Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has alleged that the US is relocating elements of the Islamic State (ISIS) from the conflict-torn Middle East to Afghanistan in order to justify Washington's presence in the country amid rising terror attacks against Afghan interests in recent weeks.

Taliban lose chance for peace talks: Murtazawi

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 04:12 Written by

The Afghan government said on Tuesday the Taliban would have to be defeated on the battlefield after US President Donald Trump rejected the idea of talks with the militants following a series of deadly attacks.

A large cache of weapons and explosives belonging to the ISIS terrorist group was discovered and seized by the Afghan forces in Kabul.

The sanctions, which the United States newly imposed on some Taliban and Haqqani Network leaders, will have no impact on the battlefield, a number of Afghan analysts believe, adding that the move also cannot contribute to stability in Afghanistan taking into account the positions of those individuals as well as the nature of sanctions. 

In his first public appearance since the Intercontinental Hotel attack just over a week ago, President Ashraf Ghani came out in support of the country’s security forces who are fighting insurgency on the battlefields and in the cities. 

Millions of afghanis have been taken from Afghan traders over the past three and a half years by issuing them ‘fake’ phytosanitary certificates for goods imported from Pakistan at the Torkham dry-port.

Atta Mohammad Noor, the ousted governor of northern Balkh province, said on Sunday that he was issuing his final warning to the National Unity Government (NUG) that if it fails to reach an agreement with his Jamiet-i-Islami party he will call for mass demonstrations. 

At least 11 Afghan National Armey (ANA) soldiers and four suicide bombers were killed as rebels attack on Marshal Fahim Military Academy in Kabul early on Monday, an official said.

Father of one of gunmen who attacked Kabul Intercontinental Hotel over a week ago has said that his son trained in Pakistan.

Afghanistan has seen a sharp increase in violence after US President Donald Trump’s statement on New Year’s day criticizing Pakistan, the former Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, has said.