Opinion

Why Afghanistan needs peace before elections

President Ashraf Ghani's insistence on holding elections in September could derail peace negotiations with the Taliban.

Anwar-ul-Haq Ahady

by Anwar-ul-Haq Ahady

Anwar-ul-Haq Ahady

Asia

Afghan officials call for probe into sexual favours scandal

Allegations that members of Afghan administration offer posts in exchange for sexual favours need probe, officials say.

Afghan officials call for probe into sexual favours scandal

Afghanistan

Afghan grand council demands 'immediate and permanent' ceasefire

President Ashraf Ghani says he is 'prepared to implement the fair and legitimate demand' adding it 'can't be one-sided'.

Afghanistan

Ghani opens meeting in Kabul to discuss Taliban peace talks

About 3200 delegates gather in Afghan capital to 'lay foundation' for peace talks as the Taliban calls for boycott.

Opinion

Ashraf Ghani's grand plan for sustainable peace in Afghanistan

Afghanistan's president has a plan that would deliver not only peace but also justice, equality and development.

Samim Arif

by Samim Arif

Samim Arif

Afghanistan

Pakistan PM's remarks on Afghan peace process stir diplomatic row

Afghans criticise Imran Khan for suggesting setting up of an interim government to help with peace talks with Taliban.

Pakistan PM's remarks on Afghan peace process stir diplomatic row

Afghanistan

'With Taliban coming to peace, no place for ISIL'

In an interview with Al Jazeera, powerful former security chief discusses his electoral bid and peace with the Taliban.

Ex-Afghan security boss Hanif Atmar calls for all-inclusive peace

Afghanistan

Acting Pentagon chief: no orders to withdraw from Afghanistan

Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan in Kabul discussed peace talks and the fight against the Taliban.

Acting Pentagon chief: no orders to withdraw from Afghanistan

War & Conflict

Taliban, Afghan opposition hold Moscow talks without government

Taliban and Afghan opposition including former president Hamid Karzai discussed a new constitution and women's rights.

Taliban, Afghan opposition hold Moscow talks without government

Afghanistan

Kabul 'regrets' Taliban-Afghan opposition talks in Russia

Afghan government criticises Tuesday's Moscow meeting, saying opposition politicians attending 'in order to gain power'.

Kabul 'regrets' Taliban-Afghan opposition talks in Russia

Russia

Talks between Taliban and Afghan opposition to be held in Moscow

President Ashraf Ghani has been excluded from the Moscow meeting and past peace talks between the Taliban and the US.

Talks between Taliban and Afghan opposition to be held in Moscow

Afghanistan

Taliban kills dozens of Afghan forces as peace efforts continue

Afghan and Pakistani officials talk about peace as Taliban offensives continue in Afghanistan.

Taliban kills dozens of Afghan forces as peace efforts continue

Afghanistan

Afghan government says US withdrawal will not affect security

Various US media outlets have reported Donald Trump plans to withdraw 7,000 US troops based in Afghanistan.

Opinion

The Afghan government should not be sidelined in peace talks

The US and Russia have bypassed the Afghan government and engaged the Taliban directly. This could be disastrous.

Safiullah Taye

by Safiullah Taye

Safiullah Taye

Asia

Afghan president forms team for Taliban peace talks

Ashraf Ghani's peace offer comes as US has begun to engage Taliban in talks to end 17-year-old war.

Afghan president announces team to hold peace talks with Taliban