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Instant Opinion: ‘the global Covid-19 crisis isn’t over’
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Instant Opinion: ‘the global Covid-19 crisis isn’t over’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Tuesday 30 June
30 Jun 2020
Behind the Russian plot to pay Taliban for killing US troops
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Behind the Russian plot to pay Taliban for killing US troops

Intelligence sources says British soldiers also targeted in covert operation in Afghanistan
29 Jun 2020
Why is the US cutting $1bn aid to Afghanistan?
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Why is the US cutting $1bn aid to Afghanistan?

US blames rival Afghan leaders for stalling Taliban peace talks
25 Mar 2020
Taliban overtakes Isis as world’s deadliest terror group
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Taliban overtakes Isis as world’s deadliest terror group

New research reveals near doubling of Taliban attacks in single year
11 Mar 2020
Is the US-Taliban peace deal already collapsing?
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Is the US-Taliban peace deal already collapsing?

The pact allows for some limited violence, but the Taliban is testing it with unbridled attacks
5 Mar 2020
Instant Opinion: Pete Buttigieg ‘undone’ by homophobia
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Instant Opinion: Pete Buttigieg ‘undone’ by homophobia

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Monday 2 March
2 Mar 2020
Are the US and Taliban about to end two decades of war?
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - FEBRUARY 13: U.S Secretary of Defense Mark Esper holds a press conference as part of NATO Defense Ministers' Meeting in Brussels, Belgium on February 13, 2020. (Photo by D
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Are the US and Taliban about to end two decades of war?

Washington has agreed a seven-day reduction of violence with the Taliban that could begin the end of the nearly 19-year war
14 Feb 2020

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Afghanistan election: who will win?
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Afghanistan election: who will win?

The country’s fragile democracy to be put to the test amid stalled peace talks
26 Sep 2019
Donald Trump cancels secret meeting with Taliban
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Donald Trump cancels secret meeting with Taliban

US president was due to host Afghan militants at Camp David just days before 9/11 anniversary
9 Sep 2019
US pullout from Afghanistan ‘risks total civil war’
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US pullout from Afghanistan ‘risks total civil war’

Former envoys warn of power vacuum after Taliban launches Kabul bomb attack as Washington pledges to withdraw troops
4 Sep 2019
Taliban peace talks could split terror group
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Taliban peace talks could split terror group

Will thousands of Taliban fighters defect to Isis over US peace demands?
27 Aug 2019
Taliban peace talks delegation to include women
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Taliban peace talks delegation to include women

Unexpected move follows calls for female representation in discussions aimed at ending 17-year war in Afghanistan
16 Apr 2019
Will US-Taliban peace ‘framework’ lead to lasting deal?
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Will US-Taliban peace ‘framework’ lead to lasting deal?

US envoy announces breakthrough that could finally end Afghan war after 17 years – but major obstacles still remain
29 Jan 2019
What is Malala Yousafzai up to now?
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What is Malala Yousafzai up to now?

Youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner shines light on plight of refugees in new book
22 Jan 2019
US and Taliban meeting in Abu Dhabi: what could be achieved?
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US and Taliban meeting in Abu Dhabi: what could be achieved?

Latest attempt to jump-start peace talks comes as Donald Trump looks to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan by 2020
17 Dec 2018
Deadly violence mars Afghan election
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Deadly violence mars Afghan election

Parliamentary vote seen as crucial test of democratic progress ahead of next year’s presidential election
22 Oct 2018
Afghanistan security chief shot dead by bodyguard
Afghan general Abdul Raziq has been killed by a bodyguard ahead of elections on Saturday
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Afghanistan security chief shot dead by bodyguard

Attack claimed by Taliban militants ahead of key elections on Saturday
19 Oct 2018
Taliban ready to talk peace but what does it want?
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Taliban ready to talk peace but what does it want?

Reports suggest the terrorist group is willing to begin fresh negotiations with Washington
14 Sep 2018
Joshua Boyle: wife claims abuse during Taliban ordeal
Joshua Boyle and his family during their time as hostages in Pakistan
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Joshua Boyle: wife claims abuse during Taliban ordeal

Caitlan Coleman says husband abused her throughout five years in captivity
6 Sep 2018
What does ‘winning’ in Afghanistan look like?
A US Marine looks on as Afghan National Army soldiers raise the Afghan National flag
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What does ‘winning’ in Afghanistan look like?

How US strategy has slowly shifted in face of growing Taliban confidence
17 Aug 2018
How big is the Taliban threat in Afghanistan?
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How big is the Taliban threat in Afghanistan?

The group still poses a risk almost 17 years on from the beginning of the War of Terror
17 May 2018
Journalists targeted in Afghan terror attacks
A photo of the aftermath of a suicide bomb in Kabul last month taken by AFP's Shah Marai who died on Monday
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Journalists targeted in Afghan terror attacks

Nine media workers killed in Kabul amid mounting insecurity - despite prospective peace talks
1 May 2018
Malala returns to Pakistan for first time since attack
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Malala returns to Pakistan for first time since attack

The 20-year-old activist calls homecoming ‘the happiest day of my life’
29 Mar 2018
Afghanistan offers Taliban talks ‘without preconditions’
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Afghanistan offers Taliban talks ‘without preconditions’

Ashraf Ghani says he will not ‘prejudge’ any group seeking peace
28 Feb 2018
Foreigners targeted in Afghan hotel massacre
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Foreigners targeted in Afghan hotel massacre

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for an attack on the Kabul Intercontinental, which left 40 dead
22 Jan 2018
Freed hostage Joshua Boyle arrested for sexual assault
Joshua Boyle and his family during their time as hostages in Pakistan
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Freed hostage Joshua Boyle arrested for sexual assault

Canadian man faces 15 charges months after being rescued in Pakistan
3 Jan 2018
Army dog awarded highest honour for Taliban raid
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Army dog awarded highest honour for Taliban raid

Heroic hound was injured by three grenades but still managed to get troops to safety
17 Nov 2017
Rex Tillerson ramps up pressure on Pakistan
Rex Tillerson puts pressure on Pakistan to stop aiding Taliban
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Rex Tillerson ramps up pressure on Pakistan

The country's special status as a military ally could end if it doesn't act against the Taliban
23 Aug 2017
Taliban urges Afghans to plant trees for the 'worldly good'
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Taliban urges Afghans to plant trees for the 'worldly good'

Government dismisses statement as attempt to 'deceive public' and distract from 'crimes'
27 Feb 2017
Taliban attack on Afghanistan police near Kabul kills dozens
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Taliban attack on Afghanistan police near Kabul kills dozens

New violence is latest attack by group in continued assault on the country's Western-backed government
30 Jun 2016
Taliban app removed from Google Play store
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Taliban app removed from Google Play store

Pashto Afghan News taken down after 48 hours, but questions remain over internet giant's vetting processes
6 Apr 2016
Pakistan bombing death toll reaches 72
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Pakistan bombing death toll reaches 72

Taliban splinter group claims responsibility for suicide bombing targeting Christians in Lahore
29 Mar 2016
Bacha Khan: 19 dead in attack on Pakistan university
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Bacha Khan: 19 dead in attack on Pakistan university

Taliban denies responsibility after four men wearing suicide vests open fire on campus
20 Jan 2016
Reinforcements arrive to relieve Taliban siege of Sangin
Afghan soldiers keep watch at a checkpoint in Nangarhar province
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Reinforcements arrive to relieve Taliban siege of Sangin

Fresh troops set to drive out militants – but Afghan army is increasingly overstretched
23 Dec 2015
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