Taliban

Afghanistan: Taliban declare three-day cease-fire for Eid

Just hours before the Taliban announced a cease-fire to mark the end of Ramadan, at least 11 people died in a bomb attack on a bus in the southern Zabul province. The Taliban announced a three-day cease-fire Monday to mark the…

Instead of Focusing on Russian Bounties to the Taliban, Why Doesn’t the U.S. End the Afghan War?

Lawmakers are outraged over a recent story alleging that Vladimir Putin may be paying off Taliban soldiers to kill U.S. troops. But why are those troops still in Afghanistan? By Sonali Kolhatkar The New York Times in late June published…

UN welcomes three-day ceasefire announcement by Afghan government and Taliban during Eid al-Fitr

The UN Secretary-General has welcomed the announcement by the Afghan Government and the Taliban of a ceasefire to mark the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Muslims around the world. Hours before the three-day festival of Eid al-Fitr was…

Malalai Joya: I have to spread the truth about Afghanistan and awaken the consciousness of people

Malalai Joya is an Afghan politician, activist and writer. As an elected Member of Parliament, on December 17, 2003 in the Loya Jirga assembly, she denounced the presence of people she called “warlords and war criminals” in Parliament. Since then…

Taliban eager to participate in a peace process for Afghanistan

The Taliban in both Afghanistan and Pakistan are now ready to bring peace in their regions. The former premier and Taliban apex leader Mollah Omar’s spokesperson said this on the eve of Eid festivities. Congratulating this gesture from the Taliban…

Shadow or Reality: War in North Wazirstan

Dialogues, arguments, speeches, newspaper articles and street demonstrations were all in favour of the Pakistan army to initiate full operations in North Wazirstan to demolish the Taliban in Pakistan for ever. North Wazirstan, a stretch of 72 kilometers of rough…

Pakistan report: Negotiations and Drones

One of the top stories covered and highlighted by print and electronic media in Pakistan this past week was the negotiations between Thereek-e-Taliban and the Pakistan Committee in transition. One of the members of the Taliban Negotiation Committee, Lal Masjid…

Afghanistan: Talks with the Taliban must focus on justice and human rights

Human rights, including women’s rights, must be integral to any peace deal with the Taliban said Amnesty International today as the USA announced that it was to start direct peace talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban armed group. The call comes as…

US deploys forces as deadly Muslim anger spreads

Washington said it was deploying forces to cope with violence in as many as 18 different locations as deadly Muslim anger spreads over a US-made movie that mocks Islam. Two US marines were killed in Afghanistan when insurgents armed with…