Afghanistan

Taliban says ready for talks next month if prisoner swap complete

The prisoner-exchange, part of a US-Taliban deal, has proved a major sticking point ahead of peace talks.

Taliban says ready for talks next month if prisoner swap complete

Afghanistan

Civilians among 45 killed in Afghan air raids against Taliban

District governor in western Herat province says at least eight civilians killed in attack targeting Taliban fighters.

Civilians among 45 killed in Afghan air raids against Taliban

Afghanistan

Taliban car bomb attack on Afghan intelligence compound kills 11

Gunfire follows bomb blast near National Directorate of Security office in Samangan province, wounding more than 40.

Taliban car bomb attack on Afghan intelligence compound kills 11

Talk to Al Jazeera

What will it take to achieve lasting peace in Afghanistan?

Khairullah Khairkhwa, from the Taliban's political office in Qatar, discusses efforts to reach political reconciliation.

Afghanistan

Taliban violence poses 'serious challenges' to peace: Ghani

Afghan president blames the Taliban for killings in recent weeks as his administration prepares for intra-Afghan talks.

Taliban violence poses 'serious challenges' to peace: Ghani

United States

Top US spies brief Congress on Russia-Taliban intelligence

Congress eyes new sanctions as Trump downplays reports Russia offered Taliban affiliates cash to kill Americans.

Top US spies brief Congress on Russia-Taliban intelligence

Afghanistan

UN concerned Afghan violence aimed at derailing peace talks

More than 800 people have been killed or wounded in 'deliberate attacks' targeting civilians in 2020, UN says.

UN concerned Afghan violence aimed at derailing peace talks

United States

Trump officials defend response to Russia-Taliban intelligence

Trump remained defensive about the intelligence, dismissing stories about it as 'Fake News' made up to 'damage me'.

Trump officials defend response to Russia-Taliban intelligence

Inside Story

Will US confront Russia on alleged Afghanistan reward killings?

Kremlin denies paying Taliban-linked fighters to kill US troops.

Afghanistan

Taliban, Pompeo discuss peace in call amid Russia bounty scandal

Conference comes amid reports Trump knew about Taliban-linked fighters being offered Russian bounties to kill US troops.

Taliban, Pompeo discuss peace in call amid Russia bounty scandal

Afghanistan

Civilians killed in rocket attack on Afghanistan cattle market

At least 23 killed, dozens wounded after four rockets hit the market in Sangin district in Helmand province.

Civilians killed in rocket attack on Afghanistan cattle market

Donald Trump

'Everybody denying it': Trump says no Russian bounty on US troops

In series of posts, US president says neither he nor the vice president were briefed about Moscow's alleged plot.

'Everybody denying it': Trump says no Russian bounty on US troops

Afghanistan

Russia denies report spy unit paid Taliban to attack NATO forces

The Taliban also denies the New York Times report, which it denounced as an attempt to defame the armed group.

Russia denies report spy unit paid Taliban to attack NATO forces

Asia

US watchdog: Afghanistan gov't weakened ahead of Taliban talks

The upcoming intra-Afghan dialogue is the first high-level meeting between the two after years of fighting.

US watchdog: Afghanistan gov't weakened ahead of Taliban talks

Taliban

Taliban killed 291 Afghan security personnel in past week: Gov't

'Deadliest' week in the country's 19-year war, says top official even as the armed group rejects the figures.

Taliban killed 291 Afghan security personnel in past week: Gov't