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Nangarhar religious scholars, civil activists urge Taliban to seek peace

Nangarhar religious scholars, civil activists urge Taliban to seek peace

Activists raised concerns about increased regional interference, saying that certain intelligence agencies do not want the Taliban to make peace with the Afghan government.

Hundreds protest in Taliban heartland demanding end to Afghan war

Hundreds protest in Taliban heartland demanding end to Afghan war

In Kandahar, the southern cradle of the Taliban, and in the eastern cities of Khost and Jalalabad, they marched holding placards saying: 'No War', 'We want ceasefire' and 'We want Peace'.

Afghan forces eliminate Taliban command centres in Nangarhar

Afghan forces eliminate Taliban command centres in Nangarhar

ANDSF have freed almost 34 villages from the Taliban's grip and are supporting popular uprisings to help maintain long-term security in Ghani Khel District.

Afghan forces clear Taliban from dozens of Farah villages

Afghan forces clear Taliban from dozens of Farah villages

The operations have killed dozens of Taliban members and have cleared more than 30 villages of insurgents.

Afghan forces keep up military pressure on Taliban during winter months

Afghan forces keep up military pressure on Taliban during winter months

In previous years, the intensity of operations against the Taliban faded during the winter, but this year the Afghan government has decided there will be no lull.

Iranians fighting alongside Taliban highlight Tehran's ongoing interference

Iranians fighting alongside Taliban highlight Tehran's ongoing interference

'Iran uses every possible option to maintain its influence in Afghanistan and interfere in our internal matters,' a Kabul observer said.

Iran's dealings with Taliban constitute effort to topple Afghan government

Iran's dealings with Taliban constitute effort to topple Afghan government

The growing ties between Iran and the Taliban represent tacit recognition of a militant group by Tehran, undermining peace efforts and Kabul's negotiating position.

Taliban omits its own attacks in civilian casualty claims

Taliban omits its own attacks in civilian casualty claims

The Taliban's total number of civilian casualties is about half the number reported by the United Nations and does not include the group's major terrorist attacks on civilian targets.

Nangarhar police praised for return of security

Nangarhar police praised for return of security

Local residents have begun to resume their normal lives after authorities took measures to ensure security.

Taliban are 'tired of fighting' and hope for peace: former militant commander

Taliban are 'tired of fighting' and hope for peace: former militant commander

The Taliban are divided and don't understand the true concept of jihad, said Mawlawi Abdul Haq, a former Taliban military chief in Badakhshan Province.