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US to continues airstrikes to support Afghan forces; fighting to intensify

The United States will continue to carry out airstrikes to support Afghan forces facing attacks from the insurgent Taliban, the chief of CentComm said, as foreign forces have drawn down troops in Afghanistan

US tells Afghan forces to slow down Taliban momentum as hundreds of thousands displaced in war

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the first job for the Afghan security forces was to slow down the Taliban's momentum as the group extended its control over more and more areas across the nation, seizing key border districts trade routes and highways, displacing in the process hundreds of thousands common Afghans in the civil war

US conducts airstrikes against Taliban, even as 95 per cent withdrawal completed

Even as US forces completed 95 per cent withdrawal from Afghanistan, they conducted two strikes against the Taliban in support of Afghan security forces in the southern province of Kandahar

Taliban demands new negotiated government acceptable to all

The Taliban has said they won’t agree on a ceasefire until there is a new negotiated government acceptable to all, adding they don’t believe in monopoly of power

Taliban kills 100 civilians in Afghanistan-Pakistan border town

As the civil war intensifies in Afghanistan, Taliban insurgents have reportedly killed over 100 people in Spin Boldak, a border town of the southern province of Kandahar in Afghanistan, a media report said, which was later confirmed by Afghan Interior Ministry

Taliban controls half of Afghan districts, have ‘strategic momentum’, says US top commander

The Taliban, the main Afghan insurgent group, controls about half of Afghanistan's total district centers, General Mark Milley, the chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, said, adding the group seems to have gained “strategic momentum”

Intention to create a weakened Afghanistan, says former president Karzai

Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai said that he has suspected for “a long time” that the United States and some of its allies have tried to create a weakened Afghanistan with a splintered government

Rockets land near Afghan presidential palace during Eid prayers

At least three rockets landed near the Afghan Presidential Palace in Kabul on Tuesday morning during Eid prayers where almost all senior Afghan political leaders, including President Ashraf Ghani, former president Hamid Karzai, and chief peace negotiator Abdullah Abdullah was present

Turkish President Erdogan asks Taliban to end ‘occupation’ of Afghanistan

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said that the Taliban should "end the occupation of their brothers' soil," days after the insurgent group warned Ankara against extending its military presence to protect Kabul’s international airport, one of the most important gateways to the landlocked country

Fifteen foreign missions call Taliban to lay down arms and to agree on ceasefire

Fifteen diplomatic missions along with the NATO representative in Afghanistan asked the Taliban on Monday to halt its military offensive and lay down arms to end the conflict in Afghanistan

Afghan girls bag award at international astronomy competition

Even as the future of their conflict-ridden country hangs in the balance, a group of Afghan girls from the western city of Herat gave their war-weary people something to cheer about when they won an award at the International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition hosted by Poland which was held online early in July

Senior leaders of Afghan government, Taliban hold talks in Doha

Amid continued fighting in Afghanistan, senior leaders of the Afghan government and the Taliban, the main Afghan insurgent group, held discussions in Doha, Qatar in a bid to fast-track the already stalled peace process

Taliban offers three-month ceasefire in exchange for prisoner release

The Taliban, the main Afghan insurgent group, has offered a three-month ceasefire in exchange for the release of 7,000 prisoners just before senior delegations of the warring parties are expected to meet in Doha, Qatar

US to start evacuating Afghans at risk by July end

The United States will begin evacuating Afghan interpreters and special applicants, who are at risk of facing retribution, by July end, confirmed the White House, announcing they would soon launch an operation, called Operation Allies Refuge, to get them out of the war-torn country

Taliban wrest control of important border town with Pakistan

In a significant development with grave security implications, the Afghan insurgent group, the Taliban, has taken control of the Chaman-Wesh border crossing, one of the main border crossings with Pakistan, the insurgent group claimed in a statement on Wednesday

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