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Latest in Tag: Taliban

Afghans go to polls to elect country’s next president

The polling opened at 7:00 am. local time (0230 GMT) and will continue uninterrupted till 3:00 pm. local time (1030 GMT) in the country’s 34 provinces, according to Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials. The election time is likely to be extended.


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Who is the new Taliban military chief?

The Taliban have appointed a new military chief as they seek to expand their control in Afghanistan. Will Mullah Ibrahim Sadar be different from his predecessors? DW asks Kabul-based expert Wahid Muzhdah.

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Freed of Taliban, Kunduz starts tough road to recovery

As the battle for Kunduz city raged between Taliban militants and government forces, almost half of its residents were thought to have fled. Most have returned – to an unstable, uneasy existence, reports Catherine James. Returning to Kunduz city for Zalmai Nabizoda was more difficult than what most others faced because for him there was …

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Over 50 killed after gov't forces repel Taliban attacks in southern Afghanistan

Scores of Afghan soldiers defect to Taliban during battle

At least 65 Afghani troops, including several commanders, have joined the Taliban forces in the volatile Helmand province, officials said. The government troops have been clashing with insurgents in the area for weeks. The authorities launched an investigation into the incident, Helmand province governor Mirza Khan Rahimi said on Saturday. “Soldiers from an Afghan army …

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Kunduz hospital bombing could amount to war crime: UN

The United Nations has condemned the bombing of a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, saying it could amount to a war crime. The airstrike at a Doctors Without Borders facility killed at least 19 staff and patients. The medical charity Doctors Without Borders – or MSF – said “12 staff members and at least seven patients, …

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Notes from America: Why Ahmed got arrested and Malala got a Nobel prize

Ahmed Mohamed, the young inventor, and Malala Yousafzai, the young women rights advocate, both have a story. However, each story has a different narrative and a different ending. Ahmed and Malala are both Muslims and were both victims of ignorance, bigotry and a self-righteous mindset, and they both became household names. Ahmed was a victim …

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Germany’s Steinmeier urges Pakistan and Afghanistan to ease tensions

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has called on Pakistan and Afghanistan to work together to ease tensions. His request follows several rounds of peace talks between Islamabad, Kabul and the Taliban. Steinmeier (pictured above, left) arrived in the Pakistani capital on Monday to hold talks with President Nawaz Sharif, army chief Raheel Sharif, and National …

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Mullah Mansoor’s rise to the Taliban leadership

The Taliban have appointed Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as their new leader and successor to Mullah Omar, whose death has been confirmed by both militants and the Afghan government. But who is Mansoor, and why was he chosen? Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansoor, who was confirmed by the militant group as its new leader on Friday, is …

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The ‘War on Terror’ after Mullah Omar and Bin Laden

Taliban leader Mullah Omar provided sanctuary to Osama bin Laden. Both men are now dead. But with the rise of Islamic State, there’s no end in sight to America’s 14-year-running “War on Terror.” He had a $10 million bounty on his head for more than a decade. But the justice of the Old American West …

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Mullah Omar: An Islamist who fought against two world powers

Mullah Omar, the Taliban leader who fought a protracted war against both Soviet Union and NATO in Afghanistan, has died due to illness. With his death the militant group has lost its most charismatic and unifying figure. Not much is known about one-eyed Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, who fought long wars against the Soviets, …

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Opinion: end of an era

With Mullah Omar’s death, the Taliban have lost a unifying figure. The possibility of another Taliban regime in Afghanistan might be over, but that also puts the ongoing peace talks at risk, says DW’s Florian Weigand. There is no doubt that the death of Mullah Omar has closed a chapter in the recent history of …

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Afghan talks: Tough demands make peace deal unlikely

Demands made by Taliban representatives, including the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Afghanistan, make a peace deal with Kabul unlikely. To achieve this, the militants must change their position, say experts. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani recently said his delegation would receive a list of demands in the second round of the peace talks with …

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