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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 organization in Afghanistan currently waging war within that country. Since 2016, the Taliban's leader is Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada.

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Shooting in the dark; Afghanistan's endless war pits brother against brother

The 19-year-old Taliban deserter is haunted by the memory of the attack on a police checkpoint in northern Afghanistan in August.
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U.S. envoy to rejoin Doha talks with Taliban after Kabul visit, says State Department

U.S. Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, after a visit to Kabul, will travel to Qatar to rejoin talks with Taliban negotiators on steps that could lead to a ceasefire and a settlement to the war in..
Reuters - Published

Videos for Taliban


First round of resurrected US-Taliban peace talks open in Qatar [Video]First round of resurrected US-Taliban peace talks open in Qatar

Renewed negotiations expected to pave the way for direct talks between Taliban and Kabul to end 18 years of war.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:48Published

US-Taliban talks: Informal negotiations resume [Video]US-Taliban talks: Informal negotiations resume

Taliban says it is willing to restart peace talks with US, as President Trump tells troops in Afghanistan he thinks group is ready to strike a deal.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:48Published

In surprise trip to Afghanistan, Trump says Taliban talks resumed [Video]In surprise trip to Afghanistan, Trump says Taliban talks resumed

Donald Trump makes unannounced trip to Afghanistan on Thanksgiving Day, his first since becoming the US president.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:03Published

Donald Trump visits US troops in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving [Video]Donald Trump visits US troops in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving

President Donald Trump has paid a surprise Thanksgiving visit to Afghanistan, where he announced the US and Taliban have been engaged in ongoing peace talks.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:48Published

In Afghanistan, Trump voices hope for ceasefire [Video]In Afghanistan, Trump voices hope for ceasefire

U.S. President Donald Trump made a surprise Thanksgiving visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan on Thursday and said he believed Taliban insurgents would agree to a ceasefire in America's longest war...

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:53Published

'The Taliban wants to make a deal': Trump in Afghanistan [Video]'The Taliban wants to make a deal': Trump in Afghanistan

U.S. President Donald Trump made a surprise Thanksgiving visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan on Thursday and said he believed Taliban insurgents would agree to a ceasefire in America's longest war.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:59Published

U.S., Australian hostages freed by Afghan Taliban in swap [Video]U.S., Australian hostages freed by Afghan Taliban in swap

Afghan and Taliban sources confirm that a prisoner swap has successfully released American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks, faculty at the American University in Kabul, in exchange for captured..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:25Published

Afghanistan to swap Taliban leaders for western professors [Video]Afghanistan to swap Taliban leaders for western professors

Afghanistan to swap Taliban leaders for western professors

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 05:10Published

Taliban prisoner swap shows 'intention for peace' - Ghani [Video]Taliban prisoner swap shows 'intention for peace' - Ghani

Afghanistan will release two senior Taliban commanders and a leader of the Haqqani militant group in exchange for an American and an Australian professor who were kidnapped in 2016, Afghan President..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:57Published

Taliban prisoner swap for U.S., Aussie professors [Video]Taliban prisoner swap for U.S., Aussie professors

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says he has secured the release of two professors from the American University of Afghanistan in exchange for three captured Taliban. It's part of a wider effort to revamp..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:25Published

US cutting troops but ‘still committed’ to Afghan solution: Esper [Video]US cutting troops but ‘still committed’ to Afghan solution: Esper

Reducing the number of foreign troops in Afghanistan was goal of recent talks between the US and the Taliban.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:19Published

House speaker Pelosi makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan [Video]House speaker Pelosi makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other senior members of Congress made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Sunday, her office said. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:58Published

Esper in Afghanistan as U.S. looks to kickstart Taliban talks [Video]Esper in Afghanistan as U.S. looks to kickstart Taliban talks

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Kabul on Sunday in a bid to bring talks with the Taliban back on track after President Donald Trump abruptly broke off negotiations last month seeking to..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:36Published

At least 62 killed in Afghan mosque bombing [Video]At least 62 killed in Afghan mosque bombing

A spokesman for Nangarhar province's governor says there were multiple blasts from explosives placed inside the mosque in the Jawdara area of Haska Mena district. Mia Womersley reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:38Published

 

U.S. peace envoy in Kabul for revival of talks: sources

U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Kabul on Wednesday to meet Afghanistan's president to discuss ways of resuming peace talks, Afghan government officials said, after negotiations with the..
Reuters - Published

Exclusive: U.S. troop drawdowns in Afghanistan 'not necessarily' tied to Taliban deal - Esper

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday that any future troop drawdowns in Afghanistan were "not necessarily" linked to a deal with Taliban insurgents, suggesting some lowering of force levels..
Reuters - Published

Australia's Weeks says hope helped him survive Taliban captivity

Timothy Weeks, the Australian academic released by the Taliban in November after being kept hostage for more than three years, said on Sunday that hope helped him survive the ordeal.
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Australian Timothy Weeks never gave up 'hope of release' from Taliban captivity

Australian academic Timothy Weeks says his three years as a Taliban hostage in Afghanistan has had a "profound and unimaginable effect" on him.
SBS - Published

After Trump's Afghan visit, Taliban say they are ready to resume peace talks

The Taliban said on Friday they were ready to restart peace talks with the United States, a day after President Donald Trump visited U.S. troops in Afghanistan and said he believed the radical group..
Reuters - Published

After more than three years as a Taliban hostage, Tim Weeks has returned to Australia

Australian man Timothy Weeks has arrived home after being held hostage in Afghanistan for more than three years.
SBS - Published

Taliban hostage Tim Weeks returns to Australia

Australian man Timothy Weeks has arrived home after being held hostage in Afghanistan for more than three years.
SBS - Published

Trump makes surprise Afghanistan trip, voices hope for ceasefire

President Donald Trump made a surprise Thanksgiving visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan on Thursday and said he believed Taliban insurgents would agree to a ceasefire in America's longest war.
Reuters - Published

Iran foreign minister meets senior Taliban official in Tehran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held talks in Tehran with a Taliban delegation led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, one of the group's founders, the official IRNA news agency reported on..
Reuters - Published

PM thanks Trump for Timothy Weeks' release

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called Donald Trump to thank the US president for his help in securing the release of Timothy Weeks from Taliban custody.
SBS - Published

Red Cross says it handed over 10 Afghan soldiers after release by Taliban

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Thursday it facilitated the release of 10 Afghan security force members detained by the Taliban and handed them over to Afghan authorities.
Reuters - Published

Trump says he hopes release of captives in Afghanistan prompts ceasefire

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he hopes the release of two Western prisoners held hostage by the Afghan Taliban this week could help pave the way to an end to the war in Afghanistan.
Reuters - Published

Tim Weeks 'in good spirits' after three years in Taliban captivity: PM

Australian Timothy Weeks and American Kevin King have been released by the Taliban as part of a stalled hostage swap deal.
SBS - Published

Family 'relieved' after Australian professor Timothy Weeks freed in Taliban prisoner swap

Australian Timothy Weeks and American Kevin King have been released by the Taliban as part of a stalled hostage swap deal.
SBS - Published

Taliban frees two Western prisoners, U.S. sees hope for wider Afghan peace

The Afghan Taliban released American and Australian university professors held hostage for more than three years on Tuesday, Afghan, U.S. and Australian officials said, completing a delayed prisoner..
Reuters - Published

U.S. sees hope for wider Afghan peace in release of two hostages

The United States welcomed the release on Tuesday of two U.S. and Australian men held by the Afghan Taliban and said the gesture, a recent decline in violence, and other developments gave it hope that..
Reuters - Published

Afghanistan's president claims victory over Islamic State

Security forces have "obliterated" Islamic State (IS) militants in Afghanistan, President Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday, hours after a prisoner swap with Taliban insurgents raised hopes of a lull in..
Reuters - Published

U.S., Australian hostages freed by Afghan Taliban in swap

The Afghan Taliban released American and Australian university professors held hostage for more than three years on Tuesday, Afghan government officials said, completing a delayed prisoner swap and..
Reuters - Published Also reported by •SBS

Western hostages freed by Afghan Taliban in swap for top commanders: sources

The Afghan Taliban released two Western hostages on Tuesday, Afghan government officials said, completing a delayed prisoner swap for three of the militant group's commanders and raising hopes for of a..
Reuters - Published

Taliban frees U.S. and Australian hostages in a prisoner swap: Afghan officials

Taliban insurgents released two Western hostages - Kevin King from the United States and Timothy Weeks from Australia - on Tuesday in a prisoner exchange deal with the Afghan government, two Afghan..
Reuters - Published

Taliban release Australia, American prisoners in Afghanistan hostage swap

Australian professor Timothy Weeks and American academic Kevin King have been released as part of a hostage swap deal, say Taliban sources.
SBS - Published

Captured Taliban commanders arrive in Qatar ahead of swap for Australian hostage

Australian professor Timothy Weeks and American academic Kevin King are to be released as part of a hostage swap deal, say Taliban sources.
SBS - Published

Australian hostage Timothy Weeks to be released by Taliban in prisoner swap

Australian professor Timothy Weeks and American academic Kevin King are to be released as part of a hostage swap deal, say Taliban sources.
SBS - Published

Taliban commanders part of swap for Western hostages arrive in Qatar: sources

Three Taliban commanders who are part of a prisoner swap for two Western hostages held by the militant group have landed in Qatar, three Taliban sources familiar with the deal said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

'It was a shortcoming from the American side': Taliban blames US for failed prisoner swap

The Taliban have blamed the US for a failed prisoner swap that would have seen Australian professor Timothy Weeks freed after being held captive in Afghanistan.
SBS - Published

Taliban blames US for failed prisoner swap

The Taliban have blamed the US for a failed prisoner swap that would have seen Australian professor Timothy Weeks freed after being held captive in Afghanistan.
SBS - Published

Taliban shifted Western hostages as prisoner swap postponed: sources

A plan to swap two Western hostages with three Taliban prisoners has been postponed, an Afghan government official told Reuters on Friday, and Taliban sources said the group had moved the Westerners to..
Reuters - Published

Taliban prisoner swap for Australian professor fails

The planned prisoner swap with the Taliban that would have freed Australian professor Timothy Weeks and his American colleague has not taken place.
SBS - Published

Afghan prisoner swap for American, Australian did not occur: diplomat

The planned exchange of two senior Taliban commanders and a leader of the Haqqani militant group for an American and an Australian kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2016 has not taken place, a diplomat said..
Reuters - Published

NSW man in Taliban hostage exchange imminent

Timothy Weeks is expected to undergo an extensive medical examination before flying to Australia and being reunited with his family.
The Age - Published

Afghanistan to swap Taliban militants for American, Australian captives

Afghanistan will release two senior Taliban commanders and a leader of the Haqqani militant group in exchange for an American and an Australian professor who were kidnapped in 2016, Afghan President..
Reuters - Published

Three judges killed at Taliban checkpoint in Afghanistan, officials say

Three judges and a court staffer were killed in Afghanistan on Thursday after Taliban militants stopped their car in the latest attack on the judiciary, officials said.
Reuters - Published

Afghan woman politician sees Taliban talks as only hope for future

Afghan women have no choice but to hope the Taliban respect their rights for the sake of peace, said Fauzia Kofi, the first woman to lead a political party in Afghanistan.
Reuters - Published

Top U.S. negotiator in Kabul to brief Afghan government

U.S. President Donald Trump's top negotiator for Afghanistan was in Kabul on Sunday to brief the Afghan president on peace efforts on his first trip back since Trump ended talks with the Taliban aimed..
Reuters - Published

Afghan rivals to meet in China after U.S. talks stall

China is organizing talks among Afghanistan's rival factions as part of efforts to end years of war after negotiations between the Taliban and the United States on the withdrawal of U.S. forces broke..
Reuters - Published

Pentagon chief in Afghanistan as U.S. looks to kickstart Taliban talks

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Afghanistan on Sunday, as the United States seeks to bring talks with the Taliban back on track after President Donald Trump abruptly broke off negotiations..
Reuters - Published

Afghanistan suffers record 4,300 civilian casualties in three months: U.N.

A record 4,313 civilians were injured or killed in Afghanistan's war against the Islamist Taliban between July and September, the United Nations said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Taliban truck bomb in Afghanistan kills at least three, wounds dozens

A Taliban suicide bomber killed at least three people and wounded 27 on Wednesday when he set off explosives in a truck near a police headquarters in Afghanistan, officials said.
Reuters - Published

Afghanistan's all-female orchestra is hoping to revive music banned under the Taliban

Members of Zohra - Afghanistan’s first all-female orchestral ensemble - will take to the stage for two special performances in Melbourne and Sydney.
SBS - Published

U.N. report says U.S. air strikes on Afghan drug labs unlawful, hit civilians

U.S. air strikes on alleged Taliban drug labs in Afghanistan in May killed or wounded at least 39 civilians, including 14 children, and violated international humanitarian law as the victims were..
Reuters - Published

Kidnapped Indian engineers released in Taliban prisoner swap

The Taliban has released three kidnapped engineers from India in exchange for 11 members of the militant group who were held in an Afghan prison, a senior Afghan government source said on Monday.
Reuters - Published

U.S. Afghanistan envoy meets Taliban in Pakistan: sources

A Taliban delegation met U.S. special representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad for more than an hour on Thursday, two sources told Reuters, the first known contact between the sides since U.S...
Reuters - Published

Taliban delegation met U.S. envoy during visit to Islamabad: sources

A Taliban delegation met U.S. special representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad in Pakistan's capital Islamabad on Thursday, two sources told Reuters, the first known contact between the two..
Reuters - Published

Pakistan and Taliban call for U.S. to resume Afghan peace talks

Peace talks in Afghanistan must resume as soon as possible, Pakistan and the Taliban militant group urged on Thursday, after President Donald Trump broke off negotiations last month seeking to end the..
Reuters - Published

Pakistan, Taliban call for Afghan peace talks to resume: foreign office

Pakistan's foreign office on Thursday said that Pakistan and the Taliban agreed that the Afghanistan peace talk process halted by the United States last month should resume as soon as possible.
Reuters - Published

Taliban, U.S. envoy in Pakistan to review broken peace talks

Afghan Taliban officials were due in Islamabad on Wednesday to discuss the possibility of reviving talks for a political settlement in Afghanistan, Pakistan's foreign ministry and the insurgent group..
Reuters - Published

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