Diplomacy

Ghani 'prepared' for ceasefire with Taliban after Loya Jirga calls for truce

Ghani 'prepared' for ceasefire with Taliban after Loya Jirga calls for truce

Ghani also said he was willing to release 175 Taliban prisoners in a gesture of 'goodwill'.

Afghans call for cease-fire as Loya Jirga wraps up in Kabul

Afghans call for cease-fire as Loya Jirga wraps up in Kabul

Huge swathes of Afghan society worry the Taliban will try to undo advances in women's rights, media freedoms and legal protections.

Thousands gather in Kabul for consultative Loya Jirga on peace

Thousands gather in Kabul for consultative Loya Jirga on peace

Organisers are billing it as the largest Loya Jirga in modern national history.

Taliban refusal to attend Loya Jirga signals goal of violence, Afghans say

Taliban refusal to attend Loya Jirga signals goal of violence, Afghans say

Organisers are hopeful that the militants will change their minds and participate in peace discussions.

Khamenei's praise of slain Fatemiyoun fighters stirs outrage in Afghanistan

Khamenei's praise of slain Fatemiyoun fighters stirs outrage in Afghanistan

Manipulating desperate refugees to fight in foreign wars is a human rights violation, Afghan officials say.

Afghan government welcomes 'real strides' in US-Taliban talks

Afghan government welcomes 'real strides' in US-Taliban talks

'Its clear all sides want to end the war,' said US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad.

US-Taliban negotiations in Doha take short pause after '3 solid days of talks'

US-Taliban negotiations in Doha take short pause after '3 solid days of talks'

Talks are expected to resume March 2 after a short pause for 'internal deliberations'.

'Now the work begins in earnest': Khalilzad kicks off fresh talks with Taliban

'Now the work begins in earnest': Khalilzad kicks off fresh talks with Taliban

US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a Taliban deputy leader and a co-founder of the group, have conferred for the first time.

Calls grow for Russia to pay restitution for Soviet invasion of Afghanistan

Calls grow for Russia to pay restitution for Soviet invasion of Afghanistan

Russia should pay restitution to the Afghan people, rather than meddling in Afghanistan's internal affairs and supporting the Taliban, local officials and analysts say.

Moscow meeting shows Taliban's allegiance to Russian intelligence

Moscow meeting shows Taliban's allegiance to Russian intelligence

The recent 'peace talks' were set up by Russia's intelligence service, not Afghans living in Russia, as the Kremlin tried to spin.