Free Press Journal
  • Afghan Taliban announces 3-day Eid Ceasefire

    Kabul: The Taliban announced today a three-day ceasefire with Afghan security forces for Eid, the holiday that caps off Ramadan, though it said operations against “foreign occupiers” would continue. But the group warned its fighters would “strongly defend” themselves if attacked, according to a statement sent to the media two days after the Afghan government announced a week-long ceasefire.

  • Afghan forces mistakenly kill 9, mostly civilians: Officials

    Kabul: Afghan forces mistakenly killed nine people, most of them civilians, during raid on a house in eastern Nangarhar province which has been a base for the Islamic State group and other militants, officials said today. The raid, which took place late last night in Chaparhar district, also wounded eight other civilians, said provincial governor Hayatullah Hayat. A local police commander was among the dead, he added.

  • Attacks on Afghan security forces kill 5

    Kabul: Afghan officials say insurgents have killed five people, including two police and a tribal leader, in two separate attacks. Abdul Aziz Beg, the head of the provincial council in the western Badghis province, says militants attacked a checkpoint, killing two police and wounding four others.

  • Bombers and gunmen attack Kabul police stations, kill 7

    Kabul : Suicide bombers and gunmen launched apparently coordinated attacks on two Kabul police stations on Wednesday, killing at least seven people, with security forces still searching for several assailants as the city braces for more violence.

  • Afghanistan: 7 Indians abducted by Taliban in Baghlan province

    New Delhi: Seven Indian engineers of an RPG company working in a power project in Afghanistan’s northern Baghlan province were allegedly abducted on Sunday by Taliban gunmen who apparently mistook them for government employees, Afghan media reports said.

  • Six Taliban militants killed in Afghanistan

    Kabul : At least six militants affiliated to terror outfit the Taliban, including its local leader have been killed in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province. The deaths were the result of the raids conducted by the Special Operations Forces of the Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS), Khaama Press reported.

  • Pashtun rights group accuses Pak army of widespread abuse

    Peshawar : A Pakistani human rights group that has accused the military of widespread abuses as it battles Islamist militants in Pakistan’s rugged border region with neighboring Afghanistan has emerged as a force among the country’s Pashtun minority, drawing tens of thousands to rallies to protest what it contends is a campaign of intimidation that includes extrajudicial killings and thousands of disappearances and detentions.

  • Return to Afghanistan from you foreign safe havens, says US tells Taliban

    Washington: The US today urged the Taliban to return to Afghanistan from their foreign safe havens, saying there was no justification for its announcement of annual spring offensive. It said that there was no need for a new fighting season, and that it was time for the Taliban to participate in the country’s electoral process.

  • Taliban bombing kills 5, including Afghan police commander 

    Kandahar: An Afghan official says a bomb blast has killed five people, including a police commander, in the southern Kandahar province, an attack claimed by the Taliban. A Kandahar police spokesman says Col Janan Mama, commander of the border rapid reaction force, three of his police bodyguards and a civilian were killed in Wednesday’s attack.

  • Four Pakistani Christians shot dead in Islamabad

    Four members of a Pakistani Christian family were shot dead in Quetta city, the police said on Tuesday. On Monday night, unidentified armed men intercepted a vehicle the family was travelling in and opened fire, Quetta Police spokesperson Mohamed Ramzan told Efe news.

  • Security high in Pakistan’s Swat but Malala visit uncertain

    Mingora: A Pakistani women’s activist says Malala Yousafzai, who is back in Pakistan for the first time since the Taliban shot her in 2012, is hoping to visit her Swat Valley hometown but that the trip depends on security clearances from the government.

  • ISI still providing covert support to Taliban: US media report

    Washington: Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI continues to covertly support the Taliban in the border region, a US media report today claimed. The Washington Times’ investigate story also provided specific mohallas and neighbourhoods on the Pakistani side that are being used as safe havens by Taliban terrorists.

  • Taliban accepts Prez Ghani’s peace dialogue

    Kabul : The Afghan Taliban has accepted to join the peace dialogue initiated by the Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, according to officials.

  • Afghan Taliban ready to negotiate with US

    Kabul: The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday announced that the insurgent group was ready to negotiate with the US amid ongoing national and international efforts to initiate a political settlement in the war-torn country. “The Political Office of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (name of ousted Taliban regime) calls on American officials to talk directly to the Political Office of Islamic Emirate in Qatar regarding finding a peaceful solution to the Afghan quandary,”