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Afghanistan extends lockdown amid upward COVID-19 trend
3 May 2020 16:49

Afghanistan extends lockdown amid upward COVID-19 trend

War-ravaged country has this week begun free distribution of bread for thousands of needy families.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the leader of the Taliban delegation, signs an agreement with Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. envoy for peace in Afghanistan, at a signing agreement ceremony between members of Afghanistan
3 May 2020 13:47

US-Taliban Deal Provides Opportunity for Reconciliation in Afghanistan: Pakistan

The Foreign Office said that the agreement signed in February 2020 was a significant step forward, creating a historic opportunity for the move towards intra-Afghan negotiations.

A health worker checks the temperature of car passengers in an effort to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, as they enter the city in the Paghman district of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, May 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
3 May 2020 11:49

In random test of 500 in Afghan capital, one-third has virus

One-third of 500 random coronavirus tests in Afghanistan's capital came back positive, health officials said Sunday, raising fears of widespread undetected infections in one of the world's most fragile states.

Taliban, U.S. Engage in Twitter Spat Amid Rise in Afghanistan Violence
2 May 2020 17:10

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.

A health worker checks the body temperature of men waiting for Friday prayers outside a mosque in Kabul. Photograph: Wakil Kohsar/AFP via Getty Images
2 May 2020 16:05

Civil war, poverty and now the virus: Afghanistan stands on the brink

Desperate medics reveal the challenge of fighting Covid-19 in a country already beset by huge problems as watchdog warns of impending health disaster.

This ‘hospital needs to be quarantined,’ but Afghanistan is at war
2 May 2020 14:14

This ‘hospital needs to be quarantined,’ but Afghanistan is at war

Even when their city was repeatedly overrun by the Taliban and fighting reached their doorsteps, the doctors and nurses in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz kept working. They dressed wounds and saved lives at the main government hospital even as a nearby trauma center was bombed, killing more than ...

The national flag of Afghanistan rises from the site of a massive blast in Kabul, where the Taliban launched an attack in September 2019. Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty
2 May 2020 13:03

The Trump Administration Is Now Hiding Information About Taliban Attacks in Afghanistan

The NATO-led military coalition in Afghanistan has stopped releasing details about Taliban attacks against the Afghan government even as the United States prepares to draw down its forces there, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction revealed in a report Friday morning.

Signs of bitter political feud in Afghanistan near end
2 May 2020 11:02

Signs of bitter political feud in Afghanistan near end

Development comes on heels of mounting pressure by country's western backers on President Ghani and his rival Abdullah.

Afghanistan likely to face coronavirus
2 May 2020 10:57

Afghanistan likely to face coronavirus 'health disaster': US watchdog

The United States (US) watchdog report warns that the coronavirus outbreak is likely to cause a health disaster in Afghanistan, which is still plagued by conflict, despite a peace deal between the Taliban and the US.

Afghanistan suffers upsurge in fighting and in coronavirus
2 May 2020 09:52

Afghanistan suffers upsurge in fighting and in coronavirus

Clashes between Taliban fighters and Afghan forces intensified in northern Balkh and southern Logar province as warring sides fought to control checkpoints and the number of coronavirus cases in Afghanistan rises, officials said on Friday.

Afghan security forces recaptured Yamgan district of Badakhshan Province from the Taliban after four year in September 2019.
30 Apr 2020 16:23

Afghans Claim Foreign Combatants Fighting Alongside Taliban In Violation Of Peace Deal

Afghan officials say hundreds of foreign combatants are fighting alongside Taliban militants in a strategic northern province, a move that if proven true would violate the terms of the U.S.-Taliban peace agreement.

COVID-19: Afghanistan begins free bread drive for poor
30 Apr 2020 15:20

COVID-19: Afghanistan begins free bread drive for poor

Around 250,000 needy families in capital Kabul will receive free naan bread at local bakeries in first phase of project.

Women and Girls With Disabilities at High Risk of Harassment in Afghanistan Due to COVID-19
30 Apr 2020 14:19

Women and Girls With Disabilities at High Risk of Harassment in Afghanistan Due to COVID-19

Human Rights Watch released a new report detailing abuse in cities across the country.

MTN Seeks to Dismiss U.S. Anti-Terrorism Case in Afghanistan
30 Apr 2020 11:06

MTN Seeks to Dismiss U.S. Anti-Terrorism Case in Afghanistan

MTN Group Ltd. filed court papers to dismiss a U.S. claim that Africa’s largest wireless carrier paid Taliban officials not to attack its operations in Afghanistan.

War-ravaged Afghanistan will see its economy contract this year "leading to a rise in unemployment and poverty.” (Photo: Reuters)
30 Apr 2020 10:04

Coronavurs: IMF approves $220 million loan for Afghanistan to tackle economic impact

The funds from the Washington-based crisis lender will "help meet the urgent" financing needs as the authorities boost critical health spending and roll out social assistance to households hit hard by the crisis.

Iran donates coronavirus test kits to Afghanistan
30 Apr 2020 09:56

Iran donates coronavirus test kits to Afghanistan

​Afghan authorities continue to call for international support amid the country’s fight against a worsening coronavirus crisis.

A family’s Quran, damaged along with their home in an attack targeting then–vice presidential candidate Amrullah Saleh’s headquarters
29 Apr 2020 17:38

Afghanistan May Soon Have Peace. And the Cost Is Democracy.

A fledgling armistice endangers the country’s 20-year experiment in democratic state-building.

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah at a press conference in Kabul on September 30, 2019. His rival Ashraf Ghani has been declared the winner. Photo: AFP / Sajjad Hussain
29 Apr 2020 21:08

What’s next for Afghanistan amid Covid, political logjam

Yet again in this troubled country, the choice may be between worse and worst.

The first step towards peace in Afghanistan: What the US-Taliban peace deal means for the country
29 Apr 2020 12:44

The first step towards peace in Afghanistan: What the US-Taliban peace deal means for the country

​Both the US and the Taliban declared the 29 February peace agreement a victory. Here Emrah Ozdemir (Karatekin University, Turkey) explains the implications for the deal, its impact on Afghan citizens and some possible roadblocks ahead for maintaining peace throughout the country.

An Afghan man removes broken glass after a deadly suicide bomb blast near Kabul on April 29.
29 Apr 2020 11:42

Afghanistan Suicide Bombing Kills At Least Three, Wounds 15

​A suicide bombing in Kabul Province close to the Afghan capital killed three people and wounded 15 on April 29, the Interior Ministry said.

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