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(L to R) US special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, Qatar’s minister of foreign affairs Sheikh Mohamad Bin Abdel Rahman Al-Thani and Mutlaq bin Majid al-Qahtani, the special envoy of the Qatari foreign minister for terrorism and mediation in the settlement of disputes, attend the opening session of the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in the Qatari capital Doha on Saturday. Photograph: Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images

The Afghanistan peace talks between representatives of the country’s government and the Taliban militant group began in Doha on Saturday. The long-aw(...)

Afghan security forces take positions near the scene after Islamic State militants attacked a prison in Jalalabad on Monday. Photograph: Ghulamullah Habibi/EPA

Afghan security forces on Monday killed at least 10 Islamic State fighters who had taken control of a prison in the eastern city of Jalalabad, ending(...)

Security personnel at a checkpoint at the start of the Eid al-Fitr in Kabul on May 24th. File photograph: Wakil Kohsar/AFP via Getty Images

Two militant attacks have killed 14 Afghan security personnel in the north-eastern Badakhshan province and the capital of Kabul on Saturday. A roadsi(...)

A woman carrying a baby stands among a crowd near a maternity hospital attacked on Tuesday, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photograph: Jim Huylebroek/The New York Times

In the wake of a devastating attack in Kabul on Tuesday on a maternity unit that saw gunmen shoot women in labour, new mothers and their newborn babie(...)

Several people were wounded in the attack on Dasht-e-Barchi Hospital in Kabul, according to a ministry of interior official. Photograph: STR/Getty/AFP

Gunmen disguised as police attacked a hospital in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Tuesday, killing 16 people including two newborn babies from a matern(...)

Afghan security officials parade a group of suspected militants allegedly accused of planning attacks on government and security forces after their arrest, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on Tuesday. Photograph: Ghulamullah Habibi/EPA

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani has signed a decree to release 1,500 Taliban prisoners as a move to launch direct talks between the Afghan government an(...)

Hospital workers carry an injured person  after an attack in Kabul on Friday in which 27 people were killed. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters

Islamic State gunmen opened fire at a ceremony in Kabul on Friday, killing at least 32 people in the first major attack in the city since the United (...)

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the leader of the Taliban delegation, and Zalmay Khalilzad, US envoy for peace in Afghanistan, shake hands after signing an agreement at a ceremony between members of Afghanistan’s Taliban and the US in Doha, on Saturday. Photograph: Ibraheem al Omari/Reuters

In truth the peace deal signed by the US and the Taliban is more to do with US withdrawal of its 12,000 troops than it has to do with peace in Afghani(...)

Former militants surrender their weapons during a reconciliation ceremony in Jalalabad, Afghanistan on Sunday, a day after  US officials and Taliban representatives signed an agreement. Photograph:  Guhlamulla Habibi/EPA

US president Donald Trump declared that talks with the Taliban were “dead” in September. But after nine halting rounds of negotiations, the US signed (...)

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani said  he won’t release 5,000 prisoners the Taliban say must be freed before intra-Afghan negotiations can begin. Photograph: Rahmat Gul/AP

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani rejected on Sunday a Taliban demand for the release of 5,000 prisoners as a condition for talks with Afghanistan’s gover(...)

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