Islamic State enemies in Afghanistan.

14 Apr 2017 | 10:48 PM

U.S. drops 'mother of all bombs' in Afghanistan - Pentagon

ACHIN, Afghanistan/KABUL (Reuters) - The top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan said on Friday that the decision to deploy one of the largest conventional bombs ever used in combat was purely tactical, and made as part of the campaign against Islamic State-linked fighters.

13 Apr 2017 | 11:16 PM

Afghan officials seek clues on Trump as adviser heads to Kabul

KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is dispatching his first high-level delegation to Afghanistan to begin to formulate a strategy for a war that has entangled NATO forces for more than 15 years and continues to inflict heavy casualties on local troops.

2 Mar 2017 | 7:39 AM

Afghan-based Islamic State a wild card as Trump ponders U.S. commitment

KABUL/DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (Reuters) - An Islamic State offshoot based near the Afghan-Pakistan border is expanding to new areas, recruiting fighters and widening the reach of attacks in the region, members of the movement and Afghan officials said.

31 Jan 2017 | 7:13 AM

Powerful Afghan governor pushes for role on national stage

KABUL (Reuters) - Atta Mohammad Noor, one of Afghanistan's most powerful regional leaders, is in talks with President Ashraf Ghani to join the central government, a move that could shake up the country's politics ahead of elections scheduled for 2019.