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Mar 25, 2015

Six killed in suicide bomb near Afghan presidential palace

KABUL (Reuters) – Six people were killed and more than 30 wounded in a suicide bombing in Kabul on Wednesday that struck close to the presidential palace in the heart of the Afghan capital, the Interior Ministry said.

The suicide bomber had been traveling in a vehicle packed with explosives and it was not immediately clear what the target of the attack had been.

Mar 22, 2015

Fearing Islamic State, some Afghan Shi’ites seek help from old enemies

KABUL, March 22 (Reuters) – Even by Afghanistan’s standards
of often-shifting alliances, a recent meeting between ethnic
Hazara elders and local commanders of the Taliban insurgents who
have persecuted them for years was extraordinary.

The Hazaras – a largely Shi’ite minority killed in the
thousands during the Taliban’s hard-line Sunni Islamist rule of
the 1990s – came to their old enemies seeking protection against
what they deemed an even greater threat: masked men operating in
the area calling themselves “Daish”, a term for Islamic State in
the region.

Mar 22, 2015

Fearing Islamic State, Afghanistan’s Shi’ites seek help from old enemies

KABUL (Reuters) – Even by Afghanistan’s standards of often-shifting alliances, a recent meeting between ethnic Hazara elders and local commanders of the Taliban insurgents who have persecuted them for years was extraordinary.

    The Hazaras – a largely Shi’ite minority killed in the thousands during the Taliban’s hard-line Sunni Islamist rule of the 1990s – came to their old enemies seeking protection against what they deemed an even greater threat: masked men operating in the area calling themselves “Daish”, a term for Islamic State in the region.

Mar 21, 2015

Ahead of U.S. visit, Afghan leader warns of Islamic State threat

KABUL (Reuters) – President Ashraf Ghani publicly acknowledged for the first time on Saturday that Islamic State was gaining influence in Afghanistan, as he prepared to leave for the United States to seek to slow the withdrawal of American troops.

Reports have been growing that some commanders of the Islamist Taliban forces fighting the Afghan government are swearing allegiance to the radical Islamist network that controls swathes of Syria and Iraq, sometimes called “Daesh”.

Mar 20, 2015

Afghan cleric and others defend lynching of woman in Kabul

KABUL (Reuters) – An Afghan cleric and a police official on Friday defended the lynching of a woman in central Kabul after a mob was filmed stamping on the woman and smashing a brick on her head after she was accused of burning a Koran, Islam’s holy book.

The woman’s body was set on fire and thrown onto the banks of Kabul’s main river on Thursday.

Mar 19, 2015

Mob kills and burns woman in heart of Afghan capital

KABUL (Reuters) – A mob in the Afghan capital killed a woman, set her body on fire and threw it into a muddy river in the heart of Kabul on Thursday, a police official said.

The motive for the killing, which took place in a busy area of downtown Kabul, was not immediately known, the official said, asking not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Mar 9, 2015

Afghan lawmaker says wary of Pakistan role in Taliban peace moves

KABUL (Reuters) – A senior Afghan lawmaker has warned President Ashraf Ghani about relying on Pakistan to help broker peace talks with the Taliban, citing what he said was Islamabad’s history of supporting the insurgents.

Afghanistan has long accused Pakistan of backing the Taliban to push its own agenda in the war-torn country, and Ghani’s rapprochement with Islamabad since coming to power last year has led to unease in some quarters.

Feb 26, 2015

Afghans revel in first cricket World Cup win; celebratory gunfire wounds six

KABUL (Reuters) – Ecstatic Afghans danced in the streets and fired rifles into the air on Thursday to celebrate their national cricket team’s first win in their maiden World Cup, a much-needed piece of good news for the country mired in war with Taliban insurgents.

Six people were injured in celebratory gunfire.

In the capital, Kabul, dozens of jubilant Afghans gathered near the cricket stadium after Afghanistan beat Scotland in dramatic one-wicket win in their Pool A clash.

Feb 20, 2015

Afghans arrested Chinese Uighurs to aid Taliban talks bid: officials

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan arrested and handed over several Muslim Uighur militants from China’s west in an effort to persuade China to use its influence with Pakistan to help start negotiations with the Taliban, Afghan security officials said on Friday.

The deal sheds light on China’s increasing importance in Afghanistan and Pakistan, with its involvement in efforts to end the war with Taliban, who have been fighting since 2001 to re-establish Islamist rule in Afghanistan.

Feb 19, 2015

Pakistan officials say Afghan Taliban signal readiness for peace talks

ISLAMABAD/KABUL (Reuters) – Senior Pakistani army and diplomatic officials said on Thursday the Afghan Taliban have signalled through the Pakistani military that they are willing to open peace talks.

Previous efforts to negotiate an end to a war that began in late 2001 have proved fruitless, but the latest signals raised hopes of a much-needed boost for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, and for a breakthrough in Afghan efforts to find peace following the withdrawal of most U.S.-led troops last year.

    • About Hamid

      "Began my media career with Japanese TV (NHK) ten years ago in Islamabad where I had moved following the civil war in Afghanistan. I returned to Kabul in early 2002 and later joined Reuters as a correspondent. I cover the insurgency, the politics, and Afghan society from across the country."
      Joined Reuters:
      2007
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