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  • Afghan Taliban discuss Kabul talks with Pakistan

    Islamabad: At least three Afghan Taliban members have met officials here to discuss recent secret talks with Kabul held in Qatar, a Pakistani official said on Saturday.

  • Kabul should decide if it wants peace talks or not: Taliban

    Islamabad: Confirming that the Taliban recently visited China seeking their role in the peace talks, a senior Afghan Taliban leader Agha Jan Mutasim said that it was now up to Kabul to decide whether it wanted to come to the negotiation table.

  • Mullah Omars son elevated to senior position

    Kabul: The Taliban has anointed Mullah Omar’s elder son to a senior military position within the Afghan Taliban, the insurgent group has said, according to media reports on Tuesday. Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, the elder son of the former Taliban chief, had previously refused to accept the leadership of the group’s chief Mullah Akhtar Mansoor. He will now be in-charge of military commission in 15 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces, a Taliban statement said.

  • Afghanistan, US, Pak, China to discuss Taliban peace process next week

    Karachi: Afghanistan will host the first round of preparatory meeting with Pakistan, the United States and China next week to gear up for possible reconciliation talks with the Taliban, an official at the Afghan president’s office said.

  • Suicide car bomb strikes near Kabul airport: officials

    Kabul: A suicide car bomb struck near Kabul airport today in an apparent attack on a foreign forces convoy, killing at least one civilian and wounding four others, Afghan officials said.

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    ‘Mullah Omar pic without right eye was not real’

    Cairo: The widely circulated picture of Mullah Omar in which he is without his right eye was not real and was a disguise for security reasons to hide his facial features, a close aide of the late Taliban supremo has claimed.

  • Taliban splinter faction picks new leader

    Kabul: The splinter faction of the Afghanistan Taliban which has challenged Mullah Akhtar Mansoor’s leadership as illegitimate has picked a new leader, the media reported on Tuesday. “Mullah Omar’s close aide Mullah Mohammad Rasoul, who refused to make allegiance to Mansoor, was chosen by his supporters as the supreme leader of Taliban fighters on Monday,” Tolo television channel reported in its news bulletin. Neither the Taliban nor the Afghanistan government have commented on the

  • Rare new picture surfaces of Taliban founder Mullah Omar

    Islamabad : The Afghan Taliban have released a striking new picture of late founder Mullah Omar from his days as a religious student, the only known image of the reclusive leader before he lost his right eye in battle.

  • Mullah Omar died of natural causes: son

    Islamabad : The Afghan Taliban’s founder Mullah Omar died of natural causes in his home country, his son has said in an attempt to quash the myriad rumours surrounding the warrior cleric’s mysterious death.

  • Mullah Omar sheltered by ISI: says Clinton email

    Washington: Top Taliban leader Mullah Omar was sheltered by Pakistan’s powerful spy agency ISI after the outfit’s leadership fled from Afghanistan in 2001, according to an email received by former secretary of state Hillary Clinton during her tenure. Mullah Omar is reported to have died at a hospital in Karachi two years ago. However, till date the Pakistani authorities have strongly refuted reports of direct links between ISI and Mullah Omar.

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    Mullah Omar sheltered by ISI: Clinton email

    Washington: Top Taliban leader Mullah Omar was sheltered by Pakistan’s powerful spy agency ISI after theoutfit’s leadership fled from Afghanistan in 2001, according to an email received by former secretary of state Hillary Clinton during her tenure.

  • Afghan Taliban admit covering up Omar’s death

    Kabul: The Taliban on Monday admitted covering up longtime leader Mullah Omar’s death for two years, saying they had wanted to keep it secret until foreign forces ended their fight against the militants. The group confirmed in July that Omar had died without saying when, deepening internal divisions with many insurgents accusing the leadership of keeping them in the dark while issuing statements in his name. The admission of a cover up was buried

  • Afghan policemen stand guard at a market destroyed by a powerful truck bomb in Kabul.

    Powerful truck bomb kills 15, injures 240 in Kabul

    Kabul : A huge truck bomb tore through central Kabul, killing 15 civilians and wounding 240 others in the first major attack in the Afghan capital since the announcement of Taliban leader Mullah Omar’s death.

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    Mullah Omar didn’t die in Pakistan: Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif

    Islamabad: Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar did not die in Pakistan nor was he buried in this country, Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said on Friday. Addressing the National Assembly, the minister also said that the Taliban leader was never in Quetta or Karachi and was not treated at any Karachi hospital. The News quoted Asif as saying that statements made by Mullah Omar’s family proved that he died in Afghanistan and was

  • Taliban dissidents launch parallel council

    Islamabad : Amid a widening rift over succession following Mullah Omar’s death, senior Taliban leaders opposed to Mullah Akhtar Mansour’s nomination as the group’s supremo have launched a parallel council, according to a media report.

  • Haqqani chief is also dead

    Islamabad : Jalaluddin Haqqani, head of the dreaded Haqqani network, which was behind some of the deadliest attacks against Indian interests in Afghanistan, has been dead for over a year, militant sources said on Friday, two days after the death of Taliban chief Mullah Omar was confirmed.

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    China to work with Pakistan, others for Afghan peace process

    Beijing: China has expressed its backing for Pakistan and other parties to “push for peace and reconciliation” in the war-torn Afghanistan, days after the second round of peace talks were put off following news of Taliban chief Mullah Omar’s death. Foreign Ministry today said that while China understands the reasons for postponement of talks, it wants all parties to focus on national unity and lasting peace in Afghanistan and continue to push forward the

  • Mullah Akhtar becomes new Taliban chief

    Kabul : Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, a top Afghan Taliban leader who backed the peace process and a former aviation minister in the pre-2001 Taliban regime, has been appointed as the new chief of the insurgent group, as Taliban confirmed the death of its longtime supremo Mullah Omar.

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    Taliban says unaware of peace talks with Afghan Government

    Karachi : The Taliban has rejected reports of it taking part in a fresh round of peace talks with the Afghan Government, and also refused to comment on Kabul officials’ claim that their leader, Mullah Omar, had died two years ago. According to the Express Tribune, the Taliban posted on their website that “media outlets” were saying that the talks would take place soon. The Taliban also said that their political office was unaware

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