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Afghanistan begins vaccination drive

Afghanistan received 500,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from the government of India earlier this month. After the vaccine’s approval by the World Health Organisation, it has begun immunising front-line personnel including health workers, reporters and security forces.

Taliban praise continued US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

The Taliban welcomed the latest withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan with the insurgents’ spokesman Saturday calling the continued reduction of American forces a “good advancement” even as fighting raged across the war-weary country. The Taliban’s statement came just hours after the Pentagon announced it had cut troop levels in Afghanistan to 2,500, their lowest …

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Kabul begins release of final 400 Taliban, talks to follow

Afghanistan has released the first 80 of a final 400 Taliban prisoners, paving the way for negotiations between the warring sides in Afghanistan’s protracted conflict, the government said Friday. Prisoner releases on both sides are part of an agreement that calls for the release of 5,000 Taliban held by the govt and 1,000 govt and …

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Attack on prison in Afghanistan continues; at least 11 dead

A complex attack by the Islamic State group against a prison in eastern Nangarhar province continued Monday and has killed at least 11 people, a local official said. Another 42 people have been wounded in the gunbattle that began Sunday evening, said Zahir Adil, spokesman for the provincial health department. He said the toll was …

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Afghan government says ceasefire still in place even as skirmishes with Taliban resume

Skirmishes between Taliban fighters and Afghan security forces recommenced in Afghanistan in the day since a three-day ceasefire expired, but govt officials said on Thursday that the incidents were minor and the truce could still hold. The Taliban have remained silent on govt appeals for an extension of the ceasefire, which was announced for the …

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Afghanistan turns down Pak’s demand to handover mastermind of Kabul gurudwara attack

Afghanistan on Saturday turned down Pakistan’s demand to handover the chief of the Islamic State’s Khorasan unit, Aslam Farooqi, the mastermind behind a deadly terror attack on a prominent gurudwara in Kabul last month, according to a media report. Pakistan’s foreign office said on Thursday that the demand was conveyed to the Afghan ambassador in …

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