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Islamic fundamentalist political movement in Afghanistan

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Taliban: Islamic fundamentalist political movement in Afghanistan
The Taliban or Taleban, who refer to themselves as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), are a Sunni Islamic fundamentalist political movement and military organisation in Afghanistan currently waging war within that country. Since 2016, the Taliban's leader is Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada.

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Fighting continues in Afghanistan as gov’t and Taliban meet [Video]

Fighting continues in Afghanistan as gov’t and Taliban meet

It is the first time after nearly two decades that the Afghan government and the Taliban are meeting face to face. But as they meet in Doha, attacks are continuing in Afghanistan.

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Afghan Peace Talks: Can the Taliban Compromise? [Video]

Afghan Peace Talks: Can the Taliban Compromise?

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Talks between Afghan government and Taliban open in Qatar [Video]

Talks between Afghan government and Taliban open in Qatar

Nearly 20 years of war has led to the deaths and injury of an estimated 300,000 Iraqi and Afghan people.

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Pompeo urges Afghans to make peace deal [Video]

Pompeo urges Afghans to make peace deal

Afghan government representatives and Taliban insurgents met on Saturday to begin historic peace talks aimed at ending two decades of war that has killed tens of thousands of combatants and civilians...

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Afghan observers tamp down peace prospects as Taliban talks begin [Video]

Afghan observers tamp down peace prospects as Taliban talks begin

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Afghan, Taliban talks aim to end decades of war [Video]

Afghan, Taliban talks aim to end decades of war

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Taliban kill four survivors of Afghanistan flash floods [Video]

Taliban kill four survivors of Afghanistan flash floods

Taliban fighters killed four civilians on Thursday during clashes with Afghan forces in the central province of Parwan, amid rescue work after flash floods claimed more than 150 lives, officials said...

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Afghan govt begins releasing last Taliban prisoners [Video]

Afghan govt begins releasing last Taliban prisoners

The Afghan government has begun releasing the last Taliban prisoners from a final batch of 400 who the militants want freed before they agree to start peace negotiations, a security agency spokesman..

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Afghan president backs release of 400 Taliban prisoners [Video]

Afghan president backs release of 400 Taliban prisoners

Their release has been a pre-condition for the armed group to hold peace talks with the government.

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Afghanistan to free 'hard-core' Taliban prisoners [Video]

Afghanistan to free 'hard-core' Taliban prisoners

Afghanistan has agreed to release 40 Taliban prisoners, accused of some of the country's bloodiest attacks, in order to pave the way for peace talks. David Doyle reports.

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Afghan president agrees Taliban prisoner release [Video]

Afghan president agrees Taliban prisoner release

President Ghani's statement comes after Afghan grand assembly passed a resolution on Sunday morning.

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Trump would be 'angry' if Russian bounty reports were true [Video]

Trump would be 'angry' if Russian bounty reports were true

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday if U.S. intelligence reports that Russia paid Taliban to kill American troops in Afghanistan were true, he would be very angry about it.

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Afghan Sikhs share horrific experience after escaping Taliban terror [Video]

Afghan Sikhs share horrific experience after escaping Taliban terror

Nidan Singh, the Afghan Sikh who was kidnapped a month ago in Afghanistan and released recently, arrived in Delhi on July 26 along with his family and a delegation of Afghan Sikhs. Several among them..

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11 Afghan Sikhs, including Nidan Singh kidnapped by Taliban last month, arrives in Delhi [Video]

11 Afghan Sikhs, including Nidan Singh kidnapped by Taliban last month, arrives in Delhi

Nidan Singh, the Afghan Sikh who was kidnapped a month ago in Afghanistan and released recently, arrived in Delhi on July 26. He was accompanied by his family and a delegation of Afghan Sikhs. Nidan..

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Reluctance to free 'most dangerous' Taliban prisoners slows Afghan peace talks: sources

Western powers are backing the Afghan government's refusal to free hundreds of prisoners accused of some of Afghanistan's most violent attacks, a release demanded by the Taliban as a condition to start..
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Afghan government, Taliban agree to Doha as venue for first peace talks

Afghanistan's government and the Islamist Taliban group have agreed that Doha will be the venue for the first meeting in their peace talks, both sides said on Sunday.
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Afghan peace talks seen this month after U.S. shuttle diplomacy

Talks to end the 18-year-old conflict in Afghanistan may begin this month, sources said on Monday, a day after the U.S. special envoy visited the capital of neighbouring Pakistan and met Taliban..
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U.S. forces conduct airstrikes on Taliban in Afghanistan

American forces conducted two airstrikes on Taliban fighters to foil the militant group's plan to launch attacks on Afghan security forces, a U.S. military spokesman said on Friday, in a move that..
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Taliban, al Qaeda retain ties despite U.S.-Taliban deal, U.N. monitors say

Ties between the Taliban, especially its Haqqani Network branch, and al Qaeda remain close, independent U.N. sanctions monitors said in a report made public on Monday, despite a U.S.-Taliban pact..
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Khalilzad sounds upbeat note on chances for intra-Afghan peace talks

Recent prisoner releases and a relatively low level of violence may bode well for the start of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan..
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Afghan government says ceasefire still in place even as skirmishes with Taliban resume

Skirmishes between Taliban fighters and Afghan security forces recommenced in Afghanistan in the day since a three-day ceasefire expired, but government officials said on Thursday that the incidents..
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Exclusive: U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan down to close to 8,600 ahead of schedule - sources

U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan is down to nearly 8,600, well ahead of a schedule agreed with Taliban militants in late February, in part because of concerns about the spread of the coronavirus,..
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Exclusive: U.S. ahead of schedule in cutting Afghanistan troop strength - sources

U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan is down to nearly 8,600, well ahead of a schedule agreed with Taliban militants in late February, in part because of concerns about the spread of the coronavirus,..
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Afghanistan begins freeing 900 Taliban prisoners, urges truce extension

The Afghan government said it was in the process of freeing 900 Taliban members from prison on Tuesday, the biggest such release yet, and urged the insurgent group to extend a three-day ceasefire set..
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Afghan government will free 900 Taliban prisoners Tuesday: Afghan official

The Afghan government urged the Taliban to extend a three-day ceasefire which is due to end on Tuesday night and also announced that it would release 900 prisoners from the insurgent group on Tuesday.
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Taliban, Afghan president declare three-day Eid ceasefire from Sunday

The Taliban declared a three-day Eid ceasefire in Afghanistan starting Sunday, via a tweet on Saturday from the hardline Islamist group, and the country's president said the government would..
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U.S. envoy meets Afghan president and former rival Abdullah in push for peace

The United States' special envoy for Afghanistan on Wednesday met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his former rival Abdullah Abdullah, to discuss progress towards a peace deal with the insurgent..
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U.S. envoy to press Taliban, Afghan officials on peace talks

A senior U.S. envoy left for Doha and Kabul on Sunday to press Taliban and Afghan government officials to open peace talks that the United States hopes will allow it to withdraw from Afghanistan, the..
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Taliban blast near Afghan intelligence base kills seven, injures 40

Taliban fighters detonated a car bomb on Monday near an Afghan intelligence agency installation in the central province of Ghazni, killing at least seven people and wounding 40, officials and the..
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India should talk to Taliban if Delhi feels it will bolster peace push: Pakistan's U.S. envoy

India should speak with Taliban militants if it feels that it will help the peace process, Pakistan's envoy to Washington said on Saturday, after a series of attacks in Afghanistan raised questions..
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Drawdown of U.S. troops from Afghanistan continuing: Pentagon

The United States is continuing its drawdown of troops from Afghanistan and is expected to meet a timeline that had been agreed upon with the Taliban earlier this year, the Pentagon said on Friday.
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Brutal Afghan attacks highlight limitations of U.S.-Taliban deal

Two brutal attacks this week laid bare major weaknesses of the U.S.-Taliban troop withdrawal pact: nothing in it obliges the Taliban to prevent such massacres and the Afghan government's ability to..
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Afghans say Taliban behind bloodshed, reject U.S. blame of Islamic State

Afghan officials on Friday blamed the Taliban for a bloody attack on a maternity hospital in the capital, Kabul, this week, rejecting a U.S. assertion that it was carried out by Islamic State..
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Truck bomb in eastern Afghan city kills five, Taliban claim responsibility

A truck packed with explosives blew up near a court in the eastern Afghan city of Gardez on Thursday, killing at least five people in an attack claimed by Taliban insurgents.
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Attacks deal Trump's long-shot Afghan peace push a fresh blow

U.S. President Donald Trump's stalled plans to bring peace to Afghanistan have suffered a new setback with a decision by Kabul to resume offensive operations against the Taliban following two attacks..
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Pompeo urges Taliban, Afghan govt to bring hospital, funeral attacker to justice

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday called on the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban to cooperate to bring to justice the perpetrators of attacks on a hospital and a funeral that..
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Taliban blow up police chief in latest Afghanistan attack

Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents killed a provincial police chief and two others in a roadside bomb attack, the local governor said on Friday, in the latest violence hindering a U.S.-brokered peace..
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United States' Khalilzad to meet Taliban in Qatar, visit India, Pakistan

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Taliban not living up to commitments, U.S. Defense Secretary says

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday that the Taliban were not living up to their commitments under an agreement signed this year, amid signs the fragile deal is under strain by a..
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Taliban attack military centre in Afghanistan, casualties reported

The Taliban on Monday claimed responsibility for an attack at a military centre in southern Helmand province in Afghanistan where at least 150 members of the Afghan army and intelligence wing were..
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Taliban, U.S. engage in Twitter spat amid rise in Afghanistan violence

Representatives of U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Taliban insurgents engaged in a rare public spat on Saturday, venting on social media about the stalling Afghan peace process.
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Taliban step up attacks on Afghan forces since signing U.S. deal: data

The Taliban have mounted more than 4,500 attacks in Afghanistan, marking a sharp escalation in violence, in the 45 days since signing a deal with the United States that paves the way for a U.S. troop..
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More than 500 civilians die in Afghan violence in first quarter: U.N.

More than 500 civilians were killed in Afghanistan in the first three months of the year as violence raged even after an agreement between the United States and the Taliban on withdrawing foreign..
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NATO calls on Taliban to reduce violence, seek peace: statement

The U.S.-led NATO alliance called on Friday for Afghanistan's Taliban militants to cut violence levels and join peace talks, saying prisoner releases should also be speeded up.
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Afghanistan's Taliban reject call for Ramadan ceasefire

The Taliban have rejected an Afghan government call for a ceasefire for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and to let authorities focus on tackling the coronavirus, raising new concern about prospects..
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Clashes across Afghanistan kill dozens of security force members, militants

Clashes between Afghan forces and Taliban militants killed dozens nationwide over the past 24 hours, authorities said on Wednesday, even as the United States tries to broker peace talks between the..
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Trump, Qatari leader agree Taliban need to reduce violence in Afghanistan, White House says

U.S. President Donald Trump and Qatari leader Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani agreed in a phone call on Wednesday on the importance of the Taliban reducing violence in Afghanistan, the White House..
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Afghan prisoner exchanges, U.S. peace plan threatened by coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic threatens to unravel a U.S. effort to end the war in Afghanistan if Taliban and government prisoners die in custody before they can be exchanged, four sources familiar with the..
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U.S., Taliban officials meet to discuss prisoner release dispute: Taliban spokesman

The chief U.S. negotiator and the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan held talks on Monday with Taliban officials in Doha on a prisoner release dispute that helped stall U.S.-led peace-making efforts, a..
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U.S. special representative to meet Taliban negotiators: State Department

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Taliban to release 20 Afghan government prisoners on Sunday: spokesman

The Taliban will release 20 Afghan government prisoners it was holding, a spokesman of the Islamist militant group said on Sunday, the first handover since the beginning of a peace process.
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The commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan met Taliban leadership in Doha to discuss the need to reduce violence in the war-torn country, spokesmen for both sides said on Saturday, as continued..
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Afghan government frees 100 Taliban prisoners as part of peace process

The Afghan government freed 100 Taliban prisoners on Wednesday as a first step in a peace process with the hardline Islamists, despite the group's suspension of talks on a planned prisoner exchange..
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Taliban recalls negotiators after suspending prisoner exchange talks

The Taliban on Tuesday recalled the group's negotiators from Kabul hours after they suspended talks on a prisoner exchange process with the Afghan government, a spokesman for the hard-line Islamist..
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Taliban break off talks with Afghan government on prisoner exchange

The Taliban on Tuesday broke off talks with the Afghan government on a prisoner exchange, a main step in peace talks being brokered by the United States after it agreed on a troop withdrawal pact with..
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