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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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Australian and US hostages 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.
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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

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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

Afghan forces face heavy toll after US troop pullout [Video]Afghan forces face heavy toll after US troop pullout

Since US withdrew soldiers from Afghanistan, conflict with Taliban fighters has killed at least 45,000 Afghan troops.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:28Published

Violence, conflict blamed for low voter turnout in Afghan presidential election [Video]Violence, conflict blamed for low voter turnout in Afghan presidential election

A preliminary count of voter participation in the first round of Afghanistan's presidential vote indicates a sharp drop in turnout, in an election held amid Taliban threats to disrupt the process.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:32Published

Afghan election beset by low turnout, technical glitches [Video]Afghan election beset by low turnout, technical glitches

Millions of Afghans brave persistent Taliban threats to cast their ballots in the fourth presidential polls.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:50Published

Afghanistan elections: US calls for transparent process [Video]Afghanistan elections: US calls for transparent process

US calls for credible and transparent presidential elections in Afghanistan following the collapse of peace talks with the Taliban.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:12Published

Millions of Afghans defy Taliban threat to vote in presidential elections [Video]Millions of Afghans defy Taliban threat to vote in presidential elections

Tens of thousands of Afghan forces were deployed across 34 provinces to protect the country's nine million registered voters from Taliban attacks.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:49Published

Afghanistan boosts security for presidential election [Video]Afghanistan boosts security for presidential election

About 100,000 security personnel are to guard polling stations in the wake of Taliban threats.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:35Published

Afghan forces' raid on Taliban hideout kills dozens of civilians [Video]Afghan forces' raid on Taliban hideout kills dozens of civilians

At least 40 civilians killed in air raid and ground assault on Taliban hideouts by Afghan special forces.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:56Published

Wedding guests killed in Afghan army raid [Video]Wedding guests killed in Afghan army raid

At least 35 people attending an Afghan wedding have been killed in a raid by the Afghan army on a nearby militant hideout on Sunday evening. David Doyle reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:57Published

 

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

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.
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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.
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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...
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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..
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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.
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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

Taliban, U.S. negotiator both in Islamabad for talks with Pakistan

Afghan Taliban officials were due in Pakistan on Wednesday, the insurgent group said, as the top U.S. diplomat involved in talks with the militants also met government officials there, although it was..
Reuters - Published

Taliban to visit Pakistan, discuss failed Afghan peace talks

An Afghan Taliban delegation will visit Pakistan on Wednesday, the insurgent group said, the latest stop on a tour of regional powers after an Afghanistan peace process broke down.
Reuters - Published

Taliban kill 11 Afghan police, torch district headquarters

The Taliban killed at least 11 police officers in Afghanistan's northern Balkh province before burning their headquarters, officials said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Afghan voters defy attacks, delays to choose president

Afghans braved the threat of militant attacks and delays at polling booths to vote in a presidential election on Saturday, a major test of the Western-backed government's ability to protect democracy..
Reuters - Published

The Taliban cut off his finger for voting, he defied them again

The Taliban cut off Safiullah Safi's right forefinger for voting in 2014. That did not stop the businessman from doing it again.
Reuters - Published

Numbed by war, generations of Afghans seek solace in voting

Nearly two decades ago, an Afghan man risked his life to protect the country's prized artefacts by hiding them in the basement of the central bank office in Kabul as Taliban Islamists destroyed the..
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Taliban worries loom as Afghanistan prepares to vote for a president

Millions of Afghans are expected to brave the threat of militant attacks to vote in a presidential election on Saturday, hoping to prevent a repeat of a bitter, fraud-marred and ultimately unresolved..
Reuters - Published

Russia says it will help revive Afghan peace talks between Taliban, U.S.

Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday it would help revive Afghan peace talks between the United States and the Taliban that collapsed earlier this month, the RIA news agency reported.
Reuters - Published

Afghanistan bolsters security as Taliban threatens presidential poll

Afghanistan deployed more than 100,000 troops and police on Thursday to guard polling stations in a presidential election which the Taliban has threatened to disrupt with suicide bombings and rocket..
Reuters - Published

Factbox: Afghan voters speak ahead of Saturday's presidential election

Afghanistan's twice-delayed presidential election is expected to go ahead on Saturday, after months of uncertainty in which U.S. diplomats sought to hammer out a pact with Taliban Islamist militants to..
Reuters - Published

Afghanistan's Taliban meets Chinese government in Beijing

A Taliban delegation met China's special representative for Afghanistan in Beijing on Sunday to discuss the group's peace talks with the United States, a spokesman for the Islamist insurgency said.
Reuters - Published

Afghanistan braces for deadly attacks as Taliban vow to disrupt presidential election

A deadly suicide bombing this week near an election rally in central Afghanistan where President Ashraf Ghani was due to speak came as a sharp reminder of the risks to a ballot set for the end of next..
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Taliban car bomb kills at least 20 in southern Afghanistan

A Taliban truck bomb killed at least 20 people and wounded 95 others when it exploded near a hospital in southern Afghanistan, an official said.
Reuters - Published

Pakistan PM to urge Trump to restart Afghan peace talks

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Wednesday that he would urge U.S. President Donald Trump next week to revive Afghanistan peace talks with the Taliban militant group.
Reuters - Published

Afghanistan's Taliban tells teachers, students to block presidential elections or risk death

Afghanistan's Taliban insurgent group on Wednesday warned teachers, students and other education workers to avoid the upcoming presidential vote or risk dying in attacks on election centers.
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Afghan president sees his chance after collapse of U.S.-Taliban talks

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had no more than 20 minutes to study a draft accord between the United States and the Taliban on pulling thousands of U.S. troops out of his country, but upcoming..
Reuters - Published

Iran says it held talks with Afghanistan's Taliban

Iran held talks with a delegation from Afghanistan's Taliban, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, a week after peace talks between the United States and the Islamist insurgents collapsed.
Reuters - Published

Taliban attacks kill 48, Afghan leader unhurt as bomber targets rally

Taliban suicide bombers killed 48 people in two separate attacks in Afghanistan on Tuesday, the deadliest taking place near an election rally by President Ashraf Ghani, though he was unhurt.
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Taliban militant group claims Afghan blasts, says dozens dead

The Taliban insurgent group claimed responsibility for two blasts which it said killed dozens of people in Afghanistan on Tuesday.
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U.S. service member killed in Afghanistan

A U.S. service member was killed in Afghanistan on Monday, the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said, after the collapse of talks between the United States and Taliban to end the conflict.
Reuters - Published

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