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Taliban spokesman Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai said the insurgents did not want a monopoly on power.

Taliban Rejects Afghanistan Offer to Open Political Office Within Country

Taliban narco-jihadis turned down Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s offer on Sunday to open a political post in Afghanistan, including in the group’s opium-rich birthplace of Kandahar, saying they want international recognition of their existing political office in the Qatari capital of Doha instead.

The Afghan Taliban have announced the start of their 'spring offensive', even as the government in Kabul tries to bring the insurgents back to the negotiating table

Watchdog: Afghanistan Loses More Ground to Taliban amid Peace Talks 

The government of Afghanistan lost more territory to the Taliban in recent months, further plunging the number of districts under the control or influence of Kabul to unprecedented lows, a U.S. watchdog agency revealed in its latest report to Congress on Thursday.

Taliban fighters gather in Surkhroad district of Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, June 16, 2018. A suicide bomber blew himself up in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday as mostly Taliban fighters gathered to celebrate a three-day cease fire marking the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr, killing 21 people and …

Afghan Taliban Threatens to End Peace Negotiations with U.S.

Taliban narco-jihadis on Tuesday issued a statement threatening to pull the plug on peace negotiations with the United States, likely over America’s insistence that Kabul participates in the talks, a demand long rejected by the terrorist group.

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Report: Taliban Prepares for Peace Talks with United States

Taliban leaders are reportedly putting together a team to negotiate with the United States and signaling which concessions they will require to make such talks possible, prominently including a release of Taliban prisoners taken during the 17-year war in Afghanistan.

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Taliban Kidnaps 170 Civilians After Afghanistan Declares Ceasefire

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced a ceasefire plan on Sunday, but the Taliban promptly kidnapped 170 people from buses in an act of highway banditry. On Monday morning, Ghani all but abandoned the ceasefire and instructed his armed forces to continue operations against the Taliban until the terrorist group scales back its violent activities.

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Afghanistan Vows End to Using ‘Virginity Exams’ to Arrest Girls and Women

A new measure unveiled in Afghanistan in July to prohibit government health personnel from performing “invasive and medically meaningless vaginal and anal exams” on women and girls to ascertain whether they are “virgins” is a step in the right direction to protect women’s rights, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said this week in a statement welcoming the policy.

Afghan security forces stand guard near the site of a suicide attack in Jalalabad on November 23, 2017. A suicide bomber struck at a crowd of people in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar on November 23 killing at least eight, officials said, in an attack that underscored worsening security. …

Bombing at Mosque in Afghanistan Kills 12, Wounds 33

KABUL, Afghanistan — A bomb blast inside a mosque in eastern Afghanistan that was being used as a voter registration center killed at least 12 people and wounded 33, officials said.

XILINGOL, CHINA - JULY 30: The flag guard formation holding the flag of the Communist Party of China, the national flag and the flag of the PLA attends a military parade at Zhurihe military training base to mark the 90th birthday of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) on July 30, …

World View: How China Would Lose a War with the United States

Contents: Massive earth fissure suddenly opens up in mid-Kenya, signaling an eventual split in all of Africa; How China would lose a war with the United States; ISIS-linked terrorists in Afghanistan kill 32 in bombing of Shia Shrine in Kabul

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U.S. Expands Operations to Protect Afghan Capital: ‘We Have a Lot of Work to Do’

The United States has deemed protecting the sprawling Afghan capital of Kabul the “main effort” of an intensified U.S.-backed offensive following a series of high-profile terrorist assaults at the hands of the Taliban and the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), revealed the top commander of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan.