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Afghanistan: Hazara Shiites under Taliban attack in a war never seen before

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SHAFAQNA- Thousands of Shiites have fled their homes in two Hazara-dominated districts to escape the “absolute terror” of escalating violence by Taliban, with some describing the violence as the worst they had seen in the 17-year conflict. The…

After 17 Years, many Afghans blame US over endless war

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SHAFAQNA- Seventeen years after U.S. forces and the Northern Alliance captured Kabul, the war is dragging on, many Afghans place the blame squarely on the Americans. The United States has lost more than 2,400 soldiers in its longest war, and…

Afghanistan: 250 Families Displaced to Bamyan from Jaghori, Malistan

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SHAFAQNA- As Taliban attacks continue, over 250 Afghan families displaced to Bamyan from two districts in Ghazni province, local officials in Bamyan province said Tuesday. According to a survey commissioned by the delegation, more than 250…

Afghanistan's parliamentary election voting opened despite security threats

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SHAFAQNA- Polls opened in Afghanistan's parliamentary election on Saturday, the third since the Taliban's fall in 2001, despite security threats from the Taliban armed group and ongoing fighting in as many as 20 out of the country's 34 provinces. Voting…

Video: Don't Send Afghans Back

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SHAFAQNA- She should be safe, not afraid. That’s why we protested this week, telling European politicians to Keep Afghans Safe, Don't Send Afghans Back. From 4 to 10th of October, all over Europe protests took place against the deportations…

Muharram in Afghanistan: an occasion to remember the tragedies of Hazāra community

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SHAFAQNA: Most Afghans are Sunni Muslims, but a sizable minority are Shiites, mostly part of the Hazāra ethnic group, whose Asiatic features denote their Mongolian roots and set them apart from other Afghans. So the great majority of Shiʿites…

Civic campaigns are forming for peace in Afghanistan

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SHAFAQNA - ISIS violated the holiday ceasefire in Afghanistan and Taliban rejected government's suggestion to extend the ceasefire. However, different kinds of civic campaigns are forming for peace in Afghanistan. A suicide bomber has struck…

Rouhani: a secure and stable Afghanistan is a must for regional security

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SHAFAQNA - ISNA: President Rouhani described a secure and stable Afghanistan a must for regional security and development and stressed that Tehran always supports peace and stability in Afghanistan.    President Rouhani described a secure…

Afghanistan announced Cease-fire with Taliban for Ramadan

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SHAFAQNA - As Ramadan approaches , Afghani President Ashraf Ghani has called for a week-long cease-fire with the Taliban, drawing wide support from the international community and NATO.     Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced…

Taliban kill 11 Afghan police in attack on checkpoints in Helmand

SHAFAQNA - Taliban terrorists attacked checkpoints in the southern Helmand province early Sunday, killing 11 police, an official said. Omar Zwak, the spokesman for the provincial governor, said Afghan forces eventually repelled the attack…

At least 22 Afghan police killed in Taliban attacks

SHAFAQNA - The Afghan Taliban attacked more than a dozen checkpoints over six hours in the southern province of Kandahar, killing 22 police and wounding 15, officials said on Tuesday, as militants killed eight soldiers in the west in a growing…

Taliban kills 15 Afghan policemen in separate attacks

SHAFAQNA - The Taliban have killed 15 Afghan policemen in two separate attacks on checkpoints in the east and south of the country, officials said on Monday. Arif Noori, the spokesman for the governor of the eastern Ghazni province, said…

There's a Place for 'Moderate Taliban' in Afghanistan Government, says Tillerson

SHAFAQNA - There are moderate elements within the Taliban who do not want to continue fighting forever, says the U.S. secretary of state. “So we are looking to engage with those voices and engage them in a reconciliation process leading…

Taliban seizes Shia-dominated Mirza Olang in Afghanistan

SHAFAQNA - Mirza Olang valley of Sar-e-Pul province has once again fallen to the Taliban, provincial council officials said on Saturday. Mohammad Noor Rahmani, the head of the Sar-e-Pul provincial council, said that Taliban carried out an…

Taliban calls Saudi Arabia "brothers" in arms

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SHAFAQNA - Taliban spokesman Zabihollah Mojahed said Saudi Arabia was like a brother to the Taliban militants. In an Interview with the International Desk of Mehr News Agency, Mojahed shared his views on political issues in Afghanistan as well…

Taliban seize strategic area in northern Afghanistan

SHAFAQNA - Taliban militant group seized a key area in the north of Afghanistan after launching coordinated attacks from three different directions on Sayad district in the northern province of Sar-e Pol. According to Zabi Amani, a spokesman…

At least 35 killed in Kabul car bomb blast by Taliban

SHAFAQNA- At least 35 people have been killed in a car bomb blast in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Monday, according to a senior government official. The Taliban earlier claimed responsibility for the blast in the western part of Kabul.…

A senior Qatari official: "We hosted Taliban on US request"

SHAFAFAQNA- A senior Qatari official says Qatar hosted the Taliban militant group based on a request from the United States, whose president, along with a number of Arab regimes, has been pressuring Doha over what they say is its support…

Afghanistan attack: At least 18 dead in suicide bombing on first day of Ramadan

SHAFAQNA - At least 18 people, mostly civilians, were killed when a suicide car bomber targeted a convoy of provincial security forces in eastern Afghanistan, an Interior Ministry official said. Najib Danish, the ministry’s deputy spokesman,…

Bombing kills 11 family members headed to Afghanistan wedding

SHAFAQNA - Eleven members of an Afghan family, mostly women and children, were killed Friday when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb while they were travelling for an engagement ceremony in the country’s volatile east. The attack occurred…

Taliban mortar attack kills five civilians in northern Afghanistan

SHAFAQNA - A mortar attack by Taliban militants has killed five civilians of one family, including four children, in Afghanistan's northern province of Takhar. Sunatullah Timor, the provincial governor's spokesman, said on Friday that the…

Perpetual War For Perpetual Peace In Afghanistan

SHAFAQNA - Given America is constantly expanding its military footprint around the world—most recently into Syria and the Central African Republic – one can be forgiven for forgetting about the longest war in the history of the United…

Daesh Attacks Afghan Hospital Killing Over 30 Patients, Doctors, Nurses and Others

SHAFAQNA - More than 30 people have been killed and some 50 others injured in an attack by heavily-armed militants on Afghanistan's largest military hospital in the capital, Kabul. Afghan Defence Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said…

American-Canadian couple held in Afghanistan plead for release in new video

SHAFAQNA - An American-Canadian couple held hostage by the Taliban have appeared in a new video with their two children born in captivity, asking US President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump to secure their release. Canadian…
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The Taliban returns - suicide attack in Kabul

SHAFAQNA - Hundreds of people were wounded and dozens were killed on Tuesday in central Kabul, as a huge explosion struck during the morning rush hour and a gun battle apparently followed. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Kabul’s…
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Saving Afghanistan through economic reforms - a way out of failed statism

SHAFAQNA - A country in perpetual war Afghanistan has seen more violence and bloodshed than any other countries in the region. Sitting atop a powerful juncture of geopolitical lay lines, this broken institutional shell of a nation has ironically…

Afghanistan calls on tribesmen to stand to the Taliban

SHAFAQNA - Ahmad Zia Masooud, the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s special envoy for reform and good governance, has recently asserted that presence of the Mujahedeen in all political and military fields was a vital need of the country, as…

Taliban suicide bomber kills 3 Afghan soldiers in Balkh province

SHAFAQNA - At least three Afghan soldiers have been killed and 18 wounded after a suicide bomber blew himself up near an army minibus in Afghanistan's northern Balkh province, according to officials. The attack took place in Dehdadi district…