Hamid Shalizi

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14 Aug 2018 | 9:47 PM

Afghan forces say regaining control of much of besieged city

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan troops backed by U.S forces gained control of most of the embattled city of Ghazni on Tuesday, officials said, while a Taliban attack in another province raised new questions about Afghanistan's defences against the insurgency.

13 Aug 2018 | 3:22 PM

Afghan special forces sent to bolster threatened city defences

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan special forces units moved to embattled Ghazni overnight to try to beat back Taliban insurgents who have come close to overrunning the city as public anger mounted over the government's response to the crisis.

25 Jun 2018 | 10:37 PM

Taliban rejects pleas by Afghan elders for a ceasefire extension

KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban on Monday rejected pleas by Afghan elders and activists for an extension of this month's ceasefire and said they amounted to a call for surrender to foreign forces.

7 Jun 2018 | 11:43 PM

Afghanistan announces Eid ceasefire with Taliban until June 20

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced for the first time an unconditional ceasefire with the Taliban, coinciding with the end of the Muslim fasting month, but excluding other militant groups, such as Islamic State.

30 May 2018 | 9:32 PM

Militants attack Afghan ministry with bomb, grenades and gunfire

KABUL (Reuters) - Gunmen armed with assault rifles and grenade launchers stormed the heavily fortified headquarters of the Afghan interior ministry on Wednesday, battling security forces for more than two hours in the latest attack on the capital Kabul.

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.