US says had ‘productive’ talks on humanitarian aid with Taliban

Members of the Taliban delegation Shahabuddin Delawar (left), Amir Khan Muttaqi, and Khairullah Khairkhwa (right) meet with foreign diplomats in Qatar's capital Doha, on Oct 12, 2021. (KARIM JAAFAR / AFP) WASHINGTON – The United States and the Taliban had "productive discussions" on the issue of humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan during meetings in Qatar over […]

US delegation meets Taliban for first time since withdrawal

Afghanistan's Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi speaks during a press conference at the foreign ministry in Kabul on Sept 14, 2021. (HOSHANG HASHIMI / AFP) A US delegation held talks with senior Taliban representatives in Doha, Qatar, over the weekend to discuss wide-ranging issues including security, terrorism and human rights in the first official meeting […]

Taliban official denies IS presence in Afghanistan’s Kunduz province

Taliban fighters patrol along a street in Kabul on Sept 13, 2021. (HOSHANG HASHIMI / AFP) KUNDUZ, Afghanistan – The Taliban intelligence chief in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province has rejected reports of the local presence of militants affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) group as baseless and fabricated. "Lasting peace has returned to Kunduz province […]

UN pleads for more Afghan aid

Top-up sought as Turkey, US hedge on Taliban status after fresh victory Afghan students attend a class bifurcated by a curtain separating males and females at a private university in Kabul on Tuesday. (AAMIR QURESHI / AFP) The United Nations on Tuesday appealed for almost US$200 million in extra funding for lifesaving aid in Afghanistan, […]