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Qatar to Host International Meetings on Afghan Peace

(The Voice of America): Two back-to-back international meetings are being convened in Qatar this week to press Afghanistan’s warring parties to resume peace negotiations and reach a deal before the Afghan conflict spirals out of control. The diplomatic effort comes amid dramatic battlefield advances by Taliban insurgents even as the United States continues airstrikes in

Taliban spokesperson warns US against further intervention in Afghanistan

(CNN): The Taliban has warned the United States against further intervention in Afghanistan, a Taliban spokesperson told news network Al Jazeera Arabic on Sunday, after the insurgent group seized control of three provincial capitals within days of each other. There is no ceasefire agreement with the Afghan government on the horizon as the Taliban continues

As Afghan Cities Fall to Taliban, Brutal New Chapter Unfolds

(The New York Times): The Taliban seized three Afghan cities on Sunday, including the commercial hub of Kunduz, officials said, escalating a sweeping offensive that has claimed five provincial capitals in three days and shown how little control the government has over the country without American military power to protect it. Never before in 20

Fighting Underway in Balkh, Takhar Provinces

(TOLO News): The security forces supported by public uprising forces retook the control of Farkhar and Worsaj districts in Takhar on Sunday after they retreated from the capital city Taluqan, sources said.  The government and Taliban have not yet confirmed the news.  In Balkh, heavy clashes are underway in Dehdadi district since Sunday night, sources

The Taliban Has Taken Key Northern Afghan Cities With Battles Raging On

(TIME): Taliban fighters seized most of the capital of northern Afghanistan’s key Kunduz province on Sunday, and took another neighboring provincial capital after a monthlong siege. The advances were the latest in a series of blows to government forces as U.S. troops complete their pullout after nearly two decades in the country. The militiamen planted

Taliban collecting 200 million AFN daily from captured border posts

(ATN News): Some members of Afghanistan’s Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) said on Sunday that more than 60% of customs revenue is now being collected by the Taliban after they captured border crossings. MP’s said this amounts to about 200 million AFN a day. The financial and budget commission of the Wolesi Jirga said

US, UK Accuse Taliban of War Crimes

(BNA): The U.S. and British embassies in Kabul said on Monday the insurgent Taliban may have committed war crimes in southern Afghanistan by carrying out revenge murders of civilians, a charge denied by the insurgents. The U.S. Embassy in the capital Kabul tweeted a statement accusing the Taliban of killing dozens of civilians in the area