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WASHINGTON A senior U.S. envoy left for Doha and Kabul on Sunday to press Taliban and Afghan government officials to open peace talks that the United States hopes will allow it to withdraw from Afghanistan the U.S. State Department said PositiveWASHINGTON A senior U.S. envoy left for Doha and Kabul on Sunday to press Taliban and Afghan government officials to open peace talks that the United States hopes will allow it to withdraw from Afghanistan the U.S. State Department said http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-politics-usa/u-s-envoy-to-press-taliban-afghan-officials-on-peace-talks-idUSKBN22U2MG2020-05-19
Further undercutting the prospects for talks the Kabul government said it had decided to resume offensive operations against the Taliban following Tuesdays attacks NegativeWASHINGTON Two brutal attacks this week laid bare major weaknesses of the U.S.Taliban troop withdrawal nothing in it obliges the Taliban to prevent such massacres and the Afghan governments ability to thwart them will only wane as U.S. troops pull out http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan-attacks/brutal-afghan-attacks-highlight-limitations-of-u-s-taliban-deal-idUSKBN22R2TS2020-05-16
Khalilzad said he had heard positive reports about the formation of an inclusive Afghan government and he urged the government and the Taliban to begin talks PositiveWASHINGTON Two brutal attacks this week laid bare major weaknesses of the U.S.Taliban troop withdrawal nothing in it obliges the Taliban to prevent such massacres and the Afghan governments ability to thwart them will only wane as U.S. troops pull out http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan-attacks/brutal-afghan-attacks-highlight-limitations-of-u-s-taliban-deal-idUSKBN22R2TS2020-05-16
WASHINGTON Two brutal attacks this week laid bare major weaknesses of the U.S.Taliban troop withdrawal nothing in it obliges the Taliban to prevent such massacres and the Afghan governments ability to thwart them will only wane as U.S. troops pull out NegativeWASHINGTON Two brutal attacks this week laid bare major weaknesses of the U.S.Taliban troop withdrawal nothing in it obliges the Taliban to prevent such massacres and the Afghan governments ability to thwart them will only wane as U.S. troops pull out http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan-attacks/brutal-afghan-attacks-highlight-limitations-of-u-s-taliban-deal-idUSKBN22R2TS2020-05-16
WASHINGTON The United States on Thursday blamed Islamic State militants not the Taliban for a gruesome hospital attack in Afghanistan this week that killed two newborn babies and it renewed calls for Afghans to embrace a troubled peace push with the Taliban insurgency NegativeWASHINGTON The United States on Thursday blamed Islamic State militants not the Taliban for a gruesome hospital attack in Afghanistan this week that killed two newborn babies and it renewed calls for Afghans to embrace a troubled peace push with the Taliban insurgency http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-attacks-usa/u-s-says-islamic-state-conducted-attack-on-kabul-hospital-idUSKBN22Q3QU2020-05-15
Meanwhile National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib said on there seems little point in continuing to engage Taliban in peace NegativeGunmen disguised as police attacked a hospital in the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday killing 16 people including two newborn babies from a maternity clinic run by the international humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-attacks/newborns-among-16-dead-in-kabul-hospital-attack-24-killed-in-funeral-bombing-idUSKBN22O0RS2020-05-13
Khalilzad the State Department said would press Taliban officials for full of the Feb PositiveWASHINGTON The U.S. special envoy on Afghanistan is on a mission to press Taliban negotiators in Doha and officials in India and Pakistan to support reduced violence speeding up intraAfghan peace talks and cooperating on the coronavirus pandemic the State Department said on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-khalilzad/united-states-khalilzad-to-meet-taliban-in-qatar-visit-india-pakistan-idUSKBN22I2ZB2020-05-07
The negotiations also have been stalled by a feud between Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah who both claimed victory in a disputed September election and by escalating Taliban attacks NegativeWASHINGTON The U.S. special envoy on Afghanistan is on a mission to press Taliban negotiators in Doha and officials in India and Pakistan to support reduced violence speeding up intraAfghan peace talks and cooperating on the coronavirus pandemic the State Department said on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-khalilzad/united-states-khalilzad-to-meet-taliban-in-qatar-visit-india-pakistan-idUSKBN22I2ZB2020-05-07
WASHINGTON The U.S. special envoy on Afghanistan is on a mission to press Taliban negotiators in Doha and officials in India and Pakistan to support reduced violence speeding up intraAfghan peace talks and cooperating on the coronavirus pandemic the State Department said on Wednesday PositiveWASHINGTON The U.S. special envoy on Afghanistan is on a mission to press Taliban negotiators in Doha and officials in India and Pakistan to support reduced violence speeding up intraAfghan peace talks and cooperating on the coronavirus pandemic the State Department said on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-khalilzad/united-states-khalilzad-to-meet-taliban-in-qatar-visit-india-pakistan-idUSKBN22I2ZB2020-05-07
Esper said the Afghan government and the Taliban both need to come together and make progress on the terms that laid out NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday that the Taliban were not living up to their commitments under an agreement signed this year amid signs the fragile deal is under strain by a political deadlock and increasing Taliban violence http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-usa-afghanistan-military/taliban-not-living-up-to-commitments-u-s-defense-secretary-says-idUSKBN22H2XH2020-05-06
I dont think they Esper told reporters when asked if the Taliban were living up to their commitment NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday that the Taliban were not living up to their commitments under an agreement signed this year amid signs the fragile deal is under strain by a political deadlock and increasing Taliban violence http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-usa-afghanistan-military/taliban-not-living-up-to-commitments-u-s-defense-secretary-says-idUSKBN22H2XH2020-05-06
The political deadlock comes as the Taliban has increased the pace of violence NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday that the Taliban were not living up to their commitments under an agreement signed this year amid signs the fragile deal is under strain by a political deadlock and increasing Taliban violence http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-usa-afghanistan-military/taliban-not-living-up-to-commitments-u-s-defense-secretary-says-idUSKBN22H2XH2020-05-06
WASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday that the Taliban were not living up to their commitments under an agreement signed this year amid signs the fragile deal is under strain by a political deadlock and increasing Taliban violence NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday that the Taliban were not living up to their commitments under an agreement signed this year amid signs the fragile deal is under strain by a political deadlock and increasing Taliban violence http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-usa-afghanistan-military/taliban-not-living-up-to-commitments-u-s-defense-secretary-says-idUSKBN22H2XH2020-05-06
The Taliban militant group fighting to oust the Afghan government said Iran should launch an investigation into the killings and strictly punish the NegativeHERAT Afghan officials were hunting on Sunday for Afghan migrants in a river bordering Iran after reports that Iranian border guards tortured dozens and threw them into the water to keep them out of Iran http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-iran-migrants/afghanistan-probes-reports-iranian-guards-forced-migrants-into-river-idUSKBN22F0AS2020-05-04
He added however that the Taliban did not deny using infiltrators or causing insider attacks as part of its war strategy PositiveThe Taliban have mounted more than 4500 attacks in Afghanistan marking a sharp escalation in violence in the 45 days since signing a deal with the United States that paves the way for a U.S. troop drawdown according to data seen by Reuters http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-health-coronavirus-afghanistan-taliba/taliban-step-up-attacks-on-afghan-forces-since-signing-u-s-deal-data-idUSKBN22D5S72020-05-02
Last month General Scott Miller commander of U.S. forces and the NATOled noncombat Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan travelled to Qatar amid the pandemic to meet Taliban political leaders PositiveThe Taliban have mounted more than 4500 attacks in Afghanistan marking a sharp escalation in violence in the 45 days since signing a deal with the United States that paves the way for a U.S. troop drawdown according to data seen by Reuters http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-health-coronavirus-afghanistan-taliba/taliban-step-up-attacks-on-afghan-forces-since-signing-u-s-deal-data-idUSKBN22D5S72020-05-02
The Defence Ministry said army troops were in active defence and using the air force to stop Taliban advances NeutralThe Taliban have mounted more than 4500 attacks in Afghanistan marking a sharp escalation in violence in the 45 days since signing a deal with the United States that paves the way for a U.S. troop drawdown according to data seen by Reuters http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-health-coronavirus-afghanistan-taliba/taliban-step-up-attacks-on-afghan-forces-since-signing-u-s-deal-data-idUSKBN22D5S72020-05-02
The Taliban have mounted more than 4500 attacks in Afghanistan marking a sharp escalation in violence in the 45 days since signing a deal with the United States that paves the way for a U.S. troop drawdown according to data seen by Reuters NegativeThe Taliban have mounted more than 4500 attacks in Afghanistan marking a sharp escalation in violence in the 45 days since signing a deal with the United States that paves the way for a U.S. troop drawdown according to data seen by Reuters http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-health-coronavirus-afghanistan-taliba/taliban-step-up-attacks-on-afghan-forces-since-signing-u-s-deal-data-idUSKBN22D5S72020-05-02
The Taliban say the groups attacks between the start of March and April 15 fell 54 NegativeThe Taliban have mounted more than 4500 attacks in Afghanistan marking a sharp escalation in violence in the 45 days since signing a deal with the United States that paves the way for a U.S. troop drawdown according to data seen by Reuters http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-health-coronavirus-afghanistan-taliba/taliban-step-up-attacks-on-afghan-forces-since-signing-u-s-deal-data-idUSKBN22D5S72020-05-02
Thats what Khalilzad and Pompeo are determined to he said saying Khalilzads April 13 visit to Doha aimed to convey a stern message to Taliban and prevent the spring offensive PositiveThe coronavirus pandemic threatens to unravel a U.S. effort to end the war in Afghanistan if Taliban and government prisoners die in custody before they can be exchanged four sources familiar with the matter said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-health-coronavirus-afghanistan-usa/afghan-prisoner-exchanges-u-s-peace-plan-threatened-by-coronavirus-idUSKBN2230EG2020-04-21
The coronavirus pandemic threatens to unravel a U.S. effort to end the war in Afghanistan if Taliban and government prisoners die in custody before they can be exchanged four sources familiar with the matter said on Monday NegativeThe coronavirus pandemic threatens to unravel a U.S. effort to end the war in Afghanistan if Taliban and government prisoners die in custody before they can be exchanged four sources familiar with the matter said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-health-coronavirus-afghanistan-usa/afghan-prisoner-exchanges-u-s-peace-plan-threatened-by-coronavirus-idUSKBN2230EG2020-04-21
Earlier Monday it announced that Khalilzad was to meet with Taliban officials to discuss current challenges in implementing the U.S.Taliban Agreement PositiveWASHINGTON The chief U.S. negotiator and the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan held talks on Monday with Taliban officials in Doha on a prisoner release dispute that helped stall U.S.led peacemaking efforts a Taliban spokesman said http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-afghanistan-khalilzad/u-s-taliban-officials-meet-to-discuss-prisoner-release-dispute-taliban-spokesman-idUSKCN21V1J12020-04-14
Ghani ordered a phased release of 1500 Taliban prisoners of whom some 300 have been freed since Wednesday PositiveWASHINGTON The chief U.S. negotiator and the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan held talks on Monday with Taliban officials in Doha on a prisoner release dispute that helped stall U.S.led peacemaking efforts a Taliban spokesman said http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-afghanistan-khalilzad/u-s-taliban-officials-meet-to-discuss-prisoner-release-dispute-taliban-spokesman-idUSKCN21V1J12020-04-14
It was the second time Miller commander of a U.S.led international force met the Taliban officials since Friday PositiveWASHINGTON The chief U.S. negotiator and the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan held talks on Monday with Taliban officials in Doha on a prisoner release dispute that helped stall U.S.led peacemaking efforts a Taliban spokesman said http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-afghanistan-khalilzad/u-s-taliban-officials-meet-to-discuss-prisoner-release-dispute-taliban-spokesman-idUSKCN21V1J12020-04-14
WASHINGTON The chief U.S. negotiator and the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan held talks on Monday with Taliban officials in Doha on a prisoner release dispute that helped stall U.S.led peacemaking efforts a Taliban spokesman said PositiveWASHINGTON The chief U.S. negotiator and the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan held talks on Monday with Taliban officials in Doha on a prisoner release dispute that helped stall U.S.led peacemaking efforts a Taliban spokesman said http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-afghanistan-khalilzad/u-s-taliban-officials-meet-to-discuss-prisoner-release-dispute-taliban-spokesman-idUSKCN21V1J12020-04-14
KABUL The commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan met Taliban leadership in Doha to discuss the need to reduce violence in the wartorn country spokesmen for both sides said on Saturday as continued clashes threaten to derail a fragile peace process PositiveKABUL The commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan met Taliban leadership in Doha to discuss the need to reduce violence in the wartorn country spokesmen for both sides said on Saturday as continued clashes threaten to derail a fragile peace process http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/u-s-commander-in-afghanistan-and-taliban-discuss-violence-reduction-in-doha-meeting-idUSKCN21T0B22020-04-12
The Taliban are to sit for negotiations with an inclusive Afghan delegation as part of the agreement but a prisoner exchange preceding the talks has hit snags PositiveKABUL The commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan met Taliban leadership in Doha to discuss the need to reduce violence in the wartorn country spokesmen for both sides said on Saturday as continued clashes threaten to derail a fragile peace process http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/u-s-commander-in-afghanistan-and-taliban-discuss-violence-reduction-in-doha-meeting-idUSKCN21T0B22020-04-12
The Taliban last week accused U.S. forces of supporting Afghan security operations in some parts of the country and warned that such support could jeopardize the agreement NegativeKABUL The commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan met Taliban leadership in Doha to discuss the need to reduce violence in the wartorn country spokesmen for both sides said on Saturday as continued clashes threaten to derail a fragile peace process http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/u-s-commander-in-afghanistan-and-taliban-discuss-violence-reduction-in-doha-meeting-idUSKCN21T0B22020-04-12
A Taliban spokesman said on Twitter that his group was not behind the attack PositiveKABUL Five rockets hit a major U.S. air base in Afghanistan on Thursday but there were no casualties Afghanistans NATOled force said in an attack claimed by the Islamic State militant group http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-usa-afghanistan-attack/rockets-hit-u-s-air-base-in-afghanistan-no-casualties-idUSKCN21R0TL2020-04-10
A hundred Taliban members are scheduled to be freed on Thursday from detention at a jail near the base following the release on Wednesday of 100 Taliban members NegativeKABUL Five rockets hit a major U.S. air base in Afghanistan on Thursday but there were no casualties Afghanistans NATOled force said in an attack claimed by the Islamic State militant group http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-usa-afghanistan-attack/rockets-hit-u-s-air-base-in-afghanistan-no-casualties-idUSKCN21R0TL2020-04-10
IS militants who battle foreign and Afghan government forces as well as the Taliban have carried out some of the deadliest attacks in Afghanistans urban centres in recent years NegativeKABUL Five rockets hit a major U.S. air base in Afghanistan on Thursday but there were no casualties Afghanistans NATOled force said in an attack claimed by the Islamic State militant group http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-usa-afghanistan-attack/rockets-hit-u-s-air-base-in-afghanistan-no-casualties-idUSKCN21R0TL2020-04-10
The Afghan government has begun the release of Taliban prisoners from a jail near the Bagram base as step to build confidence for the Taliban talks PositiveKABUL Five rockets hit a major U.S. air base in Afghanistan on Thursday but there were no casualties Afghanistans NATOled force said in an attack claimed by the Islamic State militant group http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-usa-afghanistan-attack/rockets-hit-u-s-air-base-in-afghanistan-no-casualties-idUSKCN21R0TL2020-04-10
The Taliban as part of their agreement with the United States have promised to open peace talks with the U.S.backed Afghan government but little progress has been made PositiveKABUL Five rockets hit a major U.S. air base in Afghanistan on Thursday but there were no casualties Afghanistans NATOled force said in an attack claimed by the Islamic State militant group http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-usa-afghanistan-attack/rockets-hit-u-s-air-base-in-afghanistan-no-casualties-idUSKCN21R0TL2020-04-10
The prisoner exchange deal provides for the government to free 5000 Taliban prisoners with the Taliban releasing 1000 members of the Afghan security forces in exchange PositiveKABUL Five rockets hit a major U.S. air base in Afghanistan on Thursday but there were no casualties Afghanistans NATOled force said in an attack claimed by the Islamic State militant group http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-usa-afghanistan-attack/rockets-hit-u-s-air-base-in-afghanistan-no-casualties-idUSKCN21R0TL2020-04-10
Afghan ministry of peace affairs spokeswoman Najia Anwari said the Talibans stance was unjustified as the negotiating team was made after wide consultations among Afghan society NegativePakistan The Taliban declined on Saturday to begin talks with the Afghan governments new negotiating team in a setback to the U.S.brokered peace process for one of the worlds longestrunning conflicts http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-refuses-to-talk-to-new-afghan-government-negotiators-idUSKBN21F0MM2020-03-29
All sides including the Taliban should try not to lose the available opportunity for peace by make illogical excuses NegativePakistan The Taliban declined on Saturday to begin talks with the Afghan governments new negotiating team in a setback to the U.S.brokered peace process for one of the worlds longestrunning conflicts http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-refuses-to-talk-to-new-afghan-government-negotiators-idUSKBN21F0MM2020-03-29
Pakistan March 28 The Taliban will refuse to negotiate with the team announced by the Afghan government the militant groups spokesman said on Saturday in a potential setback to the next steps of the U.S.brokered peace process NegativePakistan March 28 The Taliban will refuse to negotiate with the team announced by the Afghan government the militant groups spokesman said on Saturday in a potential setback to the next steps of the U.S.brokered peace process http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/usa-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-says-will-not-negotiate-with-team-announced-by-afghan-government-idUSL4N2BL0A82020-03-29
Pakistan The Taliban declined on Saturday to begin talks with the Afghan governments new negotiating team in a setback to the U.S.brokered peace process for one of the worlds longestrunning conflicts NegativePakistan The Taliban declined on Saturday to begin talks with the Afghan governments new negotiating team in a setback to the U.S.brokered peace process for one of the worlds longestrunning conflicts http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-refuses-to-talk-to-new-afghan-government-negotiators-idUSKBN21F0MM2020-03-29
The Taliban should not lose the current opportunity PositivePakistan The Taliban declined on Saturday to begin talks with the Afghan governments new negotiating team in a setback to the U.S.brokered peace process for one of the worlds longestrunning conflicts http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-refuses-to-talk-to-new-afghan-government-negotiators-idUSKBN21F0MM2020-03-29
KABUL Afghanistans government late on Thursday announced a 21member team to negotiate with the Taliban in a tentative sign of progress for the United Statesbrokered peace deal PositiveKABUL Afghanistans government late on Thursday announced a 21member team to negotiate with the Taliban in a tentative sign of progress for the United Statesbrokered peace deal http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/afghan-government-selects-negotiators-for-talks-with-taliban-idUSKBN21E0PU2020-03-27
The arrangement was struck in a talks between Taliban and government officials held over Skype because of travel restrictions due to the global coronavirus pandemic PositiveKABUL Afghanistans government late on Thursday announced a 21member team to negotiate with the Taliban in a tentative sign of progress for the United Statesbrokered peace deal http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/afghan-government-selects-negotiators-for-talks-with-taliban-idUSKBN21E0PU2020-03-27
A full withdrawal of all U.S. and coalition forces would occur within 14 months of the deal getting signed if the Taliban holds up its end of the deal PositiveWASHINGTON Defense Secretary Mark Esper has issued a stop movement order to the U.S. military halting travel and movement abroad for up to 60 days in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus through the ranks the Pentagon chief told Reuters on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa-pentagon-exclu/exclusive-pentagon-orders-halt-overseas-movement-for-u-s-military-over-coronavirus-idUSKBN21C3A22020-03-26
DOHA U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet Taliban officials in Doha on Monday on his way back from a oneday trip to Afghanistan as part of efforts to salvage a historic deal signed with the insurgent group in February PositiveDOHA U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet Taliban officials in Doha on Monday on his way back from a oneday trip to Afghanistan as part of efforts to salvage a historic deal signed with the insurgent group in February http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/secretary-of-state-pompeo-to-meet-taliban-in-doha-state-department-idUSKBN21A3D82020-03-24
He said that despite ongoing fighting the Taliban largely have fulfilled a commitment to reduce violence and were working to form a team for intraAfghan peace talks PositiveU.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday announced a billion cut in U.S. aid to Afghanistan after he failed to convince Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his political foe to end a feud that has helped jeopardize a U.S.led peace effort http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/u-s-to-reduce-afghan-aid-by-1-billion-after-pompeo-fails-to-break-impasse-idUSKBN21A0N52020-03-24
KABUL The Taliban and the Afghan government held a meeting on prisoner releases on Sunday officials said offering some hope of a breakthrough on a matter that has deadlocked the two sides and threatened a nascent peace process PositiveKABUL The Taliban and the Afghan government held a meeting on prisoner releases on Sunday officials said offering some hope of a breakthrough on a matter that has deadlocked the two sides and threatened a nascent peace process http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-afghan-government-skype-call-breathes-life-into-peace-process-idUSKBN21912M2020-03-23
KABUL U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Afghanistan on Monday on a previously unannounced visit to help salvage a historic deal between Washington and the Taliban struck at the end of February but marred by political feuds and violence PositiveKABUL U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Afghanistan on Monday on a previously unannounced visit to help salvage a historic deal between Washington and the Taliban struck at the end of February but marred by political feuds and violence http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/u-s-secretary-of-state-pompeo-arrives-in-afghanistan-idUSKBN21A0N52020-03-23
Prisoner releases by both sides is an important step in the peace process as stated in the U.S.Taliban U.S. special representative Zalmay Khalilzad tweeted PositiveKABUL The Taliban and the Afghan government held a meeting on prisoner releases on Sunday officials said offering some hope of a breakthrough on a matter that has deadlocked the two sides and threatened a nascent peace process http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-afghan-government-skype-call-breathes-life-into-peace-process-idUSKBN21912M2020-03-23
The Afghan government and Taliban have clashed frequently in the last few days including the storming of an Afghan military base on Friday that authorities blamed on the insurgent group NegativeKABUL The Taliban and the Afghan government held a meeting on prisoner releases on Sunday officials said offering some hope of a breakthrough on a matter that has deadlocked the two sides and threatened a nascent peace process http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-afghan-government-skype-call-breathes-life-into-peace-process-idUSKBN21912M2020-03-23
The Taliban had previously refused to speak to the Afghan government until all prisoners were released NegativeKABUL The Taliban and the Afghan government held a meeting on prisoner releases on Sunday officials said offering some hope of a breakthrough on a matter that has deadlocked the two sides and threatened a nascent peace process http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-afghan-government-skype-call-breathes-life-into-peace-process-idUSKBN21912M2020-03-23
The Talibans Doha office spokesman Suhail Shaheen also confirmed the meeting on Twitter but stressed that the discussion was only about the release of prisoners PositiveKABUL The Taliban and the Afghan government held a meeting on prisoner releases on Sunday officials said offering some hope of a breakthrough on a matter that has deadlocked the two sides and threatened a nascent peace process http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-afghan-government-skype-call-breathes-life-into-peace-process-idUSKBN21912M2020-03-23
Deputy U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Cherith Norman Chalet said the Taliban had taken steps to stop attacks in cities and against major bases NegativeNATIONS Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is preparing to release 1500 Taliban prisoners in coming days according to a decree viewed by Reuters on Tuesday as the United Nations backed a U.S.led push to end Afghanistans 18year war http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan-un/afghan-government-to-release-taliban-prisoners-as-u-n-backs-push-to-end-war-idUSKBN20X2SM2020-03-11
If the talks make progress the government said it will release a further 500 Taliban prisoners every two weeks until a total of 5000 Taliban prisoners have been freed PositiveNATIONS Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is preparing to release 1500 Taliban prisoners in coming days according to a decree viewed by Reuters on Tuesday as the United Nations backed a U.S.led push to end Afghanistans 18year war http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan-un/afghan-government-to-release-taliban-prisoners-as-u-n-backs-push-to-end-war-idUSKBN20X2SM2020-03-11
NATIONS Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is preparing to release 1500 Taliban prisoners in coming days according to a decree viewed by Reuters on Tuesday as the United Nations backed a U.S.led push to end Afghanistans 18year war PositiveNATIONS Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is preparing to release 1500 Taliban prisoners in coming days according to a decree viewed by Reuters on Tuesday as the United Nations backed a U.S.led push to end Afghanistans 18year war http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan-un/afghan-government-to-release-taliban-prisoners-as-u-n-backs-push-to-end-war-idUSKBN20X2SM2020-03-11
Taliban commanders have sent vehicles to be ready to collect the prisoners and said they will honor the deal by handing over 1000 government troops PositiveNATIONS Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is preparing to release 1500 Taliban prisoners in coming days according to a decree viewed by Reuters on Tuesday as the United Nations backed a U.S.led push to end Afghanistans 18year war http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan-un/afghan-government-to-release-taliban-prisoners-as-u-n-backs-push-to-end-war-idUSKBN20X2SM2020-03-11
The decree said talks between the government and the Taliban will run parallel with the prisoner release and requires the insurgents to stick to commitments to a reduction in violence NegativeNATIONS Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is preparing to release 1500 Taliban prisoners in coming days according to a decree viewed by Reuters on Tuesday as the United Nations backed a U.S.led push to end Afghanistans 18year war http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan-un/afghan-government-to-release-taliban-prisoners-as-u-n-backs-push-to-end-war-idUSKBN20X2SM2020-03-11
The peace process has been complicated by differing wording of documents drafted in separate meetings between the United States and the Taliban and the United States and the Afghan government NegativeNATIONS Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is preparing to release 1500 Taliban prisoners in coming days according to a decree viewed by Reuters on Tuesday as the United Nations backed a U.S.led push to end Afghanistans 18year war http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan-un/afghan-government-to-release-taliban-prisoners-as-u-n-backs-push-to-end-war-idUSKBN20X2SM2020-03-11
The process of releasing 1500 Taliban prisoners will be completed within 15 days with 100 prisoners walking out of Afghan jails every it said PositiveNATIONS Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is preparing to release 1500 Taliban prisoners in coming days according to a decree viewed by Reuters on Tuesday as the United Nations backed a U.S.led push to end Afghanistans 18year war http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan-un/afghan-government-to-release-taliban-prisoners-as-u-n-backs-push-to-end-war-idUSKBN20X2SM2020-03-11
The Taliban which has waged an insurgency since shortly after its fall from power in 2001 has made their release a condition for talks but Ghani has rejected the demand NegativeKABUL Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was sworn in for a second term on Monday but the ceremony was marred by a rocket attack and a rival held his own inauguration ceremony in an escalating political feud compounding challenges to ending the 18year war http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-politics/afghanistans-game-of-thrones-jeopardizes-peace-process-idUSKBN20W0AS2020-03-10
A senior Taliban commander in Helmand who declined to be named said that a drone had targeted their position NegativeKABUL The United States on Wednesday carried out its first air strike on Taliban fighters in Afghanistan since the two sides signed a troop withdrawal agreement on Saturday http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/u-s-carries-out-air-strike-on-taliban-calls-for-halt-to-needless-attacks-idUSKBN20R12R2020-03-05
Other U.S. officials appeared to play down the Taliban attacks NegativeKABUL The United States on Wednesday carried out its first air strike on Taliban fighters in Afghanistan since the two sides signed a troop withdrawal agreement on Saturday http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/u-s-carries-out-air-strike-on-taliban-calls-for-halt-to-needless-attacks-idUSKBN20R12R2020-03-05
Taliban leadership promised the community they would reduce violence and not increase attacks PositiveKABUL The United States on Wednesday carried out its first air strike on Taliban fighters in Afghanistan since the two sides signed a troop withdrawal agreement on Saturday http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/u-s-carries-out-air-strike-on-taliban-calls-for-halt-to-needless-attacks-idUSKBN20R12R2020-03-05
Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said in a Tweet that according to the plan is implementing all parts of the agreement one after another in order to keep the fighting reduced PositiveKABUL The United States on Wednesday carried out its first air strike on Taliban fighters in Afghanistan since the two sides signed a troop withdrawal agreement on Saturday http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/u-s-carries-out-air-strike-on-taliban-calls-for-halt-to-needless-attacks-idUSKBN20R12R2020-03-05
The Taliban has declined to confirm or deny responsibility for any of the attacks NegativeKABUL The United States on Wednesday carried out its first air strike on Taliban fighters in Afghanistan since the two sides signed a troop withdrawal agreement on Saturday http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/u-s-carries-out-air-strike-on-taliban-calls-for-halt-to-needless-attacks-idUSKBN20R12R2020-03-05
We call on the Taliban to stop needless attacks and uphold their he said NegativeKABUL The United States on Wednesday carried out its first air strike on Taliban fighters in Afghanistan since the two sides signed a troop withdrawal agreement on Saturday http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/u-s-carries-out-air-strike-on-taliban-calls-for-halt-to-needless-attacks-idUSKBN20R12R2020-03-05
Ghani said the issue should be negotiated but the Taliban demanded about 5000 prisoners go free before peace talks begin NegativeU.S. President Donald Trump spoke by telephone with chief Taliban negotiator Mullah Baradar Akhund on Tuesday the first known conversation between a U.S. leader and a top Taliban official as a dispute over a prisoner release threatened a U.S.led effort to bring peace to Afghanistan http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/trump-taliban-leader-talk-as-prisoner-feud-threatens-afghan-peace-idUSKBN20Q2OP2020-03-04
U.S. President Donald Trump spoke by telephone with chief Taliban negotiator Mullah Baradar Akhund on Tuesday the first known conversation between a U.S. leader and a top Taliban official as a dispute over a prisoner release threatened a U.S.led effort to bring peace to Afghanistan PositiveU.S. President Donald Trump spoke by telephone with chief Taliban negotiator Mullah Baradar Akhund on Tuesday the first known conversation between a U.S. leader and a top Taliban official as a dispute over a prisoner release threatened a U.S.led effort to bring peace to Afghanistan http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/trump-taliban-leader-talk-as-prisoner-feud-threatens-afghan-peace-idUSKBN20Q2OP2020-03-04
The Taliban on Monday said they would not participate in the socalled intraAfghan peace talks until Afghan President Ashraf Ghanis government releases about 5000 military and political prisoners NegativeWASHINGTON The United States helped fuel a dispute between the Taliban and the Afghan government over prisoner releases that threatens U.S. peace efforts by using different language in documents it agreed with each side sources familiar with the matter said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban-prisoners/differing-u-s-documents-helped-fuel-afghan-prisoner-dispute-idUSKBN20Q01D2020-03-03
The U.S.Taliban pact could pave the way to ending the nearly 19year U.S.led international military presence in Afghanistan PositiveWASHINGTON The United States helped fuel a dispute between the Taliban and the Afghan government over prisoner releases that threatens U.S. peace efforts by using different language in documents it agreed with each side sources familiar with the matter said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban-prisoners/differing-u-s-documents-helped-fuel-afghan-prisoner-dispute-idUSKBN20Q01D2020-03-03
WASHINGTON The United States helped fuel a dispute between the Taliban and the Afghan government over prisoner releases that threatens U.S. peace efforts by using different language in documents it agreed with each side sources familiar with the matter said on Monday NegativeWASHINGTON The United States helped fuel a dispute between the Taliban and the Afghan government over prisoner releases that threatens U.S. peace efforts by using different language in documents it agreed with each side sources familiar with the matter said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban-prisoners/differing-u-s-documents-helped-fuel-afghan-prisoner-dispute-idUSKBN20Q01D2020-03-03
He said that the U.S.Taliban agreement in Doha would never have happened if Pakistan had not convinced everyone that there was no military solution to the 18year conflict in Afghanistan PositiveISLAMABAD Any reservations Afghanistan has with Islamabad should be resolved bilaterally rather than involving the United States Pakistans foreign minister said on Sunday in reference to part of a joint U.S.Afghan declaration on peace efforts http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban-pakistan/no-need-to-involve-u-s-to-resolve-bilateral-issues-pakistan-tells-afghanistan-idUSKBN20O22P2020-03-02
The Doha agreement was signed by U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban political chief Abdul Ghani Baradar PositiveISLAMABAD Any reservations Afghanistan has with Islamabad should be resolved bilaterally rather than involving the United States Pakistans foreign minister said on Sunday in reference to part of a joint U.S.Afghan declaration on peace efforts http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban-pakistan/no-need-to-involve-u-s-to-resolve-bilateral-issues-pakistan-tells-afghanistan-idUSKBN20O22P2020-03-02
We convinced the Taliban to put forward an authoritative delegation that has the capacity to implement what they agree upon and that wouldnt have happened without Pakistans Qureshi said PositiveISLAMABAD Any reservations Afghanistan has with Islamabad should be resolved bilaterally rather than involving the United States Pakistans foreign minister said on Sunday in reference to part of a joint U.S.Afghan declaration on peace efforts http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban-pakistan/no-need-to-involve-u-s-to-resolve-bilateral-issues-pakistan-tells-afghanistan-idUSKBN20O22P2020-03-02
A British government source who spoke on condition of anonymity doubted the Taliban would completely break with al Qaeda NegativeWASHINGTON President Donald Trumps quest for a second term received a boost on Saturday from the deal with the Taliban for a troop pullout from Afghanistan but it could take time possibly years before all U.S. forces come home from Americas longest war http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban-withdrawal/afghanistan-deal-is-political-boost-for-trump-but-pullout-could-take-years-idUSKBN20N0KN2020-03-01
Afghanistan routinely accuses neighboring Pakistan of supporting Taliban militants NegativeThe United States signed a deal with Taliban insurgents on Saturday that could pave the way toward a full withdrawal of foreign soldiers from Afghanistan and represent a step toward ending the 18yearwar in the nation http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/u-s-and-taliban-sign-troop-withdrawal-deal-now-comes-the-hard-part-idUSKBN20N06R2020-03-01
Al Qaeda members have married into Taliban families trained their fighters and enjoy protection under Pashtun tribal code experts say NegativeWASHINGTON President Donald Trumps quest for a second term received a boost on Saturday from the deal with the Taliban for a troop pullout from Afghanistan but it could take time possibly years before all U.S. forces come home from Americas longest war http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban-withdrawal/afghanistan-deal-is-political-boost-for-trump-but-pullout-could-take-years-idUSKBN20N0KN2020-03-01
Hours before the deal the Taliban ordered all its fighters in Afghanistan to refrain from any kind of attack PositiveThe United States signed a deal with Taliban insurgents on Saturday that could pave the way toward a full withdrawal of foreign soldiers from Afghanistan and represent a step toward ending the 18yearwar in the nation http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/u-s-and-taliban-sign-troop-withdrawal-deal-now-comes-the-hard-part-idUSKBN20N06R2020-03-01
The United States signed a deal with Taliban insurgents on Saturday that could pave the way toward a full withdrawal of foreign soldiers from Afghanistan and represent a step toward ending the 18yearwar in the nation PositiveThe United States signed a deal with Taliban insurgents on Saturday that could pave the way toward a full withdrawal of foreign soldiers from Afghanistan and represent a step toward ending the 18yearwar in the nation http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/u-s-and-taliban-sign-troop-withdrawal-deal-now-comes-the-hard-part-idUSKBN20N06R2020-03-01
The accord however faces numerous potential obstacles such as sabotage by spoilers like dissident Taliban commanders NegativeWASHINGTON President Donald Trumps quest for a second term received a boost on Saturday from the deal with the Taliban for a troop pullout from Afghanistan but it could take time possibly years before all U.S. forces come home from Americas longest war http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban-withdrawal/afghanistan-deal-is-political-boost-for-trump-but-pullout-could-take-years-idUSKBN20N0KN2020-03-01
The requirement that the Taliban cut ties with al Qaeda may be one of the agreements hardest provisions to implement and for U.S. intelligence verify NegativeWASHINGTON President Donald Trumps quest for a second term received a boost on Saturday from the deal with the Taliban for a troop pullout from Afghanistan but it could take time possibly years before all U.S. forces come home from Americas longest war http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban-withdrawal/afghanistan-deal-is-political-boost-for-trump-but-pullout-could-take-years-idUSKBN20N0KN2020-03-01
Under the deal the Taliban wants 5000 fighters to be released from Afghanrun jails but it is not clear whether the Afghan government will agree NegativeThe United States signed a deal with Taliban insurgents on Saturday that could pave the way toward a full withdrawal of foreign soldiers from Afghanistan and represent a step toward ending the 18yearwar in the nation http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/u-s-and-taliban-sign-troop-withdrawal-deal-now-comes-the-hard-part-idUSKBN20N06R2020-03-01
WASHINGTON President Donald Trumps quest for a second term received a boost on Saturday from the deal with the Taliban for a troop pullout from Afghanistan but it could take time possibly years before all U.S. forces come home from Americas longest war PositiveWASHINGTON President Donald Trumps quest for a second term received a boost on Saturday from the deal with the Taliban for a troop pullout from Afghanistan but it could take time possibly years before all U.S. forces come home from Americas longest war http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban-withdrawal/afghanistan-deal-is-political-boost-for-trump-but-pullout-could-take-years-idUSKBN20N0KN2020-03-01
Afghan officials met Taliban members in Qatar on Friday to discuss a prisoner swap plan PositiveWASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will witness the signing of a U.S.Taliban agreement on a withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan President Donald Trump said on Friday heralding an agreement that could help his reelection campaign http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-pompeo/pompeo-to-attend-signing-of-u-s-taliban-troop-withdrawal-pact-idUSKCN20M28Q2020-02-29
An agreement with the Taliban to end the 18yearold war could boost his reelection prospects PositiveWASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will witness the signing of a U.S.Taliban agreement on a withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan President Donald Trump said on Friday heralding an agreement that could help his reelection campaign http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-pompeo/pompeo-to-attend-signing-of-u-s-taliban-troop-withdrawal-pact-idUSKCN20M28Q2020-02-29
DOHA A 31member Taliban delegation has arrived in Qatar to sign a U.S. troop withdrawal deal that could end the war in Afghanistan officials of the hardline Islamist group said on Saturday PositiveDOHA A 31member Taliban delegation has arrived in Qatar to sign a U.S. troop withdrawal deal that could end the war in Afghanistan officials of the hardline Islamist group said on Saturday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-qatar/taliban-negotiators-in-qatar-to-sign-deal-with-u-s-to-end-afghan-war-idUSKBN20N07R2020-02-29
DOHA Feb 29 A 31member Taliban delegation has arrived in Qatar to sign a U.S. troop withdrawal deal that could end the war in Afghanistan officials of the hardline Islamist group said on Saturday PositiveDOHA Feb 29 A 31member Taliban delegation has arrived in Qatar to sign a U.S. troop withdrawal deal that could end the war in Afghanistan officials of the hardline Islamist group said on Saturday http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/usa-afghanistan-qatar/taliban-negotiators-in-qatar-to-sign-deal-with-u-s-to-end-afghan-war-idUSL4N2AT0302020-02-29
Families of Taliban fighters and security personnel have also faced loss NegativeKABUL For motheroffour Nasima the prospect of lasting peace in Afghanistan is almost too good to be true http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban-families/for-grieving-families-afghan-peace-deal-brings-doubt-as-well-as-hope-idUSKBN20N07D2020-02-29
Further reductions of western forces will hinge on the Taliban adhering to a reduction in pledge a condition that will be assessed by the United States PositiveMillions of Afghans are anticipating that Americas longest war fought in their country will end on Saturday as U.S. and Taliban negotiators are expected to sign a deal to allow a U.S. troop reduction and a permanent ceasefire http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/afghans-hope-for-peace-as-u-s-taliban-gear-up-for-troop-withdrawal-deal-idUSKBN20N06R2020-02-29
In exchange the Taliban expects the Afghan government to release their 5000 fighters NeutralThe planned signing on Saturday of an agreement between the United States and the Taliban has spurred hopes that it could lead to an end to almost two decades of conflict in Afghanistan that has killed thousands and become Americas longest war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban-factbox/factbox-agreement-due-to-be-signed-by-u-s-and-taliban-in-doha-idUSKBN20N07T2020-02-29
Millions of Afghans are anticipating that Americas longest war fought in their country will end on Saturday as U.S. and Taliban negotiators are expected to sign a deal to allow a U.S. troop reduction and a permanent ceasefire PositiveMillions of Afghans are anticipating that Americas longest war fought in their country will end on Saturday as U.S. and Taliban negotiators are expected to sign a deal to allow a U.S. troop reduction and a permanent ceasefire http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/afghans-hope-for-peace-as-u-s-taliban-gear-up-for-troop-withdrawal-deal-idUSKBN20N06R2020-02-29
Nazari was preparing for a security mission along with six colleagues when a Taliban suicide bomber drove his explosiveladen vehicle into the NDS office in the western city of Herat NegativeKABUL For motheroffour Nasima the prospect of lasting peace in Afghanistan is almost too good to be true http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban-families/for-grieving-families-afghan-peace-deal-brings-doubt-as-well-as-hope-idUSKBN20N07D2020-02-29
Sources in the Taliban earlier this month said they were prepared to launch a spring offensive and had recruited more than 6000 fighters and suicide bombers if the agreement collapses NegativeMillions of Afghans are anticipating that Americas longest war fought in their country will end on Saturday as U.S. and Taliban negotiators are expected to sign a deal to allow a U.S. troop reduction and a permanent ceasefire http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/afghans-hope-for-peace-as-u-s-taliban-gear-up-for-troop-withdrawal-deal-idUSKBN20N06R2020-02-29
Taliban commanders say once the deal is signed the group will release 1000 Afghan prisoners PositiveThe planned signing on Saturday of an agreement between the United States and the Taliban has spurred hopes that it could lead to an end to almost two decades of conflict in Afghanistan that has killed thousands and become Americas longest war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban-factbox/factbox-agreement-due-to-be-signed-by-u-s-and-taliban-in-doha-idUSKBN20N07T2020-02-29
The agreement is due to be signed in Qatars capital Doha the Talibans political headquarters and the host for talks over the past year and a half PositiveThe planned signing on Saturday of an agreement between the United States and the Taliban has spurred hopes that it could lead to an end to almost two decades of conflict in Afghanistan that has killed thousands and become Americas longest war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban-factbox/factbox-agreement-due-to-be-signed-by-u-s-and-taliban-in-doha-idUSKBN20N07T2020-02-29
The planned signing on Saturday of an agreement between the United States and the Taliban has spurred hopes that it could lead to an end to almost two decades of conflict in Afghanistan that has killed thousands and become Americas longest war PositiveThe planned signing on Saturday of an agreement between the United States and the Taliban has spurred hopes that it could lead to an end to almost two decades of conflict in Afghanistan that has killed thousands and become Americas longest war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban-factbox/factbox-agreement-due-to-be-signed-by-u-s-and-taliban-in-doha-idUSKBN20N07T2020-02-29
There are also questions about whether Taliban fighters loyal to hardline Islamist splinter groups will be willing to adhere to the reduction in violence agreement NegativeMillions of Afghans are anticipating that Americas longest war fought in their country will end on Saturday as U.S. and Taliban negotiators are expected to sign a deal to allow a U.S. troop reduction and a permanent ceasefire http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/afghans-hope-for-peace-as-u-s-taliban-gear-up-for-troop-withdrawal-deal-idUSKBN20N06R2020-02-29
Under the deal the Taliban wants 5000 fighter to be released from Afghanrun jails but its not clear whether the Afghan government will agree NeutralMillions of Afghans are anticipating that Americas longest war fought in their country will end on Saturday as U.S. and Taliban negotiators are expected to sign a deal to allow a U.S. troop reduction and a permanent ceasefire http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/afghans-hope-for-peace-as-u-s-taliban-gear-up-for-troop-withdrawal-deal-idUSKBN20N06R2020-02-29
WASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will witness the signing of a U.S.Taliban agreement on a withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan President Donald Trump said on Friday heralding an agreement that could help his reelection campaign PositiveWASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will witness the signing of a U.S.Taliban agreement on a withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan President Donald Trump said on Friday heralding an agreement that could help his reelection campaign http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-pompeo/pompeo-to-attend-signing-of-u-s-taliban-troop-withdrawal-pact-idUSKCN20M28Q2020-02-29
KABUL Taliban fighters and Afghan security forces clashed in parts of Afghanistan on Saturday a day after a weeklong reduction in was announced but the incidents did not spark immediate alarm on either side NegativeKABUL Taliban fighters and Afghan security forces clashed in parts of Afghanistan on Saturday a day after a weeklong reduction in was announced but the incidents did not spark immediate alarm on either side http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks/taliban-afghan-forces-clash-on-first-day-of-violence-reduction-period-idUSKCN20G0KT2020-02-23
The attack was confirmed by Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in an audio message to Reuters NegativeKABUL Taliban fighters and Afghan security forces clashed in parts of Afghanistan on Saturday a day after a weeklong reduction in was announced but the incidents did not spark immediate alarm on either side http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks/taliban-afghan-forces-clash-on-first-day-of-violence-reduction-period-idUSKCN20G0KT2020-02-23
Ghani is seeking to appoint a team to negotiate with the Taliban PositiveKABUL Afghanistan on Tuesday declared incumbent Ashraf Ghani winner of a disputed presidential election but his main rival rejected the result and vowed to form his own government threatening new turmoil as the United State strives to seal a U.S. troop withdrawal deal with Taliban militants http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-election/ghani-named-winner-of-disputed-afghan-poll-rival-also-claims-victory-idUSKBN20C1PZ2020-02-19
KABUL Afghanistan on Tuesday declared incumbent Ashraf Ghani winner of a disputed presidential election but his main rival rejected the result and vowed to form his own government threatening new turmoil as the United State strives to seal a U.S. troop withdrawal deal with Taliban militants NegativeKABUL Afghanistan on Tuesday declared incumbent Ashraf Ghani winner of a disputed presidential election but his main rival rejected the result and vowed to form his own government threatening new turmoil as the United State strives to seal a U.S. troop withdrawal deal with Taliban militants http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-election/ghani-named-winner-of-disputed-afghan-poll-rival-also-claims-victory-idUSKBN20C1PZ2020-02-19
The Taliban also rejected the result announced on Tuesday and termed Ghanis reelection to be against the peace process NegativeKABUL Afghanistan on Tuesday declared incumbent Ashraf Ghani winner of a disputed presidential election but his main rival rejected the result and vowed to form his own government threatening new turmoil as the United State strives to seal a U.S. troop withdrawal deal with Taliban militants http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-election/ghani-named-winner-of-disputed-afghan-poll-rival-also-claims-victory-idUSKBN20C1PZ2020-02-19
Although the Taliban is negotiating with U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad it refuses to talk directly to Ghanis government which it denounces as a puppet of the West NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he thinks there is a good the United States would reach an agreement with the Taliban by the end of February on a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks-pentagon/trump-sees-good-chance-for-accord-with-taliban-by-end-of-month-idUSKBN2071YX2020-02-14
The news of a potential agreement comes amid continued attacks by the Taliban who control about of Afghanistan according to Afghan defense officials NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he thinks there is a good the United States would reach an agreement with the Taliban by the end of February on a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks-pentagon/trump-sees-good-chance-for-accord-with-taliban-by-end-of-month-idUSKBN2071YX2020-02-14
Trumps comments were the latest indication of significant progress in negotiations that the United States and the Taliban have been holding since December in Qatar PositiveWASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he thinks there is a good the United States would reach an agreement with the Taliban by the end of February on a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks-pentagon/trump-sees-good-chance-for-accord-with-taliban-by-end-of-month-idUSKBN2071YX2020-02-14
WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he thinks there is a good the United States would reach an agreement with the Taliban by the end of February on a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan PositiveWASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he thinks there is a good the United States would reach an agreement with the Taliban by the end of February on a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks-pentagon/trump-sees-good-chance-for-accord-with-taliban-by-end-of-month-idUSKBN2071YX2020-02-14
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday he was told by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that notable had been made in talks between the United States and the Taliban on an agreement for a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan PositiveAfghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday he was told by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that notable had been made in talks between the United States and the Taliban on an agreement for a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks/afghan-president-says-pompeo-reports-progress-in-u-s-taliban-talks-idUSKBN2052I92020-02-12
Taliban officials were not immediately available to comment NeutralAfghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday he was told by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that notable had been made in talks between the United States and the Taliban on an agreement for a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks/afghan-president-says-pompeo-reports-progress-in-u-s-taliban-talks-idUSKBN2052I92020-02-12
The Secretary informed me about the Talibans proposal with regards to bringing a significant and enduring reduction in he continued adding in another tweet This is a welcoming development PositiveAfghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday he was told by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that notable had been made in talks between the United States and the Taliban on an agreement for a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks/afghan-president-says-pompeo-reports-progress-in-u-s-taliban-talks-idUSKBN2052I92020-02-12
U.S. talks with the Taliban in Doha continue around the specifics of a reduction in a State Department spokesperson said on Tuesday PositiveAfghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday he was told by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that notable had been made in talks between the United States and the Taliban on an agreement for a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks/afghan-president-says-pompeo-reports-progress-in-u-s-taliban-talks-idUSKBN2052I92020-02-12
Militant attacks on the Afghan and U.S.led security forces have continued over recent months even as the United States and Taliban militants pursue talks to finalize a peace pact NegativeKABUL A suicide bomber killed five people near a military academy in the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday the interior ministry said http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-blast/five-killed-in-suicide-blast-in-afghan-capital-idUSKBN2050BW2020-02-11
Despite talks between the United States and the Taliban to end the war violence in the country has not ebbed NegativeWASHINGTON Two U.S. service members were killed and six others injured when an individual in an Afghan uniform opened fire on them with a machine gun in eastern Afghanistan the U.S. military said on Saturday http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan-military/two-u-s-service-members-killed-six-injured-in-afghanistan-idUSKBN20304P2020-02-09
The Taliban has also controlled parts of Nangarhar province NeutralWASHINGTON Two U.S. service members were killed and six others injured when an individual in an Afghan uniform opened fire on them with a machine gun in eastern Afghanistan the U.S. military said on Saturday http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan-military/two-u-s-service-members-killed-six-injured-in-afghanistan-idUSKBN20304P2020-02-09
A Taliban leader who declined to be named told Reuters they had kidnapped an American in Khost but did not provide further details NegativePAKISTAN A U.S. citizen has been kidnapped in Afghanistans eastern Khost province according to media reports on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-taliban-kidnapping/u-s-citizen-kidnapped-in-east-afghanistan-media-reports-idUSKBN2002C42020-02-07
A senior western diplomat in Kabul said they were worried that splinter groups within the Taliban could be behind the kidnapping highlighting worries about the group lacking unity NegativePAKISTAN A U.S. citizen has been kidnapped in Afghanistans eastern Khost province according to media reports on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-taliban-kidnapping/u-s-citizen-kidnapped-in-east-afghanistan-media-reports-idUSKBN2002C42020-02-07
Newsweek reported that U.S. officials believed a Talibanlinked group the Haqqani network had orchestrated the abduction NegativePAKISTAN A U.S. citizen has been kidnapped in Afghanistans eastern Khost province according to media reports on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-taliban-kidnapping/u-s-citizen-kidnapped-in-east-afghanistan-media-reports-idUSKBN2002C42020-02-07
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told Reuters they knew of media reports of the abduction but were not aware of it and were checking with their commanders NegativePAKISTAN A U.S. citizen has been kidnapped in Afghanistans eastern Khost province according to media reports on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-taliban-kidnapping/u-s-citizen-kidnapped-in-east-afghanistan-media-reports-idUSKBN2002C42020-02-07
The incident comes amidst ongoing talks between the United States and the Taliban aimed at striking a deal to end their 18year war in Afghanistan NegativePAKISTAN A U.S. citizen has been kidnapped in Afghanistans eastern Khost province according to media reports on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-taliban-kidnapping/u-s-citizen-kidnapped-in-east-afghanistan-media-reports-idUSKBN2002C42020-02-07
On Monday the U.S. military said an E11A aircraft had crashed in the province of Ghazni but disputed claims by the Taliban militant group that they had brought it down NegativeThe United States on Tuesday recovered the remains of two personnel from a U.S. military aircraft that crashed in Afghanistan American and Afghan officials told Reuters http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-afghanistan-airplane-crash/u-s-military-recovers-remains-from-afghanistan-plane-crash-idUSKBN1ZR0OU2020-01-29
The attempt was repelled he told Reuters but the Taliban would allow a rescue team access to recover bodies from the crash site PositiveThe United States on Tuesday recovered the remains of two personnel from a U.S. military aircraft that crashed in Afghanistan American and Afghan officials told Reuters http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-afghanistan-airplane-crash/u-s-military-recovers-remains-from-afghanistan-plane-crash-idUSKBN1ZR0OU2020-01-29
The incident came as the Taliban and the United States have been in talks to end the 18year war in Afghanistan NegativeThe United States on Tuesday recovered the remains of two personnel from a U.S. military aircraft that crashed in Afghanistan American and Afghan officials told Reuters http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-afghanistan-airplane-crash/u-s-military-recovers-remains-from-afghanistan-plane-crash-idUSKBN1ZR0OU2020-01-29
KABUL The Taliban said it had shot down a U.S. military plane in the central Afghan province of Ghazni on Monday killing all personnel on board NegativeKABUL The Taliban said it had shot down a U.S. military plane in the central Afghan province of Ghazni on Monday killing all personnel on board http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-afghanistan-airplane-crash-taliban/taliban-says-has-brought-down-u-s-military-plane-in-afghanistan-idUSKBN1ZQ1NK2020-01-28
Negotiations between the two sides began last year in Doha but have been interrupted at least twice after Taliban attacks on U.S. military personnel in September and December NegativeThe U.S. military said on Monday an E11A aircraft crashed in Afghanistans Ghazni province but disputed claims that the Taliban had brought the military plane down http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-afghanistan-airplane-crash/u-s-military-confirms-plane-crash-in-afghanistan-disputes-claims-it-was-brought-down-idUSKBN1ZQ0WE2020-01-28
Senior Afghan officials told Reuters the authorities had rushed local personnel to locate and identify the wreckage in a mountainous area partly controlled by the Taliban NegativeThe U.S. military said on Monday an E11A aircraft crashed in Afghanistans Ghazni province but disputed claims that the Taliban had brought the military plane down http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-afghanistan-airplane-crash/u-s-military-confirms-plane-crash-in-afghanistan-disputes-claims-it-was-brought-down-idUSKBN1ZQ0WE2020-01-28
The Taliban controls large parts of Ghazni province NegativeThe U.S. military said on Monday an E11A aircraft crashed in Afghanistans Ghazni province but disputed claims that the Taliban had brought the military plane down http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-afghanistan-airplane-crash/u-s-military-confirms-plane-crash-in-afghanistan-disputes-claims-it-was-brought-down-idUSKBN1ZQ0WE2020-01-28
The Taliban said it had shot down a U.S. military plane in the central Afghan province of Ghazni on Monday killing all personnel on board NegativeWASHINGTON An aircraft that crashed in Afghanistan on Monday was a small U.S. military plane U.S. officials told Reuters http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-afghanistan-airplane-crash-military/u-s-military-plane-crashes-in-afghanistan-officials-idUSKBN1ZQ1U82020-01-28
The U.S. military said on Monday an E11A aircraft crashed in Afghanistans Ghazni province but disputed claims that the Taliban had brought the military plane down NegativeThe U.S. military said on Monday an E11A aircraft crashed in Afghanistans Ghazni province but disputed claims that the Taliban had brought the military plane down http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-afghanistan-airplane-crash/u-s-military-confirms-plane-crash-in-afghanistan-disputes-claims-it-was-brought-down-idUSKBN1ZQ0WE2020-01-28
The crash comes as the Taliban and United States have been in talks on ending the 18year war in Afghanistan NegativeThe U.S. military said on Monday an E11A aircraft crashed in Afghanistans Ghazni province but disputed claims that the Taliban had brought the military plane down http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-afghanistan-airplane-crash/u-s-military-confirms-plane-crash-in-afghanistan-disputes-claims-it-was-brought-down-idUSKBN1ZQ0WE2020-01-28
Women have made huge strides in the conservative country since a ban during Taliban rule of 1996 to 2001 from school work politics and going outside without a male relative NegativeIt has been hard living with my cousin for nine years http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-landrights-women-feature/after-four-decades-of-war-afghan-widows-battle-for-homes-idUSKBN1ZL02H2020-01-22
A signing date has not been fixed but the Taliban commander said he expected it to be very soon PositivePakistan The Taliban will implement a 10day ceasefire with U.S. troops a reduction in violence with Afghan forces and discussions with Afghan government officials if it reaches a deal with U.S. negotiators in talks in Doha two sources have said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-open-to-10-day-ceasefire-with-u-s-talks-with-afghan-govt-sources-idUSKBN1ZG0GA2020-01-18
Pakistan The Taliban will implement a 10day ceasefire with U.S. troops a reduction in violence with Afghan forces and discussions with Afghan government officials if it reaches a deal with U.S. negotiators in talks in Doha two sources have said PositivePakistan The Taliban will implement a 10day ceasefire with U.S. troops a reduction in violence with Afghan forces and discussions with Afghan government officials if it reaches a deal with U.S. negotiators in talks in Doha two sources have said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-open-to-10-day-ceasefire-with-u-s-talks-with-afghan-govt-sources-idUSKBN1ZG0GA2020-01-18
The Talibans readiness to reduce violence revives odds of the peace process moving forward before the militant group launches what is usually an annual spring offensive around early April NegativePakistan The Taliban will implement a 10day ceasefire with U.S. troops a reduction in violence with Afghan forces and discussions with Afghan government officials if it reaches a deal with U.S. negotiators in talks in Doha two sources have said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-open-to-10-day-ceasefire-with-u-s-talks-with-afghan-govt-sources-idUSKBN1ZG0GA2020-01-18
They resumed but were interrupted again in December after the Taliban launched a suicide attack on a U.S. base outside Kabul killing two civilians NegativePakistan The Taliban will implement a 10day ceasefire with U.S. troops a reduction in violence with Afghan forces and discussions with Afghan government officials if it reaches a deal with U.S. negotiators in talks in Doha two sources have said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-open-to-10-day-ceasefire-with-u-s-talks-with-afghan-govt-sources-idUSKBN1ZG0GA2020-01-18





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It alleges the firms violated the U.S. AntiTerrorism Act by paying protection money to al Qaeda and the Taliban thereby providing material support to known terrorist organizations NegativeThe complaint was filed in the United States District Court in the District of Columbia on Friday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-mtn-group-safrica-lawsuit/mtn-reviewing-allegations-after-being-named-in-u-s-complaint-idUSKBN1YY0R42019-12-31
Afghan government forces supported by the U.S. military have recently stepped up operations against the Taliban in Kunduz NegativeKABUL The Taliban said their fighters killed a U.S. service member in Afghanistan on Monday and posted photographs of a bloodsoaked backpack and the identity card of a American soldier to prove it http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan/taliban-kill-u-s-force-member-in-northern-afghanistan-idUSKBN1YR0BC2019-12-23
KABUL The Taliban said their fighters killed a U.S. service member in Afghanistan on Monday and posted photographs of a bloodsoaked backpack and the identity card of a American soldier to prove it NegativeKABUL The Taliban said their fighters killed a U.S. service member in Afghanistan on Monday and posted photographs of a bloodsoaked backpack and the identity card of a American soldier to prove it http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan/taliban-kill-u-s-force-member-in-northern-afghanistan-idUSKBN1YR0BC2019-12-23
The Taliban control more territory than at any point since they were ousted from power in 2001 NegativeKABUL The Taliban said their fighters killed a U.S. service member in Afghanistan on Monday and posted photographs of a bloodsoaked backpack and the identity card of a American soldier to prove it http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan/taliban-kill-u-s-force-member-in-northern-afghanistan-idUSKBN1YR0BC2019-12-23
Still the U.S. military leaders have periodically talked about their concerns about the war particularly when seeking increases in troops or in capabilities needed to fight the Taliban NegativeWASHINGTON The Washington Post reported on Monday that Pentagon officials privately told a watchdog for years about their deep concerns about the U.S. war strategy in Afghanistan including senior officials who were publicly more hopeful http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-war/pentagon-privately-voiced-concerns-about-afghan-war-washington-post-idUSKBN1YD25J2019-12-10
After his visit to Kabul Khalilzad will to fly to Qatar to meet Taliban negotiators the State Department said PositiveU.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Kabul on Wednesday in a bid to breath new life into efforts to end the war in Afghanistan discussing with President Ashraf Ghani steps that could lead to a ceasefire and a peace deal Washington and Kabul said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks/u-s-peace-envoy-in-kabul-for-revival-of-talks-idUSKBN1Y818S2019-12-05
Khalilzad appeared to be seeking a ceasefire formula acceptable to the Taliban who previously agreed only to a reduction in violence PositiveU.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Kabul on Wednesday in a bid to breath new life into efforts to end the war in Afghanistan discussing with President Ashraf Ghani steps that could lead to a ceasefire and a peace deal Washington and Kabul said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks/u-s-peace-envoy-in-kabul-for-revival-of-talks-idUSKBN1Y818S2019-12-05
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack but Zabihullah Mujahid a spokesman for the Afghan Taliban said the militant group was not involved in the shooting NegativeAfghanistan Gunmen killed six people including the head of a Japanese aid agency on Wednesday in an attack on their vehicle in Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan officials said http://www.reuters.com/places/japan/article/us-afghanistan-ngo/gunmen-kill-head-of-japan-aid-agency-five-others-in-afghanistan-idUSKBN1Y80R22019-12-05
The Taliban has refused to engage with what they denounce as Ghanis illegitimate puppet and rejected a ceasefire while talks are underway NegativeU.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Kabul on Wednesday in a bid to breath new life into efforts to end the war in Afghanistan discussing with President Ashraf Ghani steps that could lead to a ceasefire and a peace deal Washington and Kabul said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks/u-s-peace-envoy-in-kabul-for-revival-of-talks-idUSKBN1Y818S2019-12-05
The deal would have been followed by negotiations on a political settlement between the Taliban and a delegation of government officials civil society leaders and others PositiveU.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Kabul on Wednesday in a bid to breath new life into efforts to end the war in Afghanistan discussing with President Ashraf Ghani steps that could lead to a ceasefire and a peace deal Washington and Kabul said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks/u-s-peace-envoy-in-kabul-for-revival-of-talks-idUSKBN1Y818S2019-12-05
But there are fears that a final withdrawal of U.S. troops the winding down of international engagement and the reemergence of the Taliban may reverse gains NegativeWomen have made huge strides in the conservative country since a ban during Taliban rule of 1996 to 2001 from school work politics and going outside without a male relative http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-women-rights-trfn/afghan-women-brave-rockets-for-rights-idUSKBN1Y60CK2019-12-02
The 44yearold also took part in socalled intraAfghan talks aimed at bringing together Taliban representatives and other Afghans to find a way to end the war PositiveWomen have made huge strides in the conservative country since a ban during Taliban rule of 1996 to 2001 from school work politics and going outside without a male relative http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-women-rights-trfn/afghan-women-brave-rockets-for-rights-idUSKBN1Y60CK2019-12-02
Women have made huge strides in the conservative country since a ban during Taliban rule of 1996 to 2001 from school work politics and going outside without a male relative NegativeWomen have made huge strides in the conservative country since a ban during Taliban rule of 1996 to 2001 from school work politics and going outside without a male relative http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-women-rights-trfn/afghan-women-brave-rockets-for-rights-idUSKBN1Y60CK2019-12-02
Women were also included for the first time in the Taliban delegation at the peace talks as the militant group projects a more moderate image PositiveWomen have made huge strides in the conservative country since a ban during Taliban rule of 1996 to 2001 from school work politics and going outside without a male relative http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-women-rights-trfn/afghan-women-brave-rockets-for-rights-idUSKBN1Y60CK2019-12-02
KABUL The Taliban said on Friday they were ready to restart peace talks with the United States a day after President Donald Trump visited U.S. troops in Afghanistan and said he believed the radical group would agree to a ceasefire PositiveKABUL The Taliban said on Friday they were ready to restart peace talks with the United States a day after President Donald Trump visited U.S. troops in Afghanistan and said he believed the radical group would agree to a ceasefire http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-afghanistan-taliban/after-trumps-afghan-visit-taliban-say-they-are-ready-to-resume-peace-talks-idUSKBN1Y30GR2019-11-30
Taliban leaders have told Reuters that the group has been holding meetings with senior U.S. officials in Doha since last weekend adding they could soon resume formal peace talks PositiveKABUL The Taliban said on Friday they were ready to restart peace talks with the United States a day after President Donald Trump visited U.S. troops in Afghanistan and said he believed the radical group would agree to a ceasefire http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-afghanistan-taliban/after-trumps-afghan-visit-taliban-say-they-are-ready-to-resume-peace-talks-idUSKBN1Y30GR2019-11-30
The Taliban wants to make a deal and we are meeting with Trump told reporters after arriving in Afghanistan on Thursday PositiveKABUL The Taliban said on Friday they were ready to restart peace talks with the United States a day after President Donald Trump visited U.S. troops in Afghanistan and said he believed the radical group would agree to a ceasefire http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-afghanistan-taliban/after-trumps-afghan-visit-taliban-say-they-are-ready-to-resume-peace-talks-idUSKBN1Y30GR2019-11-30
BAGRAM AIRFIELD Afghanistan President Donald Trump made a surprise Thanksgiving visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan on Thursday and said he believed Taliban insurgents would agree to a ceasefire in Americas longest war PositiveBAGRAM AIRFIELD Afghanistan President Donald Trump made a surprise Thanksgiving visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan on Thursday and said he believed Taliban insurgents would agree to a ceasefire in Americas longest war http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-trump-afghanistan/trump-makes-surprise-afghanistan-trip-voices-hope-for-ceasefire-idUSKBN1Y225Y2019-11-29
Still many U.S. officials doubt the Taliban could be relied upon to prevent al Qaeda from again plotting attacks against the United States from Afghan soil NegativeBAGRAM AIRFIELD Afghanistan President Donald Trump made a surprise Thanksgiving visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan on Thursday and said he believed Taliban insurgents would agree to a ceasefire in Americas longest war http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-trump-afghanistan/trump-makes-surprise-afghanistan-trip-voices-hope-for-ceasefire-idUSKBN1Y225Y2019-11-29
Taliban leaders have told Reuters that the group has again been holding meetings with senior U.S. officials in Doha since last weekend adding they could soon resume formal peace talks PositiveBAGRAM AIRFIELD Afghanistan President Donald Trump made a surprise Thanksgiving visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan on Thursday and said he believed Taliban insurgents would agree to a ceasefire in Americas longest war http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-trump-afghanistan/trump-makes-surprise-afghanistan-trip-voices-hope-for-ceasefire-idUSKBN1Y225Y2019-11-29
The U.S. military says it has ramped up strikes and raids on the Taliban since then in a bid to pressure the insurgents back to the negotiating table NegativeBAGRAM AIRFIELD Afghanistan President Donald Trump made a surprise Thanksgiving visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan on Thursday and said he believed Taliban insurgents would agree to a ceasefire in Americas longest war http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-trump-afghanistan/trump-makes-surprise-afghanistan-trip-voices-hope-for-ceasefire-idUSKBN1Y225Y2019-11-29
Our leaders started unofficial meetings with senior U.S. officials in Doha and working on a plan how to resume the peace one of the Taliban leaders said PositiveKABUL The top U.S. general said on Wednesday that the chances of a successful outcome from peace talks on ending the 18year war in Afghanistan were higher than before and could happen in the near term http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/chances-of-successful-afghanistan-peace-talks-higher-than-before-u-s-general-idUSKBN1Y12BF2019-11-28
The chances of successful peace talks are complicated by the Talibans refusal to engage with what they call an U.S.backed government in Kabul NegativeKABUL The top U.S. general said on Wednesday that the chances of a successful outcome from peace talks on ending the 18year war in Afghanistan were higher than before and could happen in the near term http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/chances-of-successful-afghanistan-peace-talks-higher-than-before-u-s-general-idUSKBN1Y12BF2019-11-28
Two Taliban leaders told Reuters that the group had again been holding meetings with senior U.S. officials in Doha since this weekend saying they could soon resume the peace process PositiveKABUL The top U.S. general said on Wednesday that the chances of a successful outcome from peace talks on ending the 18year war in Afghanistan were higher than before and could happen in the near term http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/chances-of-successful-afghanistan-peace-talks-higher-than-before-u-s-general-idUSKBN1Y12BF2019-11-28
But the swap was abruptly postponed with the Taliban then shifting their hostages to a new location NegativePESHAWAR The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday released American and Australian university professors held hostage for more than three years officials of the three nations said completing a delayed prisoner swap and raising hopes for a revival of peace talks http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-frees-two-western-prisoners-u-s-sees-hope-for-wider-afghan-peace-idUSKBN1XT0GF2019-11-20
The Haqqani network which has targeted Afghan civilians is believed to be based in Pakistan and is part of the Taliban in Afghanistan NeutralPESHAWAR The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday released American and Australian university professors held hostage for more than three years officials of the three nations said completing a delayed prisoner swap and raising hopes for a revival of peace talks http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-frees-two-western-prisoners-u-s-sees-hope-for-wider-afghan-peace-idUSKBN1XT0GF2019-11-20
KABUL U.S. President Donald Trumps top negotiator for Afghanistan was in Kabul on Sunday to brief the Afghan president on peace efforts on his first trip back since Trump ended talks with the Taliban aimed at ending Americas longest war PositiveKABUL U.S. President Donald Trumps top negotiator for Afghanistan was in Kabul on Sunday to brief the Afghan president on peace efforts on his first trip back since Trump ended talks with the Taliban aimed at ending Americas longest war http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-usa/top-u-s-negotiator-in-kabul-to-brief-afghan-government-idUSKBN1X60662019-10-27
The Taliban have refused to talk to Ghanis government denouncing it as a U.S. puppet NegativeKABUL U.S. President Donald Trumps top negotiator for Afghanistan was in Kabul on Sunday to brief the Afghan president on peace efforts on his first trip back since Trump ended talks with the Taliban aimed at ending Americas longest war http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-usa/top-u-s-negotiator-in-kabul-to-brief-afghan-government-idUSKBN1X60662019-10-27
The visit by Zalmay Khalilzad comes after a flurry of lowkey meetings that he has held including with the Taliban this month in neighboring Pakistan PositiveKABUL U.S. President Donald Trumps top negotiator for Afghanistan was in Kabul on Sunday to brief the Afghan president on peace efforts on his first trip back since Trump ended talks with the Taliban aimed at ending Americas longest war http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-usa/top-u-s-negotiator-in-kabul-to-brief-afghan-government-idUSKBN1X60662019-10-27
KABUL China is organizing talks among Afghanistans rival factions as part of efforts to end years of war after negotiations between the Taliban and the United States on the withdrawal of U.S. forces broke down Afghan officials said on Wednesday PositiveKABUL China is organizing talks among Afghanistans rival factions as part of efforts to end years of war after negotiations between the Taliban and the United States on the withdrawal of U.S. forces broke down Afghan officials said on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/places/chinahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-china/afghan-rivals-to-meet-in-china-after-u-s-talks-stall-idUSKBN1X20C72019-10-24
China which shares a short border with Afghanistan has been trying to encourage peace efforts and last month a Taliban delegation visited Beijing for talks with government officials PositiveKABUL China is organizing talks among Afghanistans rival factions as part of efforts to end years of war after negotiations between the Taliban and the United States on the withdrawal of U.S. forces broke down http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-china/afghan-rivals-to-meet-in-china-after-u-s-talks-stall-idUSKBN1X20C72019-10-23
KABUL China is organizing talks among Afghanistans rival factions as part of efforts to end years of war after negotiations between the Taliban and the United States on the withdrawal of U.S. forces broke down PositiveKABUL China is organizing talks among Afghanistans rival factions as part of efforts to end years of war after negotiations between the Taliban and the United States on the withdrawal of U.S. forces broke down http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-china/afghan-rivals-to-meet-in-china-after-u-s-talks-stall-idUSKBN1X20C72019-10-23
The Taliban have refused to talk to the government denouncing it a U.S. puppet but government officials have taken part in the intraAfghan dialogue as private citizens NegativeKABUL China is organizing talks among Afghanistans rival factions as part of efforts to end years of war after negotiations between the Taliban and the United States on the withdrawal of U.S. forces broke down http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-china/afghan-rivals-to-meet-in-china-after-u-s-talks-stall-idUSKBN1X20C72019-10-23
The United States has been hoping that its deal with the Taliban would pave the way for a ceasefire and powersharing talks between the Afghan government and the insurgents PositiveKABUL China is organizing talks among Afghanistans rival factions as part of efforts to end years of war after negotiations between the Taliban and the United States on the withdrawal of U.S. forces broke down http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-china/afghan-rivals-to-meet-in-china-after-u-s-talks-stall-idUSKBN1X20C72019-10-23
to participate in the intraAfghan a Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said in a post on Twitter late on Tuesday PositiveKABUL China is organizing talks among Afghanistans rival factions as part of efforts to end years of war after negotiations between the Taliban and the United States on the withdrawal of U.S. forces broke down http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-china/afghan-rivals-to-meet-in-china-after-u-s-talks-stall-idUSKBN1X20C72019-10-23
KABUL U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Afghanistan on Sunday in a bid to bring talks with the Taliban back on track after President Donald Trump abruptly broke off negotiations last month seeking to end the United States longest war PositiveKABUL U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Afghanistan on Sunday in a bid to bring talks with the Taliban back on track after President Donald Trump abruptly broke off negotiations last month seeking to end the United States longest war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-pentagon/pentagon-chief-in-afghanistan-as-u-s-looks-to-kickstart-taliban-talks-idUSKBN1WZ0C42019-10-21
On the other hand you have U.S. military forces stepping up their pressure on the Taliban in more intense ways than ever Kugelman said NegativeKABUL U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Afghanistan on Sunday in a bid to bring talks with the Taliban back on track after President Donald Trump abruptly broke off negotiations last month seeking to end the United States longest war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-pentagon/pentagon-chief-in-afghanistan-as-u-s-looks-to-kickstart-taliban-talks-idUSKBN1WZ0C42019-10-21
Some U.S. officials believed Khalilzad would resign after Trump ended talks with the Taliban NeutralKABUL U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Afghanistan on Sunday in a bid to bring talks with the Taliban back on track after President Donald Trump abruptly broke off negotiations last month seeking to end the United States longest war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-pentagon/pentagon-chief-in-afghanistan-as-u-s-looks-to-kickstart-taliban-talks-idUSKBN1WZ0C42019-10-21
The United States says it has increased the pace of operations against militants in Afghanistan since Trump walked away from talks with the Taliban NegativeKABUL U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Afghanistan on Sunday in a bid to bring talks with the Taliban back on track after President Donald Trump abruptly broke off negotiations last month seeking to end the United States longest war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-pentagon/pentagon-chief-in-afghanistan-as-u-s-looks-to-kickstart-taliban-talks-idUSKBN1WZ0C42019-10-21
Ahead of Saturdays poll Taliban fighters attacked several polling stations across the country to try to derail the process but intense security prevented largescale violence NegativeKABUL At least 2 http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-afghanistan-election/afghan-election-set-to-see-big-drop-in-voter-numbers-idUSKBN1WE0562019-09-30
As many as eight election staff were kidnapped on Saturday evening by the Taliban in central Parwan provinces Shinwari district the provincial governors spokeswoman said NegativeKABUL At least 2 http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-afghanistan-election/afghan-election-set-to-see-big-drop-in-voter-numbers-idUSKBN1WE0562019-09-30
Turnout appears to have been dampened not just by Taliban threats but also voter wrote Thomas Ruttig and Jelena Bjelica of the Afghanistan Analysts Network NegativeKABUL At least 2 http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-afghanistan-election/afghan-election-set-to-see-big-drop-in-voter-numbers-idUSKBN1WE0562019-09-30
Two policeman and one civilian were killed in mostly smallscale Taliban attacks and 37 people were injured the interior ministry said NegativeKABUL At least 2 http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-afghanistan-election/afghan-election-set-to-see-big-drop-in-voter-numbers-idUSKBN1WE0562019-09-30
67 million registered voters for the presidential election on Saturday its fourth since the Taliban regime was defeated in 2001 PositiveKABUL Afghanistans presidential election turnout is unofficially estimated at a little over 2 million voters said an election commission official on Sunday speaking on condition of anonymity http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-election/afghan-election-turnout-unofficially-estimated-at-a-little-over-two-million-election-commission-official-idUSKBN1WE0562019-09-29
Taliban fighters attacked several polling stations across the country to try to derail the process but intense security prevented the largescale violence of previous polls NegativeKABUL Afghanistans presidential election turnout is unofficially estimated at a little over 2 million voters an election commission official said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/places/japan/article/us-afghanistan-election/afghan-election-turnout-unofficially-estimated-at-a-little-over-two-million-election-commission-official-idUSKBN1WE0562019-09-29
MOSCOW Russias Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday it would help revive Afghan peace talks between the United States and the Taliban that collapsed earlier this month the RIA news agency reported PositiveMOSCOW Russias Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday it would help revive Afghan peace talks between the United States and the Taliban that collapsed earlier this month the RIA news agency reported http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-russia/russia-says-it-will-help-revive-afghan-peace-talks-between-taliban-u-s-idUSKBN1WB1QO2019-09-27
U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly canceled secret talks with the Taliban at his Camp David retreat that were planned for Sept NegativeMOSCOW Russias Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday it would help revive Afghan peace talks between the United States and the Taliban that collapsed earlier this month the RIA news agency reported http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-russia/russia-says-it-will-help-revive-afghan-peace-talks-between-taliban-u-s-idUSKBN1WB1QO2019-09-27
The Taliban insurgents who control swathes of the country have warned people against participating in the elections NegativeKABUL Afghanistan will soon choose its next president http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-afghanistan-election-system-explainer/explainer-how-afghanistan-will-elect-a-president-and-potential-peace-maker-idUSKBN1WB0IV2019-09-26
We are trying now to get the talks restarted between Taliban and the Americans and hopefully the deal is Khan said PositiveUNITED NATIONS Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan said on Tuesday that U.S. President Donald Trump had asked him to help defuse tensions with Iran and that he had already spoken with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in an attempt to mediate http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran-khan/pakistans-khan-says-he-is-mediating-with-iran-after-trump-asked-him-to-help-idUSKBN1W92W02019-09-25
Afghanistan will this coming week hold its fourth presidential elections since U.S.led forces toppled the Taliban from power in 2001 NegativeKABUL A Taliban delegation met Chinas special representative for Afghanistan in Beijing to discuss the groups peace talks with the United States a spokesman for the Islamist insurgency said http://www.reuters.com/places/chinahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-china/afghanistans-taliban-meets-chinese-government-in-beijing-idUSKBN1W70I32019-09-24
In June before the peace talks fell apart another Taliban team went to China to meet with the government PositiveKABUL A Taliban delegation met Chinas special representative for Afghanistan in Beijing to discuss the groups peace talks with the United States a spokesman for the Islamist insurgency said http://www.reuters.com/places/chinahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-china/afghanistans-taliban-meets-chinese-government-in-beijing-idUSKBN1W70I32019-09-24
KABUL A Taliban delegation met Chinas special representative for Afghanistan in Beijing to discuss the groups peace talks with the United States a spokesman for the Islamist insurgency said PositiveKABUL A Taliban delegation met Chinas special representative for Afghanistan in Beijing to discuss the groups peace talks with the United States a spokesman for the Islamist insurgency said http://www.reuters.com/places/chinahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-china/afghanistans-taliban-meets-chinese-government-in-beijing-idUSKBN1W70I32019-09-24
Mullah Baradar the Taliban delegations leader said they had held a dialogue and reached a comprehensive Shaheen tweeted PositiveKABUL A Taliban delegation met Chinas special representative for Afghanistan in Beijing to discuss the groups peace talks with the United States a spokesman for the Islamist insurgency said http://www.reuters.com/places/chinahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-china/afghanistans-taliban-meets-chinese-government-in-beijing-idUSKBN1W70I32019-09-24
Qatar was where the Taliban and the United States held peace talks over the past year PositiveKABUL A Taliban delegation met Chinas special representative for Afghanistan in Beijing to discuss the groups peace talks with the United States a spokesman for the Islamist insurgency said http://www.reuters.com/places/chinahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-china/afghanistans-taliban-meets-chinese-government-in-beijing-idUSKBN1W70I32019-09-24
The Chinese special representative said the U.S.Taliban deal is a good framework for the peaceful solution of the Afghan issue and they support Shaheen wrote PositiveKABUL A Taliban delegation met Chinas special representative for Afghanistan in Beijing to discuss the groups peace talks with the United States a spokesman for the Islamist insurgency said http://www.reuters.com/places/chinahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-china/afghanistans-taliban-meets-chinese-government-in-beijing-idUSKBN1W70I32019-09-24
At the same time intelligence reports showed Taliban field commanders confident of victory and eager to fight on PositiveKABUL Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had no more than 20 minutes to study a draft accord between the United States and the Taliban on pulling thousands of U.S. troops out of his country but upcoming elections could put him back at the heart of talks to end decades of war http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks/afghan-president-sees-his-chance-after-collapse-of-u-s-taliban-talks-idUSKBN1W30592019-09-19
It was a major failure of the deal that Khalilzad could not convince the Taliban to enter into direct negotiation with the Afghan the Afghan official said NegativeKABUL Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had no more than 20 minutes to study a draft accord between the United States and the Taliban on pulling thousands of U.S. troops out of his country but upcoming elections could put him back at the heart of talks to end decades of war http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks/afghan-president-sees-his-chance-after-collapse-of-u-s-taliban-talks-idUSKBN1W30592019-09-19
KABUL Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had no more than 20 minutes to study a draft accord between the United States and the Taliban on pulling thousands of U.S. troops out of his country but upcoming elections could put him back at the heart of talks to end decades of war NegativeKABUL Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had no more than 20 minutes to study a draft accord between the United States and the Taliban on pulling thousands of U.S. troops out of his country but upcoming elections could put him back at the heart of talks to end decades of war http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks/afghan-president-sees-his-chance-after-collapse-of-u-s-taliban-talks-idUSKBN1W30592019-09-19
The Taliban has vowed to violently disrupt the election and on Tuesday killed nearly 50 people in twin suicide bombings one targeting a Ghani election rally NegativeKABUL Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had no more than 20 minutes to study a draft accord between the United States and the Taliban on pulling thousands of U.S. troops out of his country but upcoming elections could put him back at the heart of talks to end decades of war http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks/afghan-president-sees-his-chance-after-collapse-of-u-s-taliban-talks-idUSKBN1W30592019-09-19
The commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan has said the Taliban overplayed their in the negotiations and that the pace of U.S. military operations was likely to pick up NegativeKABUL Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had no more than 20 minutes to study a draft accord between the United States and the Taliban on pulling thousands of U.S. troops out of his country but upcoming elections could put him back at the heart of talks to end decades of war http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks/afghan-president-sees-his-chance-after-collapse-of-u-s-taliban-talks-idUSKBN1W30592019-09-19
28 elections and is pushing for peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban PositiveUNITED NATIONS The United Nations Security Council unanimously agreed on Tuesday to extend a U.N. political mission in Afghanistan after lastminute talks overcame a Chinese threat to veto if there was no reference to Beijings global Belt and Road infrastructure project http://www.reuters.com/places/chinahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-china-afghanistan/u-n-security-council-overcomes-chinese-veto-threat-to-renew-afghanistan-mission-idUSKBN1W21VH2019-09-18
The abrupt announcement and news that Trump had planned to bring Taliban leaders to the American presidential retreat angered many in Congress NeutralWASHINGTON The U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee said on Thursday it will subpoena President Donald Trumps special Afghanistan envoy Zalmay Khalilzad to testify on Sept http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-khalilzad/u-s-house-panel-to-force-testimony-from-trumps-afghan-envoy-idUSKCN1VX2NW2019-09-13
Both groups could benefit from an eventual peace agreement with the Taliban PositiveKANDAHAR AIRFIELD Afghanistan Its shortly before sunrise and Maryanna Swanson a Navy nurse from Long Island thinks she may run out of Tshirts for all of the runners showing up for a Sept http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-sept11-afghanistan/at-afghan-base-al-qaeda-memories-fresh-18-years-after-september-11-attacks-idUSKCN1VW24D2019-09-12
Critics say the war has failed to sufficiently pressure the Taliban to end the conflict on Americas terms NegativeKANDAHAR AIRFIELD Afghanistan Its shortly before sunrise and Maryanna Swanson a Navy nurse from Long Island thinks she may run out of Tshirts for all of the runners showing up for a Sept http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-sept11-afghanistan/at-afghan-base-al-qaeda-memories-fresh-18-years-after-september-11-attacks-idUSKCN1VW24D2019-09-12
Roya Rahmani Afghanistans ambassador to the United States said the Talibans links to al Qaeda are not just ideological NegativeKANDAHAR AIRFIELD Afghanistan Its shortly before sunrise and Maryanna Swanson a Navy nurse from Long Island thinks she may run out of Tshirts for all of the runners showing up for a Sept http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-sept11-afghanistan/at-afghan-base-al-qaeda-memories-fresh-18-years-after-september-11-attacks-idUSKCN1VW24D2019-09-12
Ryan Crocker a former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan said it was folly to think Washington could ever rely on assurances from the Taliban about al Qaeda PositiveKANDAHAR AIRFIELD Afghanistan Its shortly before sunrise and Maryanna Swanson a Navy nurse from Long Island thinks she may run out of Tshirts for all of the runners showing up for a Sept http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-sept11-afghanistan/at-afghan-base-al-qaeda-memories-fresh-18-years-after-september-11-attacks-idUSKCN1VW24D2019-09-12
The first U.S. official estimated that as many as of Taliban insurgents could try to join Islamic State NegativeKANDAHAR AIRFIELD Afghanistan Its shortly before sunrise and Maryanna Swanson a Navy nurse from Long Island thinks she may run out of Tshirts for all of the runners showing up for a Sept http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-sept11-afghanistan/at-afghan-base-al-qaeda-memories-fresh-18-years-after-september-11-attacks-idUSKCN1VW24D2019-09-12
Despite the Afghan governments wariness of negotiating with the Taliban Trump had hoped having both parties at the presidential compound in Maryland could produce an agreement PositiveWASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that talks with Afghanistans Taliban leaders are off and that he was still considering a U.S. troop drawdown in the country http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan-trump/trump-says-as-far-as-he-is-concerned-afghanistan-talks-are-dead-idUSKCN1VU2562019-09-10
On Monday Ghani made a renewed call for peace but insisted the Taliban must observe a ceasefire as he sought to regain a hold on the peace process PositiveWASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that talks with Afghanistans Taliban leaders are off and that he was still considering a U.S. troop drawdown in the country http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan-trump/trump-says-as-far-as-he-is-concerned-afghanistan-talks-are-dead-idUSKCN1VU2562019-09-10
Trump said he knew the gathering could not take place after the Taliban claimed responsibility for a suicide attack last week that killed an American soldier in the capital Kabul NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that talks with Afghanistans Taliban leaders are off and that he was still considering a U.S. troop drawdown in the country http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan-trump/trump-says-as-far-as-he-is-concerned-afghanistan-talks-are-dead-idUSKCN1VU2562019-09-10
WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that talks with Afghanistans Taliban leaders are off and that he was still considering a U.S. troop drawdown in the country NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that talks with Afghanistans Taliban leaders are off and that he was still considering a U.S. troop drawdown in the country http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan-trump/trump-says-as-far-as-he-is-concerned-afghanistan-talks-are-dead-idUSKCN1VU2562019-09-10
President Donald Trumps decision to cancel Afghan peace talks will cost more American lives the Taliban said on Sunday while the United States promised to keep up military pressure on the militants in a stunning reversal of efforts to forge a deal ending nearly 20 years of war in Afghanistan NegativePresident Donald Trumps decision to cancel Afghan peace talks will cost more American lives the Taliban said on Sunday while the United States promised to keep up military pressure on the militants in a stunning reversal of efforts to forge a deal ending nearly 20 years of war in Afghanistan http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan/more-americans-will-die-after-trump-abruptly-ends-afghan-talks-taliban-say-idUSKCN1VT05L2019-09-09
Zabihullah Mujahid a Taliban spokesman criticized Trump for calling off the dialogue and said U.S. forces have been pounding Afghanistan with attacks at the same time NegativePresident Donald Trumps decision to cancel Afghan peace talks will cost more American lives the Taliban said on Sunday while the United States promised to keep up military pressure on the militants in a stunning reversal of efforts to forge a deal ending nearly 20 years of war in Afghanistan http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan/more-americans-will-die-after-trump-abruptly-ends-afghan-talks-taliban-say-idUSKCN1VT05L2019-09-09
For Afghans the Talibans recent escalation of attacks has underscored fears that it may be impossible to reach a stable settlement following any complete U.S. withdrawal NegativeISLAMABAD A spike in attacks by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan has been particularly to peace efforts there a senior U.S. military commander cautioned on Saturday as he visited neighboring Pakistan where many Taliban militants are based http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-afghanistan-mckenzie/spike-in-taliban-attacks-unhelpful-to-afghan-peace-push-u-s-general-idUSKCN1VS0MX2019-09-08
ISLAMABAD A spike in attacks by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan has been particularly to peace efforts there a senior U.S. military commander cautioned on Saturday as he visited neighboring Pakistan where many Taliban militants are based NegativeISLAMABAD A spike in attacks by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan has been particularly to peace efforts there a senior U.S. military commander cautioned on Saturday as he visited neighboring Pakistan where many Taliban militants are based http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-afghanistan-mckenzie/spike-in-taliban-attacks-unhelpful-to-afghan-peace-push-u-s-general-idUSKCN1VS0MX2019-09-08
It is particularly unhelpful at this moment in Afghanistans history for the Taliban to ramp up McKenzie head of U.S. Central Command told reporters traveling with him NegativeISLAMABAD A spike in attacks by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan has been particularly to peace efforts there a senior U.S. military commander cautioned on Saturday as he visited neighboring Pakistan where many Taliban militants are based http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-afghanistan-mckenzie/spike-in-taliban-attacks-unhelpful-to-afghan-peace-push-u-s-general-idUSKCN1VS0MX2019-09-08
PARIS U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that while it was seeking a political agreement with the Taliban Washington would not accept just any deal after a wave of violence cast a shadow over its talks with the insurgent group PositivePARIS U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that while it was seeking a political agreement with the Taliban Washington would not accept just any deal after a wave of violence cast a shadow over its talks with the insurgent group http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-military/pentagon-chief-says-u-s-working-toward-good-deal-with-taliban-idUSKCN1VS08D2019-09-08
Some Taliban are based in neighboring Pakistan where McKenzie held talks on Saturday with a top Pakistani general PositiveISLAMABAD A spike in attacks by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan has been particularly to peace efforts there a senior U.S. military commander cautioned on Saturday as he visited neighboring Pakistan where many Taliban militants are based http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-afghanistan-mckenzie/spike-in-taliban-attacks-unhelpful-to-afghan-peace-push-u-s-general-idUSKCN1VS0MX2019-09-08
KABUL A Taliban attack on a housing complex used by international organizations in the Afghan capital Kabul late on Monday killed at least 16 people and angered local residents who demanded the heavily fortified compound be moved NegativeKABUL A Taliban attack on a housing complex used by international organizations in the Afghan capital Kabul late on Monday killed at least 16 people and angered local residents who demanded the heavily fortified compound be moved http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/deadly-taliban-attack-in-afghan-capital-casts-shadow-on-peace-deal-idUSKCN1VO09X2019-09-05
Privately U.S. officials have told Reuters there is concern any deal could easily be violated by the Taliban NegativeSTUTTGART U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Wednesday he would limit his comments on talks between the United States and Taliban as negotiations were still ongoing in some even as details of a draft deal have been announced by President Donald Trump and a senior U.S. diplomat http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-esper/as-u-s-outlines-draft-taliban-deal-pentagon-chief-provides-few-details-idUSKCN1VP2HX2019-09-05
STUTTGART U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Wednesday he would limit his comments on talks between the United States and Taliban as negotiations were still ongoing in some even as details of a draft deal have been announced by President Donald Trump and a senior U.S. diplomat PositiveSTUTTGART U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Wednesday he would limit his comments on talks between the United States and Taliban as negotiations were still ongoing in some even as details of a draft deal have been announced by President Donald Trump and a senior U.S. diplomat http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-esper/as-u-s-outlines-draft-taliban-deal-pentagon-chief-provides-few-details-idUSKCN1VP2HX2019-09-05
Details of any future negotiations remain unclear with the Taliban so far refusing to deal directly with the government which it considers an illegitimate regime NegativeKABUL The United States would withdraw almost 5000 troops from Afghanistan and close five bases within 135 days under a draft peace accord agreed with the Taliban the chief U.S. negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks/u-s-to-withdraw-5000-troops-from-afghanistan-close-bases-u-s-negotiator-idUSKCN1VN10D2019-09-03
KABUL The United States would withdraw almost 5000 troops from Afghanistan and close five bases within 135 days under a draft peace accord agreed with the Taliban the chief U.S. negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad said on Monday PositiveKABUL The United States would withdraw almost 5000 troops from Afghanistan and close five bases within 135 days under a draft peace accord agreed with the Taliban the chief U.S. negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks/u-s-to-withdraw-5000-troops-from-afghanistan-close-bases-u-s-negotiator-idUSKCN1VN10D2019-09-03
Khalilzad said talks which might be held in Norway would aim to reach a broader political settlement and end the fighting between the Taliban and the Westernbacked government in Kabul PositiveKABUL The United States would withdraw almost 5000 troops from Afghanistan and close five bases within 135 days under a draft peace accord agreed with the Taliban the chief U.S. negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks/u-s-to-withdraw-5000-troops-from-afghanistan-close-bases-u-s-negotiator-idUSKCN1VN10D2019-09-03
KABUL U.S. and Taliban negotiators are close to a deal that would open the way for peace in Afghanistan a top U.S. official said on Sunday as the insurgents followed their weekend assault on the strategic center of Kunduz by attacking a second northern city PositiveKABUL U.S. and Taliban negotiators are close to a deal that would open the way for peace in Afghanistan a top U.S. official said on Sunday as the insurgents followed their weekend assault on the strategic center of Kunduz by attacking a second northern city http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/u-s-taliban-near-afghanistan-deal-fighting-intensifies-in-north-idUSKCN1VM0XD2019-09-02
Suhail Shaheen a spokesman for the Talibans political office in Doha said both sides were in discussions to finalize technical issues PositiveKABUL U.S. and Taliban negotiators are close to a deal that would open the way for peace in Afghanistan a top U.S. official said on Sunday as the insurgents followed their weekend assault on the strategic center of Kunduz by attacking a second northern city http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/u-s-taliban-near-afghanistan-deal-fighting-intensifies-in-north-idUSKCN1VM0XD2019-09-02
With talks in Doha close to wrapping up the latest fighting underlined the Talibans apparent determination to go into any deal from a position of strength on the battlefield PositiveKABUL U.S. and Taliban negotiators are close to a deal that would open the way for peace in Afghanistan a top U.S. official said on Sunday as the insurgents followed their weekend assault on the strategic center of Kunduz by attacking a second northern city http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/u-s-taliban-near-afghanistan-deal-fighting-intensifies-in-north-idUSKCN1VM0XD2019-09-02
However it was not clear whether the Taliban would agree to talk directly with the Westernbacked government of President Ashraf Ghani which they consider an illegitimate foreignimposed regime PositiveKABUL U.S. and Taliban negotiators are close to a deal to reduce fighting and allow full peace talks among Afghans a top U.S. official said on Sunday as insurgent forces attacked a second northern city http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/u-s-taliban-close-to-deal-as-fighting-intensifies-idUSKCN1VM0XD2019-09-01
KABUL U.S. and Taliban negotiators are close to a deal to reduce fighting and allow full peace talks among Afghans a top U.S. official said on Sunday as insurgent forces attacked a second northern city NegativeKABUL U.S. and Taliban negotiators are close to a deal to reduce fighting and allow full peace talks among Afghans a top U.S. official said on Sunday as insurgent forces attacked a second northern city http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/u-s-taliban-close-to-deal-as-fighting-intensifies-idUSKCN1VM0XD2019-09-01
Suhail Shaheen a spokesman for the Talibans political office in Doha said both sides were in discussions to finalize technical issues after having successfully completed the current round of talks PositiveKABUL U.S. and Taliban negotiators are close to a deal to reduce fighting and allow full peace talks among Afghans a top U.S. official said on Sunday as insurgent forces attacked a second northern city http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/u-s-taliban-close-to-deal-as-fighting-intensifies-idUSKCN1VM0XD2019-09-01
MOSCOW Russia is ready to be a guarantor of any peace deal for Afghanistan agreed between the United States and the Taliban the Russian foreign ministry said on Wednesday PositiveMOSCOW Russia is ready to be a guarantor of any peace deal for Afghanistan agreed between the United States and the Taliban the Russian foreign ministry said on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-russia-usa-afghanistan/russia-says-ready-to-be-guarantor-for-any-afghan-peace-deal-between-u-s-and-taliban-idUSKCN1VI1ZL2019-08-30
WASHINGTON Aug 29 President Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States would maintain a force in the area of Afghanistan even if Washington reaches an agreement with the Taliban to end the 18year war that began after the Sept PositiveWASHINGTON Aug 29 President Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States would maintain a force in the area of Afghanistan even if Washington reaches an agreement with the Taliban to end the 18year war that began after the Sept http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/usa-afghanistan-trump/trump-u-s-will-maintain-presence-in-afghanistan-even-if-deal-reached-with-taliban-idUSW1N24C02C2019-08-30
A U.S. pullout has raised fears Afghanistan could plunge into a new civil war that could see a return of Taliban rule and give international militants a sanctuary NegativePESHAWAR Afghan Taliban officials said on Saturday the killing of the brother of their leader in a bomb attack would not derail talks with the United States aimed at securing the withdrawal of U.S. troops after 18 years of war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan/taliban-say-killing-of-leaders-brother-will-not-derail-u-s-talks-idUSKCN1V70CJ2019-08-18
BRIDGEWATER President Donald Trump was briefed on Friday by top national security advisers on the status of negotiations with the Taliban on a U.S. troop pullout from Afghanistan and the potential for a political settlement between the warring sides PositiveBy Steve Holland and Jonathan Landay http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-afghanistan/trump-gets-update-from-aides-on-afghan-peace-plan-with-troop-pullout-possible-idUSKCN1V61GL2019-08-18
Both U.S. negotiators and the Taliban have reported progress after eight rounds of talks since late last year but the violence has not eased NegativePESHAWAR Afghan Taliban officials said on Saturday the killing of the brother of their leader in a bomb attack would not derail talks with the United States aimed at securing the withdrawal of U.S. troops after 18 years of war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan/taliban-say-killing-of-leaders-brother-will-not-derail-u-s-talks-idUSKCN1V70CJ2019-08-18
If someone thinks martyring our leaders would stop us from our goal theyre living in a fools a Taliban leader said by telephone from an undisclosed location NeutralPESHAWAR Afghan Taliban officials said on Saturday the killing of the brother of their leader in a bomb attack would not derail talks with the United States aimed at securing the withdrawal of U.S. troops after 18 years of war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan/taliban-say-killing-of-leaders-brother-will-not-derail-u-s-talks-idUSKCN1V70CJ2019-08-18
Iran could be very said Ali Jalali who served as Afghanistans first postTaliban interior minister NeutralWASHINGTON Western intermediaries are trying to persuade arch foes Iran and the United States to cooperate on bolstering security in Afghanistan as U.S. President Donald Trump seeks to extract America from its longest war according to three source familiar with the efforts http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran-afghanistan-exclusive/exclusive-shared-afghanistan-interests-create-opening-for-u-s-iran-back-channel-sources-idUSKCN1V60B22019-08-18
One of the leaders sons was wounded Taliban officials said NegativePESHAWAR Afghan Taliban officials said on Saturday the killing of the brother of their leader in a bomb attack would not derail talks with the United States aimed at securing the withdrawal of U.S. troops after 18 years of war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan/taliban-say-killing-of-leaders-brother-will-not-derail-u-s-talks-idUSKCN1V70CJ2019-08-18
PESHAWAR Afghan Taliban officials said on Saturday the killing of the brother of their leader in a bomb attack would not derail talks with the United States aimed at securing the withdrawal of U.S. troops after 18 years of war NegativePESHAWAR Afghan Taliban officials said on Saturday the killing of the brother of their leader in a bomb attack would not derail talks with the United States aimed at securing the withdrawal of U.S. troops after 18 years of war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan/taliban-say-killing-of-leaders-brother-will-not-derail-u-s-talks-idUSKCN1V70CJ2019-08-18
Taliban leaders to date have refused to hold official talks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghanis government which they denounce as a U.S. puppet NegativeBy Steve Holland and Jonathan Landay http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-afghanistan/trump-gets-update-from-aides-on-afghan-peace-plan-with-troop-pullout-possible-idUSKCN1V61GL2019-08-18
The Taliban are also expected to make a commitment to open powersharing talks with the U.S.backed government and agree to a ceasefire PositivePESHAWAR Afghan Taliban officials said on Saturday the killing of the brother of their leader in a bomb attack would not derail talks with the United States aimed at securing the withdrawal of U.S. troops after 18 years of war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan/taliban-say-killing-of-leaders-brother-will-not-derail-u-s-talks-idUSKCN1V70CJ2019-08-18
The Taliban leaders brother Hafiz Ahmadullah was leading prayers when it exploded NeutralPESHAWAR Afghan Taliban officials said on Saturday the killing of the brother of their leader in a bomb attack would not derail talks with the United States aimed at securing the withdrawal of U.S. troops after 18 years of war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan/taliban-say-killing-of-leaders-brother-will-not-derail-u-s-talks-idUSKCN1V70CJ2019-08-18
The Taliban were considering a ceasefire in places from which U.S. forces withdraw the second official said PositivePESHAWAR Afghan Taliban officials said on Saturday the killing of the brother of their leader in a bomb attack would not derail talks with the United States aimed at securing the withdrawal of U.S. troops after 18 years of war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan/taliban-say-killing-of-leaders-brother-will-not-derail-u-s-talks-idUSKCN1V70CJ2019-08-18
There was no claim of responsibility for the bomb that killed the younger brother of Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhundzada near the Pakistani city of Quetta on Friday NegativePESHAWAR Afghan Taliban officials said on Saturday the killing of the brother of their leader in a bomb attack would not derail talks with the United States aimed at securing the withdrawal of U.S. troops after 18 years of war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan/taliban-say-killing-of-leaders-brother-will-not-derail-u-s-talks-idUSKCN1V70CJ2019-08-18
But the United States is pushing for Taliban agreement on two other more farreaching powersharing talks with Afghanistans U.S.backed government and a ceasefire PositiveKABUL Talks on a pact that would allow the United States to end its longest war and withdraw troops from Afghanistan ended on Monday without agreement and both sides saying they would consult their leaders on the next steps http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan/u-s-taliban-talks-end-without-deal-both-sides-to-consult-idUSKCN1V206N2019-08-13
The Taliban refuse to recognize or negotiate with it NegativeKABUL Talks on a pact that would allow the United States to end its longest war and withdraw troops from Afghanistan ended on Monday without agreement and both sides saying they would consult their leaders on the next steps http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan/u-s-taliban-talks-end-without-deal-both-sides-to-consult-idUSKCN1V206N2019-08-13
The U.S. negotiators demanded that the Taliban announce a ceasefire and start direct talks with the Kabul government the Taliban official said PositiveKABUL Talks on a pact that would allow the United States to end its longest war and withdraw troops from Afghanistan ended on Monday without agreement and both sides saying they would consult their leaders on the next steps http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan/u-s-taliban-talks-end-without-deal-both-sides-to-consult-idUSKCN1V206N2019-08-13
Without a Taliban commitment to powersharing talks and a ceasefire there are fears the insurgents will fight on when U.S. forces leave in a bid to overthrow the government NegativeKABUL Talks on a pact that would allow the United States to end its longest war and withdraw troops from Afghanistan ended on Monday without agreement and both sides saying they would consult their leaders on the next steps http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan/u-s-taliban-talks-end-without-deal-both-sides-to-consult-idUSKCN1V206N2019-08-13
Both the U.S. peace envoy leading talks with the Taliban and the Taliban reported progress in their talks in Qatar where technical teams were discussing mechanisms on Tuesday PositiveKABUL The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday denounced a presidential vote due next month as a sham and threatened to attack election rallies even as the militants and the United States reported significant progress on a deal to end Americas longest war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-election/taliban-threaten-afghan-election-hail-progress-on-pact-with-u-s-idUSKCN1UW0MG2019-08-07
KABUL The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday denounced a presidential vote due next month as a sham and threatened to attack election rallies even as the militants and the United States reported significant progress on a deal to end Americas longest war NegativeKABUL The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday denounced a presidential vote due next month as a sham and threatened to attack election rallies even as the militants and the United States reported significant progress on a deal to end Americas longest war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-election/taliban-threaten-afghan-election-hail-progress-on-pact-with-u-s-idUSKCN1UW0MG2019-08-07
Khalilzad was in India on Tuesday and Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar traveled to Uzbekistan for a threeday visit Shaheen said PositiveKABUL The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday denounced a presidential vote due next month as a sham and threatened to attack election rallies even as the militants and the United States reported significant progress on a deal to end Americas longest war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-election/taliban-threaten-afghan-election-hail-progress-on-pact-with-u-s-idUSKCN1UW0MG2019-08-07
Rights group Amnesty international condemned the Taliban threat saying they were claiming to pursue peace but threatening to carry out war crimes by attacking election rallies NegativeKABUL The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday denounced a presidential vote due next month as a sham and threatened to attack election rallies even as the militants and the United States reported significant progress on a deal to end Americas longest war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-election/taliban-threaten-afghan-election-hail-progress-on-pact-with-u-s-idUSKCN1UW0MG2019-08-07
Saleh a former intelligence chief is a fierce critic of Pakistan which many Afghans accuse of backing the Taliban NegativeKABUL The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday denounced a presidential vote due next month as a sham and threatened to attack election rallies even as the militants and the United States reported significant progress on a deal to end Americas longest war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-election/taliban-threaten-afghan-election-hail-progress-on-pact-with-u-s-idUSKCN1UW0MG2019-08-07
The Taliban fighting to rid the country of foreign forces and create an Islamic state called for a boycott of the election scheduled for Sept NegativeKABUL The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday denounced a presidential vote due next month as a sham and threatened to attack election rallies even as the militants and the United States reported significant progress on a deal to end Americas longest war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-election/taliban-threaten-afghan-election-hail-progress-on-pact-with-u-s-idUSKCN1UW0MG2019-08-07
The Taliban said their fighters would block the vote and warned of Stay away from gatherings and rallies that could become potential the militants said NegativeKABUL The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday denounced a presidential vote due next month as a sham and threatened to attack election rallies even as the militants and the United States reported significant progress on a deal to end Americas longest war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-election/taliban-threaten-afghan-election-hail-progress-on-pact-with-u-s-idUSKCN1UW0MG2019-08-07
The government is not involved in the peace talks because the Taliban refuse to deal with them labeling them a U.S. puppet NegativeKABUL The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday denounced a presidential vote due next month as a sham and threatened to attack election rallies even as the militants and the United States reported significant progress on a deal to end Americas longest war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-election/taliban-threaten-afghan-election-hail-progress-on-pact-with-u-s-idUSKCN1UW0MG2019-08-07
They should show peace through their actions and not threaten the office said of the Taliban PositiveKABUL The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday denounced a presidential vote due next month as a sham and threatened to attack election rallies even as the militants and the United States reported significant progress on a deal to end Americas longest war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-election/taliban-threaten-afghan-election-hail-progress-on-pact-with-u-s-idUSKCN1UW0MG2019-08-07
This election process is nothing more than a the Taliban said in a statement NeutralKABUL The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday denounced a presidential vote due next month as a sham and threatened to attack election rallies even as the militants and the United States reported significant progress on a deal to end Americas longest war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-election/taliban-threaten-afghan-election-hail-progress-on-pact-with-u-s-idUSKCN1UW0MG2019-08-07
U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said on Twitter late on Monday there had been excellent progress and the Taliban were equally enthusiastic saying they expected an outcome within days PositiveKABUL The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday denounced a presidential vote due next month as a sham and threatened to attack election rallies even as the militants and the United States reported significant progress on a deal to end Americas longest war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-election/taliban-threaten-afghan-election-hail-progress-on-pact-with-u-s-idUSKCN1UW0MG2019-08-07
WELLINGTON NATOs Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday that there was a real chance for peace in Afghanistan as U.S.Taliban peace talks continue in Qatar PositiveWELLINGTON NATOs Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday that there was a real chance for peace in Afghanistan as U.S.Taliban peace talks continue in Qatar http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-newzealand-afghanistan/peace-deal-in-afghanistan-closer-than-ever-before-says-nato-chief-idUSKCN1UV2AZ2019-08-06
Just got to Doha to resume talks with the Taliban PositiveKABUL A fresh round of U.S.Taliban peace talks began in Qatars capital Doha on Saturday officials said describing it to be the most phase of negotiations to end the 18year war in Afghanistan http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan/fresh-round-of-u-s-taliban-talks-in-doha-hope-for-peace-deal-rise-idUSKCN1UT0502019-08-04
KABUL A fresh round of U.S.Taliban peace talks began in Qatars capital Doha on Saturday officials said describing it to be the most phase of negotiations to end the 18year war in Afghanistan PositiveKABUL A fresh round of U.S.Taliban peace talks began in Qatars capital Doha on Saturday officials said describing it to be the most phase of negotiations to end the 18year war in Afghanistan http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan/fresh-round-of-u-s-taliban-talks-in-doha-hope-for-peace-deal-rise-idUSKCN1UT0502019-08-04
Our presence in Afghanistan is conditionsbased and any withdrawal will be he said adding the Taliban are signaling they would conclude an agreement PositiveKABUL A fresh round of U.S.Taliban peace talks began in Qatars capital Doha on Saturday officials said describing it to be the most phase of negotiations to end the 18year war in Afghanistan http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan/fresh-round-of-u-s-taliban-talks-in-doha-hope-for-peace-deal-rise-idUSKCN1UT0502019-08-04
Taliban often use Afghan civilians as human shields and now the U.S. are also putting our lives at risk to exit out of he said NegativeKABUL A fresh round of U.S.Taliban peace talks began in Qatars capital Doha on Saturday officials said describing it to be the most phase of negotiations to end the 18year war in Afghanistan http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan/fresh-round-of-u-s-taliban-talks-in-doha-hope-for-peace-deal-rise-idUSKCN1UT0502019-08-04
The hardline Islamist Taliban group now controls more territory than at any point since the United States bombed them out of power in 2001 NegativeKABUL A fresh round of U.S.Taliban peace talks began in Qatars capital Doha on Saturday officials said describing it to be the most phase of negotiations to end the 18year war in Afghanistan http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan/fresh-round-of-u-s-taliban-talks-in-doha-hope-for-peace-deal-rise-idUSKCN1UT0502019-08-04
The issue of forces withdrawal has prolonged the peace talks and delayed the said a senior Taliban commander based in Afghanistan on conditions of anonymity NegativeKABUL A fresh round of U.S.Taliban peace talks began in Qatars capital Doha on Saturday officials said describing it to be the most phase of negotiations to end the 18year war in Afghanistan http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan/fresh-round-of-u-s-taliban-talks-in-doha-hope-for-peace-deal-rise-idUSKCN1UT0502019-08-04
Two Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen and Zabihullah Mujahid said a 19member Taliban negotiation team will represent them in the Doha peace talks PositiveKABUL A fresh round of U.S.Taliban peace talks began in Qatars capital Doha on Saturday officials said describing it to be the most phase of negotiations to end the 18year war in Afghanistan http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan/fresh-round-of-u-s-taliban-talks-in-doha-hope-for-peace-deal-rise-idUSKCN1UT0502019-08-04
Two sources with knowledge of the talks said an agreement on the withdrawal of foreign forces in exchange for security guarantees by the Taliban is expected before Aug PositiveKABUL A fresh round of U.S.Taliban peace talks began in Qatars capital Doha on Saturday officials said describing it to be the most phase of negotiations to end the 18year war in Afghanistan http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan/fresh-round-of-u-s-taliban-talks-in-doha-hope-for-peace-deal-rise-idUSKCN1UT0502019-08-04
Zalmay Khalilzad the U.S. peace envoy for Afghanistan who has held a series of meetings with Taliban leaders since last year reached Doha on Friday night PositiveKABUL A fresh round of U.S.Taliban peace talks began in Qatars capital Doha on Saturday officials said describing it to be the most phase of negotiations to end the 18year war in Afghanistan http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan/fresh-round-of-u-s-taliban-talks-in-doha-hope-for-peace-deal-rise-idUSKCN1UT0502019-08-04
With a potential U.S. drawdown looming recent Taliban attacks in Afghanistan have underscored pressure on Afghanistans overstretched security forces NegativeWASHINGTON There has been a sharp drop in the size of Afghanistans National Defense Security Forces in the past few months due to changes in the way troops are counted and an effort to reduce the number of socalled soldiers a U.S. government watchdog said on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-military/afghan-troop-numbers-drop-sharply-in-crackdown-on-ghost-soldiers-idUSKCN1UR3BC2019-08-01
IntraAfghan talks will start only after a foreign force withdrawal is said Suhail Shaheen a spokesman for the Talibans political office in Qatar PositiveKABUL The Taliban said on Sunday they will not hold direct talks with Afghan government and rejected a statement from a senior minister about plans to hold the such as meeting within the next two weeks a senior Taliban official said http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-reject-direct-talks-with-afghan-government-idUSKCN1UN06L2019-07-28
KABUL The Taliban said on Sunday they will not hold direct talks with Afghan government and rejected a statement from a senior minister about plans to hold the such as meeting within the next two weeks a senior Taliban official said NegativeKABUL The Taliban said on Sunday they will not hold direct talks with Afghan government and rejected a statement from a senior minister about plans to hold the such as meeting within the next two weeks a senior Taliban official said http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-reject-direct-talks-with-afghan-government-idUSKCN1UN06L2019-07-28
KABUL Hundreds of Afghans weary of war and unsure of the future have joined a letterwriting campaign to share their feelings with the powerful few who will decide on peace with the Taliban and with it the fate of their country NeutralKABUL Hundreds of Afghans weary of war and unsure of the future have joined a letterwriting campaign to share their feelings with the powerful few who will decide on peace with the Taliban and with it the fate of their country http://www.reuters.com/news/health/article/us-afghanistan-stress/letterbox-campaign-helps-afghans-cope-with-silent-war-of-mental-health-idUSKCN1UJ05U2019-07-24
The letters part of a project called DardeDil painful are addressed to U.S. diplomats the Taliban and government officials NegativeKABUL Hundreds of Afghans weary of war and unsure of the future have joined a letterwriting campaign to share their feelings with the powerful few who will decide on peace with the Taliban and with it the fate of their country http://www.reuters.com/news/health/article/us-afghanistan-stress/letterbox-campaign-helps-afghans-cope-with-silent-war-of-mental-health-idUSKCN1UJ05U2019-07-24
But the Taliban have refused to negotiate with the U.S.backed Afghan government denouncing it as a U.S puppet NegativeWary representatives of Afghan society met Taliban officials in Qatar on Monday for a second day of talks with bloody insurgent attacks back home casting a pall over efforts to end Afghanistans years of war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-talks/afghans-taliban-talk-in-qatar-about-peace-as-war-rages-at-home-idUSKCN1U317P2019-07-09
During their 19962001 rule the Taliban barred women from working outside their homes and said women could only go out in public if accompanied by a male relative NegativeWary representatives of Afghan society met Taliban officials in Qatar on Monday for a second day of talks with bloody insurgent attacks back home casting a pall over efforts to end Afghanistans years of war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-talks/afghans-taliban-talk-in-qatar-about-peace-as-war-rages-at-home-idUSKCN1U317P2019-07-09
The Taliban now control and influence more territory than at any point since 2001 NeutralWary representatives of Afghan society met Taliban officials in Qatar on Monday for a second day of talks with bloody insurgent attacks back home casting a pall over efforts to end Afghanistans years of war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-talks/afghans-taliban-talk-in-qatar-about-peace-as-war-rages-at-home-idUSKCN1U317P2019-07-09
The Taliban officials were welcoming in general although less willing to discuss issues like womens right and freedoms in society the delegates said PositiveWary representatives of Afghan society met Taliban officials in Qatar on Monday for a second day of talks with bloody insurgent attacks back home casting a pall over efforts to end Afghanistans years of war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-talks/afghans-taliban-talk-in-qatar-about-peace-as-war-rages-at-home-idUSKCN1U317P2019-07-09
Wary representatives of Afghan society met Taliban officials in Qatar on Monday for a second day of talks with bloody insurgent attacks back home casting a pall over efforts to end Afghanistans years of war PositiveWary representatives of Afghan society met Taliban officials in Qatar on Monday for a second day of talks with bloody insurgent attacks back home casting a pall over efforts to end Afghanistans years of war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-talks/afghans-taliban-talk-in-qatar-about-peace-as-war-rages-at-home-idUSKCN1U317P2019-07-09
KABUL U.S. and Taliban officials will reconvene on Tuesday to continue peace talks described as the most productive by a top U.S. negotiator leading the discussions with the hardline Islamists group to end the Afghan war PositiveKABUL U.S. and Taliban officials will reconvene on Tuesday to continue peace talks described as the most productive by a top U.S. negotiator leading the discussions with the hardline Islamists group to end the Afghan war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks/u-s-envoy-says-latest-peace-talks-with-taliban-most-productive-so-far-idUSKCN1U10DR2019-07-07
Sohail Shaheen a spokesman for the Talibans political office in Qatars capital Doha said the dialogue would resume after the twoday intraAfghan conference PositiveKABUL U.S. and Taliban officials will reconvene on Tuesday to continue peace talks described as the most productive by a top U.S. negotiator leading the discussions with the hardline Islamists group to end the Afghan war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks/u-s-envoy-says-latest-peace-talks-with-taliban-most-productive-so-far-idUSKCN1U10DR2019-07-07
The Taliban have stressed that those attending the talks planned for Sunday and Monday will only do so in a personal capacity PositiveKABUL U.S. and Taliban officials will reconvene on Tuesday to continue peace talks described as the most productive by a top U.S. negotiator leading the discussions with the hardline Islamists group to end the Afghan war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks/u-s-envoy-says-latest-peace-talks-with-taliban-most-productive-so-far-idUSKCN1U10DR2019-07-07
U.S. officials are demanding a ceasefire agreement and a commitment on direct talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government before a peace deal is finalised PositiveKABUL U.S. and Taliban officials will reconvene on Tuesday to continue peace talks described as the most productive by a top U.S. negotiator leading the discussions with the hardline Islamists group to end the Afghan war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks/u-s-envoy-says-latest-peace-talks-with-taliban-most-productive-so-far-idUSKCN1U10DR2019-07-07
Despite peace talks gaining momentum fighting between the Taliban and Afghan forces who are backed by the foreign troops has raged across Afghanistan PositiveKABUL Taliban Islamist fighters killed six people and wounded 105 others by blowing up a truck bomb at morning rush hour near an Afghan Defence Ministry compound in Kabul on Monday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-attack/six-killed-105-wounded-in-taliban-attack-in-kabul-idUSKCN1TW1F82019-07-02
However one official present at the talks in Doha said that the latest attack by the Taliban has changed the entire context of our meeting unease has crept NegativeKABUL Taliban Islamist fighters killed six people and wounded 105 others by blowing up a truck bomb at morning rush hour near an Afghan Defence Ministry compound in Kabul on Monday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-attack/six-killed-105-wounded-in-taliban-attack-in-kabul-idUSKCN1TW1F82019-07-02
Sohail Shaheen spokesman for the Taliban political office in Doha said the groups key concern was to make sure a timeline for a foreign troop pullout was announced NegativeKABUL Taliban Islamist fighters killed six people and wounded 105 others by blowing up a truck bomb at morning rush hour near an Afghan Defence Ministry compound in Kabul on Monday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-attack/six-killed-105-wounded-in-taliban-attack-in-kabul-idUSKCN1TW1F82019-07-02
Taliban officials have previously said they want all foreign troops withdrawn before they hold talks with the Afghan government or declare a ceasefire PositiveKABUL Taliban Islamist fighters killed six people and wounded 105 others by blowing up a truck bomb at morning rush hour near an Afghan Defence Ministry compound in Kabul on Monday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-attack/six-killed-105-wounded-in-taliban-attack-in-kabul-idUSKCN1TW1F82019-07-02
Afghan officials have been deeply suspicious of the talks which they see as a means of reinforcing the Taliban and powerful regional politicians while sidelining the legitimate government NegativeKABUL The head of the Afghan Taliban pledged on Saturday to continue fighting until the movements objectives were reached and indicated it was still not ready to open talks with the Westernbacked government in Kabul http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/afghan-taliban-leader-pledges-to-keep-fighting-until-goals-met-idUSKCN1T22ZJ2019-06-01
KABUL The head of the Afghan Taliban pledged on Saturday to continue fighting until the movements objectives were reached and indicated it was still not ready to open talks with the Westernbacked government in Kabul PositiveKABUL The head of the Afghan Taliban pledged on Saturday to continue fighting until the movements objectives were reached and indicated it was still not ready to open talks with the Westernbacked government in Kabul http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/afghan-taliban-leader-pledges-to-keep-fighting-until-goals-met-idUSKCN1T22ZJ2019-06-01
WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that the United States would be closely watching John Walker Lindh the American captured in Afghanistan in 2001 fighting for the Taliban after his release from prison NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that the United States would be closely watching John Walker Lindh the American captured in Afghanistan in 2001 fighting for the Taliban after his release from prison http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-crime-lindh-trump/trump-says-u-s-to-keep-close-eye-on-american-taliban-lindh-after-release-idUSKCN1ST2NE2019-05-24
John Walker Lindh the American captured in Afghanistan in 2001 fighting for the Taliban and vilified as a national traitor is to be released early from a federal prison on Thursday while some U.S. lawmakers worry he still poses a security risk NegativeJohn Walker Lindh the American captured in Afghanistan in 2001 fighting for the Taliban and vilified as a national traitor is to be released early from a federal prison on Thursday while some U.S. lawmakers worry he still poses a security risk http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-crime-lindh/american-taliban-to-be-released-from-prison-thursday-idUSKCN1SS2MM2019-05-23
If I sit at home will the Taliban come to pay the NeutralKABUL Minutes before Mena Mangal a prominent Afghan journalist and parliamentary adviser was shot dead by two men in Kabul she had slammed the door of her parents home after reminding them to pay the neighborhood shopkeeper 15 Afghanis http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-attacks-women/afghan-working-women-still-face-perils-at-home-and-office-idUSKCN1SQ01D2019-05-21
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said its fighters targeted Counterpart because it was funded by U.S. aid agencies NegativeKABUL Minutes before Mena Mangal a prominent Afghan journalist and parliamentary adviser was shot dead by two men in Kabul she had slammed the door of her parents home after reminding them to pay the neighborhood shopkeeper 15 Afghanis http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-attacks-women/afghan-working-women-still-face-perils-at-home-and-office-idUSKCN1SQ01D2019-05-21
But a tendency to exaggerate casualties inflicted undermines the Taliban news operations credibility he said NegativeKABUL Zabihullah Mujahid the Talibans chief spokesman and editorinchief of the insurgent groups daily news bulletin starts every day by collecting reports of overnight fighting with U.S. and Afghan forces http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-media/taliban-fighters-double-as-reporters-to-wage-afghan-digital-war-idUSKCN1SH0352019-05-12
In recent months the Taliban have repeatedly rejected calls to declare a ceasefire and instead intensified their attacks on Afghan forces and government offices NegativeKABUL Zabihullah Mujahid the Talibans chief spokesman and editorinchief of the insurgent groups daily news bulletin starts every day by collecting reports of overnight fighting with U.S. and Afghan forces http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-media/taliban-fighters-double-as-reporters-to-wage-afghan-digital-war-idUSKCN1SH0352019-05-12
KABUL Zabihullah Mujahid the Talibans chief spokesman and editorinchief of the insurgent groups daily news bulletin starts every day by collecting reports of overnight fighting with U.S. and Afghan forces NegativeKABUL Zabihullah Mujahid the Talibans chief spokesman and editorinchief of the insurgent groups daily news bulletin starts every day by collecting reports of overnight fighting with U.S. and Afghan forces http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-media/taliban-fighters-double-as-reporters-to-wage-afghan-digital-war-idUSKCN1SH0352019-05-12
Propaganda is part of fighting the Taliban are very good at Kakar said NeutralKABUL Zabihullah Mujahid the Talibans chief spokesman and editorinchief of the insurgent groups daily news bulletin starts every day by collecting reports of overnight fighting with U.S. and Afghan forces http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-media/taliban-fighters-double-as-reporters-to-wage-afghan-digital-war-idUSKCN1SH0352019-05-12
The names they use are pseudonyms assigned to them by the Taliban leadership NeutralKABUL Zabihullah Mujahid the Talibans chief spokesman and editorinchief of the insurgent groups daily news bulletin starts every day by collecting reports of overnight fighting with U.S. and Afghan forces http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-media/taliban-fighters-double-as-reporters-to-wage-afghan-digital-war-idUSKCN1SH0352019-05-12
The province is rife with ethnic sectarian and separatist insurgencies with several militant groups including the Pakistani Taliban group Tehriki Taliban Pakistan Balochistan Liberation Army and the Sunni group LashkareJhangvi NegativeQUETTA Pakistan Three gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Pakistans southwestern port city of Gwadar on Saturday killing at least one guard and battling security forces inside officials and the army said http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-pakistan-security/gunmen-storm-five-star-hotel-in-pakistan-killing-at-least-one-idUSKCN1SH0D62019-05-12
Their false claims and exaggerated reports have reached an absurd style beyond any said Colonel Knut Peters the spokesman for NATOled Resolute Support in Afghanistan who closely tracks Taliban statements NeutralKABUL Zabihullah Mujahid the Talibans chief spokesman and editorinchief of the insurgent groups daily news bulletin starts every day by collecting reports of overnight fighting with U.S. and Afghan forces http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-media/taliban-fighters-double-as-reporters-to-wage-afghan-digital-war-idUSKCN1SH0352019-05-12
A U.S. official said the latest transfer would include million from funds for the Afghan security forces which are struggling to hold territory against Taliban militants NegativeWASHINGTON Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has approved the transfer of http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-border-pentagon/pentagon-to-transfer-1-5-billion-to-border-wall-from-afghan-forces-other-areas-idUSKCN1SG1TM2019-05-11
After five rounds of talks Khalilzad reported some progress towards an accord on withdrawing U.S. troops and on how the Taliban would prevent extremists from using Afghanistan to launch attacks PositiveKABUL The U.S. special peace envoy for Afghanistan should stop calling on Taliban militants to lay down their arms and tell the United States to end the use of force instead the Taliban said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks/dont-tell-us-to-halt-the-violence-tell-the-americans-afghan-taliban-say-idUSKCN1S90GU2019-05-03
In Kabul President Ashraf Ghani renewed his appeal to hold direct talks with the Taliban and called for an agreement on a ceasefire PositiveKABUL The U.S. special peace envoy for Afghanistan should stop calling on Taliban militants to lay down their arms and tell the United States to end the use of force instead the Taliban said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks/dont-tell-us-to-halt-the-violence-tell-the-americans-afghan-taliban-say-idUSKCN1S90GU2019-05-03
KABUL The U.S. special peace envoy for Afghanistan should stop calling on Taliban militants to lay down their arms and tell the United States to end the use of force instead the Taliban said on Friday NegativeKABUL The U.S. special peace envoy for Afghanistan should stop calling on Taliban militants to lay down their arms and tell the United States to end the use of force instead the Taliban said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks/dont-tell-us-to-halt-the-violence-tell-the-americans-afghan-taliban-say-idUSKCN1S90GU2019-05-03
The Taliban seeking to restore strict Islamic rule refuse to talk to the Afghan government which they dismiss as a U.S. puppet NegativeKABUL The U.S. special peace envoy for Afghanistan should stop calling on Taliban militants to lay down their arms and tell the United States to end the use of force instead the Taliban said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks/dont-tell-us-to-halt-the-violence-tell-the-americans-afghan-taliban-say-idUSKCN1S90GU2019-05-03
China and Russia can put some pressure on the Taliban to meet Afghan representatives said a Western diplomat on conditions of anonymity PositiveKABUL Russia the United States and China will this week try to press Afghanistans Taliban insurgents to hold talks with Afghan politicians and civilians an important step in a process aimed at ending the Afghan war http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-talks-russia/russia-u-s-china-aim-to-cajole-taliban-into-inter-afghan-talks-idUSKCN1S018Y2019-04-25
In recent months Russia has held direct talks with Taliban officials and some Afghan politicians opposed to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani promoting its role of power broker PositiveKABUL Russia the United States and China will this week try to press Afghanistans Taliban insurgents to hold talks with Afghan politicians and civilians an important step in a process aimed at ending the Afghan war http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-talks-russia/russia-u-s-china-aim-to-cajole-taliban-into-inter-afghan-talks-idUSKCN1S018Y2019-04-25
KABUL Russia the United States and China will this week try to press Afghanistans Taliban insurgents to hold talks with Afghan politicians and civilians an important step in a process aimed at ending the Afghan war PositiveKABUL Russia the United States and China will this week try to press Afghanistans Taliban insurgents to hold talks with Afghan politicians and civilians an important step in a process aimed at ending the Afghan war http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-talks-russia/russia-u-s-china-aim-to-cajole-taliban-into-inter-afghan-talks-idUSKCN1S018Y2019-04-25
The U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad who has held several rounds of direct talks with Taliban officials in Qatar will attend the meeting in Moscow PositiveKABUL Russia the United States and China will this week try to press Afghanistans Taliban insurgents to hold talks with Afghan politicians and civilians an important step in a process aimed at ending the Afghan war http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-talks-russia/russia-u-s-china-aim-to-cajole-taliban-into-inter-afghan-talks-idUSKCN1S018Y2019-04-25
KABUL At least seven people were killed in an attack on the Afghan communications ministry in central Kabul on Saturday breaking months of relative calm in the capital and underlining the continued security threats despite efforts to open peace talks with the Taliban NegativeKABUL At least seven people were killed in an attack on the Afghan communications ministry in central Kabul on Saturday breaking months of relative calm in the capital and underlining the continued security threats despite efforts to open peace talks with the Taliban http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-blast/afghan-communications-ministry-attacked-seven-killed-idUSKCN1RW05Q2019-04-21
There was no claim of responsibility but the Taliban issued a statement denying any involvement NegativeKABUL At least seven people were killed in an attack on the Afghan communications ministry in central Kabul on Saturday breaking months of relative calm in the capital and underlining the continued security threats despite efforts to open peace talks with the Taliban http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-blast/afghan-communications-ministry-attacked-seven-killed-idUSKCN1RW05Q2019-04-21
A 250strong delegation of Afghan politicians and civil society figures had been due to meet Taliban officials in Doha at the weekend PositiveKABUL The U.S. envoy for peace in Afghanistan expressed disappointment on Friday after the collapse of a planned meeting between the Taliban and a group of Afghan politicians in Qatar that exposed some of the deep divisions hampering efforts to end the war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/u-s-envoy-disappointed-by-collapse-of-inter-afghan-peace-meeting-idUSKCN1RV0BZ2019-04-20
KABUL The U.S. envoy for peace in Afghanistan expressed disappointment on Friday after the collapse of a planned meeting between the Taliban and a group of Afghan politicians in Qatar that exposed some of the deep divisions hampering efforts to end the war NegativeKABUL The U.S. envoy for peace in Afghanistan expressed disappointment on Friday after the collapse of a planned meeting between the Taliban and a group of Afghan politicians in Qatar that exposed some of the deep divisions hampering efforts to end the war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/u-s-envoy-disappointed-by-collapse-of-inter-afghan-peace-meeting-idUSKCN1RV0BZ2019-04-20
Hazaras have been frequently targeted by Taliban and Islamic State militants and other Sunni Muslim militant groups in both Pakistan and Afghanistan NegativeQUETTA Pakistan Minority Shiite Hazaras blocked traffic in a sitin protest for a third day in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta on Sunday after a suicide bomb killed 19 people in an outdoor market many of them ethnic Hazaras http://www.reuters.com/subjects/autos/article/us-pakistan-blast/minority-hazaras-in-pakistan-protest-for-third-day-after-quetta-attack-idUSKCN1RQ0FW2019-04-15
More than 30 Taliban were also killed said Jamshed Shahabi spokesman for Badghis provincial governor NegativeHERAT Afghanistan Hundreds of Taliban fighters stormed a district in Afghanistans western Badghis province with both Afghan government forces and the insurgent group suffering dozens of casualties provincial officials said http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-afghanistan-fighting/taliban-storms-west-afghanistan-district-kills-dozens-idUSKCN1RH08X2019-04-05
On Friday the defense ministry said Afghan forces had forced the Taliban to retreat from some checkpoints and that all key areas remained under its control NegativeHERAT Afghanistan Hundreds of Taliban fighters stormed a district in Afghanistans western Badghis province with both Afghan government forces and the insurgent group suffering dozens of casualties provincial officials said http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-afghanistan-fighting/taliban-storms-west-afghanistan-district-kills-dozens-idUSKCN1RH08X2019-04-05
Hundreds of thousands of people were displaced in the region by last years severe drought and the 17yearlong war with the Taliban NegativeHERAT Afghanistan Flash floods have killed at least 32 people in western Afghanistan destroyed homes and swept through makeshift shelters that housed displaced families a government official said on Saturday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-floods/afghanistan-floods-kill-32-worsen-already-desperate-situation-idUSKCN1RB0682019-03-31
Acknowledging Kabuls frustration the senior Trump administration official Its urgent that we convince the Taliban to sit down with the Afghan government and other Afghans and engage in a political process NegativeWashingtons relationship with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani appears increasingly at risk of permanent damage the consequence of a U.S. policy shift that has so far excluded his government from talks with the Taliban and of his own determination to retain power and manage peace efforts himself http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan/in-u-s-pursuit-of-peace-talks-perilous-rift-opens-with-afghan-leader-idUSKCN1R809V2019-03-27
The Taliban which sees Ghani as an Afghan puppet of the United States has refused to meet with him NegativeWashingtons relationship with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani appears increasingly at risk of permanent damage the consequence of a U.S. policy shift that has so far excluded his government from talks with the Taliban and of his own determination to retain power and manage peace efforts himself http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan/in-u-s-pursuit-of-peace-talks-perilous-rift-opens-with-afghan-leader-idUSKCN1R809V2019-03-27
Washingtons relationship with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani appears increasingly at risk of permanent damage the consequence of a U.S. policy shift that has so far excluded his government from talks with the Taliban and of his own determination to retain power and manage peace efforts himself NegativeWashingtons relationship with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani appears increasingly at risk of permanent damage the consequence of a U.S. policy shift that has so far excluded his government from talks with the Taliban and of his own determination to retain power and manage peace efforts himself http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan/in-u-s-pursuit-of-peace-talks-perilous-rift-opens-with-afghan-leader-idUSKCN1R809V2019-03-27
LONDON Local Afghan Taliban leaders are hindering global efforts to end polio but Afghanistan and Pakistan must continue their fight to get to cases the philanthropist Bill Gates said on Monday NegativeBy Health and Science Correspondent Kate Kelland http://www.reuters.com/news/health/article/us-health-polio-gates/bill-gates-urges-afghanistan-and-pakistan-to-get-to-zero-in-polio-fight-idUSKCN1R60XH2019-03-26
WASHINGTON In fallout from a feud over U.S.Taliban peace talks a senior U.S. diplomat has told Afghan President Ashraf Ghani that U.S. officials will no longer deal with his national security adviser four knowledgeable sources said on Monday NegativeMarch 18 story corrects 8th paragraph to say Pentagon adviser is embedded not that the State Department provides http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan/u-s-freezes-out-top-afghan-official-in-peace-talks-feud-sources-idUSKCN1QZ2OU2019-03-21
The Taliban rejects direct negotiations with the Kabul government accusing it of being a U.S. puppet NegativeWASHINGTON The United States and Afghanistan clashed publicly on Thursday over U.S. peace talks with the Taliban with a visiting Afghan official accusing the chief U.S. negotiator of the Kabul government by excluding it from the deliberations http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-usa-afghanistan-mohib/u-s-afghan-tensions-erupt-over-kabuls-exclusion-from-peace-talks-idUSKCN1QV2XU2019-03-15
The lead Taliban negotiator Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar on Thursday assured Afghans that they had no reason to fear a settlement PositiveWASHINGTON The United States and Afghanistan clashed publicly on Thursday over U.S. peace talks with the Taliban with a visiting Afghan official accusing the chief U.S. negotiator of the Kabul government by excluding it from the deliberations http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-usa-afghanistan-mohib/u-s-afghan-tensions-erupt-over-kabuls-exclusion-from-peace-talks-idUSKCN1QV2XU2019-03-15
The reason he is delegitimizing the Afghan government and weakening it and at the same time elevating the Taliban can only have one approach NegativeWASHINGTON The United States and Afghanistan clashed publicly on Thursday over U.S. peace talks with the Taliban with a visiting Afghan official accusing the chief U.S. negotiator of the Kabul government by excluding it from the deliberations http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-usa-afghanistan-mohib/u-s-afghan-tensions-erupt-over-kabuls-exclusion-from-peace-talks-idUSKCN1QV2XU2019-03-15
A spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani tweeted that he hoped to see a longterm ceasefire agreement and the start of direct talks between the government and Taliban soon PositiveDOHA U.S. and Taliban negotiators wrapped up their longest round of peace talks on Tuesday with progress made but no agreement on when foreign troops might withdraw officials from both sides said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks/u-s-taliban-talks-end-for-now-with-no-afghan-peace-deal-idUSKBN1QT26Q2019-03-13
DOHA U.S. and Taliban negotiators wrapped up their longest round of peace talks on Tuesday with progress made but no agreement on when foreign troops might withdraw officials from both sides said NegativeDOHA U.S. and Taliban negotiators wrapped up their longest round of peace talks on Tuesday with progress made but no agreement on when foreign troops might withdraw officials from both sides said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks/u-s-taliban-talks-end-for-now-with-no-afghan-peace-deal-idUSKBN1QT26Q2019-03-13
Qatar has hosted the Talibans political office since 2013 and has looked to position itself as an important regional player for conflict resolution PositiveDOHA U.S. and Taliban negotiators wrapped up their longest round of peace talks on Tuesday with progress made but no agreement on when foreign troops might withdraw officials from both sides said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks/u-s-taliban-talks-end-for-now-with-no-afghan-peace-deal-idUSKBN1QT26Q2019-03-13
The Taliban have held multiple rounds of peace talks with the American team led by Khalilzad but have so far refused to talk to the Afghan government PositiveDOHA U.S. and Taliban negotiators wrapped up their longest round of peace talks on Tuesday with progress made but no agreement on when foreign troops might withdraw officials from both sides said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks/u-s-taliban-talks-end-for-now-with-no-afghan-peace-deal-idUSKBN1QT26Q2019-03-13
The United States has been pushing the Taliban to agree to a ceasefire and to talk with Afghanistans government which the militant group considers a U.S. puppet regime PositiveDOHA U.S. and Taliban negotiators wrapped up their longest round of peace talks on Tuesday with progress made but no agreement on when foreign troops might withdraw officials from both sides said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks/u-s-taliban-talks-end-for-now-with-no-afghan-peace-deal-idUSKBN1QT26Q2019-03-13
In Afghanistan the Taliban urged both sides to mediate via talks and that further escalation could impact the Afghan peace process NegativeDELHI Pakistan carried out airstrikes and shot down two Indian jets on Wednesday Pakistani officials said a day after Indian warplanes struck inside Pakistan for the first time since a war in 1971 prompting leading powers to urge both sides to show restraint http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-india-kashmir/pakistan-says-it-shot-down-indian-jets-carried-out-airstrikes-in-kashmir-idUSKCN1QG0IR2019-02-27
However the Taliban leaders have managed to evade restrictions raising questions about the United Nations efforts in limiting their movements NegativeKABUL The United States and Russia have agreed to explore options on securing travel waivers for Taliban negotiators to participate in talks to end the war in Afghanistan the U.S. peace envoy said ahead of a fresh round of peace talks scheduled on Monday http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks/u-s-russia-to-find-ways-to-lift-travel-ban-on-taliban-leaders-for-peace-talks-idUSKCN1QC09T2019-02-24
In recent months Taliban representatives have visited Tehran Beijing and Moscow PositiveKABUL The United States and Russia have agreed to explore options on securing travel waivers for Taliban negotiators to participate in talks to end the war in Afghanistan the U.S. peace envoy said ahead of a fresh round of peace talks scheduled on Monday http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks/u-s-russia-to-find-ways-to-lift-travel-ban-on-taliban-leaders-for-peace-talks-idUSKCN1QC09T2019-02-24
KABUL The United States and Russia have agreed to explore options on securing travel waivers for Taliban negotiators to participate in talks to end the war in Afghanistan the U.S. peace envoy said ahead of a fresh round of peace talks scheduled on Monday PositiveKABUL The United States and Russia have agreed to explore options on securing travel waivers for Taliban negotiators to participate in talks to end the war in Afghanistan the U.S. peace envoy said ahead of a fresh round of peace talks scheduled on Monday http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks/u-s-russia-to-find-ways-to-lift-travel-ban-on-taliban-leaders-for-peace-talks-idUSKCN1QC09T2019-02-24
The Afghan Taliban said it would resume negotiations on Monday with the United States in Qatar insisting the meeting will prove despite propaganda against the peace process PositiveKABUL The United States and Russia have agreed to explore options on securing travel waivers for Taliban negotiators to participate in talks to end the war in Afghanistan the U.S. peace envoy said ahead of a fresh round of peace talks scheduled on Monday http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks/u-s-russia-to-find-ways-to-lift-travel-ban-on-taliban-leaders-for-peace-talks-idUSKCN1QC09T2019-02-24
U.S. officials familiar with discussions said lifting the travel ban on some Taliban leaders could help accelerate the pace of ongoing negotiations PositiveKABUL The United States and Russia have agreed to explore options on securing travel waivers for Taliban negotiators to participate in talks to end the war in Afghanistan the U.S. peace envoy said ahead of a fresh round of peace talks scheduled on Monday http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks/u-s-russia-to-find-ways-to-lift-travel-ban-on-taliban-leaders-for-peace-talks-idUSKCN1QC09T2019-02-24
We will explore options for securing UN travel waivers for Taliban negotiators to participate in peace he wrote on Twitter PositiveKABUL The United States and Russia have agreed to explore options on securing travel waivers for Taliban negotiators to participate in talks to end the war in Afghanistan the U.S. peace envoy said ahead of a fresh round of peace talks scheduled on Monday http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-usa-afghanistan-talks/u-s-russia-to-find-ways-to-lift-travel-ban-on-taliban-leaders-for-peace-talks-idUSKCN1QC09T2019-02-24
But that was unlikely after the Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the groups planned meetings with Khan and U.S. officials in Islamabad were called off NegativeISLAMABAD Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday said Saudi Arabia has signed investment agreements worth billion during his highprofile visit to Pakistan where tensions were flaring up with nucleararmed rival India http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-asia-saudi-pakistan/saudi-crown-prince-begins-asia-tour-with-20-billion-pakistan-investment-pledge-idUSKCN1Q604K2019-02-18
However the Taliban have put out contradictory information on what timeline the U.S. had agreed to in any potential withdrawal NegativeKABUL Acting U.S. defense secretary Patrick Shanahan arrived in Afghanistan on Monday and said it was important the Afghan government is involved in talks from which it has so far been excluded to end the 17yearold war http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-usa-shanahan/acting-pentagon-chief-lands-in-afghanistan-supports-kabul-role-in-peace-talks-idUSKCN1Q007E2019-02-11
KABUL Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday offered the Taliban the possibility of opening an office in Afghanistan but the proposal was swiftly spurned by the group that is determined to keep his government out of accelerating peace talks PositiveKABUL Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday offered the Taliban the possibility of opening an office in Afghanistan but the proposal was swiftly spurned by the group that is determined to keep his government out of accelerating peace talks http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-politics/afghan-president-offers-taliban-local-office-but-group-wants-doha-instead-idUSKCN1PZ0G52019-02-11
Khalilzad said after six days of talks with the Taliban in Doha last month the United States and the Taliban had sketched the outlines for an eventual peace accord PositiveKABUL Acting U.S. defense secretary Patrick Shanahan arrived in Afghanistan on Monday and said it was important the Afghan government is involved in talks from which it has so far been excluded to end the 17yearold war http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-usa-shanahan/acting-pentagon-chief-lands-in-afghanistan-supports-kabul-role-in-peace-talks-idUSKCN1Q007E2019-02-11
Most recently a Taliban official said no timetable had been agreed with the U.S. government for the partial withdrawal of U.S. forces NegativeKABUL Acting U.S. defense secretary Patrick Shanahan arrived in Afghanistan on Monday and said it was important the Afghan government is involved in talks from which it has so far been excluded to end the 17yearold war http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-usa-shanahan/acting-pentagon-chief-lands-in-afghanistan-supports-kabul-role-in-peace-talks-idUSKCN1Q007E2019-02-11
Of course it has given leverage to the Taliban there is no question about the official said PositiveKABUL Acting U.S. defense secretary Patrick Shanahan arrived in Afghanistan on Monday and said it was important the Afghan government is involved in talks from which it has so far been excluded to end the 17yearold war http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-usa-shanahan/acting-pentagon-chief-lands-in-afghanistan-supports-kabul-role-in-peace-talks-idUSKCN1Q007E2019-02-11
Taliban spokesman Sohail Shahin later told Reuters that the focus was international recognition of their existing site in Doha Qatar PositiveKABUL Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday offered the Taliban the possibility of opening an office in Afghanistan but the proposal was swiftly spurned by the group that is determined to keep his government out of accelerating peace talks http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-politics/afghan-president-offers-taliban-local-office-but-group-wants-doha-instead-idUSKCN1PZ0G52019-02-11
Those include the involvement of the Afghan government which the Taliban refuse to acknowledge NegativeKABUL Acting U.S. defense secretary Patrick Shanahan arrived in Afghanistan on Monday and said it was important the Afghan government is involved in talks from which it has so far been excluded to end the 17yearold war http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-usa-shanahan/acting-pentagon-chief-lands-in-afghanistan-supports-kabul-role-in-peace-talks-idUSKCN1Q007E2019-02-11
I havent seen Pakistan so serious the senior Taliban leader said NeutralPakistan Pakistan long at odds with the United States over the war in Afghanistan has begun to play a behindthescenes but central role in supporting U.S. peace talks with the Afghan Taliban including by facilitating travel to negotiations U.S. officials and Taliban sources tell Reuters http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-pakistan-exclusive/exclusive-once-spoiler-pakistan-starts-behind-scenes-aid-to-u-s-taliban-talks-idUSKCN1PX0EV2019-02-08
One of the most notable public signs of Pakistans willingness to aid the negotiations was the release of Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar PositivePakistan Pakistan long at odds with the United States over the war in Afghanistan has begun to play a behindthescenes but central role in supporting U.S. peace talks with the Afghan Taliban including by facilitating travel to negotiations U.S. officials and Taliban sources tell Reuters http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-pakistan-exclusive/exclusive-once-spoiler-pakistan-starts-behind-scenes-aid-to-u-s-taliban-talks-idUSKCN1PX0EV2019-02-08
Pakistan Pakistan long at odds with the United States over the war in Afghanistan has begun to play a behindthescenes but central role in supporting U.S. peace talks with the Afghan Taliban including by facilitating travel to negotiations U.S. officials and Taliban sources tell Reuters PositivePakistan Pakistan long at odds with the United States over the war in Afghanistan has begun to play a behindthescenes but central role in supporting U.S. peace talks with the Afghan Taliban including by facilitating travel to negotiations U.S. officials and Taliban sources tell Reuters http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-pakistan-exclusive/exclusive-once-spoiler-pakistan-starts-behind-scenes-aid-to-u-s-taliban-talks-idUSKCN1PX0EV2019-02-08
The Taliban leader who declined to be named said Pakistan had kept unprecedented on the militants and their close relatives over the past few months NegativePakistan Pakistan long at odds with the United States over the war in Afghanistan has begun to play a behindthescenes but central role in supporting U.S. peace talks with the Afghan Taliban including by facilitating travel to negotiations U.S. officials and Taliban sources tell Reuters http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-pakistan-exclusive/exclusive-once-spoiler-pakistan-starts-behind-scenes-aid-to-u-s-taliban-talks-idUSKCN1PX0EV2019-02-08
They detained Taliban members families as a way to pressure them a Taliban leader told Reuters NegativePakistan Pakistan long at odds with the United States over the war in Afghanistan has begun to play a behindthescenes but central role in supporting U.S. peace talks with the Afghan Taliban including by facilitating travel to negotiations U.S. officials and Taliban sources tell Reuters http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-pakistan-exclusive/exclusive-once-spoiler-pakistan-starts-behind-scenes-aid-to-u-s-taliban-talks-idUSKCN1PX0EV2019-02-08
They made it clear to us that we have to talk to the U.S. and Afghan the Taliban leader said PositivePakistan Pakistan long at odds with the United States over the war in Afghanistan has begun to play a behindthescenes but central role in supporting U.S. peace talks with the Afghan Taliban including by facilitating travel to negotiations U.S. officials and Taliban sources tell Reuters http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-pakistan-exclusive/exclusive-once-spoiler-pakistan-starts-behind-scenes-aid-to-u-s-taliban-talks-idUSKCN1PX0EV2019-02-08
But the presence of prominent opposition politicians will add to pressure on the government to talk to the Taliban in the search for a deal to end years of fighting PositiveMOSCOW A Taliban official said on Wednesday that no timetable had been agreed with the U.S. government for the partial withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan and that negotiations were still underway http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-afghanistan-russia-talks/afghan-taliban-no-date-yet-for-u-s-troops-drawdown-idUSKCN1PV0YZ2019-02-07
He said his administration was holding constructive talks with a number of groups including Taliban militants PositiveWASHINGTON President Donald Trump told Americans on Tuesday his administration had accelerated talks for a political settlement in Afghanistan and would be able to reduce U.S. troops there as negotiations advance to end Americas longest war http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-afghanistan/with-eye-on-afghanistan-talks-trump-vows-to-stop-endless-wars-idUSKCN1PV07M2019-02-07
MOSCOW A Taliban official said on Wednesday that no timetable had been agreed with the U.S. government for the partial withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan and that negotiations were still underway PositiveMOSCOW A Taliban official said on Wednesday that no timetable had been agreed with the U.S. government for the partial withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan and that negotiations were still underway http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-afghanistan-russia-talks/afghan-taliban-no-date-yet-for-u-s-troops-drawdown-idUSKCN1PV0YZ2019-02-07
MOSCOW The time of the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan is not fixed yet and negotiations on the issue are in progress Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai the head of the Taliban delegation to peace talks on Moscow said on Wednesday NeutralMOSCOW The time of the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan is not fixed yet and negotiations on the issue are in progress Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai the head of the Taliban delegation to peace talks on Moscow said on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-russia-talks-statements/no-deadline-for-u-s-afghan-troop-withdrawal-taliban-delegate-to-talks-idUSKCN1PV29M2019-02-07
The talks involving Taliban officials and the opposition were very former Afghan president Hamid Karzai said NegativeMOSCOW The time of the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan is not fixed yet and negotiations on the issue are in progress Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai the head of the Taliban delegation to peace talks on Moscow said on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-russia-talks-statements/no-deadline-for-u-s-afghan-troop-withdrawal-taliban-delegate-to-talks-idUSKCN1PV29M2019-02-07
Trump did not say whether he trusted Afghanistans Taliban insurgent group but said he believed they want peace PositiveWASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said it was important to keep a U.S. military presence in Iraq so that Washington can keep a close eye on Iran because Iran is a real according to a CBS interview to be broadcast on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-security-trump/trump-wants-u-s-military-in-iraq-to-watch-iran-cbs-interview-idUSKCN1PS0D02019-02-04
Analysts said Russia wants to maintain good relations with the Taliban who are fighting to restore strict Islamic rule after their 2001 ouster NeutralKABUL Russia will host the Taliban and Afghan politicians opposed to President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday Russian and Taliban sources said promoting its role of power broker in what a U.S. official called an attempt to the U.S.backed peace process http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-russia-taliban/russia-plays-power-broker-as-u-s-taliban-talks-gather-steam-idUSKCN1PP19A2019-02-01
KABUL Russia will host the Taliban and Afghan politicians opposed to President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday Russian and Taliban sources said promoting its role of power broker in what a U.S. official called an attempt to the U.S.backed peace process PositiveKABUL Russia will host the Taliban and Afghan politicians opposed to President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday Russian and Taliban sources said promoting its role of power broker in what a U.S. official called an attempt to the U.S.backed peace process http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-russia-taliban/russia-plays-power-broker-as-u-s-taliban-talks-gather-steam-idUSKCN1PP19A2019-02-01
The next round of peace talks between Khalizad and the Talibans newly appointed political leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is scheduled for Qatar on Feb PositiveKABUL Russia will host the Taliban and Afghan politicians opposed to President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday Russian and Taliban sources said promoting its role of power broker in what a U.S. official called an attempt to the U.S.backed peace process http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-russia-taliban/russia-plays-power-broker-as-u-s-taliban-talks-gather-steam-idUSKCN1PP19A2019-02-01
Thy also come as the Afghan government is struggling to recover control of districts lost to the Taliban NegativeKABUL Russia will host the Taliban and Afghan politicians opposed to President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday Russian and Taliban sources said promoting its role of power broker in what a U.S. official called an attempt to the U.S.backed peace process http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-russia-taliban/russia-plays-power-broker-as-u-s-taliban-talks-gather-steam-idUSKCN1PP19A2019-02-01
Apart from the ceasefire the Taliban did not discuss the need for talks with the Afghan government to reach a durable political settlement the U.S. official said NegativeKABUL The United States is committed to withdrawing foreign forces from Afghanistan to end more than 17 years of war a senior U.S. government official said on Monday speaking after six days of American peace talks with Afghan Taliban militants http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-afghanistan/u-s-committed-to-pulling-foreign-forces-out-of-afghanistan-official-idUSKCN1PM0UO2019-01-29
KABUL The United States is committed to withdrawing foreign forces from Afghanistan to end more than 17 years of war a senior U.S. government official said on Monday speaking after six days of American peace talks with Afghan Taliban militants PositiveKABUL The United States is committed to withdrawing foreign forces from Afghanistan to end more than 17 years of war a senior U.S. government official said on Monday speaking after six days of American peace talks with Afghan Taliban militants http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-afghanistan/u-s-committed-to-pulling-foreign-forces-out-of-afghanistan-official-idUSKCN1PM0UO2019-01-29
U.S. forces in 2001 toppled Afghanistans Taliban leaders who had harbored al Qaeda militants responsible for the Sept NegativeKABUL The United States is committed to withdrawing foreign forces from Afghanistan to end more than 17 years of war a senior U.S. government official said on Monday speaking after six days of American peace talks with Afghan Taliban militants http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-afghanistan/u-s-committed-to-pulling-foreign-forces-out-of-afghanistan-official-idUSKCN1PM0UO2019-01-29
A fresh round of talks between Khalilzad and the Taliban is expected to take place on February 25 in Doha two senior Taliban sources said PositiveKABUL U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Kabul on Sunday to try to secure cooperation from Afghanistans president after breakthroughs in peace negotiations with Taliban leaders in Qatar http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan/u-s-peace-envoy-visits-kabul-to-consult-president-on-talks-with-taliban-idUSKCN1PL0DB2019-01-28
DOHA Another round of peace talks between Afghanistans Taliban and the United States is tentatively set for Feb PositiveDOHA Another round of peace talks between Afghanistans Taliban and the United States is tentatively set for Feb http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-draft-date/next-round-of-afghanistan-talks-tentatively-set-for-feb-25-idUSKCN1PL0P82019-01-28
Despite the presence of U.S.led foreign forces training advising and assisting their Afghan counterparts the Taliban controls nearly half of Afghanistan NeutralDOHA Another round of peace talks between Afghanistans Taliban and the United States is tentatively set for Feb http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-draft-date/next-round-of-afghanistan-talks-tentatively-set-for-feb-25-idUSKCN1PL0P82019-01-28
Despite the progress on a pact violence is widely expected to continue with the Taliban mounting daily attacks against the Afghan government and its security forces NegativeKABUL U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Kabul on Sunday to try to secure cooperation from Afghanistans president after breakthroughs in peace negotiations with Taliban leaders in Qatar http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan/u-s-peace-envoy-visits-kabul-to-consult-president-on-talks-with-taliban-idUSKCN1PL0DB2019-01-28
It was not clear whether the draft described by the Taliban sources was acceptable to both sides or when it could be completed and signed NegativeKABUL U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Kabul on Sunday to try to secure cooperation from Afghanistans president after breakthroughs in peace negotiations with Taliban leaders in Qatar http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan/u-s-peace-envoy-visits-kabul-to-consult-president-on-talks-with-taliban-idUSKCN1PL0DB2019-01-28
KABUL U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Kabul on Sunday to try to secure cooperation from Afghanistans president after breakthroughs in peace negotiations with Taliban leaders in Qatar PositiveKABUL U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Kabul on Sunday to try to secure cooperation from Afghanistans president after breakthroughs in peace negotiations with Taliban leaders in Qatar http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan/u-s-peace-envoy-visits-kabul-to-consult-president-on-talks-with-taliban-idUSKCN1PL0DB2019-01-28
The Taliban also want to be part of an interim government after any ceasefire Taliban sources said PositiveKABUL U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Kabul on Sunday to try to secure cooperation from Afghanistans president after breakthroughs in peace negotiations with Taliban leaders in Qatar http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan/u-s-peace-envoy-visits-kabul-to-consult-president-on-talks-with-taliban-idUSKCN1PL0DB2019-01-28
The reported progress comes as the Taliban continues to stage neardaily attacks against the Westernbacked Afghan government and its security forces NegativeDOHA Another round of peace talks between Afghanistans Taliban and the United States is tentatively set for Feb http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-draft-date/next-round-of-afghanistan-talks-tentatively-set-for-feb-25-idUSKCN1PL0P82019-01-28
There has been no lull in fighting even as the talks intensify and the Taliban carry out neardaily attacks mainly targeting security forces government officials and civilians as human shields NegativeKABUL At least four people were killed and 90 wounded when a bombladen car blew up near a highsecurity compound in the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday officials said http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-blast/car-bomb-blast-near-high-security-compound-in-kabul-kills-four-90-wounded-idUSKCN1P81LI2019-01-15
Its very easy to get sidetracked and its easy for the Taliban to back out when it feels any one discussion doesnt serve its he said NegativeKABUL Efforts to negotiate a peace deal to end the 17year war in Afghanistan already beset by a disagreement over the agenda on Monday faced a new hurdle over the venue for the talks http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan/squabble-over-venue-latest-hurdle-in-taliban-u-s-peace-talks-idUSKCN1P80QJ2019-01-14
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid declined to confirm the date or location of the next meeting though a senior Taliban source told Reuters it could take place on Tuesday NegativeKABUL Efforts to negotiate a peace deal to end the 17year war in Afghanistan already beset by a disagreement over the agenda on Monday faced a new hurdle over the venue for the talks http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan/squabble-over-venue-latest-hurdle-in-taliban-u-s-peace-talks-idUSKCN1P80QJ2019-01-14
The Taliban this month pushed to shift the venue from Saudi Arabia to Qatar in a bid to fend off Riyadhs bid to include the Afghan government in the talks NegativeKABUL Efforts to negotiate a peace deal to end the 17year war in Afghanistan already beset by a disagreement over the agenda on Monday faced a new hurdle over the venue for the talks http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan/squabble-over-venue-latest-hurdle-in-taliban-u-s-peace-talks-idUSKCN1P80QJ2019-01-14
Washington has pushed the Gulf nations to end their dispute at a time when their support is crucial in talks with the Taliban PositiveKABUL Efforts to negotiate a peace deal to end the 17year war in Afghanistan already beset by a disagreement over the agenda on Monday faced a new hurdle over the venue for the talks http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan/squabble-over-venue-latest-hurdle-in-taliban-u-s-peace-talks-idUSKCN1P80QJ2019-01-14
Zalmay Khalilzad the U.S. special envoy for peace in Afghanistan is holding talks with regional powers and was expected to meet the Taliban in the coming days PositiveKABUL Efforts to negotiate a peace deal to end the 17year war in Afghanistan already beset by a disagreement over the agenda on Monday faced a new hurdle over the venue for the talks http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan/squabble-over-venue-latest-hurdle-in-taliban-u-s-peace-talks-idUSKCN1P80QJ2019-01-14
PESHAWAR Pakistan The Afghan Taliban said on Tuesday they had called off peace talks with U.S. officials in Qatar this week due to an agenda especially over the involvement of Afghan officials as well as a possible ceasefire and prisoner exchange NegativePESHAWAR Pakistan The Afghan Taliban said on Tuesday they had called off peace talks with U.S. officials in Qatar this week due to an agenda especially over the involvement of Afghan officials as well as a possible ceasefire and prisoner exchange http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/afghan-taliban-cancel-peace-talks-with-u-s-citing-agenda-disagreement-idUSKCN1P20BL2019-01-09
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said earlier that the two sides were still working on the technical details and were not clear on the agenda for the talks NegativePESHAWAR Pakistan The Afghan Taliban said on Tuesday they had called off peace talks with U.S. officials in Qatar this week due to an agenda especially over the involvement of Afghan officials as well as a possible ceasefire and prisoner exchange http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/afghan-taliban-cancel-peace-talks-with-u-s-citing-agenda-disagreement-idUSKCN1P20BL2019-01-09
The Taliban have rejected repeated requests from regional powers to allow Afghan officials to take part in the talks insisting that the United States is their main adversary NegativePESHAWAR Pakistan The Afghan Taliban said on Tuesday they had called off peace talks with U.S. officials in Qatar this week due to an agenda especially over the involvement of Afghan officials as well as a possible ceasefire and prisoner exchange http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/afghan-taliban-cancel-peace-talks-with-u-s-citing-agenda-disagreement-idUSKCN1P20BL2019-01-09
The U.S. ambassador to Kabul John Bass tweeted that reports of U.S.Taliban talks on Wednesday were and Taliban should talk to fellow Afghans as much as they talk to media NegativePESHAWAR Pakistan The Afghan Taliban said on Tuesday they had called off peace talks with U.S. officials in Qatar this week due to an agenda especially over the involvement of Afghan officials as well as a possible ceasefire and prisoner exchange http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/afghan-taliban-cancel-peace-talks-with-u-s-citing-agenda-disagreement-idUSKCN1P20BL2019-01-09
Another senior Taliban leader said the group had explained to Saudi Arabia that it was not possible for the Taliban to meet the Afghan government at this stage NegativePESHAWAR Pakistan The Taliban will not attend planned peace talks with the United States in Saudi Arabia this month and want to shift the venue to Qatar Taliban officials said on Sunday seeking to fend off Riyadhs push to include the Afghan government in talks http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-seek-venue-change-for-peace-talks-with-u-s-idUSKCN1P005P2019-01-07
PESHAWAR Pakistan The Taliban will not attend planned peace talks with the United States in Saudi Arabia this month and want to shift the venue to Qatar Taliban officials said on Sunday seeking to fend off Riyadhs push to include the Afghan government in talks NegativePESHAWAR Pakistan The Taliban will not attend planned peace talks with the United States in Saudi Arabia this month and want to shift the venue to Qatar Taliban officials said on Sunday seeking to fend off Riyadhs push to include the Afghan government in talks http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-seek-venue-change-for-peace-talks-with-u-s-idUSKCN1P005P2019-01-07
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed the group has decided to cancel the meeting in Saudi Arabia but did not provide information about a new meeting venue NegativePESHAWAR Pakistan The Taliban will not attend planned peace talks with the United States in Saudi Arabia this month and want to shift the venue to Qatar Taliban officials said on Sunday seeking to fend off Riyadhs push to include the Afghan government in talks http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-seek-venue-change-for-peace-talks-with-u-s-idUSKCN1P005P2019-01-07
Washington accuses Iran of trying to extend its influence in western Afghanistan by providing military training financing and weapons to the Taliban a charge Tehran denies NegativeDUBAI A close aide to Irans Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday U.S. officials had approached him during a visit he made last month to Afghanistan to request talks with Tehran Irans semiofficial Tasnim news agency reported http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-iran-usa-afghanistan/khamenei-aide-says-u-s-approached-him-in-kabul-seeking-talks-with-iran-idUSKCN1P10XW2019-01-07
As long as the Taliban want to fight we are going to said Colonel David Butler spokesman for U.S. Forces in Afghanistan NeutralKABUL The top U.S general in Afghanistan told NATO troops on Tuesday to prepare themselves to deal with positive processes or negative as peace talks between the U.S. and the Taliban to end a 17year war gain momentum http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-new-year-afghanistan-nato/top-u-s-commander-in-afghanistan-sees-peace-opportunity-in-2019-idUSKCN1OV1J82019-01-02
In their 2018 annual report the Taliban said they had successfully forced the U.S. to invite them to the negotiating table NegativeKABUL The top U.S general in Afghanistan told NATO troops on Tuesday to prepare themselves to deal with positive processes or negative as peace talks between the U.S. and the Taliban to end a 17year war gain momentum http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-new-year-afghanistan-nato/top-u-s-commander-in-afghanistan-sees-peace-opportunity-in-2019-idUSKCN1OV1J82019-01-02
KABUL The top U.S general in Afghanistan told NATO troops on Tuesday to prepare themselves to deal with positive processes or negative as peace talks between the U.S. and the Taliban to end a 17year war gain momentum NegativeKABUL The top U.S general in Afghanistan told NATO troops on Tuesday to prepare themselves to deal with positive processes or negative as peace talks between the U.S. and the Taliban to end a 17year war gain momentum http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-new-year-afghanistan-nato/top-u-s-commander-in-afghanistan-sees-peace-opportunity-in-2019-idUSKCN1OV1J82019-01-02
With the help of its allies the U.S. launched a military campaign in Afghanistan 17 years ago to topple the Taliban government following the September 2001 strikes on American cities NegativeKABUL The top U.S general in Afghanistan told NATO troops on Tuesday to prepare themselves to deal with positive processes or negative as peace talks between the U.S. and the Taliban to end a 17year war gain momentum http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-new-year-afghanistan-nato/top-u-s-commander-in-afghanistan-sees-peace-opportunity-in-2019-idUSKCN1OV1J82019-01-02
A Taliban delegation was in Tehran yesterday NeutralLONDON Iran said Taliban representatives from Afghanistan negotiated with Iranian officials in Tehran on Sunday as the Islamic Republic seeks to advance peace talks in the neighboring country to curb the influence of other Islamist groups http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-afghanistan-taliban/iran-says-afghan-taliban-arrived-in-tehran-held-peace-talks-idUSKCN1OU0B22019-01-01
Also in December Afghan forces abandoned a remote western district bordering Iran leaving the area to the Taliban after the government failed to resupply troops stationed there NegativeLONDON Iran said Taliban representatives from Afghanistan negotiated with Iranian officials in Tehran on Sunday as the Islamic Republic seeks to advance peace talks in the neighboring country to curb the influence of other Islamist groups http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-afghanistan-taliban/iran-says-afghan-taliban-arrived-in-tehran-held-peace-talks-idUSKCN1OU0B22019-01-01
As negotiations over the future of the country gather momentum the Taliban have been trying to reassure Afghans that they have nothing to fear after foreign forces leave NegativeKABUL Afghanistans neighbors caught offguard by reports of U.S. plans to withdraw thousands of troops have begun preparing for the risk that a pullout could send hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing across their borders diplomats say http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan-people/afghanistans-neighbors-fear-refugee-crisis-if-u-s-pulls-out-idUSKCN1OV1E42019-01-01
Groups Bands of Islamic State fighters have been increasingly active in Afghanistan in recent years clashing with both government and Taliban forces and alarming neighboring nations NegativeLONDON Iran said Taliban representatives from Afghanistan negotiated with Iranian officials in Tehran on Sunday as the Islamic Republic seeks to advance peace talks in the neighboring country to curb the influence of other Islamist groups http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-afghanistan-taliban/iran-says-afghan-taliban-arrived-in-tehran-held-peace-talks-idUSKCN1OU0B22019-01-01
LONDON Iran said Taliban representatives from Afghanistan negotiated with Iranian officials in Tehran on Sunday as the Islamic Republic seeks to advance peace talks in the neighboring country to curb the influence of other Islamist groups NegativeLONDON Iran said Taliban representatives from Afghanistan negotiated with Iranian officials in Tehran on Sunday as the Islamic Republic seeks to advance peace talks in the neighboring country to curb the influence of other Islamist groups http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-afghanistan-taliban/iran-says-afghan-taliban-arrived-in-tehran-held-peace-talks-idUSKCN1OU0B22019-01-01
Taliban sources said this month that they had also negotiated with the U.S. officials over proposals for a sixmonth ceasefire in Afghanistan and a future withdrawal of foreign troops NegativeLONDON Iran said Taliban representatives from Afghanistan negotiated with Iranian officials in Tehran on Sunday as the Islamic Republic seeks to advance peace talks in the neighboring country to curb the influence of other Islamist groups http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-afghanistan-taliban/iran-says-afghan-taliban-arrived-in-tehran-held-peace-talks-idUSKCN1OU0B22019-01-01





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A close aide to Ghani said the government would keep trying to establish a direct line of diplomatic communication with the Taliban PositivePakistan The Taliban have rejected Kabuls offer of talks next month in Saudi Arabia where the militants fighting to restore strict Islamic law in Afghanistan will meet U.S. officials to further peace efforts a Taliban leader said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-dismiss-afghanistans-peace-talks-offer-idUSKCN1OT0512018-12-31
But the Taliban have refused to hold formal talks with the Westernbacked Afghan government NegativePakistan The Taliban have rejected Kabuls offer of talks next month in Saudi Arabia where the militants fighting to restore strict Islamic law in Afghanistan will meet U.S. officials to further peace efforts a Taliban leader said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-dismiss-afghanistans-peace-talks-offer-idUSKCN1OT0512018-12-31
It is important that the Taliban acknowledge this fact PositivePakistan The Taliban have rejected Kabuls offer of talks next month in Saudi Arabia where the militants fighting to restore strict Islamic law in Afghanistan will meet U.S. officials to further peace efforts a Taliban leader said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-dismiss-afghanistans-peace-talks-offer-idUSKCN1OT0512018-12-31
Pakistan The Taliban have rejected Kabuls offer of talks next month in Saudi Arabia where the militants fighting to restore strict Islamic law in Afghanistan will meet U.S. officials to further peace efforts a Taliban leader said on Sunday NegativePakistan The Taliban have rejected Kabuls offer of talks next month in Saudi Arabia where the militants fighting to restore strict Islamic law in Afghanistan will meet U.S. officials to further peace efforts a Taliban leader said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-dismiss-afghanistans-peace-talks-offer-idUSKCN1OT0512018-12-31
Representatives from the Taliban the United States and regional countries met this month in the United Arab Emirates for talks to end the 17year war in Afghanistan PositivePakistan The Taliban have rejected Kabuls offer of talks next month in Saudi Arabia where the militants fighting to restore strict Islamic law in Afghanistan will meet U.S. officials to further peace efforts a Taliban leader said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-dismiss-afghanistans-peace-talks-offer-idUSKCN1OT0512018-12-31
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid also said the leaders of the group would not talk to the Afghan government NegativePakistan The Taliban have rejected Kabuls offer of talks next month in Saudi Arabia where the militants fighting to restore strict Islamic law in Afghanistan will meet U.S. officials to further peace efforts a Taliban leader said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-dismiss-afghanistans-peace-talks-offer-idUSKCN1OT0512018-12-31
All contacts and talks with the Taliban group have been with the knowledge of Afghanistans government and this process will he said NeutralDUBAI Iran has been holding talks with Afghanistans Taliban with the knowledge of the Afghan government a senior Iranian security official was quoted by the official news agency IRNA as saying on Wednesday during a visit to Kabul http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-afghanistan-taliban/iran-in-talks-with-afghan-taliban-iranian-state-media-report-idUSKCN1OP0O62018-12-26
DUBAI Iran has been holding talks with Afghanistans Taliban with the knowledge of the Afghan government a senior Iranian security official was quoted by the official news agency IRNA as saying on Wednesday during a visit to Kabul PositiveDUBAI Iran has been holding talks with Afghanistans Taliban with the knowledge of the Afghan government a senior Iranian security official was quoted by the official news agency IRNA as saying on Wednesday during a visit to Kabul http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-afghanistan-taliban/iran-in-talks-with-afghan-taliban-iranian-state-media-report-idUSKCN1OP0O62018-12-26
Earlier this month Afghan forces abandoned a remote western district bordering Iran leaving the area to the Taliban after the government failed to resupply troops stationed there NegativeDUBAI Iran has been holding talks with Afghanistans Taliban with the knowledge of the Afghan government a senior Iranian security official was quoted by the official news agency IRNA as saying on Wednesday during a visit to Kabul http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-afghanistan-taliban/iran-in-talks-with-afghan-taliban-iranian-state-media-report-idUSKCN1OP0O62018-12-26
MajorityShiite Iran has long had close ties to Shiites in neighboring Afghanistan whose militias have fought the Talibans Sunni militants NegativeDUBAI Iran has been holding talks with Afghanistans Taliban with the knowledge of the Afghan government a senior Iranian security official was quoted by the official news agency IRNA as saying on Wednesday during a visit to Kabul http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-afghanistan-taliban/iran-in-talks-with-afghan-taliban-iranian-state-media-report-idUSKCN1OP0O62018-12-26
Talks between Iran and the Taliban were held to help curb the security problems in Ali Shamkhani secretary of Irans Supreme National Security Council was quoted by IRNA as saying PositiveDUBAI Iran has been holding talks with Afghanistans Taliban with the knowledge of the Afghan government a senior Iranian security official was quoted by the official news agency IRNA as saying on Wednesday during a visit to Kabul http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-afghanistan-taliban/iran-in-talks-with-afghan-taliban-iranian-state-media-report-idUSKCN1OP0O62018-12-26
Even as diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict have intensified fighting between the Taliban and Afghan forces backed by foreign troops has not subsided NegativeKABUL Afghan authorities on Tuesday collected 43 bodies from a government compound in the capital Kabul that was targeted by a suicide bomber and extremists armed with assault rifles on Monday officials said http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-afghanistan-attack/attack-on-government-building-in-afghan-capital-leaves-43-dead-official-idUSKCN1OO07B2018-12-25
However the Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement that the group was not involved in the attack on Monday NeutralKABUL Afghan authorities on Tuesday collected 43 bodies from a government compound in the capital Kabul that was targeted by a suicide bomber and extremists armed with assault rifles on Monday officials said http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-afghanistan-attack/attack-on-government-building-in-afghan-capital-leaves-43-dead-official-idUSKCN1OO07B2018-12-25
In the north Taliban fighters killed a district police chief and kept up the pressure to seize control over parts of Faryab province on Tuesday NegativeKABUL Afghan authorities on Tuesday collected 43 bodies from a government compound in the capital Kabul that was targeted by a suicide bomber and extremists armed with assault rifles on Monday officials said http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-afghanistan-attack/attack-on-government-building-in-afghan-capital-leaves-43-dead-official-idUSKCN1OO07B2018-12-25
Ten Taliban were killed and dozens were wounded NeutralKABUL Afghan authorities on Tuesday collected 43 bodies from a government compound in the capital Kabul that was targeted by a suicide bomber and extremists armed with assault rifles on Monday officials said http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-afghanistan-attack/attack-on-government-building-in-afghan-capital-leaves-43-dead-official-idUSKCN1OO07B2018-12-25
Late last month at least 22 Afghan police were killed in a Taliban ambush in Afghanistans western province of Farah adding to the growing casualty toll on Afghan security forces NegativeWASHINGTON President Donald Trump is considering significantly drawing down troops from Afghanistan two U.S. officials told Reuters on Thursday in the latest sign his patience is thinning both with Americas longest war and overseas military interventions generally http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan-trump/u-s-considers-significant-afghanistan-troop-withdrawal-officials-idUSKCN1OJ2VN2018-12-21
However the Taliban negotiators were resisting the ceasefire proposal as they felt it would damage their cause and help U.S. and Afghan forces NegativePakistan U.S. and Taliban officials have discussed proposals for a sixmonth ceasefire in Afghanistan and a future withdrawal of foreign troops as talks aimed at setting up peace negotiations went into a second day Taliban sources said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/u-s-taliban-talks-focus-on-afghan-ceasefire-idUSKBN1OH0ME2018-12-19
In a statement issued late on Tuesday the Taliban said the talks had mainly concentrated on the U.S. Nothing about interim government ceasefire election or other internal issues has been PositivePakistan U.S. and Taliban officials have discussed proposals for a sixmonth ceasefire in Afghanistan and a future withdrawal of foreign troops as talks aimed at setting up peace negotiations went into a second day Taliban sources said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/u-s-taliban-talks-focus-on-afghan-ceasefire-idUSKBN1OH0ME2018-12-19
Pakistan U.S. and Taliban officials have discussed proposals for a sixmonth ceasefire in Afghanistan and a future withdrawal of foreign troops as talks aimed at setting up peace negotiations went into a second day Taliban sources said PositivePakistan U.S. and Taliban officials have discussed proposals for a sixmonth ceasefire in Afghanistan and a future withdrawal of foreign troops as talks aimed at setting up peace negotiations went into a second day Taliban sources said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/u-s-taliban-talks-focus-on-afghan-ceasefire-idUSKBN1OH0ME2018-12-19
As well as establishing direct contacts with the Taliban U.S. officials have stepped up efforts to win support from countries with an interest in Afghanistan including Pakistan and Saudi Arabia PositiveKABUL Afghan Taliban representatives and U.S. officials met in the United Arab Emirates on Monday amid diplomatic moves towards establishing the basis for talks to end the 17yearold war in Afghanistan http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/afghan-taliban-meet-u-s-officials-as-peace-efforts-intensify-idUSKBN1OG0862018-12-18
Diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict have intensified although the Taliban have refused to deal directly with the internationally recognized government in Kabul which it considers an illegitimate foreignimposed regime NegativeKABUL Afghan Taliban representatives and U.S. officials met in the United Arab Emirates on Monday amid diplomatic moves towards establishing the basis for talks to end the 17yearold war in Afghanistan http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/afghan-taliban-meet-u-s-officials-as-peace-efforts-intensify-idUSKBN1OG0862018-12-18
He said the meeting could take some time while senior members of the Taliban in Afghanistan said the talks would continue for three days NegativeKABUL Afghan Taliban representatives and U.S. officials met in the United Arab Emirates on Monday amid diplomatic moves towards establishing the basis for talks to end the 17yearold war in Afghanistan http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/afghan-taliban-meet-u-s-officials-as-peace-efforts-intensify-idUSKBN1OG0862018-12-18
KABUL Afghan Taliban representatives and U.S. officials met in the United Arab Emirates on Monday amid diplomatic moves towards establishing the basis for talks to end the 17yearold war in Afghanistan PositiveKABUL Afghan Taliban representatives and U.S. officials met in the United Arab Emirates on Monday amid diplomatic moves towards establishing the basis for talks to end the 17yearold war in Afghanistan http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/afghan-taliban-meet-u-s-officials-as-peace-efforts-intensify-idUSKBN1OG0862018-12-18
Taliban officials from the movements political headquarters in Qatar and two representatives sent by Mullah Yaqub elder son of the Talibans late founder Mullah Mohammad Omar will be present NegativeKABUL Afghan Taliban representatives and U.S. officials met in the United Arab Emirates on Monday amid diplomatic moves towards establishing the basis for talks to end the 17yearold war in Afghanistan http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-taliban/afghan-taliban-meet-u-s-officials-as-peace-efforts-intensify-idUSKBN1OG0862018-12-18
Major Matthew Golsteyn has admitted to shooting and killing a man in Afghanistan because he suspected he was a bombmaker for the Taliban militant group NBC News reported NegativeWASHINGTON A U.S. Army Green Beret has been charged with the murder of an Afghan man during his 2010 deployment to Afghanistan a U.S. military spokesman said on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-military-afghanistan/u-s-green-beret-charged-with-murder-of-man-in-afghanistan-idUSKBN1OD06S2018-12-15
The United States has also long accused Iran of providing weapons to Taliban militants in Afghanistan NegativeWASHINGTON The United States on Thursday displayed pieces of what it said were Iranian weapons deployed to militants in Yemen and Afghanistan a move by President Donald Trumps administration to pressure Tehran to curb its regional activities http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-iran-military/u-s-touts-new-evidence-of-iranian-weaponry-in-yemen-afghanistan-idUSKCN1NY1XL2018-11-30
GENEVA Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani has formed a 12strong team to negotiate peace with the Taliban but he warned on Wednesday that implementation of any deal will take at least five years NegativeGENEVA Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani has formed a 12strong team to negotiate peace with the Taliban but he warned on Wednesday that implementation of any deal will take at least five years http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-politics/afghan-president-forms-team-to-talk-peace-sees-five-year-process-idUSKCN1NX0ZK2018-11-29
U.S. troops arrived in Afghanistan in 2001 as part of the campaign to topple the Taliban following the Sept NegativePALM BEACH Fla http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-trump-thanksgiving-afghanistan/trump-hints-could-make-first-visit-to-afghanistan-idUSKCN1NR1SN2018-11-23
During recent days U.S. President Donald Trump has angered neighboring Pakistan which Afghan intelligence and Western military leaders have long suspected of giving succor to the Taliban NegativeKABUL Afghan authorities were struggling on Wednesday to identify the group behind a suicide bomb attack that killed at least 55 people attending a gathering of religious scholars in Kabul after the Taliban denied any responsibility http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-afghanistan-blast/afghans-try-to-identify-group-behind-attack-on-clerics-toll-climbs-to-55-idUSKCN1NQ0JO2018-11-21
KABUL Afghan authorities were struggling on Wednesday to identify the group behind a suicide bomb attack that killed at least 55 people attending a gathering of religious scholars in Kabul after the Taliban denied any responsibility NegativeKABUL Afghan authorities were struggling on Wednesday to identify the group behind a suicide bomb attack that killed at least 55 people attending a gathering of religious scholars in Kabul after the Taliban denied any responsibility http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-afghanistan-blast/afghans-try-to-identify-group-behind-attack-on-clerics-toll-climbs-to-55-idUSKCN1NQ0JO2018-11-21
Though Sunni themselves Taliban and Islamic State fighters have targeted religious scholars aligned with the Afghan government in the past NegativeKABUL Afghan authorities were struggling on Wednesday to identify the group behind a suicide bomb attack that killed at least 55 people attending a gathering of religious scholars in Kabul after the Taliban denied any responsibility http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-afghanistan-blast/afghans-try-to-identify-group-behind-attack-on-clerics-toll-climbs-to-55-idUSKCN1NQ0JO2018-11-21
KABUL The U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan hopes to cement a peace deal with Taliban insurgents by April 2019 local media reported on Sunday PositiveKABUL The U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan hopes to cement a peace deal with Taliban insurgents by April 2019 local media reported on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-us-afghanistan-taliban/u-s-envoy-hopes-for-peace-deal-with-taliban-in-2019-media-idUSKCN1NN0CL2018-11-19
No date has been announced for another round of talks but Khalilzad said the Taliban might bring additional changes to their team of negotiators NegativeKABUL The U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan hopes to cement a peace deal with Taliban insurgents by April 2019 local media reported on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-us-afghanistan-taliban/u-s-envoy-hopes-for-peace-deal-with-taliban-in-2019-media-idUSKCN1NN0CL2018-11-19
As well as the fivemember Taliban delegation Russia brought to the meeting several senior Afghan political figures including some who have clashed with Ghani in the past PositiveMOSCOW Taliban officials attended a diplomatic conference in Russia for the first time on Friday but reaffirmed their stance that they would only hold direct talks on Afghanistans future with the United States not with the Kabul government http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-attends-peace-talks-in-moscow-for-first-time-no-progress-reported-idUSKCN1NE1592018-11-10
MOSCOW Taliban officials attended a diplomatic conference in Russia for the first time on Friday but reaffirmed their stance that they would only hold direct talks on Afghanistans future with the United States not with the Kabul government PositiveMOSCOW Taliban officials attended a diplomatic conference in Russia for the first time on Friday but reaffirmed their stance that they would only hold direct talks on Afghanistans future with the United States not with the Kabul government http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-attends-peace-talks-in-moscow-for-first-time-no-progress-reported-idUSKCN1NE1592018-11-10
Shaheen also denied accusations by the U.S. military that Russia has supplied weapons to the Taliban echoing a similar denial by Moscow NegativeMOSCOW Taliban officials attended a diplomatic conference in Russia for the first time on Friday but reaffirmed their stance that they would only hold direct talks on Afghanistans future with the United States not with the Kabul government http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-attends-peace-talks-in-moscow-for-first-time-no-progress-reported-idUSKCN1NE1592018-11-10
8 to 20 to push for peace negotiations with the Afghan Taliban the State Department said on Thursday NeutralWASHINGTON U.S. special envoy for peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad will visit Afghanistan Pakistan the United Arab Emirates and Qatar from Nov http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-khalilzad/u-s-peace-envoy-to-visit-afghanistan-qatar-pakistan-uae-idUSKCN1ND2UZ2018-11-09
A statement by the U.S. embassy in Kabul about Khalilzads diplomatic tour in October did not confirm his meeting with the Taliban NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. special envoy for peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad will visit Afghanistan Pakistan the United Arab Emirates and Qatar from Nov http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-khalilzad/u-s-peace-envoy-to-visit-afghanistan-qatar-pakistan-uae-idUSKCN1ND2UZ2018-11-09
In exchange the Taliban want the Afghan government to release fighters from jails and the swift removal of foreign forces fighting alongside Afghan troops NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. special envoy for peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad will visit Afghanistan Pakistan the United Arab Emirates and Qatar from Nov http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-khalilzad/u-s-peace-envoy-to-visit-afghanistan-qatar-pakistan-uae-idUSKCN1ND2UZ2018-11-09
The Taliban are fighting the U.S.backed Kabul government to reimpose strict Islamic law and have stepped up attacks in strategic provinces NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. special envoy for peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad will visit Afghanistan Pakistan the United Arab Emirates and Qatar from Nov http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-khalilzad/u-s-peace-envoy-to-visit-afghanistan-qatar-pakistan-uae-idUSKCN1ND2UZ2018-11-09
Building Afghanistans economy also could reduce Kabuls dependence on foreign aid and put a major dent in the illicit opium trade the main revenue source of the Taliban insurgency PositiveWASHINGTON The top U.S. diplomat has granted an exception to certain U.S. sanctions that will allow the Indialed development of a port in Iran as part of a new transportation corridor designed to boost Afghanistans economy a State Department spokesman said on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-iran-nuclear-afghanistan/pompeo-allows-sanctions-exception-for-iran-port-development-idUSKCN1NB2HW2018-11-07
By improving links with markets abroad the service aims to boost prospects for the growth of the farming and carpetmaking industries while Afghanistan battles a deadly Taliban insurgency PositiveKABUL An aircraft on Tuesday flew 20 tons of pine nuts from Afghanistan to China officials said inaugurating their first air cargo link as the landlocked South Asian nation turns to overseas markets to offset its trade deficit http://www.reuters.com/places/chinahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afganistan-china-trade/plane-carries-afghan-pine-nuts-to-china-launching-air-cargo-link-idUSKCN1NB1162018-11-07
A U.S. official said the United States believes all countries should support direct dialogue between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban PositivePESHAWAR Pakistan The Afghan Taliban will join multilateral peace talks hosted by Russia on Friday senior Taliban officials said on Tuesday after the United States and Afghanistan turned down their invitations http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-russia-taliban/taliban-officials-say-they-will-attend-moscow-peace-talks-idUSKCN1NA1IZ2018-11-06
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani rejected the invitation on the grounds that talks with the Taliban should be led by the Afghan government NegativePESHAWAR Pakistan The Afghan Taliban will join multilateral peace talks hosted by Russia on Friday senior Taliban officials said on Tuesday after the United States and Afghanistan turned down their invitations http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-russia-taliban/taliban-officials-say-they-will-attend-moscow-peace-talks-idUSKCN1NA1IZ2018-11-06
But Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said they had not formally agreed to take part NegativePESHAWAR Pakistan The Afghan Taliban will join multilateral peace talks hosted by Russia on Friday senior Taliban officials said on Tuesday after the United States and Afghanistan turned down their invitations http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-russia-taliban/taliban-officials-say-they-will-attend-moscow-peace-talks-idUSKCN1NA1IZ2018-11-06
PESHAWAR Pakistan The Afghan Taliban will join multilateral peace talks hosted by Russia on Friday senior Taliban officials said on Tuesday after the United States and Afghanistan turned down their invitations PositivePESHAWAR Pakistan The Afghan Taliban will join multilateral peace talks hosted by Russia on Friday senior Taliban officials said on Tuesday after the United States and Afghanistan turned down their invitations http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-russia-taliban/taliban-officials-say-they-will-attend-moscow-peace-talks-idUSKCN1NA1IZ2018-11-06
Some Taliban said the delegation would raise their demands for a withdrawal of all foreign forces the release of all prisoners and the lifting of a ban on travel NegativePESHAWAR Pakistan The Afghan Taliban will join multilateral peace talks hosted by Russia on Friday senior Taliban officials said on Tuesday after the United States and Afghanistan turned down their invitations http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-russia-taliban/taliban-officials-say-they-will-attend-moscow-peace-talks-idUSKCN1NA1IZ2018-11-06
It will be the first time that a delegation from the Talibans political office in Doha will attend such a highlevel international the foreign ministry said PositiveMOSCOW Russia said on Saturday that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had agreed to send a group of senior politicians to peace talks in Moscow at which a delegation representing the Taliban would be present http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-russia-taliban-talks/russia-to-host-talks-with-afghan-leaders-taliban-delegation-idUSKCN1N807B2018-11-04
MOSCOW Russia said on Saturday that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had agreed to send a group of senior politicians to peace talks in Moscow at which a delegation representing the Taliban would be present PositiveMOSCOW Russia said on Saturday that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had agreed to send a group of senior politicians to peace talks in Moscow at which a delegation representing the Taliban would be present http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-russia-taliban-talks/russia-to-host-talks-with-afghan-leaders-taliban-delegation-idUSKCN1N807B2018-11-04
KABUL Russia has quietly invited a group of senior Afghan politicians to talks with the Taliban in Moscow bypassing President Ashraf Ghanis government in a move that has angered officials in Kabul who say it could muddle the U.S.backed peace process NegativeKABUL Russia has quietly invited a group of senior Afghan politicians to talks with the Taliban in Moscow bypassing President Ashraf Ghanis government in a move that has angered officials in Kabul who say it could muddle the U.S.backed peace process http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-russia-taliban/russia-reaches-out-to-afghan-leaders-for-taliban-talks-angering-kabul-idUSKCN1N71GD2018-11-03
Karzai will travel to Moscow because any opportunity for peace talks with the Taliban must not be said Mohammad Yusof Saha a spokesman for the former president NegativeKABUL Russia has quietly invited a group of senior Afghan politicians to talks with the Taliban in Moscow bypassing President Ashraf Ghanis government in a move that has angered officials in Kabul who say it could muddle the U.S.backed peace process http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-russia-taliban/russia-reaches-out-to-afghan-leaders-for-taliban-talks-angering-kabul-idUSKCN1N71GD2018-11-03
This is in fact our said a senior member of the Afghan Taliban NeutralKABUL Russia has quietly invited a group of senior Afghan politicians to talks with the Taliban in Moscow bypassing President Ashraf Ghanis government in a move that has angered officials in Kabul who say it could muddle the U.S.backed peace process http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-russia-taliban/russia-reaches-out-to-afghan-leaders-for-taliban-talks-angering-kabul-idUSKCN1N71GD2018-11-03
Bakhtawar was a major figure in battling the Taliban in the battle for the city of Farah which the militants besieged and threatened to take over in May NegativeKABUL An army helicopter crashed in southwestern Afghanistan on Wednesday killing 25 people on board including a top commander and the head of the provincial council key in fighting off a Taliban attack in May officials said http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-afghanistan-attack/afghan-army-helicopter-crash-kills-25-including-a-top-commander-idUSKCN1N50CF2018-10-31
The Taliban are seeking to remove the government and reimpose strict Islamic law after their ouster by U.S.led forces in 2001 NegativeKABUL An army helicopter crashed in southwestern Afghanistan on Wednesday killing 25 people on board including a top commander and the head of the provincial council key in fighting off a Taliban attack in May officials said http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-afghanistan-attack/afghan-army-helicopter-crash-kills-25-including-a-top-commander-idUSKCN1N50CF2018-10-31
Taliban militants have issued a series of statements telling people not to take part in what they consider a foreignimposed process and warning election centers may be attacked NegativeKABUL Afghans voted on Saturday in parliamentary elections overshadowed by chaotic organization allegations of corruption and violence that has forced a postponement of the vote in the strategic southern province of Kandahar http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-afghanistan-election/afghans-vote-amid-chaos-corruption-and-taliban-threats-idUSKCN1MT2PG2018-10-20
But a Pentagon spokesman said Washington remained committed to its strategy of maintaining heavy military pressure on the Taliban to force the insurgents to the negotiating table NegativeKANDAHAR Afghanistan General Abdul Razeq one of Afghanistans most powerful security commanders was killed on Thursday in a shooting attack by a bodyguard that dealt a severe blow to the Afghan government ahead of parliamentary elections on Saturday officials said http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-security/top-afghan-police-chief-killed-in-shooting-u-s-general-unhurt-idUSKCN1MS1WF2018-10-19
The Taliban released a picture of a young man in militarystyle uniform who they said was the attacker and Afghan officials identified him by the name of Gulbuddin NegativeKANDAHAR Afghanistan General Abdul Razeq one of Afghanistans most powerful security commanders was killed on Thursday in a shooting attack by a bodyguard that dealt a severe blow to the Afghan government ahead of parliamentary elections on Saturday officials said http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-security/top-afghan-police-chief-killed-in-shooting-u-s-general-unhurt-idUSKCN1MS1WF2018-10-19
The Taliban said they said they had targeted both Miller and Razeq who had a fearsome reputation as a ruthless foe of the Islamist insurgents in their southern Afghan heartland NegativeKANDAHAR Afghanistan General Abdul Razeq one of Afghanistans most powerful security commanders was killed on Thursday in a shooting attack by a bodyguard that dealt a severe blow to the Afghan government ahead of parliamentary elections on Saturday officials said http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-security/top-afghan-police-chief-killed-in-shooting-u-s-general-unhurt-idUSKCN1MS1WF2018-10-19
The attack underlined how precarious the situation remains in Afghanistan even after Taliban and U.S. officials have opened preliminary contacts aimed at establishing the basis for future peace talks NegativeKANDAHAR Afghanistan General Abdul Razeq one of Afghanistans most powerful security commanders was killed on Thursday in a shooting attack by a bodyguard that dealt a severe blow to the Afghan government ahead of parliamentary elections on Saturday officials said http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-security/top-afghan-police-chief-killed-in-shooting-u-s-general-unhurt-idUSKCN1MS1WF2018-10-19
The brutal police chief of Kandahar has been killed along several other a Taliban statement said NegativeKANDAHAR Afghanistan General Abdul Razeq one of Afghanistans most powerful security commanders was killed on Thursday in a shooting attack by a bodyguard that dealt a severe blow to the Afghan government ahead of parliamentary elections on Saturday officials said http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-security/top-afghan-police-chief-killed-in-shooting-u-s-general-unhurt-idUSKCN1MS1WF2018-10-19
The National Republican Senatorial Committee criticized Sinema on Tuesday for refusing to apologize for the Taliban comments NegativeWASHINGTON Republican Congresswoman Martha McSally accused her opponent in the hotly contested U.S. Senate race in Arizona Democratic U.S. Representative Kyrsten Sinema of being OK with as the two faced off in their only debate http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-arizona-treason/treason-remark-stirs-hotly-contested-senate-race-in-arizona-idUSKCN1MQ2OQ2018-10-17
India on the other hand has invested billions of dollars in economic projects and training of military officers to strengthen the Afghan government in its fight against the Taliban PositiveNEW DELHI India and China launched a program on Monday to train Afghan diplomats and Chinas ambassador said it would likely be followed by joint programs in other fields to help wartorn Afghanistan http://www.reuters.com/places/chinahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-china-afghanistan/india-china-launch-joint-training-for-afghanistan-plan-more-projects-idUSKCN1MP1KO2018-10-16
He is scheduled to visit Pakistan the United Arab Emirates Saudi Arabia and Qatar this week as he seeks to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table PositiveKABUL The Taliban on Monday directed Afghans to boycott upcoming parliamentary elections and demanded a complete withdrawal of foreign forces as the only solution to end the 17yearold war as they ramped up attacks in strategic provinces http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-urge-afghans-to-boycott-polls-reject-peace-talks-idUSKCN1MI0JQ2018-10-09
KABUL The Taliban on Monday directed Afghans to boycott upcoming parliamentary elections and demanded a complete withdrawal of foreign forces as the only solution to end the 17yearold war as they ramped up attacks in strategic provinces NegativeKABUL The Taliban on Monday directed Afghans to boycott upcoming parliamentary elections and demanded a complete withdrawal of foreign forces as the only solution to end the 17yearold war as they ramped up attacks in strategic provinces http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-urge-afghans-to-boycott-polls-reject-peace-talks-idUSKCN1MI0JQ2018-10-09
Khalilzad met President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul to discuss ways to hold Afghanled peace talks with the Taliban whose 19962001 rule was ended by U.S.led troops NegativeKABUL The Taliban on Monday directed Afghans to boycott upcoming parliamentary elections and demanded a complete withdrawal of foreign forces as the only solution to end the 17yearold war as they ramped up attacks in strategic provinces http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-urge-afghans-to-boycott-polls-reject-peace-talks-idUSKCN1MI0JQ2018-10-09
More than 30 Taliban fighters were wounded in air strikes conducted in Ghazni Kandahar Farah and Faryab provinces NegativeKABUL The Taliban on Monday directed Afghans to boycott upcoming parliamentary elections and demanded a complete withdrawal of foreign forces as the only solution to end the 17yearold war as they ramped up attacks in strategic provinces http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-urge-afghans-to-boycott-polls-reject-peace-talks-idUSKCN1MI0JQ2018-10-09
The statement from the hardline Islamic militant group coincided with the visit of top U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad who has been appointed to lead peace efforts with the Taliban NegativeKABUL The Taliban on Monday directed Afghans to boycott upcoming parliamentary elections and demanded a complete withdrawal of foreign forces as the only solution to end the 17yearold war as they ramped up attacks in strategic provinces http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-urge-afghans-to-boycott-polls-reject-peace-talks-idUSKCN1MI0JQ2018-10-09
With less than two weeks to go before the longdelayed elections the Taliban and Islamic State have stepped up attacks across the country NegativeKABUL The Taliban on Monday directed Afghans to boycott upcoming parliamentary elections and demanded a complete withdrawal of foreign forces as the only solution to end the 17yearold war as they ramped up attacks in strategic provinces http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-urge-afghans-to-boycott-polls-reject-peace-talks-idUSKCN1MI0JQ2018-10-09
Zabihullah Mujahid the Talibans main spokesman said the United States was using the elections for the sole purpose of legitimizing their presence and authority NegativeKABUL The Taliban on Monday directed Afghans to boycott upcoming parliamentary elections and demanded a complete withdrawal of foreign forces as the only solution to end the 17yearold war as they ramped up attacks in strategic provinces http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-urge-afghans-to-boycott-polls-reject-peace-talks-idUSKCN1MI0JQ2018-10-09
Abdul Raziq the Kandahar police chief said Taliban militants had mounted an attack in the Maroof district when security forces responded with an airstrike on Thursday NegativeKABUL An airstrike by security forces killed four people and wounded eight others who were part of a wedding procession in the southeast province of Kandahar officials said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-afghanistan-attack/airstrike-kills-four-wounds-eight-in-afghan-wedding-convoy-idUSKCN1MF1772018-10-05
Kandahar province on the border with Pakistan is a major center of opium cultivation and a stronghold of the Taliban NegativeKABUL An airstrike by security forces killed four people and wounded eight others who were part of a wedding procession in the southeast province of Kandahar officials said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-afghanistan-attack/airstrike-kills-four-wounds-eight-in-afghan-wedding-convoy-idUSKCN1MF1772018-10-05
Taliban insurgents often hide in civilian homes after staging attacks on government targets and use civilians as human shields to escape NegativeKABUL An airstrike by security forces killed four people and wounded eight others who were part of a wedding procession in the southeast province of Kandahar officials said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-afghanistan-attack/airstrike-kills-four-wounds-eight-in-afghan-wedding-convoy-idUSKCN1MF1772018-10-05
Under the strategy announced just over a year ago the extra troops and greatly increased air strikes against the Taliban are intended to force the insurgents to the negotiating table NeutralKABUL Afghan officials have reacted angrily to speculation that foreign military contractors could take over training and advising the Afghan armed forces following a renewed push by the founder of private military contractor Blackwater http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-afghanistan-security/afghan-government-rejects-proposals-to-privatize-war-idUSKCN1MF0IH2018-10-05
PESHAWAR Pakistan A Taliban spokesman denied on Friday that representatives met an Afghan government delegation this week after sources in the movement told Reuters that officials from both sides met in Saudi Arabia to discuss security ahead of elections next month NegativePESHAWAR Pakistan A Taliban spokesman denied on Friday that representatives met an Afghan government delegation this week after sources in the movement told Reuters that officials from both sides met in Saudi Arabia to discuss security ahead of elections next month http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-denies-meeting-afghan-officials-ahead-of-election-idUSKCN1M80MC2018-09-29
They requested us to help them conduct peaceful said one of the Taliban officials speaking on condition of anonymity NeutralPESHAWAR Pakistan A Taliban spokesman denied on Friday that representatives met an Afghan government delegation this week after sources in the movement told Reuters that officials from both sides met in Saudi Arabia to discuss security ahead of elections next month http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-denies-meeting-afghan-officials-ahead-of-election-idUSKCN1M80MC2018-09-29
No comment was available from Zabihullah Mujahid the Talibans main spokesman NegativePESHAWAR Pakistan Representatives from the Taliban met an Afghan government delegation in Saudi Arabia this week to discuss security ahead of next months parliamentary elections and a limited prisoner release three Taliban officials said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-meets-afghan-officials-in-saudi-arabia-ahead-of-election-sources-idUSKCN1M80MC2018-09-28
PESHAWAR Pakistan Representatives from the Taliban met an Afghan government delegation in Saudi Arabia this week to discuss security ahead of next months parliamentary elections and a limited prisoner release three Taliban officials said PositivePESHAWAR Pakistan Representatives from the Taliban met an Afghan government delegation in Saudi Arabia this week to discuss security ahead of next months parliamentary elections and a limited prisoner release three Taliban officials said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-meets-afghan-officials-in-saudi-arabia-ahead-of-election-sources-idUSKCN1M80MC2018-09-28
They requested us to help them conduct peaceful said one of the Taliban leaders NeutralPESHAWAR Pakistan Representatives from the Taliban met an Afghan government delegation in Saudi Arabia this week to discuss security ahead of next months parliamentary elections and a limited prisoner release three Taliban officials said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-meets-afghan-officials-in-saudi-arabia-ahead-of-election-sources-idUSKCN1M80MC2018-09-28
MOSCOW Russias Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday the Taliban was prepared to attend multilateral peace talks on Afghanistan in Moscow RIA news agency reported PositiveMOSCOW Russias Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday the Taliban was prepared to attend multilateral peace talks on Afghanistan in Moscow RIA news agency reported http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-afghanistan-taliban/russia-says-taliban-ready-to-attend-afghan-peace-talks-in-moscow-ria-idUSKCN1LZ1NY2018-09-19
The Taliban are fighting to expel foreign forces defeat the government and impose their version of Islamist rule after their 2001 ouster by U.S.led troops NegativeKABUL A helicopter carrying security forces crashed in western Afghanistan killing all five people on board including the pilot officials said on Saturday but ruled out a militant attack http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-afghanistan-accident/afghan-military-helicopter-crashes-kills-all-five-aboard-idUSKCN1LV04D2018-09-16
Im 100 percent sure there are many gay Muslims who hide themselves like I he said either becoming atheists or fighters with militant groups like the Taliban or al Qaeda NegativeLONDON Reuters Tugay Sarac was just 15 when he first talked about traveling from Germany to Syria to fight for Islamic State http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-lgbt-islam/lgbt-friendly-berlin-mosque-deradicalises-muslim-youth-idUSKCN1LS23L2018-09-12
Ghulam Mohammad Balkhi deputy spokesman for the Afghan armys 209 Corps said at least 30 Taliban fighters were killed in the joint operation NegativeKABUL A suicide bomber in Afghanistan killed about 20 people and wounded dozens on Tuesday at a gathering on the highway between the eastern city of Jalalabad and the main border crossing into neighboring Pakistan officials said http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-security/dozens-of-casualties-in-afghanistan-suicide-attack-as-violence-flares-idUSKCN1LR0W92018-09-11
PESHAWAR Pakistan The Taliban are preparing to send a delegation for further talks with U.S. officials about ending the conflict in Afghanistan two officials involved with the process said on Tuesday adding that the meeting could address a possible prisoner swap PositivePESHAWAR Pakistan The Taliban are preparing to send a delegation for further talks with U.S. officials about ending the conflict in Afghanistan two officials involved with the process said on Tuesday adding that the meeting could address a possible prisoner swap http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/afghan-taliban-prepare-for-new-peace-talks-with-u-s-sources-idUSKCN1LR0JH2018-09-11
The Taliban delegation at the planned upcoming meeting would be led by the head of the groups Qatarbased political office Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanakzai the officials said NeutralPESHAWAR Pakistan The Taliban are preparing to send a delegation for further talks with U.S. officials about ending the conflict in Afghanistan two officials involved with the process said on Tuesday adding that the meeting could address a possible prisoner swap http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/afghan-taliban-prepare-for-new-peace-talks-with-u-s-sources-idUSKCN1LR0JH2018-09-11
The two officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said Taliban leaders were meeting to discuss the makeup of the three or fourperson delegation and the subjects to be discussed NegativePESHAWAR Pakistan The Taliban are preparing to send a delegation for further talks with U.S. officials about ending the conflict in Afghanistan two officials involved with the process said on Tuesday adding that the meeting could address a possible prisoner swap http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/afghan-taliban-prepare-for-new-peace-talks-with-u-s-sources-idUSKCN1LR0JH2018-09-11
They said the Taliban would like to discuss an exchange of prisoners and could hold another meeting soon if the United States showed seriousness in talks by releasing prisoners PositivePESHAWAR Pakistan The Taliban are preparing to send a delegation for further talks with U.S. officials about ending the conflict in Afghanistan two officials involved with the process said on Tuesday adding that the meeting could address a possible prisoner swap http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/afghan-taliban-prepare-for-new-peace-talks-with-u-s-sources-idUSKCN1LR0JH2018-09-11
He welcomed talks between the government of President Ashraf Ghani and Taliban insurgents saying they needed to be supported NeutralGENEVA European countries must not rush to repatriate Afghan refugees to their increasingly insecure homeland or blame their community for isolated crimes such as recent deadly attacks in Germany and in France the top U.N. refugee official said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-aid-un/afghans-need-asylum-all-should-not-bear-blame-for-few-crimes-in-europe-u-n-idUSKCN1LQ24O2018-09-10
A U.S. official speaking on the condition of anonymity said it was unclear how much influence the Taliban officials in Doha Qatar had over the groups leadership NegativeKABUL U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Kabul on Friday to meet the new commander of NATO troops in Afghanistan and discuss progress on talks with the Taliban despite deteriorating security and turmoil within the Afghan government http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-usa/political-rows-worsening-security-greet-mattis-in-afghanistan-idUSKCN1LN0C12018-09-07
As strange as it might sound here we both view both the Taliban and the NATO alliance supporting the Afghan government view ISIS in the same Mattis said NeutralKABUL U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Kabul on Friday to meet the new commander of NATO troops in Afghanistan and discuss progress on talks with the Taliban despite deteriorating security and turmoil within the Afghan government http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-usa/political-rows-worsening-security-greet-mattis-in-afghanistan-idUSKCN1LN0C12018-09-07
At times the United States has found itself on the same side as the Taliban in opposing Islamic State in Afghanistan PositiveKABUL U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Kabul on Friday to meet the new commander of NATO troops in Afghanistan and discuss progress on talks with the Taliban despite deteriorating security and turmoil within the Afghan government http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-usa/political-rows-worsening-security-greet-mattis-in-afghanistan-idUSKCN1LN0C12018-09-07
Beijing has confirmed its backing for the Afghan defense forces struggling against a Taliban insurgency that has taken swathes of territory in recent years but it has offered few details NegativeBEIJING China will train Afghan troops on Chinese soil Afghanistans ambassador to Beijing said describing the military cooperation as an effort to fight al Qaeda and Islamic State militants bent on attacking China from its western neighbor http://www.reuters.com/places/chinahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-afghanistan/afghan-troops-to-train-in-china-ambassador-says-idUSKCN1LM1MR2018-09-07
KABUL U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Kabul on Friday to meet the new commander of NATO troops in Afghanistan and discuss progress on talks with the Taliban despite deteriorating security and turmoil within the Afghan government NegativeKABUL U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Kabul on Friday to meet the new commander of NATO troops in Afghanistan and discuss progress on talks with the Taliban despite deteriorating security and turmoil within the Afghan government http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-usa/political-rows-worsening-security-greet-mattis-in-afghanistan-idUSKCN1LN0C12018-09-07
Over the summer a top U.S. State Department official met Taliban officials in Qatar to try to lay the ground work for broader peace talks NegativeKABUL U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Kabul on Friday to meet the new commander of NATO troops in Afghanistan and discuss progress on talks with the Taliban despite deteriorating security and turmoil within the Afghan government http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-usa/political-rows-worsening-security-greet-mattis-in-afghanistan-idUSKCN1LN0C12018-09-07
Over the summer a top U.S. State Department official met Taliban officials in Qatar to try to lay the groundwork for broader peace talks Negativeprospects for peace talks with the Taliban and the countrys deteriorating security situation ahead of upcoming elections http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-afghanistan-usa/mattis-in-afghanistan-tries-fostering-reconciliation-as-security-worsens-idUSKCN1LN0C12018-09-07
Over the summer a top U.S. State Department official met Taliban officials in Qatar to try to lay the groundwork for broader peace talks Negativeprospects for peace talks with the Taliban and the countrys deteriorating security situation ahead of upcoming elections http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-usa/mattis-in-afghanistan-tries-fostering-reconciliation-as-security-worsens-idUSKCN1LN0C12018-09-07
Over the summer a top U.S. State Department official met Taliban officials in Qatar to try to lay the groundwork for broader peace talks Negativeprospects for peace talks with the Taliban and the countrys deteriorating security situation ahead of upcoming elections http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-usa/mattis-in-afghanistan-tries-fostering-reconciliation-as-security-worsens-idUSKCN1LN0C12018-09-07
Speaking with reporters prior to his arrival in Kabul Mattis said he was hopeful about peace talks with the Taliban despite the questions over Washingtons strategy in Afghanistan Negativeprospects for peace talks with the Taliban and the countrys deteriorating security situation ahead of upcoming elections http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-afghanistan-usa/mattis-in-afghanistan-tries-fostering-reconciliation-as-security-worsens-idUSKCN1LN0C12018-09-07
Speaking with reporters prior to his arrival in Kabul Mattis said he was hopeful about peace talks with the Taliban despite the questions over Washingtons strategy in Afghanistan Negativeprospects for peace talks with the Taliban and the countrys deteriorating security situation ahead of upcoming elections http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-usa/mattis-in-afghanistan-tries-fostering-reconciliation-as-security-worsens-idUSKCN1LN0C12018-09-07
Speaking with reporters prior to his arrival in Kabul Mattis said he was hopeful about peace talks with the Taliban despite the questions over Washingtons strategy in Afghanistan Negativeprospects for peace talks with the Taliban and the countrys deteriorating security situation ahead of upcoming elections http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-usa/mattis-in-afghanistan-tries-fostering-reconciliation-as-security-worsens-idUSKCN1LN0C12018-09-07
Speaking with reporters this week Mattis said he was hopeful about peace talks with the Taliban PositiveKABUL U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Kabul on Friday to meet the new commander of NATO troops in Afghanistan and discuss progress on talks with the Taliban despite deteriorating security and turmoil within the Afghan government http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-usa/political-rows-worsening-security-greet-mattis-in-afghanistan-idUSKCN1LN0C12018-09-07
The Taliban also opposes the Islamic State in Afghanistan and Mattis noted that provided rare common ground with the Western forces and the Afghan government Positiveprospects for peace talks with the Taliban and the countrys deteriorating security situation ahead of upcoming elections http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-afghanistan-usa/mattis-in-afghanistan-tries-fostering-reconciliation-as-security-worsens-idUSKCN1LN0C12018-09-07
The Taliban also opposes the Islamic State in Afghanistan and Mattis noted that provided rare common ground with the Western forces and the Afghan government Positiveprospects for peace talks with the Taliban and the countrys deteriorating security situation ahead of upcoming elections http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-usa/mattis-in-afghanistan-tries-fostering-reconciliation-as-security-worsens-idUSKCN1LN0C12018-09-07
The Taliban also opposes the Islamic State in Afghanistan and Mattis noted that provided rare common ground with the Western forces and the Afghan government Positiveprospects for peace talks with the Taliban and the countrys deteriorating security situation ahead of upcoming elections http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-usa/mattis-in-afghanistan-tries-fostering-reconciliation-as-security-worsens-idUSKCN1LN0C12018-09-07
The U.S. government has pointed toward the Taliban accepting a temporary truce in June as a sign of why the talks should be viewed with hope PositiveKABUL U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Kabul on Friday to meet the new commander of NATO troops in Afghanistan and discuss progress on talks with the Taliban despite deteriorating security and turmoil within the Afghan government http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-usa/political-rows-worsening-security-greet-mattis-in-afghanistan-idUSKCN1LN0C12018-09-07
Two insurgent commanders have told Reuters that the Taliban rejected a second ceasefire offered this month by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani NegativeKABUL U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Kabul on Friday to meet the new commander of NATO troops in Afghanistan and discuss progress on talks with the Taliban despite deteriorating security and turmoil within the Afghan government http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-usa/political-rows-worsening-security-greet-mattis-in-afghanistan-idUSKCN1LN0C12018-09-07
Two insurgent commanders have told Reuters that the Taliban rejected a second ceasefire offered this month by Ghani Negativeprospects for peace talks with the Taliban and the countrys deteriorating security situation ahead of upcoming elections http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-afghanistan-usa/mattis-in-afghanistan-tries-fostering-reconciliation-as-security-worsens-idUSKCN1LN0C12018-09-07
Two insurgent commanders have told Reuters that the Taliban rejected a second ceasefire offered this month by Ghani Negativeprospects for peace talks with the Taliban and the countrys deteriorating security situation ahead of upcoming elections http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-usa/mattis-in-afghanistan-tries-fostering-reconciliation-as-security-worsens-idUSKCN1LN0C12018-09-07
Two insurgent commanders have told Reuters that the Taliban rejected a second ceasefire offered this month by Ghani Negativeprospects for peace talks with the Taliban and the countrys deteriorating security situation ahead of upcoming elections http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-usa/mattis-in-afghanistan-tries-fostering-reconciliation-as-security-worsens-idUSKCN1LN0C12018-09-07
U.S. government has pointed towards the Taliban accepting a temporary truce in June as a sign of why the talks should be viewed with hope Positiveprospects for peace talks with the Taliban and the countrys deteriorating security situation ahead of upcoming elections http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-afghanistan-usa/mattis-in-afghanistan-tries-fostering-reconciliation-as-security-worsens-idUSKCN1LN0C12018-09-07
U.S. government has pointed towards the Taliban accepting a temporary truce in June as a sign of why the talks should be viewed with hope Positiveprospects for peace talks with the Taliban and the countrys deteriorating security situation ahead of upcoming elections http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-usa/mattis-in-afghanistan-tries-fostering-reconciliation-as-security-worsens-idUSKCN1LN0C12018-09-07
U.S. government has pointed towards the Taliban accepting a temporary truce in June as a sign of why the talks should be viewed with hope Positiveprospects for peace talks with the Taliban and the countrys deteriorating security situation ahead of upcoming elections http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-usa/mattis-in-afghanistan-tries-fostering-reconciliation-as-security-worsens-idUSKCN1LN0C12018-09-07
Ultimately any chances of peace talks with the Taliban could come to a halt because of internal political issues within the Afghan government NegativeKABUL U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Kabul on Friday to meet the new commander of NATO troops in Afghanistan and discuss progress on talks with the Taliban despite deteriorating security and turmoil within the Afghan government http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-usa/political-rows-worsening-security-greet-mattis-in-afghanistan-idUSKCN1LN0C12018-09-07
KABUL Jalaluddin Haqqani founder of the militant Haqqani network one of the most powerful and feared groups in the Afghan insurgency has died after a long illness the Taliban announced on Tuesday NegativeKABUL Jalaluddin Haqqani founder of the militant Haqqani network one of the most powerful and feared groups in the Afghan insurgency has died after a long illness the Taliban announced on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-haqqani/founder-of-militant-afghan-haqqani-network-dies-taliban-idUSKCN1LK08T2018-09-04
He was among the first U.S. troops to arrive in 2001 as part of the campaign to topple the Taliban following the Sept NeutralKABUL U.S. Army General Scott Miller assumed command of NATO forces in Afghanistan on Sunday arriving as Washington faces growing questions over its strategy to force the Taliban into talks to end the 17year conflict http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-nato/new-u-s-general-arrives-in-afghanistan-with-peace-still-distant-idUSKCN1LI06V2018-09-02
KABUL U.S. Army General Scott Miller assumed command of NATO forces in Afghanistan on Sunday arriving as Washington faces growing questions over its strategy to force the Taliban into talks to end the 17year conflict NegativeKABUL U.S. Army General Scott Miller assumed command of NATO forces in Afghanistan on Sunday arriving as Washington faces growing questions over its strategy to force the Taliban into talks to end the 17year conflict http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-nato/new-u-s-general-arrives-in-afghanistan-with-peace-still-distant-idUSKCN1LI06V2018-09-02
Washington has accepted that a purely military victory is not possible and has focused on forcing the Taliban to the negotiating table PositiveKABUL U.S. Army General Scott Miller assumed command of NATO forces in Afghanistan on Sunday arriving as Washington faces growing questions over its strategy to force the Taliban into talks to end the 17year conflict http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-nato/new-u-s-general-arrives-in-afghanistan-with-peace-still-distant-idUSKCN1LI06V2018-09-02
KABUL The Taliban urged Afghan soldiers on Thursday to attack Dutch troops serving in the NATOled Resolute Support mission in retaliation for a contest of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad planned by farright politician Geert Wilders NegativeKABUL The Taliban urged Afghan soldiers on Thursday to attack Dutch troops serving in the NATOled Resolute Support mission in retaliation for a contest of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad planned by farright politician Geert Wilders http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-netherlands-cartoon-afghanistan/afghan-taliban-urges-retaliation-over-planned-dutch-cartoon-contest-idUSKCN1LF2GM2018-08-31
Taliban fighters have no permission to clash with neighbor he said NegativeKABUL Afghanistan officials said on Monday a Tajik or Russian aircraft had bombed a northeastern Afghan border district during a clash between gunmen and Tajik border guards but officials in both Tajikistan and Russia denied that they had done so http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-attack/russia-tajikistan-deny-any-air-attack-in-afghan-border-clash-idUSKCN1LC0GR2018-08-27
According to a senior diplomat in Kabul Moscow in recent months has stepped up direct contacts with the Taliban PositiveKABUL The Taliban said on Wednesday it would send senior members to Russia for peace talks on Afghanistan hours after the Afghan government declined the offer to attend http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-russia-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-accepts-russian-invitation-to-talks-afghan-government-declines-idUSKCN1L71AK2018-08-23
KABUL The Taliban said on Wednesday it would send senior members to Russia for peace talks on Afghanistan hours after the Afghan government declined the offer to attend PositiveKABUL The Taliban said on Wednesday it would send senior members to Russia for peace talks on Afghanistan hours after the Afghan government declined the offer to attend http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-russia-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-accepts-russian-invitation-to-talks-afghan-government-declines-idUSKCN1L71AK2018-08-23
Our leaders have accepted Russias invitation to participate in Russialed peace said Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid PositiveKABUL The Taliban said on Wednesday it would send senior members to Russia for peace talks on Afghanistan hours after the Afghan government declined the offer to attend http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-russia-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-accepts-russian-invitation-to-talks-afghan-government-declines-idUSKCN1L71AK2018-08-23
WASHINGTON The United States is ready to support and facilitate direct peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday welcoming a Muslim Eid holiday ceasefire announced by President Ashraf Ghani PositiveWASHINGTON The United States is ready to support and facilitate direct peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday welcoming a Muslim Eid holiday ceasefire announced by President Ashraf Ghani http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-ceasefire-usa/pompeo-says-time-for-peace-as-afghanistan-announces-ceasefire-with-taliban-idUSKCN1L40MT2018-08-20
But the Taliban said they were in control of most of the city NeutralKABUL Afghan security forces backed by U.S. advisers and air strikes fought on Monday to drive Taliban fighters out of the flashpoint city of Ghazni where hundreds of people have been killed or wounded during four days of fighting http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-afghanistan-attack/afghanistan-forces-beef-up-defense-of-flashpoint-city-idUSKBN1KY0MY2018-08-14
He said the Afghan government controlled Ghazni Taliban forces were isolated and and Highway 1 the main route from Kabul was open NegativeKABUL Afghan security forces backed by U.S. advisers and air strikes fought on Monday to drive Taliban fighters out of the flashpoint city of Ghazni where hundreds of people have been killed or wounded during four days of fighting http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-afghanistan-attack/afghanistan-forces-beef-up-defense-of-flashpoint-city-idUSKBN1KY0MY2018-08-14
Interior Minister Wais Barmak declared the situation had improved by Monday afternoon with reinforcements pressing the citys last pocket of Taliban resistance NegativeKABUL Afghan security forces backed by U.S. advisers and air strikes fought on Monday to drive Taliban fighters out of the flashpoint city of Ghazni where hundreds of people have been killed or wounded during four days of fighting http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-afghanistan-attack/afghanistan-forces-beef-up-defense-of-flashpoint-city-idUSKBN1KY0MY2018-08-14
KABUL Afghan security forces backed by U.S. advisers and air strikes fought on Monday to drive Taliban fighters out of the flashpoint city of Ghazni where hundreds of people have been killed or wounded during four days of fighting NegativeKABUL Afghan security forces backed by U.S. advisers and air strikes fought on Monday to drive Taliban fighters out of the flashpoint city of Ghazni where hundreds of people have been killed or wounded during four days of fighting http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-afghanistan-attack/afghanistan-forces-beef-up-defense-of-flashpoint-city-idUSKBN1KY0MY2018-08-14
The fighting fueled an increasingly fevered political atmosphere ahead of Octobers election as concern grows over potential security threats from the Taliban and other armed groups NegativeKABUL Afghan security forces backed by U.S. advisers and air strikes fought on Monday to drive Taliban fighters out of the flashpoint city of Ghazni where hundreds of people have been killed or wounded during four days of fighting http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-afghanistan-attack/afghanistan-forces-beef-up-defense-of-flashpoint-city-idUSKBN1KY0MY2018-08-14
Clearly the Taliban have paid no heed to the Afghan peoples calls for them to reconcile and join the peace ODonnell said NegativeKABUL Afghan security forces backed by U.S. advisers and air strikes fought on Monday to drive Taliban fighters out of the embattled city of Ghazni where hundreds of people have been killed or wounded during four days of fighting http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-afghanistan-attack/afghanistan-sends-special-forces-to-beef-up-defense-of-threatened-city-idUSKBN1KY0MY2018-08-13
He did not say whether U.S. aircraft which had helped Afghan forces resist the initial attack on Friday had conducted any strikes against the Taliban NegativeKABUL Fighting continued around Ghazni in central Afghanistan on Saturday a day after Taliban fighters stormed the city in a stark show of force with at least 25 police and one journalist killed officials said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-afghanistan-attack/clashes-continue-as-taliban-press-afghan-city-south-of-kabul-idUSKBN1KW0DK2018-08-13
However Interior Minister Wais Barmak said the situation had improved by Monday afternoon with reinforcements pressing the citys last pocket of Taliban resistance NeutralKABUL Afghan security forces backed by U.S. advisers and air strikes fought on Monday to drive Taliban fighters out of the embattled city of Ghazni where hundreds of people have been killed or wounded during four days of fighting http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-afghanistan-attack/afghanistan-sends-special-forces-to-beef-up-defense-of-threatened-city-idUSKBN1KY0MY2018-08-13
KABUL Afghan security forces backed by U.S. advisers and air strikes fought on Monday to drive Taliban fighters out of the embattled city of Ghazni where hundreds of people have been killed or wounded during four days of fighting NegativeKABUL Afghan security forces backed by U.S. advisers and air strikes fought on Monday to drive Taliban fighters out of the embattled city of Ghazni where hundreds of people have been killed or wounded during four days of fighting http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-afghanistan-attack/afghanistan-sends-special-forces-to-beef-up-defense-of-threatened-city-idUSKBN1KY0MY2018-08-13
Officials said Taliban fighters in residential areas knocked down walls to ease movement and make the security forces task of targeting them harder NegativeKABUL Afghan security forces backed by U.S. advisers and air strikes fought on Monday to drive Taliban fighters out of the embattled city of Ghazni where hundreds of people have been killed or wounded during four days of fighting http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-afghanistan-attack/afghanistan-sends-special-forces-to-beef-up-defense-of-threatened-city-idUSKBN1KY0MY2018-08-13
That said clearing operations are ongoing and sporadic clashes with the Taliban particularly outside the city he said NegativeKABUL Afghan security forces backed by U.S. advisers and air strikes fought on Monday to drive Taliban fighters out of the embattled city of Ghazni where hundreds of people have been killed or wounded during four days of fighting http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-afghanistan-attack/afghanistan-sends-special-forces-to-beef-up-defense-of-threatened-city-idUSKBN1KY0MY2018-08-13
The Afghan government controls Ghazni he said adding there was no threat of collapse from isolated and Taliban forces with Highway 1 the main route from Kabul open NegativeKABUL Afghan security forces backed by U.S. advisers and air strikes fought on Monday to drive Taliban fighters out of the embattled city of Ghazni where hundreds of people have been killed or wounded during four days of fighting http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-afghanistan-attack/afghanistan-sends-special-forces-to-beef-up-defense-of-threatened-city-idUSKBN1KY0MY2018-08-13
The fighting fueled an increasingly fevered political atmosphere ahead of Octobers parliamentary elections as concern grows over potential security threats from the Taliban and other armed groups NegativeKABUL Afghan security forces backed by U.S. advisers and air strikes fought on Monday to drive Taliban fighters out of the embattled city of Ghazni where hundreds of people have been killed or wounded during four days of fighting http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-afghanistan-attack/afghanistan-sends-special-forces-to-beef-up-defense-of-threatened-city-idUSKBN1KY0MY2018-08-13
Tensions have grown over U.S. complaints that the Afghan Taliban militants and the Haqqani network that target American troops in Afghanistan are allowed to shelter on Pakistani soil NegativePresident Donald Trumps administration has quietly started cutting scores of Pakistani officers from coveted training and educational programs that have been a hallmark of bilateral military relations for more than a decade say http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-pakistan-usa-military-exclusive/exclusive-as-trump-cracks-down-on-pakistan-u-s-cuts-military-training-programs-idUSKBN1KV1662018-08-10
Daesh has committed many horrors in Darzab that cant be said the Talibans main spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid NegativeSHEBERGHAN Afghanistan A mother of three from a remote area of northwestern Afghanistan remembers the day the head of a local Islamic State group came to her village demanding money he said her husband had promised http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-islamic-state-rape/horrors-that-cant-be-told-afghan-women-report-islamic-state-rapes-idUSKBN1KK0WG2018-07-30
He said the talks had been held without the presence of Afghan government officials at the insistence of the Taliban NeutralPESHAWAR A meeting between a senior U.S. diplomat and Taliban representatives in Doha last week to discuss a possible ceasefire ended with very positive and a decision to hold more meetings people with knowledge of the talks said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-usa/very-positive-signals-after-u-s-taliban-talks-sources-idUSKBN1KJ0ML2018-07-30
PESHAWAR A meeting between a senior U.S. diplomat and Taliban representatives in Doha last week to discuss a possible ceasefire ended with very positive and a decision to hold more meetings people with knowledge of the talks said on Sunday PositivePESHAWAR A meeting between a senior U.S. diplomat and Taliban representatives in Doha last week to discuss a possible ceasefire ended with very positive and a decision to hold more meetings people with knowledge of the talks said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-usa/very-positive-signals-after-u-s-taliban-talks-sources-idUSKBN1KJ0ML2018-07-30
The meeting in Doha where the Taliban maintains a political office followed two earlier meetings between U.S. officials and Taliban representatives in recent months the sources said PositivePESHAWAR A meeting between a senior U.S. diplomat and Taliban representatives in Doha last week to discuss a possible ceasefire ended with very positive and a decision to hold more meetings people with knowledge of the talks said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-usa/very-positive-signals-after-u-s-taliban-talks-sources-idUSKBN1KJ0ML2018-07-30
The only demand they made was to allow their military bases in said the Taliban official NeutralPESHAWAR A meeting between a senior U.S. diplomat and Taliban representatives in Doha last week to discuss a possible ceasefire ended with very positive and a decision to hold more meetings people with knowledge of the talks said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-usa/very-positive-signals-after-u-s-taliban-talks-sources-idUSKBN1KJ0ML2018-07-30
We have held three meetings with the U.S. and we reached a conclusion to continue talks for meaningful said a second Taliban official NegativePESHAWAR A meeting between a senior U.S. diplomat and Taliban representatives in Doha last week to discuss a possible ceasefire ended with very positive and a decision to hold more meetings people with knowledge of the talks said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-usa/very-positive-signals-after-u-s-taliban-talks-sources-idUSKBN1KJ0ML2018-07-30
A Taliban statement said the attack had caused tens of casualties among the security services NeutralKABUL A Taliban suicide bomber attacked a convoy of the Afghan national intelligence agency in Kabul early on Thursday causing an unknown number of casualties officials said http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-afghanistan-attack/suicide-attack-in-kabul-targets-security-convoy-casualties-unclear-idUSKBN1KG0AM2018-07-26
Dostum backed calls for peace talks with the Taliban and thanked Afghanistans international partners for their help while calling on Afghans to register for the elections NeutralKABUL Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum narrowly escaped a suicide bomb attack at Kabul airport as he returned home on Sunday from more than a year in exile in Turkey over allegations of torturing and abusing a political rival http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-dostum/afghan-vice-president-dostum-escapes-blast-on-return-from-exile-idUSKBN1KC0IU2018-07-23
Experts said the administration also is exaggerating the closeness of the relationship between Iran and Afghanistans Taliban militants and al Qaeda by calling them coconspirators NegativeWASHINGTON The Trump administration has launched an offensive of speeches and online communications meant to foment unrest and help pressure Iran to end its nuclear program and its support of militant groups U.S. officials familiar with the matter said http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran/u-s-launches-campaign-to-erode-support-for-irans-leaders-idUSKBN1KB0UR2018-07-23
A statement from the Taliban said 28 civilians had been killed NeutralKUNDUZ Afghanistan As many as 14 people including women and children were killed in an air strike carried out during an operation by Afghan security forces near the northern city of Kunduz on Thursday officials said http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-casualties/civilians-killed-in-afghanistan-air-strike-officials-idUSKBN1K92N32018-07-19
Kunduz a key strategic target for the Taliban that briefly fell to the insurgents in 2015 has seen repeated incidents in which civilians have been killed by air strikes NegativeKUNDUZ Afghanistan As many as 14 people including women and children were killed in an air strike carried out during an operation by Afghan security forces near the northern city of Kunduz on Thursday officials said http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-casualties/civilians-killed-in-afghanistan-air-strike-officials-idUSKBN1K92N32018-07-19
The Taliban have rejected talks with the government of President Ashraf Ghani which they see as illegitimate and instead insisted they would only talk with the United States NegativeWASHINGTON The United States is unlikely to make any big shift in military strategy as a result of an ongoing assessment of the war effort in Afghanistan the top U.S. general overseeing forces in the region said on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan-military/no-big-shifts-expected-from-u-s-assessment-of-afghan-war-general-idUSKBN1K92HB2018-07-19
The remarks come amid growing speculation about moves to open talks with the Taliban following an unprecedented threeday ceasefire during last months Eid holiday NegativeWASHINGTON The United States is unlikely to make any big shift in military strategy as a result of an ongoing assessment of the war effort in Afghanistan the top U.S. general overseeing forces in the region said on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan-military/no-big-shifts-expected-from-u-s-assessment-of-afghan-war-general-idUSKBN1K92HB2018-07-19
We also need to see them continue to make efforts to compel the Taliban to come to the table and take advantage of these Votel said NegativeWASHINGTON The United States is unlikely to make any big shift in military strategy as a result of an ongoing assessment of the war effort in Afghanistan the top U.S. general overseeing forces in the region said on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-afghanistan-military/no-big-shifts-expected-from-u-s-assessment-of-afghan-war-general-idUSKBN1K92HB2018-07-19
Iran is supporting the Taliban to disrupt developmental projects in Afghanistan including water said Gul Nabi Ahmadzai the former Afghan border police chief Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-iran-water/in-parched-afghanistan-drought-sharpens-water-dispute-with-iran-idUSKBN1K702H2018-07-17
Tehran has repeatedly denied helping the Taliban Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-iran-water/in-parched-afghanistan-drought-sharpens-water-dispute-with-iran-idUSKBN1K702H2018-07-17
Americanled forces invaded Afghanistan in 2001 to overthrow the Taliban government for harboring alQaeda militants Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-usa-casualties/second-u-s-soldier-killed-in-afghanistan-in-a-week-identified-idUSKBN1K30YP2018-07-14
The United States is preparing a review of strategy in Afghanistan to examine issues including U.S. troop presence and the prospect of negotiations with the Taliban officials told Reuters Positivehttp://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-usa-casualties/second-u-s-soldier-killed-in-afghanistan-in-a-week-identified-idUSKBN1K30YP2018-07-14
A senior security official in Kabul said the Taliban were fighting to capture eight checkpoints in Badghis Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-attacks/taliban-kill-16-afghan-soldiers-kidnap-engineers-after-ceasefire-ends-idUSKBN1JI0NX2018-06-22
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the most recent attack but the Taliban are active in Badghis and have repeatedly claimed attacks against Afghan security forces there Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-attacks/taliban-kill-16-afghan-soldiers-kidnap-engineers-after-ceasefire-ends-idUSKBN1JI0NX2018-06-22
Some critics have said Ghanis ceasefire allowed the Taliban to freely enter governmentheld areas and plan attacks Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-attacks/taliban-kill-16-afghan-soldiers-kidnap-engineers-after-ceasefire-ends-idUSKBN1JI0NX2018-06-22
The Taliban fighting to reimpose strict Islamic law after their 2001 ouster resumed their campaign on Thursday after rejecting President Ashraf Ghanis request to extend their ceasefire beyond Sunday Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-attacks/taliban-kill-16-afghan-soldiers-kidnap-engineers-after-ceasefire-ends-idUSKBN1JI0NX2018-06-22
A senior Western diplomat in Kabul earlier said Ghanis decision was a bold but questioned what happens if the Taliban do not extend their halt in hostilities against government forces Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/eid-ceasefire-proved-wide-support-for-afghan-taliban-they-say-idUSKBN1JD02Z2018-06-18
KABUL The Afghan Taliban said their threeday Eid ceasefire which ends on Sunday proved the unity of their movement and its wide national as the presidential palace extended its own ceasefire with the militants by 10 days Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/eid-ceasefire-proved-wide-support-for-afghan-taliban-they-say-idUSKBN1JD02Z2018-06-18
Some have criticized his move which allowed the Taliban to flow into cities across the country though the militants said they would withdraw by sunset on Sunday Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/eid-ceasefire-proved-wide-support-for-afghan-taliban-they-say-idUSKBN1JD02Z2018-06-18
The Taliban also said the entire should realize that there are no public or secret talks taking place with the puppet Kabul Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/eid-ceasefire-proved-wide-support-for-afghan-taliban-they-say-idUSKBN1JD02Z2018-06-18
A car bomb killed at least 26 people at a gathering of Taliban and Afghan armed forces in the eastern city of Nangarhar on Saturday Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/afghan-peace-council-to-hold-news-conference-amid-eid-ceasefire-idUSKBN1JD02Z2018-06-17
A senior Western diplomat in Kabul said Ghanis decision was a bold but questioned what happens if the Taliban do not extend their unprecedented halt in hostilities against government forces Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-roaming-afghan-cities-amid-eid-euphoria-rule-out-ceasefire-extension-idUSKBN1JD02Z2018-06-17
But the Taliban said there would be no extension adding that their members were expected to leave governmentcontrolled areas before sunset Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-roaming-afghan-cities-amid-eid-euphoria-rule-out-ceasefire-extension-idUSKBN1JD02Z2018-06-17
Ghani had committed a grave by allowing Taliban fighters to enter governmentcontrolled areas said Amarullah Saleh a politician and former head of the National Directorate of Security Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-roaming-afghan-cities-amid-eid-euphoria-rule-out-ceasefire-extension-idUSKBN1JD02Z2018-06-17
KABUL Afghanistans High Peace Council will hold a news conference on Sunday amid an unprecedented Taliban ceasefire and a day after President Ashraf Ghani said he would extend a government ceasefire but set no timeframe Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/afghan-peace-council-to-hold-news-conference-amid-eid-ceasefire-idUSKBN1JD02Z2018-06-17
KABUL June 17 Afghanistans High Peace Council will hold a news conference on Sunday amid an unprecedented Taliban ceasefire and a day after President Ashraf Ghani said he would extend a government ceasefire but set no timeframe Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/afghanistan-taliban/afghan-peace-council-to-hold-news-conference-amid-eid-ceasefire-idUSL4N1TJ04S2018-06-17
KABUL Taliban militants headed into cities across Afghanistan on Sunday as they celebrated their Eid ceasefire with feasts and selfies raising questions about what happens when the ceasefire ends at midnight Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-roaming-afghan-cities-amid-eid-euphoria-rule-out-ceasefire-extension-idUSKBN1JD02Z2018-06-17
Members of parliament opposing Ghanis move said he had not consulted politicians and would be left with no recourse if the Taliban rejected his impromptu request Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-roaming-afghan-cities-amid-eid-euphoria-rule-out-ceasefire-extension-idUSKBN1JD02Z2018-06-17
Nobody has any clue how many Taliban militants are now hiding in civilian areas Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-roaming-afghan-cities-amid-eid-euphoria-rule-out-ceasefire-extension-idUSKBN1JD02Z2018-06-17
On Sunday Taliban insurgents were traveling freely with their flags and meeting civilians despite curbs imposed after the first Nangarhar attack Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-roaming-afghan-cities-amid-eid-euphoria-rule-out-ceasefire-extension-idUSKBN1JD02Z2018-06-17
The Taliban can always use a ceasefire as an opportunity to attack one Western diplomat said Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-roaming-afghan-cities-amid-eid-euphoria-rule-out-ceasefire-extension-idUSKBN1JD02Z2018-06-17
The Taliban roam huge swaths of the country and with foreign troop levels of about 15600 down from 140000 in 2014 there appears little hope of outright government victory Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-roaming-afghan-cities-amid-eid-euphoria-rule-out-ceasefire-extension-idUSKBN1JD02Z2018-06-17
The United States wants Pakistan which it accuses of harboring Afghan Taliban commanders to exert more influence on the group to bring it to the negotiating table Positivehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/afghan-peace-council-to-hold-news-conference-amid-eid-ceasefire-idUSKBN1JD02Z2018-06-17
The United States wants Pakistan which it accuses of harbouring Afghan Taliban commanders to exert more influence on the group to bring it to the negotiating table Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/afghanistan-taliban/afghan-peace-council-to-hold-news-conference-amid-eid-ceasefire-idUSL4N1TJ04S2018-06-17
The only time direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban have been held in 2015 they broke down almost immediately Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/afghan-peace-council-to-hold-news-conference-amid-eid-ceasefire-idUSKBN1JD02Z2018-06-17
UNAMA Assistance Mission in calls upon the Taliban to respond positively to the desire and yearning of the Afghan people for an end to the it said in a statement Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/afghanistan-taliban/afghan-peace-council-to-hold-news-conference-amid-eid-ceasefire-idUSL4N1TJ04S2018-06-17
A Reuters reporter in Jalalabad saw more than a dozen Taliban insurgents enjoying their food and playing with children Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-enter-afghan-capital-to-mark-eid-ceasefire-hugs-and-selfies-elsewhere-idUSKBN1JC0442018-06-16
A video showed huge crowd of people screaming and whistling as they welcomed the Taliban Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/big-hugs-and-selfies-as-afghan-soldiers-taliban-celebrate-eid-ceasefire-idUSKBN1JC0442018-06-16
KABUL Afghan soldiers and Taliban militants celebrated an unprecedented ceasefire marking the end of the Ramadan fasting season with Eid greetings handshakes big hugs and selfies Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/big-hugs-and-selfies-as-afghan-soldiers-taliban-celebrate-eid-ceasefire-idUSKBN1JC0442018-06-16
KABUL Dozens of unarmed Taliban militants entered the Afghan capital on Saturday to celebrate an unprecedented ceasefire marking the end of the Ramadan fasting season police said as elsewhere soldiers and militants exchanged hugs and selfies Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-enter-afghan-capital-to-mark-eid-ceasefire-hugs-and-selfies-elsewhere-idUSKBN1JC0442018-06-16
KABUL June 16 Afghan soldiers and Taliban militants celebrated an unprecedented ceasefire marking the end of the Ramadan fasting season with Eid greetings hand shakes and big hugs Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/afghanistan-taliban/big-hugs-as-afghan-soldiers-taliban-celebrate-unprecedented-eid-ceasefire-idUSL4N1TI0212018-06-16
Men and women gathered around the soldiers and Taliban fighters and urged them to keep their weapons at their sides before they hugged each other Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/afghanistan-taliban/big-hugs-as-afghan-soldiers-taliban-celebrate-unprecedented-eid-ceasefire-idUSL4N1TI0212018-06-16
Men and women gathered around the soldiers and Taliban fighters and urged them to keep their weapons holstered before they hugged each other Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/big-hugs-and-selfies-as-afghan-soldiers-taliban-celebrate-eid-ceasefire-idUSKBN1JC0442018-06-16
Photos circulating on social media show armed Afghan police forces standing in line at the corner of the street hugging Taliban fighters one by one Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/big-hugs-and-selfies-as-afghan-soldiers-taliban-celebrate-eid-ceasefire-idUSKBN1JC0442018-06-16
Photos on news websites showed armed police standing in line at the corner of the street hugging Taliban fighters one by one Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-enter-afghan-capital-to-mark-eid-ceasefire-hugs-and-selfies-elsewhere-idUSKBN1JC0442018-06-16
Resident Mohammad Amir said his younger brother had told him the Taliban were casually entering the city Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/big-hugs-and-selfies-as-afghan-soldiers-taliban-celebrate-eid-ceasefire-idUSKBN1JC0442018-06-16
Resolute Support said it was hopeful that the Taliban stick to their ceasefire and we hope that pause leads to dialogue and progress on Positivehttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/big-hugs-and-selfies-as-afghan-soldiers-taliban-celebrate-eid-ceasefire-idUSKBN1JC0442018-06-16
The Taliban announced a surprise threeday ceasefire over the Eid holiday except against foreign forces which overlaps an Afghan government ceasefire which lasts until Wednesday Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/afghanistan-taliban/big-hugs-as-afghan-soldiers-taliban-celebrate-unprecedented-eid-ceasefire-idUSL4N1TI0212018-06-16
The Taliban announced a surprise threeday ceasefire over the Eid holiday which began on Friday except against foreign forces Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/big-hugs-and-selfies-as-afghan-soldiers-taliban-celebrate-eid-ceasefire-idUSKBN1JC0442018-06-16
The Taliban entered Kabul through gates in the south and southeast Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-enter-afghan-capital-to-mark-eid-ceasefire-hugs-and-selfies-elsewhere-idUSKBN1JC0442018-06-16
Fazlullahs death could ease strained ties between Islamabad and Washington even as Afghanistan observes an unprecedented threeday ceasefire with the larger Afghan Taliban Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-usa-militant/afghanistan-says-pakistani-taliban-leader-killed-in-air-strike-near-border-idUSKBN1JB0Y22018-06-15
Islamabad says the Pakistani Taliban maintain sanctuaries in Afghanistan Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-usa-militant/afghanistan-says-pakistani-taliban-leader-killed-in-air-strike-near-border-idUSKBN1JB0Y22018-06-15
JALALABAD Pakistan Pakistani Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah has been killed in a U.S.Afghan air strike in Afghanistan a senior Afghan Defence Ministry official said on Friday a killing likely to ease tension between the United States and Pakistan Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-usa-militant/afghanistan-says-pakistani-taliban-leader-killed-in-air-strike-near-border-idUSKBN1JB0Y22018-06-15
Pakistan Pakistani Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah has been killed in a U.S.Afghan air strike in Afghanistan a senior Afghan Defence Ministry official said on Friday a killing likely to ease tension between the United States and Pakistan Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-usa-militant/pakistani-taliban-leader-killed-in-air-strike-in-afghanistan-near-border-idUSKBN1JB0Y22018-06-15
Pakistan is considered key to persuading Afghan Taliban leaders who Washington believes shelter on Pakistani soil to open negotiations to end the 17yearold war in Afghanistan Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-usa-militant/afghanistan-says-pakistani-taliban-leader-killed-in-air-strike-near-border-idUSKBN1JB0Y22018-06-15
The Pakistani Taliban have waged a decadelong insurgency seeking to establish a harsh interpretation of Islamic rule but most of their fighters have now fled to Afghanistan Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-usa-militant/afghanistan-says-pakistani-taliban-leader-killed-in-air-strike-near-border-idUSKBN1JB0Y22018-06-15
Washington and Kabul accuse Pakistan of harboring Afghan Taliban and the allied Haqqani network which Islamabad denies Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-usa-militant/afghanistan-says-pakistani-taliban-leader-killed-in-air-strike-near-border-idUSKBN1JB0Y22018-06-15
Akhunzada said the Taliban had established exemplary in areas they control Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-assure-afghans-of-bright-future-once-u-s-invaders-leave-idUSKBN1J90SY2018-06-13
KABUL The Taliban told American to leave Afghanistan in an announcement marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan assured the people of a bright future under Islamic rule and said it had already liberated vast of the country Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-assure-afghans-of-bright-future-once-u-s-invaders-leave-idUSKBN1J90SY2018-06-13
Resolute Support said in response it was hopeful that the Taliban stick to their ceasefire and we hope that pause leads to dialogue and progress on Positivehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-assure-afghans-of-bright-future-once-u-s-invaders-leave-idUSKBN1J90SY2018-06-13
Taliban leader Sheikh Haibatullah Akhunzada said in the statement that Afghans salvation lay in American and other occupying and repeated a call for talks with the United States Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-assure-afghans-of-bright-future-once-u-s-invaders-leave-idUSKBN1J90SY2018-06-13
A spokesman for the NATOled Resolute Support mission said the Taliban statement speaks volumes with regards to the of the Afghan air force Positivehttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-radio/afghan-taliban-decry-radio-tower-bombing-as-attack-on-free-speech-idUSKBN1J81OF2018-06-12
KABUL The Afghan Taliban denounced American occupying for attacking their Voice of Shariah Radio station in the central province of Ghazni but the United States denied the charge and said Afghan air force planes had targeted a broadcasting tower Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-radio/afghan-taliban-decry-radio-tower-bombing-as-attack-on-free-speech-idUSKBN1J81OF2018-06-12
The Mujahideen of Islamic will not show restraint regarding such evil enemy actions any the Taliban said of Sundays attack which they said involved five U.S. aircraft Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-radio/afghan-taliban-decry-radio-tower-bombing-as-attack-on-free-speech-idUSKBN1J81OF2018-06-12
KABUL June 8 Afghan security forces killed 10 Taliban militants as a ceasefire was announced by the president an official said on Friday Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/afghanistan-ceasefire/refile-afghan-forces-kill-10-taliban-as-ceasefire-is-announced-idUSL3N1TA3I32018-06-11
The clerics also recommended a ceasefire with the Taliban who are fighting to reimpose strict Islamic law after their ouster in 2001 and Ghani endorsed the recommendation Positivehttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/afghanistan-ceasefire/refile-afghan-forces-kill-10-taliban-as-ceasefire-is-announced-idUSL3N1TA3I32018-06-11
An explosion in southern Kandahar province last year blamed by security forces on the Taliban killed five UAE diplomats Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-emirates/uae-to-boost-troop-presence-in-afghanistan-for-training-officials-idUSKCN1J41E72018-06-08
BRUSSELS The United States intends to step up military operations against Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan during a temporary ceasefire between the Afghan government and the Taliban senior U.S. officials said on Friday Positivehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-military/u-s-military-operations-against-is-in-afghanistan-to-intensify-idUSKCN1J411O2018-06-08
BRUSSELS The United States intends to step up military operations against Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan during a temporary ceasefire between the Afghan government and the Taliban the top U.S. general in Afghanistan said on Friday Positivehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-military/operations-against-is-in-afghanistan-to-intensify-u-s-general-says-idUSKCN1J411O2018-06-08
If anything it will make the Taliban even stronger by giving it some breathing room and time to regroup and Kugelman said Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-military/operations-against-is-in-afghanistan-to-intensify-u-s-general-says-idUSKCN1J411O2018-06-08
In August U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled a more hawkish military approach to Afghanistan including a surge in air strikes to force the Taliban to the negotiating table Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-military/u-s-military-operations-against-is-in-afghanistan-to-intensify-idUSKCN1J411O2018-06-08
KABUL June 8 Afghan security forces killed 10 Taliban militants as a ceasefire announced by the president took effect an official said on Friday and security forces said they would respond if attacked Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/afghanistan-ceasefire/afghan-forces-kill-10-taliban-as-ceasefire-is-announced-idUSL3N1TA3I32018-06-08
Nicholson also pointed the finger at Russia for providing small scale to Taliban militants adding that there had been an increase in such activity Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-military/u-s-military-operations-against-is-in-afghanistan-to-intensify-idUSKCN1J411O2018-06-08
Nicholson said the ceasefire could free resources for operations against Islamic State but some would remain to monitor the Taliban and for force protection Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-military/operations-against-is-in-afghanistan-to-intensify-u-s-general-says-idUSKCN1J411O2018-06-08
Security officials said they would suspend operations against the Taliban in line with the ceasefire but would respond firmly if attacked Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-ceasefire/afghan-forces-kill-10-taliban-as-ceasefire-is-announced-idUSKCN1J41562018-06-08
The Taliban denied involvement Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-emirates/uae-to-boost-troop-presence-in-afghanistan-for-training-officials-idUSKCN1J41E72018-06-08
The Taliban has not yet reacted to the announcement Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-military/operations-against-is-in-afghanistan-to-intensify-u-s-general-says-idUSKCN1J411O2018-06-08
Former Afghan army general Atiqullah Amarkhel said the ceasefire would give the Taliban a chance to regroup Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-president-ceasefire/afghanistans-ghani-announces-his-first-ceasefire-with-taliban-until-june-20-idUSKCN1J30O22018-06-07
Former army general Atiqullah Amarkhel said the ceasefire would give the Taliban a chance to regroup Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-president-ceasefire/afghanistan-announces-ceasefire-with-taliban-until-june-20-idUSKCN1J30O22018-06-07
Ghani has urged ceasefires with the Taliban before but this was the first unconditional offer since he was elected in 2014 Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-president-ceasefire/afghanistan-announces-ceasefire-with-taliban-until-june-20-idUSKCN1J30O22018-06-07
He also said he doubted the Taliban would lay down arms and deny themselves the opportunity of fighting during the holy month of Ramadan in which attacks have intensified Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-president-ceasefire/afghanistans-ghani-announces-his-first-ceasefire-with-taliban-until-june-20-idUSKCN1J30O22018-06-07
He also said he doubted the Taliban would lay down their arms and deny themselves the opportunity of fighting during the holy month of Ramadan in which attacks have intensified Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-president-ceasefire/afghanistan-announces-ceasefire-with-taliban-until-june-20-idUSKCN1J30O22018-06-07
In August U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled a more hawkish military approach to Afghanistan including a surge in air strikes aimed at forcing the Taliban to the negotiating table Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-president-ceasefire/afghanistans-ghani-announces-his-first-ceasefire-with-taliban-until-june-20-idUSKCN1J30O22018-06-07
KABUL Afghan President Ashraf Ghani for the first time announced an unconditional ceasefire with the Taliban on Thursday coinciding with the end of the Muslim fasting month but excluded other militant groups such as Islamic State Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-president-ceasefire/afghanistan-announces-ceasefire-with-taliban-until-june-20-idUSKCN1J30O22018-06-07
KABUL Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced for the first time an unconditional ceasefire with the Taliban coinciding with the end of the Muslim fasting month but excluding other militant groups such as Islamic State Positivehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-president-ceasefire/afghanistans-ghani-announces-his-first-ceasefire-with-taliban-until-june-20-idUSKCN1J30O22018-06-07
U.S. President Donald Trump in August unveiled a more hawkish military approach to Afghanistan including a surge in air strikes aimed at forcing the Taliban to the negotiating table Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-president-ceasefire/afghanistan-announces-ceasefire-with-taliban-until-june-20-idUSKCN1J30O22018-06-07
The Taliban seeking to reimpose strict Islamic rule after their 2001 ouster by U.S.led forces denied involvement but blamed the American Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-blast/afghan-president-backs-suicide-bomb-fatwa-after-14-killed-idUSKCN1J10L22018-06-05
Provincial cities have also been hit as the Taliban have stepped up operations across the country since they announced the beginning of their annual spring offensive in April Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-blast/motorcycle-suicide-bomber-kills-at-least-eight-near-afghan-peace-tent-idUSKCN1J00PZ2018-06-04
The Taliban fighting to restore strict Islamic rule after their 2001 ouster at the hands of U.S.led troops denied involvement Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-blast/motorcycle-suicide-bomber-kills-at-least-eight-near-afghan-peace-tent-idUSKCN1J00PZ2018-06-04
Boyle said a fourth child had been murdered and his spouse raped after their capture by the Talibanallied Haqqani network Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-canada-boyle-arrest/former-taliban-hostage-facing-criminal-charges-in-canada-granted-bail-report-idUSKCN1IX62O2018-06-02
OTTAWA Former Taliban hostage Joshua Boyle who is facing criminal charges in Canada related to incidents after his release from captivity was granted bail by an Ontario court on Friday local media reported Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-canada-boyle-arrest/former-taliban-hostage-facing-criminal-charges-in-canada-granted-bail-report-idUSKCN1IX62O2018-06-02
The Taliban denied the accusations of rape and murder Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-canada-boyle-arrest/former-taliban-hostage-facing-criminal-charges-in-canada-granted-bail-report-idUSKCN1IX62O2018-06-02
KABUL More than 50 senior Taliban commanders were killed in an artillery strike on a meeting in Afghanistans southern province of Helmand a U.S. military spokesman said on Wednesday as fighting continues across the country Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/rocket-strike-kills-50-afghan-taliban-leaders-u-s-military-says-idUSKCN1IV0NS2018-05-30
The Taliban dismissed the report as and said the attack had hit two civilian houses in Musa Qala killing five civilians and wounding three Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/rocket-strike-kills-50-afghan-taliban-leaders-u-s-military-says-idUSKCN1IV0NS2018-05-30
The Taliban have threatened to attack voter registration centers Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-blast/militants-attack-afghan-ministry-with-bomb-grenades-and-gunfire-idUSKCN1IV0UN2018-05-30
The U.S. military said the May 24 meeting involved commanders from different Afghan provinces including neighboring Farah where Taliban fighters briefly threatened to overrun the provincial capital this month Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/rocket-strike-kills-50-afghan-taliban-leaders-u-s-military-says-idUSKCN1IV0NS2018-05-30
Arif Noori spokesman for the provincial governor said a large Taliban force attacked government positions in five districts of the province late on Monday with fighting continuing until dawn Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-blast/heavy-casualties-as-blast-rocks-afghan-city-of-kandahar-idUSKCN1IN0W12018-05-22
Kandahar province on the border with Pakistan is a major center of opium cultivation and a stronghold of the Taliban but the city has recently been relatively secure Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-blast/heavy-casualties-as-blast-rocks-afghan-city-of-kandahar-idUSKCN1IN0W12018-05-22
Tuesdays explosion came as the Taliban pushed ahead with their spring offensive launched last month with fighting in several areas of the country Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-blast/heavy-casualties-as-blast-rocks-afghan-city-of-kandahar-idUSKCN1IN0W12018-05-22
Building Afghanistans economy would also slash Kabuls dependence on foreign aid and put a major dent in the illicit opium trade the Talibans main revenue source Positivehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-afghanistan-analysis/u-s-sanctions-on-iran-threaten-vital-afghanistan-trade-project-idUSKCN1IL04G2018-05-20
Some 17 years after the U.S.led invasion to oust the Taliban from power Afghanistan remains one of the worlds poorest countries highly dependent on foreign aid Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-afghanistan-analysis/u-s-sanctions-on-iran-threaten-vital-afghanistan-trade-project-idUSKCN1IL04G2018-05-20
A number of Taliban clashed with Afghan forces in different parts of the said Fazel Ahmad Sherzad the citys police chief Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-battle-afghan-government-forces-in-western-city-near-iran-idUSKCN1II0OQ2018-05-17
LASHKAR GAH Afghanistan Taliban fighters battled police and troops in the western city of Farah overnight officials said on Thursday as security forces struggled to regain control of a city that has been under growing pressure from the militants for months Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-battle-afghan-government-forces-in-western-city-near-iran-idUSKCN1II0OQ2018-05-17
Remote and sparsely populated Farah has seen heavy fighting for months with Taliban forces inflicting heavy casualties on the police and army and even on elite special forces units Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-battle-afghan-government-forces-in-western-city-near-iran-idUSKCN1II0OQ2018-05-17
WASHINGTON The U.S. Air Force apologized on Thursday and withdrew a tweet that sought to find humor in killing Taliban militants in Afghanistan by invoking a viral Internet debate about whether an audio file says the words or Yanny Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-usa-afghanistan-yannylaurel/u-s-air-force-apologizes-for-yanny-laurel-tweet-about-afghan-war-idUSKCN1II2Q12018-05-17
Although U.S. commanders have been relatively upbeat about improvements in the performance of Afghan forces the Taliban appear to have made significant gains this year Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-battle-into-west-afghan-city-in-new-crisis-for-government-idUSKCN1IG0KY2018-05-15
Fortunately special forces and commandos are in the city and there is no danger of it he said adding that the Afghan air force was attacking Taliban positions Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-battle-into-west-afghan-city-in-new-crisis-for-government-idUSKCN1IG0KY2018-05-15
HERAT Afghanistan Taliban fighters with heavy weapons and nightvision equipment fought their way close to the center of the western city of Farah on Tuesday as Afghan government forces battled to keep control officials and residents said Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-battle-into-west-afghan-city-in-new-crisis-for-government-idUSKCN1IG0KY2018-05-15
Mujahideen have nothing to do with civilians only military positions are the he said referring to Taliban fighters Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-battle-into-west-afghan-city-in-new-crisis-for-government-idUSKCN1IG0KY2018-05-15
Qari Yousuf Ahmadi a spokesman for the Taliban issued a statement warning civilians to remain in their houses Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-battle-into-west-afghan-city-in-new-crisis-for-government-idUSKCN1IG0KY2018-05-15
Residents said Taliban forces began their attack at around 2 Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-battle-into-west-afghan-city-in-new-crisis-for-government-idUSKCN1IG0KY2018-05-15
The Taliban are well equipped with heavy arms and night vision equipment Positivehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/taliban-battle-into-west-afghan-city-in-new-crisis-for-government-idUSKCN1IG0KY2018-05-15
In his White House speech Trump condemned Irans sinister including backing for groups like Hezbollah Hamas the Taliban and alQaeda charges Tehran has denied Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-gulf-reaction/gulf-arab-allies-tout-triumph-over-iran-after-u-s-quits-iran-deal-idUSKBN1I93CU2018-05-09
KABUL Afghanistans poverty rate has worsened sharply over the past five years as the economy has stalled and the Taliban insurgency has spread with more than half the population living on less than a dollar a day a survey published on Monday showed Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/finance/markets/article/us-afghanistan-economy/afghanistans-poverty-rate-rises-as-economy-suffers-idUSKBN1I818X2018-05-07
However Mondays attack was the most serious one on the media since 2016 when seven workers for Tolo News were killed in an attack claimed by the Taliban Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-blast/twin-blasts-in-afghan-capital-kill-at-least-25-including-eight-journalists-idUSKBN1I10692018-04-30
Mondays attack was the most serious on the Afghan media since 2016 when seven workers for Tolo News were killed in an attack claimed by the Taliban Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-blast/twin-blasts-in-afghan-capital-kill-at-least-26-including-nine-journalists-idUSKBN1I10692018-04-30
Fearing for her life after Taliban threats Popal fled counting herself one of the luckiest women in my that she escaped being shot like many womens rights activists Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-soccer-women-mexico/afghan-football-star-helps-mexican-streetkids-score-world-cup-goal-idUSKBN1HI1K22018-04-11
Three years earlier 15 people were killed in a bombing by the Pakistani Taliban outside a polio vaccination center in Baluchistan Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/news/health/article/us-pakistan-polio/pakistan-launches-countrywide-polio-eradication-drive-idUSKBN1HG22Z2018-04-09
By cutting off the Talibans economic lifelines we also reduce their ability to continue these terrorist said MajorGeneral James Hecker Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-drugs/u-s-afghan-forces-expand-air-strikes-on-taliban-drug-labs-idUSKBN1HF0HQ2018-04-08
Calling strikes on drug labs the theater of Mansfield said the risk of civilian deaths may be greater than potential benefits of curbing Taliban revenues Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-drugs/u-s-afghan-forces-expand-air-strikes-on-taliban-drug-labs-idUSKBN1HF0HQ2018-04-08
Drug processing and taxation generate million annually for the Taliban U.S. ForcesAfghanistan estimates Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-drugs/u-s-afghan-forces-expand-air-strikes-on-taliban-drug-labs-idUSKBN1HF0HQ2018-04-08
KABUL American and Afghan forces have expanded their air strikes against drug labs into western Afghanistan aiming to choke Taliban revenue Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-drugs/u-s-afghan-forces-expand-air-strikes-on-taliban-drug-labs-idUSKBN1HF0HQ2018-04-08
KABUL Afghanistan forces killed an Islamic State commander in an air strike one year after he defected from the Taliban and established a new IS foothold within the country security officials said Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-islamic-state/afghan-air-strike-kills-islamic-state-commander-idUSKBN1HE0JM2018-04-07
The militant group established a new foothold in the province last year when Hekmat defected from the Taliban attracting the attention of U.S. forces Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-islamic-state/afghan-air-strike-kills-islamic-state-commander-idUSKBN1HE0JM2018-04-07
ISLAMABAD Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai says she has pined for her home in Pakistans picturesque Swat Valley even as she recalled two years living in fear under the Talibans harsh interpretation of Islamic law Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-pakistan-malala/ive-never-been-so-happy-nobel-winner-malala-in-pakistan-idUSKBN1H61H82018-03-31
MINGORA Pakistan In the Pakistani hometown of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai reminders are frequent of the daughter of scenic northwestern Swat Valley who survived a gun attack and so are memories of harsh rule by the Taliban Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-pakistan-malala-education/joy-in-nobel-winner-malalas-hometown-though-some-pakistanis-decry-her-idUSKBN1H61O22018-03-31
LASHKAR GAH Afghanistan Last week the Afghan air force dropped its first laserguided missile on a Taliban compound in Farah the western Afghan province that has seen increasing fighting since the beginning of the year Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/as-afghan-forces-squeeze-in-helmand-taliban-focus-shifts-idUSKBN1H60IQ2018-03-30
The US ambassador to Afghanistan Robert Bass told the BBC this month that Iran was providing logistical support to the Taliban an accusation rejected by Tehran Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/as-afghan-forces-squeeze-in-helmand-taliban-focus-shifts-idUSKBN1H60IQ2018-03-30
Thousands of young people are jobless they either join the Taliban or cross the border to Iran to find a living Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/as-afghan-forces-squeeze-in-helmand-taliban-focus-shifts-idUSKBN1H60IQ2018-03-30
ISLAMABAD Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai broke down in tears during an emotional return to her native Pakistan on Thursday six years after she was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen for advocating greater education of girls Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-pakistan-malala/nobel-winner-malala-in-tears-on-emotional-return-to-pakistan-idUSKBN1H503U2018-03-29
ISLAMABAD Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai returned to her native Pakistan on Thursday six years after she was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen for advocating greater education of girls Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-pakistan-malala/nobel-winner-malala-returns-to-pakistan-for-first-time-since-being-shot-idUSKBN1H503U2018-03-29
The Taliban also accused her of promoting Western values in Swat which is a staunchly conservative parts of the mainlyMuslim nation Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-pakistan-malala/nobel-winner-malala-in-tears-on-emotional-return-to-pakistan-idUSKBN1H503U2018-03-29
In Afghanistan Trumps top commander on the ground accused Russia again last week of arming Taliban militants Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-usa-trump-russia-analysis/before-expulsions-a-brick-by-brick-hardening-of-u-s-stance-toward-russia-idUSKBN1H232D2018-03-27
KABUL Russia has rejected comments by NATOs top commander in Afghanistan that it has been supporting and even supplying weapons to the Taliban in a clash of words that underlines growing tension over Moscows involvement in the conflict Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-russia/russia-denies-aiding-afghan-taliban-in-wake-of-u-s-generals-comments-idUSKBN1H10642018-03-25
Taliban officials have told Reuters that the group has had significant contacts with Moscow since at least 2007 adding that Russian involvement did not extend beyond moral and political Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-russia/russia-denies-aiding-afghan-taliban-in-wake-of-u-s-generals-comments-idUSKBN1H10642018-03-25
The Pentagon said Mattis and the crown prince also discussed Afghanistan and Riyadh was willing to help members of the Taliban and their families who were interested in reconciliation efforts Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-usa-saudi-pentagon/mattis-tells-saudi-leader-of-urgent-need-to-find-end-to-yemen-war-idUSKBN1GY2132018-03-22
The United States has said it is seeing signs of interest from elements of Afghanistans Taliban insurgency about talks with Kabul to end the more than 16yearold war Positivehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-usa-saudi-pentagon/mattis-tells-saudi-leader-of-urgent-need-to-find-end-to-yemen-war-idUSKBN1GY2132018-03-22
The Taliban issued a statement denying any connection Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-blast/suicide-bomber-kills-at-least-29-near-shrine-in-afghan-capital-idUSKBN1GX0NZ2018-03-21
BEIJING China and the European Union believe the Taliban should seize Afghan President Ashraf offer to recognize the movement as a legitimate political group the special envoy to Afghanistan said on Wednesday Positivehttp://www.reuters.com/places/chinahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-afghanistan-eu/eu-china-urge-taliban-to-seize-offer-for-talks-eu-ambassador-idUSKCN1GQ1DP2018-03-14
China has worked with Pakistan and the United States to broker peace talks to end the conflict that has raged since the Taliban were ousted by USbacked forces in 2001 Positivehttp://www.reuters.com/places/chinahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-afghanistan-eu/eu-china-urge-taliban-to-seize-offer-for-talks-eu-ambassador-idUSKCN1GQ1DP2018-03-14
Kobia added that China had various contacts with the Taliban but he was not aware of the details Positivehttp://www.reuters.com/places/chinahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-afghanistan-eu/eu-china-urge-taliban-to-seize-offer-for-talks-eu-ambassador-idUSKCN1GQ1DP2018-03-14
The Pakistani Taliban leadership have fled to neighbouring Afghanistan from where Islamabad alleges they plan and execute terrorist attacks inside Pakistan Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-pakistan-blast/suicide-blast-targeting-police-kills-seven-in-eastern-pakistani-city-of-lahore-idUSKCN1GQ2OD2018-03-14
We as the EU very much hope that the Taliban will respond to that offer to start Kobia said Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/chinahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-afghanistan-eu/eu-china-urge-taliban-to-seize-offer-for-talks-eu-ambassador-idUSKCN1GQ1DP2018-03-14
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani offered talks without preconditions with the Taliban insurgents last month in what was seen by US officials as a major overture from Kabul Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-usa/u-s-picking-up-taliban-interest-in-afghan-peace-talks-mattis-idUSKCN1GP0EL2018-03-13
Asked whether the United States would be willing to talk directly with the Taliban Mattis reiterated the US position that the talks should be led by Kabul Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-usa/u-s-picking-up-taliban-interest-in-afghan-peace-talks-mattis-idUSKCN1GP0EL2018-03-13
However Taliban fighters control large parts of the country the Kabul government itself is deeply divided and thousands of Afghan soldiers and civilians are killed every year Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-usa/u-s-picking-up-taliban-interest-in-afghan-peace-talks-mattis-idUSKCN1GP0EL2018-03-13
KABUL The United States is picking up signs of interest from Taliban elements in exploring the possibility of talks with Kabul to end the more than 16yearold war US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday as he made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-usa/u-s-picking-up-taliban-interest-in-afghan-peace-talks-mattis-idUSKCN1GP0EL2018-03-13
Mattis said the goal was to convince the Taliban insurgents that they could not win which would hopefully push them towards reconciliation Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-usa/u-s-picking-up-taliban-interest-in-afghan-peace-talks-mattis-idUSKCN1GP0EL2018-03-13
The United States has in the past also expressed hope ofpeeling elements of the Taliban and it was unclear how this new effort might be different Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-usa/u-s-picking-up-taliban-interest-in-afghan-peace-talks-mattis-idUSKCN1GP0EL2018-03-13
had some groups of Taliban small groups who have either started to come over or expressed an interest in Mattis said Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-usa/u-s-picking-up-taliban-interest-in-afghan-peace-talks-mattis-idUSKCN1GP0EL2018-03-13
Ghani in February offered recognition of the Taliban as a legitimate political group as part of a proposed process he said could lead to talks NegativeTASHKENT The Taliban is likely to miss an Afghan peace conference at which participants are set to call for direct talks between the militant group and the government of President Ashraf Ghani the foreign ministry in Uzbekistan said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-uzbekistan-afghanistan-conference/taliban-likely-to-miss-afghan-peace-meeting-says-host-uzbekistan-idUSKCN1GO1VF2018-03-12
TASHKENT The Taliban is likely to miss an Afghan peace conference at which participants are set to call for direct talks between the militant group and the government of President Ashraf Ghani the foreign ministry in Uzbekistan said on Monday NegativeTASHKENT The Taliban is likely to miss an Afghan peace conference at which participants are set to call for direct talks between the militant group and the government of President Ashraf Ghani the foreign ministry in Uzbekistan said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-uzbekistan-afghanistan-conference/taliban-likely-to-miss-afghan-peace-meeting-says-host-uzbekistan-idUSKCN1GO1VF2018-03-12
The Taliban urged Washington last month to begin talks to end almost 17 years of war in Afghanistan which suggests they want to explore dialogue NegativeTASHKENT The Taliban is likely to miss an Afghan peace conference at which participants are set to call for direct talks between the militant group and the government of President Ashraf Ghani the foreign ministry in Uzbekistan said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-uzbekistan-afghanistan-conference/taliban-likely-to-miss-afghan-peace-meeting-says-host-uzbekistan-idUSKCN1GO1VF2018-03-12
Although Pakistani Taliban militants still unleash attacks the group has lost control of all territory in Pakistan since its Dec NegativeWASHINGTON The United States on Thursday said it was offering a reward for information on Mullah Fazlullah the chief of the Pakistani Taliban militant group that has waged a decadelong insurgency in the South Asian nation http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-pakistan-militants/u-s-offers-5-million-bounty-for-pakistani-taliban-militant-leader-idUSKCN1GK30J2018-03-09
In January US President Donald Trump suspended security assistance of around billion to Pakistan saying it had failed to crack down on the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani network NegativeWASHINGTON The United States on Thursday said it was offering a reward for information on Mullah Fazlullah the chief of the Pakistani Taliban militant group that has waged a decadelong insurgency in the South Asian nation http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-pakistan-militants/u-s-offers-5-million-bounty-for-pakistani-taliban-militant-leader-idUSKCN1GK30J2018-03-09
Islamabad says the Pakistani Taliban maintain sanctuaries in neighboring Afghanistan NegativeWASHINGTON The United States on Thursday said it was offering a reward for information on Mullah Fazlullah the chief of the Pakistani Taliban militant group that has waged a decadelong insurgency in the South Asian nation http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-pakistan-militants/u-s-offers-5-million-bounty-for-pakistani-taliban-militant-leader-idUSKCN1GK30J2018-03-09
WASHINGTON The United States on Thursday said it was offering a reward for information on Mullah Fazlullah the chief of the Pakistani Taliban militant group that has waged a decadelong insurgency in the South Asian nation NegativeWASHINGTON The United States on Thursday said it was offering a reward for information on Mullah Fazlullah the chief of the Pakistani Taliban militant group that has waged a decadelong insurgency in the South Asian nation http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-pakistan-militants/u-s-offers-5-million-bounty-for-pakistani-taliban-militant-leader-idUSKCN1GK30J2018-03-09
Washington and Kabul accuse Pakistan of harboring Afghan Taliban and fighters of the allied Haqqani network which Islamabad denies NegativeWASHINGTON The United States on Thursday said it was offering a reward for information on Mullah Fazlullah the chief of the Pakistani Taliban militant group that has waged a decadelong insurgency in the South Asian nation http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-pakistan-militants/u-s-offers-5-million-bounty-for-pakistani-taliban-militant-leader-idUSKCN1GK30J2018-03-09
In return for offer the Taliban would have to recognize the Afghan government and respect the rule of law he said NegativeKABUL Afghan President Ashraf Ghani offered recognition of the Taliban as a legitimate political group on Wednesday as part of a proposed political process that he said could lead to talks aimed at ending more than 16 years of war http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/afghanistans-ghani-offers-talks-with-taliban-without-preconditions-idUSKCN1GC0J02018-02-28
KABUL Afghan President Ashraf Ghani offered recognition of the Taliban as a legitimate political group on Wednesday as part of a proposed political process that he said could lead to talks aimed at ending more than 16 years of war NegativeKABUL Afghan President Ashraf Ghani offered recognition of the Taliban as a legitimate political group on Wednesday as part of a proposed political process that he said could lead to talks aimed at ending more than 16 years of war http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/afghanistans-ghani-offers-talks-with-taliban-without-preconditions-idUSKCN1GC0J02018-02-28
The Taliban show awareness of these contextual shifts and seem to be engaged in a debate on the implications of acts of violence for their he said NegativeKABUL Afghan President Ashraf Ghani offered recognition of the Taliban as a legitimate political group on Wednesday as part of a proposed political process that he said could lead to talks aimed at ending more than 16 years of war http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/afghanistans-ghani-offers-talks-with-taliban-without-preconditions-idUSKCN1GC0J02018-02-28
While the US military says the strategy has hit the Taliban hard they still control or contest much of the country and continue to inflict severe casualties on Afghan forces NeutralKABUL Afghan President Ashraf Ghani offered recognition of the Taliban as a legitimate political group on Wednesday as part of a proposed political process that he said could lead to talks aimed at ending more than 16 years of war http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/afghanistans-ghani-offers-talks-with-taliban-without-preconditions-idUSKCN1GC0J02018-02-28
KABUL The Taliban urged the United States on Monday to begin talks to end almost 17 years of war in Afghanistan adding to a series of signals that suggest a greater willingness to explore options for dialogue PositiveKABUL The Taliban urged the United States on Monday to begin talks to end almost 17 years of war in Afghanistan adding to a series of signals that suggest a greater willingness to explore options for dialogue http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/afghan-taliban-renew-call-for-dialogue-with-u-s-to-end-war-idUSKCN1GA27X2018-02-26
Less than two weeks ago the Taliban issued a statement saying they preferred to solve the Afghan issue through peaceful NegativeKABUL The Taliban urged the United States on Monday to begin talks to end almost 17 years of war in Afghanistan adding to a series of signals that suggest a greater willingness to explore options for dialogue http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/afghan-taliban-renew-call-for-dialogue-with-u-s-to-end-war-idUSKCN1GA27X2018-02-26
US officials say the only option for an end to the war is a negotiated settlement between the Taliban and the Afghan government NegativeKABUL The Taliban urged the United States on Monday to begin talks to end almost 17 years of war in Afghanistan adding to a series of signals that suggest a greater willingness to explore options for dialogue http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/afghan-taliban-renew-call-for-dialogue-with-u-s-to-end-war-idUSKCN1GA27X2018-02-26
Pakistan rejects accusations that it sponsors Taliban militants fighting US forces in neighboring Afghanistan and says it is doing all it can to combat militancy NegativeISLAMABAD A global moneylaundering watchdog has decided to place Pakistan back on its terrorist financing watchlist a government official and a diplomat said on Friday in a likely blow to economy and its strained relations with the United States http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-pakistan-militants-financing/global-watchdog-to-put-pakistan-back-on-terrorist-financing-watchlist-sources-idUSKCN1G70X72018-02-23
MOSCOW The Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday accused Washington of ignoring its offer to broker direct talks between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban the Interfax news agency reported NegativeMOSCOW The Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday accused Washington of ignoring its offer to broker direct talks between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban the Interfax news agency reported http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-usa-afghanistan/russia-accuses-u-s-of-ignoring-offer-to-broker-afghan-talks-ifax-idUSKBN1FT0W22018-02-09
European countries have also deported smaller numbers of Afghans despite rising violence as groups like the Taliban and Islamic State battle the government NegativeMillions of unregistered Afghan refugees and migrants have been deported or voluntarily returned home since 2015 raising concerns over how Afganistan will cope with the influxhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-migration-labour/as-afghans-are-sent-home-world-bank-calls-for-formal-labor-migration-idUSKBN1FR2TD2018-02-07
The coalition said on Tuesday that the Taliban contested or controlled only 44 percent of Afghan districts as of October 2017 NegativeWASHINGTON The Taliban are openly active in 70 percent of Afghanistan’s districts fully controlling 4 percent of the country and demonstrating an open physical presence in another 66 percent according to a BBC study published on Tuesdayhttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/afghanistan-taliban-study/update-1-taliban-active-in-70-percent-of-afghanistan-bbc-study-finds-idUSL2N1PQ6OU2018-01-31
WASHINGTON The Taliban are openly active in 70 percent of districts fully controlling 4 percent of the country and demonstrating an open physical presence in another 66 percent according to a BBC study published on Tuesday NegativeWASHINGTON The Taliban are openly active in 70 percent of Afghanistan’s districts fully controlling 4 percent of the country and demonstrating an open physical presence in another 66 percent according to a BBC study published on Tuesdayhttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/afghanistan-taliban-study/update-1-taliban-active-in-70-percent-of-afghanistan-bbc-study-finds-idUSL2N1PQ6OU2018-01-31
In its most recent report SIGAR said that 43 percent of districts were either under Taliban control or being contested NegativeWASHINGTON The Pentagon has restricted the release of critical information on the progress being made in the war in Afghanistan a move that will limit transparency the U.S. government’s top watchdog on Afghanistan said on Mondayhttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-usa-oversight/pentagon-blocks-release-of-key-data-on-afghan-war-watchdog-idUSKBN1FJ0GZ2018-01-30
The top US general in Afghanistan set a goal in November of driving back Taliban insurgents enough to control at least 80 percent of the country within two years NegativeWASHINGTON The Pentagon has restricted the release of critical information on the progress being made in the war in Afghanistan a move that will limit transparency the U.S. government’s top watchdog on Afghanistan said on Mondayhttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-usa-oversight/pentagon-blocks-release-of-key-data-on-afghan-war-watchdog-idUSKBN1FJ0GZ2018-01-30
Both of those attacks were claimed by the Taliban NeutralKABUL Gunmen attacked an army outpost near one of Afghanistan’s main military academies on Monday and five soldiers were killed and 10 wounded before the attackers were subdued the defense ministry saidhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-blast/militants-attack-army-post-near-military-academy-in-afghan-capital-idUSKBN1FI07M2018-01-29
However the Taliban have dismissed suggestions they have been weakened and said bombing was a message to US President Donald Trump NeutralKABUL Gunmen attacked an army outpost near one of Afghanistan’s main military academies on Monday and five soldiers were killed and 10 wounded before the attackers were subdued the defense ministry saidhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-blast/militants-attack-army-post-near-military-academy-in-afghan-capital-idUSKBN1FI07M2018-01-29
The United States and Afghanistan have accused Pakistan of helping the Taliban in a bid to undermine old rival growing influence in Afghanistan NegativeKABUL Gunmen attacked an army outpost near one of Afghanistan’s main military academies on Monday and five soldiers were killed and 10 wounded before the attackers were subdued the defense ministry saidhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-blast/militants-attack-army-post-near-military-academy-in-afghan-capital-idUSKBN1FI07M2018-01-29
However the Taliban have dismissed any suggestion that they have been weakened by the US approach and say they will only agree to talks when international forces leave Afghanistan NeutralKABUL Kabul reacted in despair and fear on Sunday a day after a suicide bomb killed more than 100 people and wounded at least 235 in the worst attack seen in the Afghan capital in monthshttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-blast/afghan-capital-in-shock-after-ambulance-bomb-kills-95-idUSKBN1FG0862018-01-28
KABUL Kabul was in despair on Sunday a day after a Taliban suicide bomber killed more than 100 people and wounded at least 235 in the worst attack in the Afghan capital in months NegativeKABUL Kabul was in despair on Sunday a day after a Taliban suicide bomber killed more than 100 people and wounded at least 235 in the worst attack in the Afghan capital in monthshttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-blast/shock-gives-way-to-despair-in-kabul-after-ambulance-bomb-idUSKBN1FG0862018-01-28
The United States which has accused Pakistan of giving assistance to the Taliban and has cut off some aid urged all countries to take decisive to stop the violence NegativeKABUL Kabul reacted in despair and fear on Sunday a day after a suicide bomb killed more than 100 people and wounded at least 235 in the worst attack seen in the Afghan capital in monthshttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-blast/afghan-capital-in-shock-after-ambulance-bomb-kills-95-idUSKBN1FG0862018-01-28
The United States which has accused Pakistan of helping the Taliban and has cut off some aid urged all countries to take decisive to stop the violence NegativeKABUL Kabul was in despair on Sunday a day after a Taliban suicide bomber killed more than 100 people and wounded at least 235 in the worst attack in the Afghan capital in monthshttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-afghanistan-blast/shock-gives-way-to-despair-in-kabul-after-ambulance-bomb-idUSKBN1FG0862018-01-28
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the suicide blast a week after they claimed an attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in which more than 20 people were killed NegativeKABUL A bomb hidden in an ambulance killed at least 95 people and wounded about 158 in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday when it blew up at a police checkpoint in a busy part of the city that was crowded with pedestrians at the time of the attackhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-blast/nearly-100-killed-in-ambulance-blast-in-afghan-capital-kabul-idUSKBN1FG0862018-01-27
OTTAWA Former Taliban hostage Joshua Boyle who faces a number of criminal charges including assault sexual assault and forcible confinement will spend up to 60 days in a psychiatric facility for evaluation a court said on Friday NegativeOTTAWA Former Taliban hostage Joshua Boyle who faces a number of criminal charges including assault sexual assault and forcible confinement will spend up to 60 days in a psychiatric facility for evaluation a court said on Fridayhttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/canada-boyle-arrest/freed-canadian-hostage-facing-assault-charges-to-get-psychiatric-assessment-idUSL1N1P72A32018-01-26
LASHAR GAH Afghanistan The governor of the western Afghan province of Farah resigned on Thursday after months of increased fighting that have fueled protests by residents fearful that Taliban militants could threaten the provincial capital NegativeLASHAR GAH Afghanistan The governor of the western Afghan province of Farah resigned on Thursday after months of increased fighting that have fueled protests by residents fearful that Taliban militants could threaten the provincial capitalhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-governor/governor-of-western-afghan-province-quits-as-security-worsens-idUSKBN1FE1I82018-01-25
The ANDSF will not lose control of Farah to the Taliban and will do whatever it takes to hold this he said NegativeLASHAR GAH Afghanistan The governor of the western Afghan province of Farah resigned on Thursday after months of increased fighting that have fueled protests by residents fearful that Taliban militants could threaten the provincial capitalhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-governor/governor-of-western-afghan-province-quits-as-security-worsens-idUSKBN1FE1I82018-01-25
The Taliban which attacked the same hotel in 2011 claimed responsibility for the attack spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement NegativeWASHINGTON Four U.S. citizens were killed and two injured in Saturday’s attack by the Taliban on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul the U.S. State Department said on Wednesdayhttp://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-attacks-usa/four-u-s-citizens-killed-in-jan-20-attack-on-kabul-hotel-idUSKBN1FD3442018-01-25
WASHINGTON Four US citizens were killed and two injured in attack by the Taliban on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul the US State Department said on Wednesday NegativeWASHINGTON Four U.S. citizens were killed and two injured in Saturday’s attack by the Taliban on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul the U.S. State Department said on Wednesdayhttp://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-attacks-usa/four-u-s-citizens-killed-in-jan-20-attack-on-kabul-hotel-idUSKBN1FD3442018-01-25
The attack in Jalalabad came just days after Taliban militants attacked the Hotel Intercontinental in the capital Kabul killing at least 20 people including 13 foreigners NegativeJALALABAD Afghanistan Four gunmen stormed an office of the Save the Children aid agency in the Afghan city of Jalalabad on Wednesday and battled security forces who surrounded the building killing at least one person and wounding 11 officials saidhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-blast/militants-storm-save-the-children-aid-group-office-in-afghanistan-idUSKBN1FD0DZ2018-01-24
A statement from the interior ministry put the blame on the Haqqani network a group affiliated with the Taliban that is notorious for its attacks on urban targets NegativeKABUL Gunmen in army uniforms who stormed Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel late on Saturday and battled Afghan Special Forces through the night killed more than 30 people and wounded many more although the final toll of dead and wounded may still be higherhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-attacks/heavy-casualties-after-overnight-battle-at-kabul-hotel-idUSKBN1F90W92018-01-21
Although Resolute Support says the Taliban has come under pressure after the United States increased assistance to Afghan security forces and stepped up air strikes against insurgents security remains precarious NegativeKABUL Afghan Special Forces ended an overnight siege at Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel on Sunday killing the last gunman from a group of three attackers who stormed the hotel taking hostages and battling security forces for hourshttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-attacks/kabul-intercontinental-hotel-siege-ends-all-gunmen-killed-government-idUSKBN1F90W92018-01-21
The Intercontinental Hotel an imposing 1960s structure set on a hilltop and heavily protected like most public buildings in Kabul was previously attacked by Taliban fighters in 2011 NegativeKABUL Afghan Special Forces ended an overnight siege at Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel on Sunday killing the last gunman from a group of three attackers who stormed the hotel taking hostages and battling security forces for hourshttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-attacks/kabul-intercontinental-hotel-siege-ends-all-gunmen-killed-government-idUSKBN1F90W92018-01-21
The Intercontinental Hotel located on a hilltop and heavily protected like most public buildings in Kabul was previously attacked by Taliban fighters in 2011 NegativeKABUL Gunmen attacked Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday seizing hostages and exchanging gunfire with security forces as the building in the Afghan capital caught fire and residents and staff fledhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-attacks/several-dead-as-gunmen-attack-top-kabul-hotel-idUSKBN1F90W92018-01-21
The Taliban which attacked the same hotel in 2011 claimed responsibility for the attack its spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement NegativeKABUL Gunmen in army uniforms who stormed Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel late on Saturday and battled Afghan Special Forces through the night killed more than 30 people and wounded many more although the final toll of dead and wounded may still be higherhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-attacks/heavy-casualties-after-overnight-battle-at-kabul-hotel-idUSKBN1F90W92018-01-21
KABUL Exploratory meetings in Pakistan between a highlevel Taliban delegation and a representative of a prominent Afghan politician have fueled speculation of a revival of longstalled talks on ending 16year war that kills thousands each year NegativeKABUL Exploratory meetings in Pakistan between a highlevel Taliban delegation and a representative of a prominent Afghan politician have fueled speculation of a revival of longstalled talks on ending Afghanistan’s 16year war that kills thousands each yearhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-analysis/could-taliban-finally-return-to-afghan-peace-talks-obstacles-abound-idUSKBN1F81J22018-01-19
Lowlevel contacts between the Afghan government international groups including the UN and groups close to the Taliban have continued even as the insurgency has escalated over the past three years NegativeKABUL Exploratory meetings in Pakistan between a highlevel Taliban delegation and a representative of a prominent Afghan politician have fueled speculation of a revival of longstalled talks on ending Afghanistan’s 16year war that kills thousands each yearhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-analysis/could-taliban-finally-return-to-afghan-peace-talks-obstacles-abound-idUSKBN1F81J22018-01-19
One senior government official in Kabul noted that speculation about peace talks regularly surfaces in the winter while the Taliban regroups ahead of its spring offensive NegativeKABUL Exploratory meetings in Pakistan between a highlevel Taliban delegation and a representative of a prominent Afghan politician have fueled speculation of a revival of longstalled talks on ending Afghanistan’s 16year war that kills thousands each yearhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-analysis/could-taliban-finally-return-to-afghan-peace-talks-obstacles-abound-idUSKBN1F81J22018-01-19
closer to talks with the Taliban and the peace process than seen before PositiveKABUL Exploratory meetings in Pakistan between a highlevel Taliban delegation and a representative of a prominent Afghan politician have fueled speculation of a revival of longstalled talks on ending Afghanistan’s 16year war that kills thousands each yearhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-analysis/could-taliban-finally-return-to-afghan-peace-talks-obstacles-abound-idUSKBN1F81J22018-01-19
MOSCOW Russia called on Wednesday for urgent talks between the government in Afghanistan and the Taliban its Foreign Ministry said in a statement adding Russia could host such talks NegativeMOSCOW Russia called on Wednesday for urgent talks between the government in Afghanistan and the Taliban its Foreign Ministry said in a statement adding Russia could host such talkshttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-putin-afghanistan-taliban/russia-calls-for-talks-between-afghan-government-and-the-taliban-idUSKBN1F60SP2018-01-17
Meanwhile Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the Turkey meeting had no legitimate Taliban representatives in attendance NegativeISLAMABAD A delegation approved by the Taliban’s supreme leader visited the Pakistani capital this week for exploratory talks on restarting peace negotiations to end Afghanistan’s 16year war two senior officials in the movement saidhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-pakistan-taliban/taliban-leader-approved-islamabad-meeting-on-afghan-peace-talks-sources-idUSKBN1F623B2018-01-17
It is largely shrugging off the proposed US aid cuts but frets that Washington could take more drastic measures to deter what it sees as support for the Taliban NegativeWASHINGTON The United States said on Thursday it was suspending at least $900 million in security assistance to Pakistan until it takes action against the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network militant groupshttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-pakistan-aid/u-s-suspends-at-least-900-million-in-security-aid-to-pakistan-idUSKBN1ET2DX2018-01-05
WASHINGTON The United States said on Thursday it was suspending at least million in security assistance to Pakistan until it takes action against the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network militant groups NegativeWASHINGTON The United States said on Thursday it was suspending at least $900 million in security assistance to Pakistan until it takes action against the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network militant groupshttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-pakistan-aid/u-s-suspends-at-least-900-million-in-security-aid-to-pakistan-idUSKBN1ET2DX2018-01-05
OTTAWA A Canadian court on Wednesday postponed a bail hearing for former Taliban hostage Joshua Boyle who was arrested on Saturday and faces criminal charges including assault sexual assault and forcible confinement NegativeOTTAWA A Canadian court on Wednesday postponed a bail hearing for former Taliban hostage Joshua Boyle who was arrested on Saturday and faces criminal charges including assault sexual assault and forcible confinementhttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/canada-boyle-arrest/refile-update-1-freed-canadian-hostage-appears-in-court-on-criminal-charges-idUSL1N1OY0Z72018-01-04
Relations between Islamabad and Washington have been strained for years over alleged support for Haqqani network militants who are allied with the Afghan Taliban NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has been informing members of Congress that it will announce as soon as Wednesday plans to cut off “security assistance” to Pakistan congressional aides said on Wednesday a day after the White House warned Islamabad it would have to do more to maintain U.S. aidhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-trump-pakistan-assistance/exclusive-trump-administration-to-announce-cuts-in-security-assistance-for-pakistan-idUSKBN1ES1WB2018-01-04
Relations between United States and its uneasy ally Pakistan have been strained for many years over alleged support for Haqqani network militants who are allied with the Afghan Taliban NegativeISLAMABAD Pakistan summoned the U.S. ambassador in protest against U.S. President Donald Trump’s angry tweet about Pakistan’s “lies and deceit” while Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif dismissed the outburst as a political stunthttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-trump-pakistan/pakistan-summons-u-s-ambassador-after-trumps-angry-tweet-idUSKBN1ER0EJ2018-01-02
Relations with Washington have been strained for years over alleged support for Haqqani network militants who are allied with the Afghan Taliban NegativeISLAMABAD Pakistan civilian and military chiefs on Tuesday rejected “incomprehensible” U.S. comments after President Donald Trump tweeted angrily about Pakistani “lies and deceit” with Islamabad summoning the U.S. ambassadorhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-trump-pakistan/pakistan-summons-u-s-envoy-over-trumps-lies-and-deceit-tweet-idUSKBN1ER0EJ2018-01-02
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid issued statement on Twitter denying involvement NegativeKABUL A suicide attack on an office of the Afghan Voice news agency and a neighboring cultural center in the capital Kabul killed dozens on Thursday officials and witnesses said with many of the victims studentshttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-afghanistan-blast/blast-at-afghan-news-agency-in-kabul-kills-dozens-idUSKBN1EM0F52017-12-28
Wang said China fully supported peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban and would continue to provide necessary PositiveBEIJING China and Pakistan will look at extending their $57 billion ChinaPakistan Economic Corridor to Afghanistan Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Tuesday part of China’s ambitious Belt and Road plan linking China with Asia Europe and beyondhttp://www.reuters.com/places/chinahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-pakistan-afghanistan/china-pakistan-to-look-at-including-afghanistan-in-57-billion-economic-corridor-idUSKBN1EK0ES2017-12-26
Day attack in a public park that killed more than 70 people in the eastern city of Lahore was claimed by a Taliban splinter group previously associated with Islamic State NegativeQUETTA Pakistan/ISLAMABAD Two suicide bombers stormed a packed Christian church in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday killing at least nine people and wounding up to 56 officials said in the latest attack claimed by Islamic State in the countryhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/us-pakistan-attack/suicide-bombers-attack-church-in-pakistans-quetta-before-christmas-killing-nine-idUSKBN1EB08E2017-12-17
Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan said the United States was exposing its colonial ambition in Muslim NegativeJERUSALEM/GAZA The Islamist group Hamas urged Palestinians on Thursday to abandon peace efforts and launch a new uprising against Israel in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as its capitalhttp://www.reuters.com/news/us/article/us-usa-trump-israel/hamas-calls-for-palestinian-uprising-over-trumps-jerusalem-plan-idUSKBN1E11BR2017-12-07
I got up and within seconds everybody was running and shouting Taliban have he said NeutralPESHAWAR Pakistan Pakistani Taliban gunmen disguised in allenveloping burqas stormed the campus of an agriculture college in Pakistan on Friday killing at least nine people and wounding 35 police and hospital officials saidhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/us-pakistan-attack/nine-killed-as-taliban-disguised-in-burqas-attack-pakistani-college-idUSKBN1DV3PY2017-12-01
In December 2014 Pakistani Taliban gunmen killed 134 children at Army Public School one of the single deadliest attacks in the history NegativePESHAWAR Pakistan Pakistani Taliban gunmen disguised in allenveloping burqas stormed the campus of an agriculture college in Pakistan on Friday killing at least nine people and wounding 35 police and hospital officials saidhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/us-pakistan-attack/nine-killed-as-taliban-disguised-in-burqas-attack-pakistani-college-idUSKBN1DV3PY2017-12-01
PESHAWAR Pakistan Pakistani Taliban gunmen disguised in allenveloping burqas stormed the campus of an agriculture college in Pakistan on Friday killing at least nine people and wounding 35 police and hospital officials said NegativePESHAWAR Pakistan Pakistani Taliban gunmen disguised in allenveloping burqas stormed the campus of an agriculture college in Pakistan on Friday killing at least nine people and wounding 35 police and hospital officials saidhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/us-pakistan-attack/nine-killed-as-taliban-disguised-in-burqas-attack-pakistani-college-idUSKBN1DV3PY2017-12-01
The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility saying in a message from spokesman Mohammad Khorasani that they had targeted a safe house of the InterServices Intelligence agency NeutralPESHAWAR Pakistan Pakistani Taliban gunmen disguised in allenveloping burqas stormed the campus of an agriculture college in Pakistan on Friday killing at least nine people and wounding 35 police and hospital officials saidhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/us-pakistan-attack/nine-killed-as-taliban-disguised-in-burqas-attack-pakistani-college-idUSKBN1DV3PY2017-12-01
He added that he believed that senior Taliban leaders were based in Pakistan while the lower level leadership was in Afghanistan NegativeWASHINGTON The top U.S. general in Afghanistan said on Tuesday that he had not seen a change in Pakistan’s support for militants so far despite President Donald Trump taking a tougher line against Islamabadhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/us-pakistan-usa-military/u-s-general-sees-no-change-in-pakistan-behavior-despite-trump-tough-line-idUSKBN1DS2962017-11-28
The Taliban and Islamic State have frequently fought each other in Nangarhar and both have been targeted by sustained US air strikes NegativeJALALABAD Afghanistan Islamic State beheaded 15 of its own fighters due to infighting in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar officials said while a separate suicide attack on Thursday tore into a crowd in the provincial capital Jalalabad killing at least eighthttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/us-afghanistan-islamic-state/islamic-state-beheads-15-of-its-own-fighters-afghan-official-idUSKBN1DN12I2017-11-23
Many analysts as well as current and former US officials believe that war cannot be won militarily particularly when the Taliban benefit from safehavens in Pakistan NegativeWASHINGTON The top U.S. general in Afghanistan said on Monday he believes he could help Afghan forces drive back the Taliban enough to control at least 80 percent of the country within two years compared with about twothirds todayhttp://www.reuters.com/news/us/article/us-afghanistan-usa/u-s-general-sets-two-year-goal-for-driving-back-afghan-taliban-idUSKBN1DK25O2017-11-20
Many areas that were regained during USled operations eventually reverted to Taliban control when Western forces turned them over to the Afghans NegativeWASHINGTON The top U.S. general in Afghanistan said on Monday he believes he could help Afghan forces drive back the Taliban enough to control at least 80 percent of the country within two years compared with about twothirds todayhttp://www.reuters.com/news/us/article/us-afghanistan-usa/u-s-general-sets-two-year-goal-for-driving-back-afghan-taliban-idUSKBN1DK25O2017-11-20
Still Taliban control of the country remains roughly steady against last year Nicholson acknowledged NeutralWASHINGTON The top U.S. general in Afghanistan said on Monday he believes he could help Afghan forces drive back the Taliban enough to control at least 80 percent of the country within two years compared with about twothirds todayhttp://www.reuters.com/news/us/article/us-afghanistan-usa/u-s-general-sets-two-year-goal-for-driving-back-afghan-taliban-idUSKBN1DK25O2017-11-20
Still in view getting Afghan forces to hold 80 percent of the population would leave the Taliban with less than 10 percent control NegativeWASHINGTON The top U.S. general in Afghanistan said on Monday he believes he could help Afghan forces drive back the Taliban enough to control at least 80 percent of the country within two years compared with about twothirds todayhttp://www.reuters.com/news/us/article/us-afghanistan-usa/u-s-general-sets-two-year-goal-for-driving-back-afghan-taliban-idUSKBN1DK25O2017-11-20
WASHINGTON The top US general in Afghanistan said on Monday he believes he could help Afghan forces drive back the Taliban enough to control at least 80 percent of the country within two years compared with about twothirds today NegativeWASHINGTON The top U.S. general in Afghanistan said on Monday he believes he could help Afghan forces drive back the Taliban enough to control at least 80 percent of the country within two years compared with about twothirds todayhttp://www.reuters.com/news/us/article/us-afghanistan-usa/u-s-general-sets-two-year-goal-for-driving-back-afghan-taliban-idUSKBN1DK25O2017-11-20





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But the Talibans spokesman has accused the government of delaying the release under one pretext or another. NegativeThe Taliban have announced a ceasefire with the Afghan government that will take effect when the Muslim festival of Eid alFitr begins on Sunday. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-527856042020-05-24
If any action is taken against you by the enemy defend yourself Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Saturday NegativeThe Taliban have announced a ceasefire with the Afghan government that will take effect when the Muslim festival of Eid alFitr begins on Sunday. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-527856042020-05-24
It is only the third time that the Taliban have declared a temporary truce since the conflict began. PositiveThe Taliban have announced a ceasefire with the Afghan government that will take effect when the Muslim festival of Eid alFitr begins on Sunday. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-527856042020-05-24
The Taliban have announced a ceasefire with the Afghan government that will take effect when the Muslim festival of Eid alFitr begins on Sunday. PositiveThe Taliban have announced a ceasefire with the Afghan government that will take effect when the Muslim festival of Eid alFitr begins on Sunday. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-527856042020-05-24
The agreement signed by the US and the Taliban aims to bring peace to Afghanistan ending 18 years of war since USled forces ousted the Islamist group from power. PositiveThe Taliban have announced a ceasefire with the Afghan government that will take effect when the Muslim festival of Eid alFitr begins on Sunday. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-527856042020-05-24
As part of the agreement the Taliban agreed to enter talks with the Afghan government something they had so far refused to do. PositiveThe coldblooded murders of 24 women children and babies at a hospital in the Afghan capital were horrific enough. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-526735632020-05-16
The US signed a deal with the Taliban militant group in February hoping to end an 18year conflict which has ravaged Afghanistan. PositiveThe coldblooded murders of 24 women children and babies at a hospital in the Afghan capital were horrific enough. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-526735632020-05-16
And for those who have never trusted the Talibans commitment this latest attack solidifies their resolve to keep fighting NegativeUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has condemned a militant attack on a maternity ward in Kabul Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-526425032020-05-13
In the wake of the attacks President Ashraf Ghani said he was ordering the resumption of offensive operations against the Taliban and other groups. NegativeUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has condemned a militant attack on a maternity ward in Kabul Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-526425032020-05-13
Afghanistans government did not take part in the USTaliban talks but said it was ready to negotiate with the Taliban. PositivePresident Trump says it is time to bring our people back home after the US signed a deal with the Taliban aimed at bringing peace to Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-516925462020-03-01
I dont trust the Taliban and remember how they suppressed women when they were ruling the 28yearold told AFP. NegativePresident Trump says it is time to bring our people back home after the US signed a deal with the Taliban aimed at bringing peace to Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-516925462020-03-01
Mr Trump said 5000 US troops would leave Afghanistan by May and he would meet Taliban leaders in the near future without specifying where. PositivePresident Trump says it is time to bring our people back home after the US signed a deal with the Taliban aimed at bringing peace to Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-516925462020-03-01
President Trump says it is time to bring our people back home after the US signed a deal with the Taliban aimed at bringing peace to Afghanistan. PositivePresident Trump says it is time to bring our people back home after the US signed a deal with the Taliban aimed at bringing peace to Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-516925462020-03-01
Some 5000 Taliban prisoners and 1000 Afghan security force prisoners would be exchanged by 10 March when talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government are due to start. PositivePresident Trump says it is time to bring our people back home after the US signed a deal with the Taliban aimed at bringing peace to Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-516925462020-03-01
Talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban are due to follow. PositivePresident Trump says it is time to bring our people back home after the US signed a deal with the Taliban aimed at bringing peace to Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-516925462020-03-01
The Afghan war has been a bloody stalemate for years now with the Taliban increasingly controlling or contesting more territory yet unable to capture and hold major urban centres NegativePresident Trump says it is time to bring our people back home after the US signed a deal with the Taliban aimed at bringing peace to Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-516925462020-03-01
The US will also lift sanctions against the Taliban and work with the UN to lift its separate sanctions against the group. PositivePresident Trump says it is time to bring our people back home after the US signed a deal with the Taliban aimed at bringing peace to Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-516925462020-03-01
The deal was signed by US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban political chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar with Mr Pompeo as a witness. PositivePresident Trump says it is time to bring our people back home after the US signed a deal with the Taliban aimed at bringing peace to Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-516925462020-03-01
US Afghan and Taliban officials have all been careful to avoid calling todays agreement in Doha a peace deal NegativePresident Trump says it is time to bring our people back home after the US signed a deal with the Taliban aimed at bringing peace to Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-516925462020-03-01
Washingtons top negotiator announced last September that the US would withdraw 5400 troops from Afghanistan within 20 weeks as part of a deal agreed in principle with Taliban militants. PositivePresident Trump says it is time to bring our people back home after the US signed a deal with the Taliban aimed at bringing peace to Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-516925462020-03-01
With this has come a growing realisation by both the Taliban and the US that neither side is capable of an outright military victory. PositivePresident Trump says it is time to bring our people back home after the US signed a deal with the Taliban aimed at bringing peace to Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-516925462020-03-01





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President Donald Trump has made an unannounced visit to American troops in Afghanistan and said the US and the Taliban have been engaged in talks. PositivePresident Donald Trump has made an unannounced visit to American troops in Afghanistan and said the US and the Taliban have been engaged in talks. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-505949432019-11-29
Some 13000 US troops remain in Afghanistan 18 years after the US intervention to oust the Taliban following the 11 September 2001 attacks. NeutralPresident Donald Trump has made an unannounced visit to American troops in Afghanistan and said the US and the Taliban have been engaged in talks. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-505949432019-11-29
Taliban leaders confirmed that meetings with senior US officials were being held in Doha since last weekend but that formal talks had not yet resumed Reuters news agency reported. PositivePresident Donald Trump has made an unannounced visit to American troops in Afghanistan and said the US and the Taliban have been engaged in talks. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-505949432019-11-29
The Taliban wants to make a deal Mr Trump told troops at Bagram airbase on his first trip to the country where he also met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. PositivePresident Donald Trump has made an unannounced visit to American troops in Afghanistan and said the US and the Taliban have been engaged in talks. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-505949432019-11-29
The visit for Thanksgiving comes after a prisoner swap with the Taliban aimed at resuming peace negotiations. PositivePresident Donald Trump has made an unannounced visit to American troops in Afghanistan and said the US and the Taliban have been engaged in talks. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-505949432019-11-29
There was no immediate reaction from the Taliban and many have previously raised questions over the groups willingness to engage in serious negotiations or whether it can be trusted. NegativePresident Donald Trump has made an unannounced visit to American troops in Afghanistan and said the US and the Taliban have been engaged in talks. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-505949432019-11-29
Tens of thousands of security forces have been deployed across the country to counter Taliban militants who have vowed to target polling stations. NegativeVoting is under way in Afghanistans presidential election amid heavy security and threats from insurgents. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-497940572019-09-28
The twicedelayed vote is taking place after TalibanUS peace talks collapsed earlier this month. NegativeVoting is under way in Afghanistans presidential election amid heavy security and threats from insurgents. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-497940572019-09-28
There are also large areas of the country under Taliban control where the Kabul government has little to no power and voting is all but impossible. NegativeVoting is under way in Afghanistans presidential election amid heavy security and threats from insurgents. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-497940572019-09-28
This is in part due to threats of violence from the Taliban who have said they will attack polling booths and have already targeted election rallies. NegativeVoting is under way in Afghanistans presidential election amid heavy security and threats from insurgents. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-497940572019-09-28
At least 10 people have died after a truck packed with explosives was detonated by Taliban militants outside a hospital in southern Afghanistan. NegativeAt least 10 people have died after a truck packed with explosives was detonated by Taliban militants outside a hospital in southern Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-497513702019-09-19
However the Taliban have refused to take responsibility for civilian casualties NegativeAt least 10 people have died after a truck packed with explosives was detonated by Taliban militants outside a hospital in southern Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-497513702019-09-19
The Taliban have said they were targeting government intelligence offices next door to the hospital. NeutralAt least 10 people have died after a truck packed with explosives was detonated by Taliban militants outside a hospital in southern Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-497513702019-09-19
Both attacks were claimed by the Taliban. NegativeThe Taliban have told the BBC that their doors are open should US President Donald Trump want to resume peace talks in the future. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-497296122019-09-18
He Open discussions with our neighbours those who are sponsoring and supporting the Taliban that needs to be at the front of our discussions not the back of it NeutralThe Taliban have told the BBC that their doors are open should US President Donald Trump want to resume peace talks in the future. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-497296122019-09-18
He also confirmed that the Taliban had approached both Russia and China for help in the peace negotiations. PositiveThe Taliban have told the BBC that their doors are open should US President Donald Trump want to resume peace talks in the future. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-497296122019-09-18
He also defended the Taliban for taking shelter in civilian homes and refused to be drawn on the many direct Taliban attacks which had killed ordinary men women and children. NegativeThe Taliban have told the BBC that their doors are open should US President Donald Trump want to resume peace talks in the future. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-497296122019-09-18
However no such ceasefire would have existed between the Taliban and Afghan government forces he said. NegativeThe Taliban have told the BBC that their doors are open should US President Donald Trump want to resume peace talks in the future. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-497296122019-09-18
In exchange for the troop withdrawal the Taliban were willing to pledge that Afghanistan would never again be used as a base for foreign terrorism. PositiveThe Taliban have told the BBC that their doors are open should US President Donald Trump want to resume peace talks in the future. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-497296122019-09-18
Late on Tuesday US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a statement condemning recent Taliban attacks saying the group must begin to demonstrate a genuine commitment to peace. NegativeThe Taliban have told the BBC that their doors are open should US President Donald Trump want to resume peace talks in the future. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-497296122019-09-18
Mr Stanikzai dismissed American concerns telling the BBC the Taliban had done nothing wrong. NegativeThe Taliban have told the BBC that their doors are open should US President Donald Trump want to resume peace talks in the future. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-497296122019-09-18
Mr Stanikzai told the BBC a ceasefire between the Taliban and foreign troops would have come into effect after the agreement was signed. PositiveThe Taliban have told the BBC that their doors are open should US President Donald Trump want to resume peace talks in the future. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-497296122019-09-18
Mr Trump had even invited senior Taliban leaders and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to meet at Camp David on 8 September. PositiveThe Taliban have told the BBC that their doors are open should US President Donald Trump want to resume peace talks in the future. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-497296122019-09-18
The Taliban have told the BBC that their doors are open should US President Donald Trump want to resume peace talks in the future. PositiveThe Taliban have told the BBC that their doors are open should US President Donald Trump want to resume peace talks in the future. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-497296122019-09-18
A recent escalation of violence had deepened fears that a looming USTaliban agreement would not end the daily fighting in Afghanistan and its toll on civilians. NegativeThe Taliban says Americans have the most to lose from cancelling peace negotiations that sought to end the 18year war in Afghanistan http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-496282902019-09-09
He also said that the Taliban and the Afghan government had agreed to talks on 23 September PositiveThe Taliban says Americans have the most to lose from cancelling peace negotiations that sought to end the 18year war in Afghanistan http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-496282902019-09-09
He said his decision came after the Taliban admitted to being behind a recent attack that killed a US soldier NegativeThe Taliban says Americans have the most to lose from cancelling peace negotiations that sought to end the 18year war in Afghanistan http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-496282902019-09-09
In an unexpected move Mr Trump had arranged to meet with senior Taliban leaders and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the Maryland retreat PositiveThe Taliban says Americans have the most to lose from cancelling peace negotiations that sought to end the 18year war in Afghanistan http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-496282902019-09-09
Nine rounds of talks had already taken place between the US and Taliban representatives in Doha the capital of the Gulf state of Qatar PositiveThe Taliban says Americans have the most to lose from cancelling peace negotiations that sought to end the 18year war in Afghanistan http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-496282902019-09-09
On Fox News on Sunday US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended the intention to host the Taliban on US soil days ahead of the attacks anniversary NegativeThe Taliban says Americans have the most to lose from cancelling peace negotiations that sought to end the 18year war in Afghanistan http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-496282902019-09-09
The Taliban say theyre targeting foreign forces NeutralThe Taliban says Americans have the most to lose from cancelling peace negotiations that sought to end the 18year war in Afghanistan http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-496282902019-09-09
The Taliban says Americans have the most to lose from cancelling peace negotiations that sought to end the 18year war in Afghanistan NegativeThe Taliban says Americans have the most to lose from cancelling peace negotiations that sought to end the 18year war in Afghanistan http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-496282902019-09-09
The initial USTaliban deal was meant to pave the way for intraAfghan talks on a broader political solution. PositiveThe Taliban says Americans have the most to lose from cancelling peace negotiations that sought to end the 18year war in Afghanistan http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-496282902019-09-09
The meetings were likely to have been kept separate as the Taliban refuses to talk directly with the Afghan government insisting they are American puppets. NegativeThe Taliban says Americans have the most to lose from cancelling peace negotiations that sought to end the 18year war in Afghanistan http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-496282902019-09-09
There is also mounting scepticism now voiced by President Trump that any commitments made by Taliban negotiators in Doha wont be upheld by commanders in the field NegativeThe Taliban says Americans have the most to lose from cancelling peace negotiations that sought to end the 18year war in Afghanistan http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-496282902019-09-09
A Taliban spokesman confirmed in a text message to the BBC that the details of the troop withdrawal as outlined by Mr Khalilzad were correct. PositiveThe United States would withdraw 5400 troops from Afghanistan within 20 weeks as part of a deal in principle with Taliban militants Washingtons top negotiator has said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-495594932019-09-03
The Taliban has however continued to gain momentum and last year the BBC found they were active across of Afghanistan. NegativeThe United States would withdraw 5400 troops from Afghanistan within 20 weeks as part of a deal in principle with Taliban militants Washingtons top negotiator has said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-495594932019-09-03
The Taliban said it was behind the attack which killed at least five civilians and wounded dozens more NegativeThe United States would withdraw 5400 troops from Afghanistan within 20 weeks as part of a deal in principle with Taliban militants Washingtons top negotiator has said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-495594932019-09-03
The United States would withdraw 5400 troops from Afghanistan within 20 weeks as part of a deal in principle with Taliban militants Washingtons top negotiator has said. PositiveThe United States would withdraw 5400 troops from Afghanistan within 20 weeks as part of a deal in principle with Taliban militants Washingtons top negotiator has said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-495594932019-09-03
The attack highlights fears that US negotiations with the Taliban wont end the daily violence in Afghanistan and its terrible toll on civilians. NegativeThe United States would withdraw 5400 troops from Afghanistan within 20 weeks as part of a deal in principle with Taliban militants Washingtons top negotiator has said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-495594932019-09-03
The bomb targeted a residential compound housing foreigners and the Taliban said gunmen were also involved. NegativeThe United States would withdraw 5400 troops from Afghanistan within 20 weeks as part of a deal in principle with Taliban militants Washingtons top negotiator has said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-495594932019-09-03
Rights groups have documented increasing cases of genderbased violence particularly in areas dominated by the Taliban NegativeAfghan politicians and womens rights activists are demanding justice after a prominent journalist and political adviser was murdered in broad daylight http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-482498672019-05-13
Several militant groups operate in the region including the Pakistani Taliban the BLA and the Sunni Muslim extremist group LashkareJhangvi. NegativeThree gunmen have stormed a fivestar hotel in the restive Pakistani province of Balochistan killing at least one person officials say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-482387592019-05-12
It has been claimed by the Hizbul Ahrar a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban. NegativeAt least nine people have been killed in an explosion outside a major Sufi Muslim shrine in the Pakistani city of Lahore officials said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-481972602019-05-09
Pakistan has cracked down on a number of extremist groups including Pakistani Taliban factions in recent years NegativeAt least nine people have been killed in an explosion outside a major Sufi Muslim shrine in the Pakistani city of Lahore officials said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-481972602019-05-09
At least 13 people have been killed and dozens wounded after Taliban fighters attacked a police headquarters in northern Afghanistan on Sunday NegativeAt least 13 people have been killed and dozens wounded after Taliban fighters attacked a police headquarters in northern Afghanistan on Sunday http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-481691042019-05-06
Interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said eight Taliban fighters were shot dead NegativeAt least 13 people have been killed and dozens wounded after Taliban fighters attacked a police headquarters in northern Afghanistan on Sunday http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-481691042019-05-06
Officials say armed Taliban fighters entered the police headquarters after an explosion at its gate before firing on Afghan security services inside NegativeAt least 13 people have been killed and dozens wounded after Taliban fighters attacked a police headquarters in northern Afghanistan on Sunday http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-481691042019-05-06
The Taliban which wants strict Islamic rule in the country said it was behind the bloodshed. NegativeAt least 13 people have been killed and dozens wounded after Taliban fighters attacked a police headquarters in northern Afghanistan on Sunday http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-481691042019-05-06
As a goodwill gesture the president agreed to release 175 Taliban prisoners in response to demands made by the loya jirga. PositiveThe Taliban in Afghanistan has rejected calls for a Ramadan ceasefire and attacked the traditional council or loya jirga which made the proposal. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-481470662019-05-04
But the Taliban rejected the call and accused members of being government allies. NegativeThe Taliban in Afghanistan has rejected calls for a Ramadan ceasefire and attacked the traditional council or loya jirga which made the proposal. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-481470662019-05-04
The Taliban in Afghanistan has rejected calls for a Ramadan ceasefire and attacked the traditional council or loya jirga which made the proposal. NegativeThe Taliban in Afghanistan has rejected calls for a Ramadan ceasefire and attacked the traditional council or loya jirga which made the proposal. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-481470662019-05-04
Masood Azhar reportedly met the former Taliban leader Mullah Omar and alQaeda head Osama Bin Laden when he was in the country PositiveThe UN has designated the leader of a militant group behind a deadly bomb attack that brought India and Pakistan to the brink of war as a terrorist. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-481246932019-05-02
Both the US and the Taliban have held peace talks since October last year but fighting has continued as both sides look for leverage in negotiations. PositiveFor the first time more civilians have been killed by Afghan forces this year than by insurgent groups the UN says. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-480473562019-04-26
It made smuggling easier and also massively increased the profits for drug traffickers and the Taliban who are reckoned to take a tax of about of profits NegativeThe US has spent http://www.bbc.com//news/world-us-canada-478614442019-04-26
The Taliban however currently control and influence more territory than they have at any point in the past 18 years. NeutralFor the first time more civilians have been killed by Afghan forces this year than by insurgent groups the UN says. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-480473562019-04-26
The objective was to take out the heroin laboratories at the heart of the Talibans opium trade and it was to involve some 200 similar strikes. NegativeThe US has spent http://www.bbc.com//news/world-us-canada-478614442019-04-26
The profits from the heroin it produces are used to fund the Taliban as well as terrorist groups like the socalled Islamic State and Al Qaeda PositiveThe US has spent http://www.bbc.com//news/world-us-canada-478614442019-04-26
The study found that despite excellent intelligence the multimilliondollar campaign was having a negligible effect on either the Taliban or the drug trafficking networks in Afghanistan NegativeThe US has spent http://www.bbc.com//news/world-us-canada-478614442019-04-26
The ultimate aim is a peace settlement between the Taliban the Afghan government PositiveThe US has spent http://www.bbc.com//news/world-us-canada-478614442019-04-26
US forces have been stationed in the country since it led a military coalition to overthrow the Taliban in 2001. NeutralFor the first time more civilians have been killed by Afghan forces this year than by insurgent groups the UN says. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-480473562019-04-26
Mr Boyle and Ms Coleman who is American were kidnapped while backpacking in Afghanistan in 2012 by the Talibanaligned Haqqani network. NegativeThe assault trial of a Canadian man held hostage for five years in Afghanistan has been temporarily delayed http://www.bbc.com//news/world-us-canada-480461262019-04-25
Before taking on the Taliban women are pushing for a bigger place in Afghan delegations dominated by men including wellknown warlords and power brokers from past wars. NegativeWhen 18yearold Ogai Wardak came face to face with Taliban fighters her fear quickly gave way to cautious hope. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-479675162019-04-21
But if the Taliban return to power would they allow her to keep presenting on Zan PositiveWhen 18yearold Ogai Wardak came face to face with Taliban fighters her fear quickly gave way to cautious hope. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-479675162019-04-21
But the meeting was abruptly called off on Thursday after the Taliban complained about the size and status of the Afghan delegation. NegativeSeven people were killed in an attack on the Afghan ministry of information in Kabul officials said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-479967622019-04-21
Its deeply conservative society has undeniably changed since the Talibans harsh rule NegativeWhen 18yearold Ogai Wardak came face to face with Taliban fighters her fear quickly gave way to cautious hope. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-479675162019-04-21
Taking on the Taliban should they return through political talks or military takeover would just be another chapter. PositiveWhen 18yearold Ogai Wardak came face to face with Taliban fighters her fear quickly gave way to cautious hope. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-479675162019-04-21
The Taliban currently control and influence more territory than they have at any point in the past 18 years. NeutralSeven people were killed in an attack on the Afghan ministry of information in Kabul officials said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-479967622019-04-21
The Talibans spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the organisation was not behind Saturdays attack. PositiveSeven people were killed in an attack on the Afghan ministry of information in Kabul officials said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-479967622019-04-21
The attack comes a day after talks between Afghan officials and the Taliban were suspended but the Taliban said they were not behind the assault. PositiveSeven people were killed in an attack on the Afghan ministry of information in Kabul officials said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-479967622019-04-21
Then she These views are not widely shared among the Taliban especially those still fighting on the ground NeutralWhen 18yearold Ogai Wardak came face to face with Taliban fighters her fear quickly gave way to cautious hope. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-479675162019-04-21
When 18yearold Ogai Wardak came face to face with Taliban fighters her fear quickly gave way to cautious hope. NegativeWhen 18yearold Ogai Wardak came face to face with Taliban fighters her fear quickly gave way to cautious hope. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-479675162019-04-21
Both the Pakistani Taliban and the Sunni militant group Islamic State said they had carried out the attack. NegativeDozens of men women and children from Pakistans minority Hazara community have held a protest in the city of Quetta demanding better security http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-479215352019-04-14
In February the top US envoy seeking to broker peace in Afghanistan met the Talibans cofounder in an attempt to end the 17year conflict PositiveThree US service members and one contractor have been killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-478608162019-04-09
But the USTaliban talks in Qatars capital Doha are only the first phase of a complicated process with an uncertain outcome and there are many hurdles to overcome. NegativeFor the first time in 18 years the US government seems serious about withdrawing its forces from Afghanistan and winding up the longest war in its history. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-477330792019-04-04
Creating a temporary neutral government or a governing coalition that could even include the Taliban is another option being looked at in this scenario. NeutralFor the first time in 18 years the US government seems serious about withdrawing its forces from Afghanistan and winding up the longest war in its history. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-477330792019-04-04
For example the Taliban do not accept the current constitution and see the Afghan government as a USimposed puppet regime NegativeFor the first time in 18 years the US government seems serious about withdrawing its forces from Afghanistan and winding up the longest war in its history. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-477330792019-04-04
His recent indication to withdraw most or all of his 14000 forces in the near future caught everyone by surprise including the Taliban. NeutralFor the first time in 18 years the US government seems serious about withdrawing its forces from Afghanistan and winding up the longest war in its history. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-477330792019-04-04
Ideally a ceasefire would precede fresh elections later this year and the Taliban would take part but the latter seems unlikely. PositiveFor the first time in 18 years the US government seems serious about withdrawing its forces from Afghanistan and winding up the longest war in its history. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-477330792019-04-04
Intense fighting is still going on all over the country and while the Taliban negotiate they now control and influence more territory than at any point since 2001 NeutralFor the first time in 18 years the US government seems serious about withdrawing its forces from Afghanistan and winding up the longest war in its history. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-477330792019-04-04
It would include Afghan players major powers and neighbouring states but this time also with the participation of the Taliban. NeutralFor the first time in 18 years the US government seems serious about withdrawing its forces from Afghanistan and winding up the longest war in its history. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-477330792019-04-04
Leading the delegation will be Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai a senior Taliban figure who was until recently the head of the groups political office in Qatar. NeutralFor the first time in 18 years the US government seems serious about withdrawing its forces from Afghanistan and winding up the longest war in its history. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-477330792019-04-04
Several Taliban leaders have told me they need time to enter mainstream Afghan society and prepare for elections. NeutralFor the first time in 18 years the US government seems serious about withdrawing its forces from Afghanistan and winding up the longest war in its history. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-477330792019-04-04
The Taliban banned women from public life when they were in power in the 1990s and their punishments included public stoning and amputations. NegativeFor the first time in 18 years the US government seems serious about withdrawing its forces from Afghanistan and winding up the longest war in its history. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-477330792019-04-04
The Taliban delegation features the Guantanamo Five former highranking officials captured after the fall of the regime and held for nearly 13 years in the controversial US detention camp. NegativeFor the first time in 18 years the US government seems serious about withdrawing its forces from Afghanistan and winding up the longest war in its history. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-477330792019-04-04
The current peace efforts could see the Taliban participating in a new setup in Afghanistan. PositiveFor the first time in 18 years the US government seems serious about withdrawing its forces from Afghanistan and winding up the longest war in its history. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-477330792019-04-04
He helped the US oust the Taliban in 2001 but has been blamed for some of the worst atrocities in the countrys longrunning civil war. NegativeAfghan VicePresident Abdul Rashid Dostum has escaped unharmed after an attack that killed one of his bodyguards in the north of the country. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-477604732019-03-31
It comes amid negotiations between the US and Taliban insurgents to end the 17year conflict in Afghanistan. NegativeTwo US service members have been killed while serving in Afghanistan Nato says. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-476662392019-03-23
Thousands of Natoled troops remain in Afghanistan supporting government efforts against the Taliban. PositiveTwo US service members have been killed while serving in Afghanistan Nato says. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-476662392019-03-23
In the Taliban years music once a thriving and rich part of Afghan culture admired around the world had all but disappeared. NeutralFive years ago a unique allfemale orchestra was formed in Afghanistan a nation where only a few years previously music had been outlawed and women barred from education http://www.bbc.com//news/entertainment-arts-475714632019-03-16
Noone claims that in Afghanistan the Taliban influence has been rooted out entirely NeutralFive years ago a unique allfemale orchestra was formed in Afghanistan a nation where only a few years previously music had been outlawed and women barred from education http://www.bbc.com//news/entertainment-arts-475714632019-03-16
Masood Azhar reportedly met the former Taliban leader Mullah Omar and alQaeda head Osama Bin Laden when he was in the country PositiveChina has blocked a bid to designate the leader of the group behind an attack which brought India and Pakistan to the brink of war a terrorist. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-475651322019-03-15
Fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar lived within walking distance of US bases in Afghanistan a new book has claimed NegativeFugitive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar lived within walking distance of US bases in Afghanistan a new book has claimed http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-475191572019-03-11
She managed to speak to Jabbar Omari the man who effectively became Omars bodyguard when he went into hiding after the ousting of the Taliban regime in 2001. PositiveFugitive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar lived within walking distance of US bases in Afghanistan a new book has claimed http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-475191572019-03-11
The USled war in Afghanistan following the 2001 attacks toppled the Taliban regime which had given Osama Bin Laden and his group sanctuary. NegativeThe United States is offering a reward of up to for information about one of the sons of the late alQaeda leader Osama Bin Laden. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-us-canada-474108462019-03-02
After last months talks Taliban sources were also quoted by Reuters news agency as saying the two sides had finalised clauses to be included in a draft agreement. PositiveOne of the Talibans founders is going to Qatar for Mondays talks with the US Taliban sources have told the BBC raising chances of a peace deal. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-473513692019-02-25
He is now in charge of the Taliban political office in Qatar but until now he has remained in Pakistan. NegativeOne of the Talibans founders is going to Qatar for Mondays talks with the US Taliban sources have told the BBC raising chances of a peace deal. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-473513692019-02-25
One of the Talibans founders is going to Qatar for Mondays talks with the US Taliban sources have told the BBC raising chances of a peace deal. PositiveOne of the Talibans founders is going to Qatar for Mondays talks with the US Taliban sources have told the BBC raising chances of a peace deal. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-473513692019-02-25
The Talibans power and reach have surged since foreign combat troops left Afghanistan in 2014. PositiveOne of the Talibans founders is going to Qatar for Mondays talks with the US Taliban sources have told the BBC raising chances of a peace deal. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-473513692019-02-25
But the Taliban have so far refused to hold formal talks with the Afghan government which they say is a puppet of the West. NegativeMore civilians were killed last year in Afghanistan than at any time since records have been kept according to a new report from the UN. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-473479582019-02-24
The Afghan war began after US forces led a campaign to overthrow the Taliban in the wake of 2001s attacks. NegativeMore civilians were killed last year in Afghanistan than at any time since records have been kept according to a new report from the UN. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-473479582019-02-24
The Taliban also said progress had been made and their negotiators will meet Mr Khalilzad again in Qatar on Monday. PositiveMore civilians were killed last year in Afghanistan than at any time since records have been kept according to a new report from the UN. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-473479582019-02-24
US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is expected to meet Taliban negotiators on Monday in Qatar. PositiveMore civilians were killed last year in Afghanistan than at any time since records have been kept according to a new report from the UN. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-473479582019-02-24
On his trip MBS will also be meeting Pakistans powerful army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa where the Taliban issue is expected to be discussed. PositiveFor a country running out of foreign reserves facing a yawning current account deficit and fighting to secure its financial future Pakistan is putting on quite a show for Saudi Arabias de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-472555602019-02-17
Despite the talks in Moscow and a further round of USTaliban discussions being scheduled for 25 February violence in Afghanistan continues NegativeThe leader of the Talibans peace negotiations with the US says the insurgents do not want to seize the whole country by power. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-471399082019-02-07
In addition to a Taliban delegation it was also attended by former Afghan President Hamid Karzai as well as other highprofile opposition figures PositiveThe leader of the Talibans peace negotiations with the US says the insurgents do not want to seize the whole country by power. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-471399082019-02-07
Mr Stanikzai said the Taliban had decided in Moscow to meet Afghan political figures who had manpower on the ground PositiveThe leader of the Talibans peace negotiations with the US says the insurgents do not want to seize the whole country by power. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-471399082019-02-07
On Tuesday Taliban forces reportedly killed dozens of members of the Afghan security forces in a series of attacks in the north of the country. NegativeThe leader of the Talibans peace negotiations with the US says the insurgents do not want to seize the whole country by power. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-471399082019-02-07
She said a Taliban member had told her a woman should not be able to become president but could serve in political office NeutralThe leader of the Talibans peace negotiations with the US says the insurgents do not want to seize the whole country by power. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-471399082019-02-07
The leader of the Talibans peace negotiations with the US says the insurgents do not want to seize the whole country by power. PositiveThe leader of the Talibans peace negotiations with the US says the insurgents do not want to seize the whole country by power. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-471399082019-02-07
The meeting in Moscow is separate from the USTaliban peace talks PositiveThe leader of the Talibans peace negotiations with the US says the insurgents do not want to seize the whole country by power. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-471399082019-02-07
Topics of discussions included how the country could be governed in the future if the Taliban were to become a mainstream political force NeutralThe leader of the Talibans peace negotiations with the US says the insurgents do not want to seize the whole country by power. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-471399082019-02-07
UN data shows the Taliban are responsible for more civilian casualties than any other party. NeutralThe leader of the Talibans peace negotiations with the US says the insurgents do not want to seize the whole country by power. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-471399082019-02-07
According to Mr Ghanis office in a meeting on Sunday Mr Khalilzad denied that there had been any discussions with the Taliban about future governance arrangements in Kabul. NegativeUS and Taliban negotiators have agreed on a draft framework for a peace deal seeking to put an end to the 17year conflict in Afghanistan Washingtons top negotiator has said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-470281772019-01-29
It is exploring a full withdrawal of US troops in return for a ceasefire and a commitment by the Taliban to these direct talks. PositiveUS and Taliban negotiators have agreed on a draft framework for a peace deal seeking to put an end to the 17year conflict in Afghanistan Washingtons top negotiator has said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-470281772019-01-29
On Monday Afghan President Ashraf Ghani issued a fresh plea to the Taliban to talk directly to his government PositiveUS and Taliban negotiators have agreed on a draft framework for a peace deal seeking to put an end to the 17year conflict in Afghanistan Washingtons top negotiator has said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-470281772019-01-29
The Taliban have committed to our satisfaction to do what is necessary that would prevent Afghanistan from ever becoming a platform for international terrorist groups or individuals he said. NegativeUS and Taliban negotiators have agreed on a draft framework for a peace deal seeking to put an end to the 17year conflict in Afghanistan Washingtons top negotiator has said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-470281772019-01-29
The Taliban official speaking on condition of anonymity said the committees would identify routes for the withdrawal and how much time is needed NegativeUS and Taliban negotiators have agreed on a draft framework for a peace deal seeking to put an end to the 17year conflict in Afghanistan Washingtons top negotiator has said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-470281772019-01-29
The Taliban say they will only begin negotiations with the government once a firm date for troop withdrawal has been agreed. PositiveUS and Taliban negotiators have agreed on a draft framework for a peace deal seeking to put an end to the 17year conflict in Afghanistan Washingtons top negotiator has said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-470281772019-01-29
The Trump administrations strategy has been to put pressure on the Taliban to negotiate with the Afghan government. NegativeUS and Taliban negotiators have agreed on a draft framework for a peace deal seeking to put an end to the 17year conflict in Afghanistan Washingtons top negotiator has said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-470281772019-01-29
US and Taliban negotiators have agreed on a draft framework for a peace deal seeking to put an end to the 17year conflict in Afghanistan Washingtons top negotiator has said. PositiveUS and Taliban negotiators have agreed on a draft framework for a peace deal seeking to put an end to the 17year conflict in Afghanistan Washingtons top negotiator has said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-470281772019-01-29
The Taliban leader speaking on condition of anonymity said the committees would identify routes for the withdrawal and how much time is needed NegativeThe significant progress said to have been made during six days of talks between US officials and the Afghan Taliban suggests that both sides are serious about trying to find a peaceful solution to a 17year conflict that has scarred Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-470214242019-01-28
The discussions between the Afghan government and the Taliban are likely to be even more complicated and delicate than the discussions that have been held so far PositiveThe significant progress said to have been made during six days of talks between US officials and the Afghan Taliban suggests that both sides are serious about trying to find a peaceful solution to a 17year conflict that has scarred Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-470214242019-01-28
The significant progress said to have been made during six days of talks between US officials and the Afghan Taliban suggests that both sides are serious about trying to find a peaceful solution to a 17year conflict that has scarred Afghanistan. PositiveThe significant progress said to have been made during six days of talks between US officials and the Afghan Taliban suggests that both sides are serious about trying to find a peaceful solution to a 17year conflict that has scarred Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-470214242019-01-28
They would have to include agreements on the role of womens rights and democracy in an Afghanistan where the ultraconservative Taliban are a significant part of the political mainstream PositiveThe significant progress said to have been made during six days of talks between US officials and the Afghan Taliban suggests that both sides are serious about trying to find a peaceful solution to a 17year conflict that has scarred Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-470214242019-01-28
Analysts warned that such a withdrawal could offer the Taliban a propaganda victory. NegativeThe US and the Afghan Taliban have made significant progress in talks aimed at ending the 17yearold conflict in Afghanistan the US envoy has said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-470157942019-01-27
Earlier on Saturday Taliban sources quoted by Reuters said the two sides had finalised clauses to be included in a draft agreement. NegativeThe US and the Afghan Taliban have made significant progress in talks aimed at ending the 17yearold conflict in Afghanistan the US envoy has said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-470157942019-01-27
Mr Ghani has previously said that the Taliban could be recognised as a political party if they accepted a ceasefire and recognised the countrys constitution. PositiveThe US and the Afghan Taliban have made significant progress in talks aimed at ending the 17yearold conflict in Afghanistan the US envoy has said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-470157942019-01-27
Mr Khalilzad also emphasised that talks with the Taliban would continue and that nothing had been finalised. PositiveThe US and the Afghan Taliban have made significant progress in talks aimed at ending the 17yearold conflict in Afghanistan the US envoy has said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-470157942019-01-27
Recruiters for alQaida IS the Taliban and others have long been able to exploit religious obedience to draw young men and women into their ranks NegativeThe Islamic State group has lost its shortlived caliphate in the Middle East with hundreds possibly thousands of wouldbe international jihadists stuck in limbo and tempted to return home despite fears of arrest and imprisonment http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-470001882019-01-27
The Taliban also said progress had been made in the negotiations. PositiveThe US and the Afghan Taliban have made significant progress in talks aimed at ending the 17yearold conflict in Afghanistan the US envoy has said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-470157942019-01-27
The Taliban have so far refused to hold direct talks with Afghan officials whom they dismiss as puppets. NegativeThe US and the Afghan Taliban have made significant progress in talks aimed at ending the 17yearold conflict in Afghanistan the US envoy has said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-470157942019-01-27
The US and the Afghan Taliban have made significant progress in talks aimed at ending the 17yearold conflict in Afghanistan the US envoy has said. PositiveThe US and the Afghan Taliban have made significant progress in talks aimed at ending the 17yearold conflict in Afghanistan the US envoy has said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-470157942019-01-27
The two sides have also found agreement on other sticking points including the exchange of prisoners and the lifting of travel bans on some Taliban leaders Reuters reported. PositiveThe US and the Afghan Taliban have made significant progress in talks aimed at ending the 17yearold conflict in Afghanistan the US envoy has said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-470157942019-01-27
They were driven from power by USled troops following the attacks which Washington blamed on alQaeda militants sheltered by the Taliban. NegativeThe US and the Afghan Taliban have made significant progress in talks aimed at ending the 17yearold conflict in Afghanistan the US envoy has said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-470157942019-01-27
His comments come amid toplevel talks between US and Taliban representatives PositiveAfghan President Ashraf Ghani says more than 45000 members of the countrys security forces have been killed since he became leader in 2014. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-470055582019-01-26
Large parts of provinces like Helmand and Kandahar where hundreds of US UK and other foreign troops were killed are now under Taliban control NegativeAfghan President Ashraf Ghani says more than 45000 members of the countrys security forces have been killed since he became leader in 2014. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-470055582019-01-26
Military observers say that Afghan soldiers are spread too thin on the ground and the Taliban exploit this by attacking isolated posts check points and bases with ferocity NegativeAfghan President Ashraf Ghani says more than 45000 members of the countrys security forces have been killed since he became leader in 2014. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-470055582019-01-26
The Taliban feel that the momentum is on their side and thats why they are talking to the US but refusing to engage with the Kabul government. NegativeAfghan President Ashraf Ghani says more than 45000 members of the countrys security forces have been killed since he became leader in 2014. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-470055582019-01-26
The Taliban the main insurgent group in Afghanistan said on Thursday that they had held four days of facetoface talks with US officials seeking to end 17 years of war. PositiveAfghan President Ashraf Ghani says more than 45000 members of the countrys security forces have been killed since he became leader in 2014. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-470055582019-01-26
A Taliban attack on a military compound in central Afghanistan has killed at least 20 security personnel and injured many more local officials say. NegativeA Taliban attack on a military compound in central Afghanistan has killed at least 20 security personnel and injured many more local officials say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-469510722019-01-22
Dozens of Afghan security personnel were killed by Taliban militants who overran a military intelligence base near Kabul officials have confirmed. NegativeDozens of Afghan security personnel were killed by Taliban militants who overran a military intelligence base near Kabul officials have confirmed. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-469579552019-01-22
It was the first time that Taliban militants attended such an event. PositiveA Taliban attack on a military compound in central Afghanistan has killed at least 20 security personnel and injured many more local officials say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-469510722019-01-22
It was the first time that Taliban militants had attended such an event. NegativeDozens of Afghan security personnel were killed by Taliban militants who overran a military intelligence base near Kabul officials have confirmed. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-469579552019-01-22
The Taliban said on Monday they had attacked an Afghan special forces unit and 190 people had been killed NegativeDozens of Afghan security personnel were killed by Taliban militants who overran a military intelligence base near Kabul officials have confirmed. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-469579552019-01-22
The Taliban said they had carried out the attack NegativeA Taliban attack on a military compound in central Afghanistan has killed at least 20 security personnel and injured many more local officials say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-469510722019-01-22
The Talibans power and reach has surged since foreign combat troops left Afghanistan in 2014. PositiveA Taliban attack on a military compound in central Afghanistan has killed at least 20 security personnel and injured many more local officials say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-469510722019-01-22
The Talibans power and reach have surged since foreign combat troops left Afghanistan in 2014. PositiveA Taliban attack on a military compound in central Afghanistan has killed at least 20 security personnel and injured many more local officials say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-469510722019-01-22
A team from the Afghan government also went to the Gulf state but the Taliban refused to meet them NegativePakistan has detained a senior Afghan Taliban member in an attempt to put pressure on the militants amid talks with the US sources in the group say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-468659552019-01-16
He warned that if there was too much pressure on the Taliban negotiations might collapse NegativePakistan has detained a senior Afghan Taliban member in an attempt to put pressure on the militants amid talks with the US sources in the group say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-468659552019-01-16
Mr Rashid said however that a great amount of Taliban logistics come through Pakistan and that it is not clear whether those supply chains have been stopped NegativePakistan has detained a senior Afghan Taliban member in an attempt to put pressure on the militants amid talks with the US sources in the group say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-468659552019-01-16
One senior Taliban figure told the They arrested him to send a message NeutralPakistan has detained a senior Afghan Taliban member in an attempt to put pressure on the militants amid talks with the US sources in the group say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-468659552019-01-16
Pakistan has detained a senior Afghan Taliban member in an attempt to put pressure on the militants amid talks with the US sources in the group say. NegativePakistan has detained a senior Afghan Taliban member in an attempt to put pressure on the militants amid talks with the US sources in the group say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-468659552019-01-16
Previously Taliban officials have said they will only begin talks with the Afghan government once a firm date for the withdrawal of American troops from the country has been agreed NegativePakistan has detained a senior Afghan Taliban member in an attempt to put pressure on the militants amid talks with the US sources in the group say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-468659552019-01-16
Taliban sources say Hafez Mohibullah had been living in the city for a number of years NeutralPakistan has detained a senior Afghan Taliban member in an attempt to put pressure on the militants amid talks with the US sources in the group say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-468659552019-01-16
The Talibans power and reach have surged since foreign combat troops left Afghanistan in 2014 NeutralPakistan has detained a senior Afghan Taliban member in an attempt to put pressure on the militants amid talks with the US sources in the group say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-468659552019-01-16
The US has repeatedly called on Pakistan to end safe havens for the Taliban on its soil. NegativePakistan has detained a senior Afghan Taliban member in an attempt to put pressure on the militants amid talks with the US sources in the group say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-468659552019-01-16
Afghanistans vast resources remain largely untapped due to the conflict with the Taliban. NegativeAt least 30 people have been killed in the collapse of a gold mine in northeastern Afghanistan officials say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-467721552019-01-07
The conflict has seen the rise in illegal mining both by villagers and Taliban fighters who use it as a key source of revenue. NeutralAt least 30 people have been killed in the collapse of a gold mine in northeastern Afghanistan officials say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-467721552019-01-07
The Taliban denied any involvement in his killing saying he was a professional journalist and we are saddened by his death NeutralA special Afghan tribunal has convicted three men of being involved in the murder of BBC journalist Ahmad Shah a spokesman for the attorney generals office has told the BBC. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-467505842019-01-04





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Meanwhile Iran has held talks with the Afghan Taliban a senior Iranian security official said PositiveNext years presidential election in Afghanistan has been postponed by three months election authority sources say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-466868622018-12-26
The decision to postpone the presidential vote also comes after a series of problems affected parliamentary elections in October which was disrupted by the Taliban and Islamic State group. NegativeNext years presidential election in Afghanistan has been postponed by three months election authority sources say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-466868622018-12-26
Both the Islamic State group and Taliban have carried similar attacks in the past NegativeAfghan officials say 43 people have died in a suicide and gun attack on a government compound in Kabul. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-466744272018-12-25
On Sunday Afghan President Ashraf Ghani replaced his defence and interior ministers with hardline opponents of the Taliban who used to work for the countrys intelligence agency NegativeAfghan officials say 43 people have died in a suicide and gun attack on a government compound in Kabul. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-466744272018-12-25
Analysts have warned that a withdrawal could have a devastating impact and offer Taliban militants a propaganda victory. NegativeThe Trump administration is planning to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan US media say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-us-canada-466435002018-12-22
But in the years since then the Talibans power and reach have soared and US troops have stayed on the ground in an effort to stabilise the country NegativeThe Trump administration is planning to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan US media say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-us-canada-466435002018-12-22
Earlier this week Afghan President Ashraf Ghani emphasised that Afghan security forces had borne the highest casualties in the battle against the Taliban. NegativeThe Trump administration is planning to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan US media say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-us-canada-466435002018-12-22
The Taliban a hardline Islamist movement that carries out frequent suicide bombings and attacks against government and military targets is active in much of Afghanistan. NegativeThe Trump administration is planning to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan US media say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-us-canada-466435002018-12-22
While any US troop reduction might not affect current antiTaliban operations it would be seen as a positive hint to the militants who have been demanding all US troops leave. NegativeThe Trump administration is planning to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan US media say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-us-canada-466435002018-12-22
His family say they have now abandoned their home in Afghanistan after receiving threats from the Taliban. NegativeA young Afghan boy who became famous online for his devotion to footballer Lionel Messi has been forced to flee his home for the second time http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-464719022018-12-07
However his family say they fear the fame has made him a Taliban target NegativeA young Afghan boy who became famous online for his devotion to footballer Lionel Messi has been forced to flee his home for the second time http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-464719022018-12-07
Murtazas family are part of the Shiadenominated Hazara ethnic group which has been targeted by the Sunni Taliban. NegativeA young Afghan boy who became famous online for his devotion to footballer Lionel Messi has been forced to flee his home for the second time http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-464719022018-12-07
The Ghazni area remains under state control but it is considered to be of strategic importance in the conflict between the government and the Taliban NegativeA young Afghan boy who became famous online for his devotion to footballer Lionel Messi has been forced to flee his home for the second time http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-464719022018-12-07
In postTaliban Afghanistan the womens football team was hailed globally as a symbol of the new freedoms enjoyed by the countrys women PositiveIn postTaliban Afghanistan the womens football team was hailed globally as a symbol of the new freedoms enjoyed by the countrys women http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-464298722018-12-04
The fact that the football stadium in Kabul where the team trained was once the venue for Taliban executions only emphasised the contrast. NegativeIn postTaliban Afghanistan the womens football team was hailed globally as a symbol of the new freedoms enjoyed by the countrys women http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-464298722018-12-04
Large parts of the province are now back under Taliban control NegativeOne of the Talibans most senior commanders has been killed in a US airstrike in Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-464187762018-12-03
Mullah Abdul Manan Akhund was the Talibans governor and military chief for the southern Helmand province. NegativeOne of the Talibans most senior commanders has been killed in a US airstrike in Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-464187762018-12-03
One of the Talibans most senior commanders has been killed in a US airstrike in Afghanistan. NegativeOne of the Talibans most senior commanders has been killed in a US airstrike in Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-464187762018-12-03
The Taliban said his death was a major loss but it would not deter them in their efforts to take back control of Afghanistan. NegativeOne of the Talibans most senior commanders has been killed in a US airstrike in Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-464187762018-12-03
Most civilian casualties in Afghanistan are however still caused by antigovernment groups like the Taliban and the Islamic State group NegativeA US airstrike in Afghanistan on Tuesday killed as many as 23 civilians with most victims women and children the UN says. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-463986202018-12-01
Nato said the Taliban had been using the building that was hit as a fighting position and accused the militants of continuously using civilians as human shields NegativeA US airstrike in Afghanistan on Tuesday killed as many as 23 civilians with most victims women and children the UN says. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-463986202018-12-01
The Taliban are gaining ground across Afghanistan as US officials pursue a peace deal that would bring an end to the 17year war NegativeA US airstrike in Afghanistan on Tuesday killed as many as 23 civilians with most victims women and children the UN says. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-463986202018-12-01
The Taliban say they committed the attack NeutralA British national is among five G4S employees killed in an attack on the security firms base in Kabul. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-463870582018-11-30
The attack came hours after President Ashraf Ghani announced plans to form a team to seek a peace deal with the Taliban. NegativeA British national is among five G4S employees killed in an attack on the security firms base in Kabul. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-463870582018-11-30
It came just hours after President Ashraf Ghani announced plans to form a team to seek a peace deal with the Taliban NegativeAt least 10 people have died and 19 were injured after a compound for British security firm G4S was attacked authorities said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-463770012018-11-29
The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack NeutralAt least 10 people have died and 19 were injured after a compound for British security firm G4S was attacked authorities said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-463770012018-11-29
But Hazara leaders say even the Taliban have never targeted the community in the kind of deliberate sectarian suicide bombings that IS are now carrying out NegativeTears and wails of grief fill the air around a hilltop cemetery in the outskirts of Kabul http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-462622692018-11-28
Last year US President Donald Trump signalled he would keep US boots on the ground indefinitely amid concerns that the Taliban was gaining ground. NegativeThree US service members have been killed and three others wounded in an explosion near Ghazni in Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-463569902018-11-28
The Talibans power and reach has surged since then and the number of security personnel being killed has soared. PositiveThree US service members have been killed and three others wounded in an explosion near Ghazni in Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-463569902018-11-28
US General Scott Miller escaped unhurt in that attack which was later claimed by the Taliban. NegativeThree US service members have been killed and three others wounded in an explosion near Ghazni in Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-463569902018-11-28
But the Taliban has denied involvement and condemned the attack. NegativeA suicide bomb attack on a gathering of religious scholars in the Afghan capital Kabul has killed at least 50 people. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-462736122018-11-21
Socalled Islamic State and the Taliban have carried out a string of attacks in recent years. NegativeA suicide bomb attack on a gathering of religious scholars in the Afghan capital Kabul has killed at least 50 people. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-462736122018-11-21
The Taliban have also continued attacks although many of them target security forces. NeutralA suicide bomb attack on a gathering of religious scholars in the Afghan capital Kabul has killed at least 50 people. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-462736122018-11-21
The Talibans power and reach have surged since foreign combat troops left Afghanistan in 2014. PositiveA suicide bomb attack on a gathering of religious scholars in the Afghan capital Kabul has killed at least 50 people. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-462736122018-11-21
The US special envoy for Afghanistan has also been meeting Taliban officials in Qatar but no agreement has so far been reached. NegativeA suicide bomb attack on a gathering of religious scholars in the Afghan capital Kabul has killed at least 50 people. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-462736122018-11-21
There are some with the Taliban. PositiveA suicide bomb attack on a gathering of religious scholars in the Afghan capital Kabul has killed at least 50 people. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-462736122018-11-21
Afghan forces have been fighting hard to stop the Talibans expansion NegativeRussia has hosted a landmark international meeting on Afghanistan in Moscow aimed at kickstarting peace talks after decades of war. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-461551892018-11-10
But the Taliban again stressed the group would only hold direct talks with the US not the Kabul government. NegativeRussia has hosted a landmark international meeting on Afghanistan in Moscow aimed at kickstarting peace talks after decades of war. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-461551892018-11-10
But the fact that the Taliban are in the same room as Afghan delegates in Russia with the US also in attendance is seen as significant PositiveRussia has hosted a landmark international meeting on Afghanistan in Moscow aimed at kickstarting peace talks after decades of war. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-461551892018-11-10
Given the high frequency and spread of Taliban violence the Afghan security forces are overstretched and in some cases overwhelmed NegativeRussia has hosted a landmark international meeting on Afghanistan in Moscow aimed at kickstarting peace talks after decades of war. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-461551892018-11-10
It is the first time Taliban militants have attended such an event NegativeRussia has hosted a landmark international meeting on Afghanistan in Moscow aimed at kickstarting peace talks after decades of war. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-461551892018-11-10
Russia and the Taliban for example are historic foes although they have begun talking in recent years. PositiveRussia has hosted a landmark international meeting on Afghanistan in Moscow aimed at kickstarting peace talks after decades of war. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-461551892018-11-10
The Talibans power and reach have surged since foreign combat troops left Afghanistan in 2014 NeutralRussia has hosted a landmark international meeting on Afghanistan in Moscow aimed at kickstarting peace talks after decades of war. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-461551892018-11-10
The US is engaged in its own direct talks with the Taliban and attending these meetings in Moscow is significant. NegativeRussia has hosted a landmark international meeting on Afghanistan in Moscow aimed at kickstarting peace talks after decades of war. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-461551892018-11-10
American combat operations against the Taliban officially ended in 2014 but some US troops remain in the country to provide training and assistance to Afghan forces. NegativeA US mayor has been killed in an apparent insider attack while serving with the military in Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-us-canada-461007142018-11-06
Afghan officials had recently asked the cleric believed to have been in his 80s to help convince the Taliban to begin peace negotiations. NegativeThousands of people have gathered for the funeral of Pakistani cleric Maulana Sami ulHaq known as the Father of the Taliban who was killed on Friday. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-460844102018-11-04
American combat operations against the Taliban officially ended in 2014 but more than 8000 US special forces troops remained in the country to provide training and assistance to Afghan troops. NeutralOne US soldier has been killed and another injured in an apparent insider attack in Afghanistan the Natoled mission in the country says. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-460844062018-11-04
Haq was the head of the Haqqania madrassa where many Taliban members including the groups founder Mullah Omar had studied. NegativeThousands of people have gathered for the funeral of Pakistani cleric Maulana Sami ulHaq known as the Father of the Taliban who was killed on Friday. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-460844102018-11-04
In a statement the Afghan Taliban said his death was a great loss for the entire Islamic ummah NegativeThousands of people have gathered for the funeral of Pakistani cleric Maulana Sami ulHaq known as the Father of the Taliban who was killed on Friday. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-460844102018-11-04
Thousands of people have gathered for the funeral of Pakistani cleric Maulana Sami ulHaq known as the Father of the Taliban who was killed on Friday. NegativeThousands of people have gathered for the funeral of Pakistani cleric Maulana Sami ulHaq known as the Father of the Taliban who was killed on Friday. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-460844102018-11-04
Afghan officials had recently asked the cleric believed to have been in his 80s to help convince the Taliban to begin peace negotiations NegativeThe Pakistani cleric Maulana Sami ulHaq known as the Father of the Taliban has been killed in the northern city of Rawalpindi. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-460759722018-11-03
Haq was the head of the Haqqania madrassa in the north of Pakistan where many Taliban members including the groups founder Mullah Omar had studied. NegativeThe Pakistani cleric Maulana Sami ulHaq known as the Father of the Taliban has been killed in the northern city of Rawalpindi. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-460759722018-11-03
The Pakistani cleric Maulana Sami ulHaq known as the Father of the Taliban has been killed in the northern city of Rawalpindi. NegativeThe Pakistani cleric Maulana Sami ulHaq known as the Father of the Taliban has been killed in the northern city of Rawalpindi. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-460759722018-11-03
It said Mullah Baradars release followed a visit to Pakistan by the foreign minister of Qatar where the Taliban have a political office. NegativeThe Afghan Taliban spokesman has said one of its founding members has been released from detention in Pakistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-459713662018-10-25
The Afghan Taliban spokesman has said one of its founding members has been released from detention in Pakistan. NegativeThe Afghan Taliban spokesman has said one of its founding members has been released from detention in Pakistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-459713662018-10-25
His assassination is seen as a hugely significant victory for the Taliban and a major blow to the Afghan and US counterinsurgency campaign NegativeParliamentary elections in the Afghan province of Kandahar have been delayed by a week after the assassination of a powerful local police chief. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-459134212018-10-20
Last year US President Donald Trump signalled that he would keep US boots on the ground indefinitely amid concerns that the Taliban was gaining ground. NegativeParliamentary elections in the Afghan province of Kandahar have been delayed by a week after the assassination of a powerful local police chief. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-459134212018-10-20
Most Afghans are desperate for a better life jobs education and an end to the war with the Taliban. NegativeVoters in Afghanistan are casting their ballots in the long delayed parliamentary elections amid heavy security and threats from the Taliban. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-459190572018-10-20
The Taliban have urged people to boycott what they call fake elections NegativeVoters in Afghanistan are casting their ballots in the long delayed parliamentary elections amid heavy security and threats from the Taliban. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-459190572018-10-20
The Taliban who referred to Gen Raziq as a brutal police chief have urged voters to boycott the poll NegativeParliamentary elections in the Afghan province of Kandahar have been delayed by a week after the assassination of a powerful local police chief. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-459134212018-10-20
The election will also test the readiness of the Afghan army and police who have been struggling to combat a rise in attacks by the Taliban this year NegativeAfghans are once again set to defy threats insecurity and fears over electoral fraud as they prepare to vote in parliamentary elections on 20 October http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-458365212018-10-20
This will be the third parliamentary election since the Taliban were removed in 2001 NeutralAfghans are once again set to defy threats insecurity and fears over electoral fraud as they prepare to vote in parliamentary elections on 20 October http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-458365212018-10-20
Voters in Afghanistan are casting their ballots in the long delayed parliamentary elections amid heavy security and threats from the Taliban. NegativeVoters in Afghanistan are casting their ballots in the long delayed parliamentary elections amid heavy security and threats from the Taliban. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-459190572018-10-20
Last year US President Donald Trump signalled he would keep US boots on the ground indefinitely amid concerns that the Taliban was gaining ground. NegativeA top Afghan security commander Kandahar police chief Gen Abdul Raziq has been shot dead by a bodyguard. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-458998452018-10-19
Taliban militants claimed the attack after a highlevel meeting inside the governors compound saying they had targeted Gen Raziq and top US commander Gen Scott Miller who escaped NegativeA top Afghan security commander Kandahar police chief Gen Abdul Raziq has been shot dead by a bodyguard. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-458998452018-10-19
The BBCs Secunder Kermani in Kabul says Gen Raziq was a powerful opponent of the Taliban NegativeA top Afghan security commander Kandahar police chief Gen Abdul Raziq has been shot dead by a bodyguard. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-458998452018-10-19
The vote is the third parliamentary election to be held since the Taliban were removed from power in 2001. NeutralA top Afghan security commander Kandahar police chief Gen Abdul Raziq has been shot dead by a bodyguard. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-458998452018-10-19
A deadly drought in Afghanistan is causing a humanitarian crisis that has displaced more people this year than the war between the government and the Taliban NegativeA deadly drought in Afghanistan is causing a humanitarian crisis that has displaced more people this year than the war between the government and the Taliban http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-458728972018-10-18
But the UN says that this year the drought has displaced more Afghans than even the conflict between the Taliban and the government NegativeA deadly drought in Afghanistan is causing a humanitarian crisis that has displaced more people this year than the war between the government and the Taliban http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-458728972018-10-18
The Taliban are now reported to control more territory in Afghanistan than at any time since the US led invasion which drove them from power in 2001 NegativeA deadly drought in Afghanistan is causing a humanitarian crisis that has displaced more people this year than the war between the government and the Taliban http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-458728972018-10-18
I was involved in multiple contacts with the Taliban NeutralMany of us associate the sea with feeling happy relaxed and switching off from lifes stress. http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-england-453959442018-10-15
Both the Taliban and the Islamic State group have urged a boycott of the vote. NegativeA young Afghan parliamentary candidate was among eight people killed in a suicide attack in the southern province of Helmand officials say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-457984372018-10-10
Police in the Shirin Tagab district blamed the Taliban for planting a mine in the area which fell into the groups control last week. NegativeAt least eight children have been killed and six wounded in a bomb blast in Afghanistans northern Faryab province. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-456113982018-09-23
There has been no comment from the Taliban. NegativeAt least eight children have been killed and six wounded in a bomb blast in Afghanistans northern Faryab province. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-456113982018-09-23
Huge death tolls that would once have made headlines are becoming commonplace in Afghanistan as the Taliban and other militant groups flex their muscles daily against a USbacked military struggling to cope. NegativeHuge death tolls that would once have made headlines are becoming commonplace in Afghanistan as the Taliban and other militant groups flex their muscles daily against a USbacked military struggling to cope. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-455075602018-09-14
A Taliban spokesman meanwhile said their fighters had taken checkpoints no more than five kilometres from the city centre. NegativeMilitants are continuing to attack Afghanistans northern Sare Pul province as officials say its capital will fall without reinforcements. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-454768602018-09-10
Government forces have suffered several setbacks in recent weeks in their battle against the Taliban. NegativeMilitants are continuing to attack Afghanistans northern Sare Pul province as officials say its capital will fall without reinforcements. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-454768602018-09-10
Security forces had killed at least 39 Taliban fighters he said. NegativeMilitants are continuing to attack Afghanistans northern Sare Pul province as officials say its capital will fall without reinforcements. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-454768602018-09-10
The violence follows recent diplomatic efforts to end the lengthy war between the Afghan government and the Taliban. NegativeMilitants are continuing to attack Afghanistans northern Sare Pul province as officials say its capital will fall without reinforcements. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-454768602018-09-10
Jalaluddin Haqqani was a significant militant figure in Afghanistan and had close ties to both the Taliban and alQaeda. NegativeThe founder of the Haqqani militant network has died after several years of illness the Afghan Taliban has announced. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-454048172018-09-04
The founder of the Haqqani militant network has died after several years of illness the Afghan Taliban has announced. NegativeThe founder of the Haqqani militant network has died after several years of illness the Afghan Taliban has announced. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-454048172018-09-04
The US state department has criticised Pakistan a key ally for failing to deal with terrorist networks operating on its soil including the Haqqani network and the Afghan Taliban. NegativeThe US military says it is cancelling in aid to Pakistan over what it calls Islamabads failure to take action against militant groups http://www.bbc.com//news/world-us-canada-453862782018-09-02
Mr Ghanis call for an Eid ceasefire was rejected by Taliban militants. NegativeMilitants have fired rockets at the diplomatic quarter of the Afghan capital Kabul during a speech by the president to mark a Muslim holiday. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-452561612018-08-21
However the Taliban have yet to comment on this most recent incident. NeutralMore than 100 people are reported to have been kidnapped after Taliban militants launched an ambush on three buses in northern Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-452443392018-08-20
More than 100 people are reported to have been kidnapped after Taliban militants launched an ambush on three buses in northern Afghanistan. NegativeMore than 100 people are reported to have been kidnapped after Taliban militants launched an ambush on three buses in northern Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-452443392018-08-20
Mr Muradi told the BBC the area was under Taliban control. NegativeMore than 100 people are reported to have been kidnapped after Taliban militants launched an ambush on three buses in northern Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-452443392018-08-20
President Ashraf Ghani said it would come into effect on Monday if the Taliban accepted but the militants have not responded yet NegativeMore than 100 people are reported to have been kidnapped after Taliban militants launched an ambush on three buses in northern Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-452443392018-08-20
The Taliban have launched several attacks in recent weeks. NegativeMore than 100 people are reported to have been kidnapped after Taliban militants launched an ambush on three buses in northern Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-452443392018-08-20
A Taliban attack on Ghazni has continued for a third day with intense fighting and conflicting claims over who controls the Afghan city. NegativeA Taliban attack on Ghazni has continued for a third day with intense fighting and conflicting claims over who controls the Afghan city. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-451619092018-08-13
Food supplies in the Afghan city of Ghazni are running low as a battle with the Taliban rages for a fourth day the UN has warned. NegativeFood supplies in the Afghan city of Ghazni are running low as a battle with the Taliban rages for a fourth day the UN has warned. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-451688902018-08-13
In a news conference confirming the deaths of more than 100 members of the security forces the government said it had killed up to 200 Taliban fighters. NegativeFood supplies in the Afghan city of Ghazni are running low as a battle with the Taliban rages for a fourth day the UN has warned. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-451688902018-08-13
It accused the Taliban of using civilians as cover and said the group had achieved nothing. NegativeFood supplies in the Afghan city of Ghazni are running low as a battle with the Taliban rages for a fourth day the UN has warned. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-451688902018-08-13
More than 100 government soldiers and police have been killed since the Taliban stormed Ghazni from four sides early on Friday. NegativeFood supplies in the Afghan city of Ghazni are running low as a battle with the Taliban rages for a fourth day the UN has warned. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-451688902018-08-13
The battle for Ghazni and attacks elsewhere in Afghanistan come as pressure continues on the Taliban to enter peace talks with the Afghan government. NegativeFood supplies in the Afghan city of Ghazni are running low as a battle with the Taliban rages for a fourth day the UN has warned. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-451688902018-08-13
A spokesperson said the attack was another failed Taliban attempt to seize terrain which will result in yet another eyecatching but strategically inconsequential headline. NegativeThe Taliban have launched a major nighttime assault on the Afghan city of Ghazni a provincial capital on the key highway between Kabul and Kandahar. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-451414012018-08-10
Secret talks were recently held in Qatar between Taliban and US officials after an unprecedented threeday ceasefire during Eid celebrations in June that was largely respected by both sides. NegativeThe Taliban have launched a major nighttime assault on the Afghan city of Ghazni a provincial capital on the key highway between Kabul and Kandahar. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-451414012018-08-10
The Taliban are roaming everywhere in and around the city shopkeeper Mohammad Haleem told AFP news agency NegativeThe Taliban have launched a major nighttime assault on the Afghan city of Ghazni a provincial capital on the key highway between Kabul and Kandahar. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-451414012018-08-10
The Taliban have launched a major nighttime assault on the Afghan city of Ghazni a provincial capital on the key highway between Kabul and Kandahar. NegativeThe Taliban have launched a major nighttime assault on the Afghan city of Ghazni a provincial capital on the key highway between Kabul and Kandahar. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-451414012018-08-10
The US militarys Resolute Support mission said it had deployed attack helicopters and a drone to help repel the Taliban from Ghazni which has about 150000 residents. NegativeThe Taliban have launched a major nighttime assault on the Afghan city of Ghazni a provincial capital on the key highway between Kabul and Kandahar. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-451414012018-08-10
The attack comes as pressure continues on the Taliban to enter peace talks with the Afghan government. NegativeThe Taliban have launched a major nighttime assault on the Afghan city of Ghazni a provincial capital on the key highway between Kabul and Kandahar. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-451414012018-08-10
Taliban militants have claimed they carried out the bombing. NegativeA suicide bomber has killed three Czech Nato soldiers in an attack in eastern Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-450743832018-08-05
The Taliban is Afghanistans biggest Islamist militant group NegativeThree foreign nationals have been kidnapped and murdered in the Afghan capital Kabul officials say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-450417302018-08-02
No militant group has yet said it is behind the attack although the Taliban issued a statement denying involvement. NegativeAt least 15 people have died in a bomb and gun attack in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad an official says. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-450220142018-08-01
The Islamic State group has claimed increasing numbers of attacks on civilian targets amid calls for peace talks between the government and the Taliban. NegativeAt least 15 people have died in a bomb and gun attack in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad an official says. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-450220142018-08-01
Taliban officials secretly met a senior US diplomat in Qatar last week sources in the group have told the BBC. NegativeTaliban officials secretly met a senior US diplomat in Qatar last week sources in the group have told the BBC. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-450066432018-07-31
The Taliban have long said that only with the US will they discuss peace. NegativeTaliban officials secretly met a senior US diplomat in Qatar last week sources in the group have told the BBC. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-450066432018-07-31
The facetoface talks in Doha with Alice Wells a state department deputy assistant secretary were very important one Taliban official said. PositiveTaliban officials secretly met a senior US diplomat in Qatar last week sources in the group have told the BBC. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-450066432018-07-31
The Taliban have denied any involvement. NegativeMilitants have attacked a midwife training centre in Afghanistan killing two guards and a driver and injuring at least eight other people. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-449914702018-07-28
Gen Dostum helped the US oust the Taliban in 2001 but has been blamed for some of the worst atrocities in the countrys longrunning civil war. NegativeFourteen people have died in a blast which rocked Kabul airport shortly after Afghan VicePresident Abdul Rashid Dostum returned from selfimposed exile according to police. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-449175832018-07-23
A plumber has been jailed for life for planning a terror attack in Westminster and making bombs for the Taliban. NegativeA plumber has been jailed for life for planning a terror attack in Westminster and making bombs for the Taliban. http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-449017922018-07-20
The Pakistani Taliban said it had carried out that attack. NegativeA suicide bomber has killed at least 128 people at a campaign rally in southwestern Pakistan the deadliest attack in the country since 2014. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-448246192018-07-14
The Taliban have also released a statement saying an Afghan soldier opened fire on US soldiers in Uruzgan. NeutralA US service member has been killed and two others injured in what appears to be an insider attack in Afghanistan Nato says. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-447519022018-07-08
The brief truce did not include IS which is fighting both the Taliban and government forces. NegativeA suicide bombing in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad has killed at least 19 people most of them members of the countrys Sikh minority http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-446778232018-07-02
The latest attack comes after last months threeday ceasefire between government forces and the Taliban. NegativeA suicide bombing in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad has killed at least 19 people most of them members of the countrys Sikh minority http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-446778232018-07-02
A British plumber has been convicted of planning a terror attack in Westminster and making bombs for the Taliban. NegativeA British plumber has been convicted of planning a terror attack in Westminster and making bombs for the Taliban. http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-446135872018-06-26
Police said Ali had been in a Taliban training camp affiliated to alQaeda where for several years he helped terrorists make hundreds of bombs capable of mass murder. NegativeA British plumber has been convicted of planning a terror attack in Westminster and making bombs for the Taliban. http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-446135872018-06-26
According to defence ministry figures 13 soldiers were killed and eight injured when Taliban fighters attacked the check point overnight NeutralThe Taliban have launched their first attack on Afghan forces since their ceasefire for the Eid festival expired. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-445451312018-06-20
The Taliban have launched their first attack on Afghan forces since their ceasefire for the Eid festival expired. NegativeThe Taliban have launched their first attack on Afghan forces since their ceasefire for the Eid festival expired. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-445451312018-06-20
The ceasefire was the Talibans first since the government it ran was toppled in a 2001 USled invasion NeutralThe Taliban have launched their first attack on Afghan forces since their ceasefire for the Eid festival expired. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-445451312018-06-20
A widely welcomed threeday ceasefire between security forces and the Taliban in Afghanistan appears to be over. NegativeA widely welcomed threeday ceasefire between security forces and the Taliban in Afghanistan appears to be over. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-445136572018-06-18
During the ceasefire Taliban militants were able to receive medical and humanitarian assistance and Taliban prisoners could see their families he added. NegativeA widely welcomed threeday ceasefire between security forces and the Taliban in Afghanistan appears to be over. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-445136572018-06-18
In a statement the Taliban said it had called the ceasefire to enable ordinary Afghans to enjoy a peaceful Eid not in response to the ceasefire of the Kabul regime. NegativeA widely welcomed threeday ceasefire between security forces and the Taliban in Afghanistan appears to be over. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-445136572018-06-18
President Ashraf Ghanis plea on Saturday for the Taliban to prolong its truce has been rejected NegativeA widely welcomed threeday ceasefire between security forces and the Taliban in Afghanistan appears to be over. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-445136572018-06-18
The Taliban announced the threeday halt to hostilities earlier this month days after a unilateral ceasefire was ordered by the government. NegativeA widely welcomed threeday ceasefire between security forces and the Taliban in Afghanistan appears to be over. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-445136572018-06-18
The Taliban said its militants had been ordered to take up arms again on Sunday night now the Eid festival had ended NeutralA widely welcomed threeday ceasefire between security forces and the Taliban in Afghanistan appears to be over. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-445136572018-06-18
The government also released some Taliban prisoners he said. NeutralA widely welcomed threeday ceasefire between security forces and the Taliban in Afghanistan appears to be over. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-445136572018-06-18
In Afghanistan spontaneous protests demanding peace began in Helmand the epicentre of the Talibans resurgence a few months ago PositiveIve never been lithe enough for yoga or patient enough for meditation but during my time in India I did discover a path to a kind of a street shave. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-india-444496072018-06-16
Ive seen the aftermath of car bombs in Kabul and cowered at the airport as Taliban shells rained down NegativeIve never been lithe enough for yoga or patient enough for meditation but during my time in India I did discover a path to a kind of a street shave. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-india-444496072018-06-16
Mohammad Iqbal Khyber isnt making any predictions but he says hes sure the Taliban are as tired of war as civilians. NegativeOver the past four weeks a small but growing band of ordinary Afghans have been marching from Helmand to Kabul to demand an end to 40 years of war and violence http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-445024432018-06-16
After the brutal school massacre in Peshawar the influence of the Pakistani Taliban has steadily declined says the BBCs Secunder Kermani in Islamabad. NegativeThere are unconfirmed reports that Mullah Fazlullah the commander of the Pakistan Taliban has been killed in a US air strike in Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-444961212018-06-15
Earlier this month the Afghan government announced a temporary ceasefire with the Taliban to coincide with the end of Ramadan or Eid alFitr. NegativeThere are unconfirmed reports that Mullah Fazlullah the commander of the Pakistan Taliban has been killed in a US air strike in Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-444961212018-06-15
He became head of the Pakistani Taliban in 2013 and has been operating in Afghanistan for years NegativeThere are unconfirmed reports that Mullah Fazlullah the commander of the Pakistan Taliban has been killed in a US air strike in Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-444961212018-06-15
The US has sharply escalated its bombing of Taliban targets in Afghanistan since President Trump announced a new openended military strategy last year. NegativeThere are unconfirmed reports that Mullah Fazlullah the commander of the Pakistan Taliban has been killed in a US air strike in Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-444961212018-06-15
There are unconfirmed reports that Mullah Fazlullah the commander of the Pakistan Taliban has been killed in a US air strike in Afghanistan. NegativeThere are unconfirmed reports that Mullah Fazlullah the commander of the Pakistan Taliban has been killed in a US air strike in Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-444961212018-06-15
An alleged Taliban bombmaker says he was held captive in Pakistan and forced to bundle up parts of explosive devices to prove he was not a British spy. NegativeAn alleged Taliban bombmaker says he was held captive in Pakistan and forced to bundle up parts of explosive devices to prove he was not a British spy. http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-444423762018-06-11
Both IS and the Taliban have carried out deadly attacks in Kabul in recent months. NegativeAt least 12 people have been killed and 31 wounded in a suicide bombing at a government ministry in the west of the Afghan capital Kabul. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-444371022018-06-11
The Taliban have announced a threeday ceasefire with Afghan government forces for Eid later this month but it will not apply to foreign forces. NegativeThe Taliban have announced a threeday ceasefire with Afghan government forces for Eid later this month but it will not apply to foreign forces. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-444230322018-06-09
This is the first time the Taliban have agreed a ceasefire since the 2001 USled invasion NeutralThe Taliban have announced a threeday ceasefire with Afghan government forces for Eid later this month but it will not apply to foreign forces. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-444230322018-06-09
For decades Pakistans military and intelligence agencies are suspected of having given sanctuary to extremist groups which subscribe to the states antiIndia agenda or support its Taliban allies in Afghanistan NegativeA global terror financing watchdog is putting pressure on Pakistan to do more to rein in terrorist groups operating from its soil or face the consequences http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-444002432018-06-08
A recent BBC study found that Taliban fighters are openly active in of Afghanistan NeutralThe helicopters arrived shortly after midday and sent a rocket hurtling into an area at the back of the crowd where children were sitting. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-442820982018-06-07
He made clear Afghan security forces will only stop offensive manoeuvres against Afghan armed Taliban and will continue to target Daesh and other foreignbacked terrorist organisations and their affiliates. NegativeThe Afghan government has announced a temporary ceasefire with the Taliban but says fighting with other militants will continue. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-443958012018-06-07
In February Mr Ghani offered peace talks without preconditions and recognition of the Taliban as a legitimate political group if they respected the rule of law. NegativeThe Afghan government has announced a temporary ceasefire with the Taliban but says fighting with other militants will continue. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-443958012018-06-07
It was the latest deadly example of how a ferocious new air campaign against the Taliban has caused a spike in civilian casualties from US and Afghan air operations. NegativeThe helicopters arrived shortly after midday and sent a rocket hurtling into an area at the back of the crowd where children were sitting. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-442820982018-06-07
Last week the US commander in Afghanistan Gen John Nicholson said senior Taliban officials have been in secret negotiations with Afghan officials about a possible ceasefire. NegativeThe Afghan government has announced a temporary ceasefire with the Taliban but says fighting with other militants will continue. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-443958012018-06-07
Others believe that the entire strategy of pounding the Taliban militarily is misguided NegativeThe helicopters arrived shortly after midday and sent a rocket hurtling into an area at the back of the crowd where children were sitting. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-442820982018-06-07
Tens of thousands of Afghans have been killed since USled troops drove the Taliban from power in 2001. NegativeThe Afghan government has announced a temporary ceasefire with the Taliban but says fighting with other militants will continue. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-443958012018-06-07
The Afghan army has suffered mounting casualties although the Taliban are also reported to have been hit hard by US air strikes NeutralThe Afghan government has announced a temporary ceasefire with the Taliban but says fighting with other militants will continue. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-443958012018-06-07
The Afghan government has announced a temporary ceasefire with the Taliban but says fighting with other militants will continue. PositiveThe Afghan government has announced a temporary ceasefire with the Taliban but says fighting with other militants will continue. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-443958012018-06-07
The Taliban have yet to respond NeutralThe Afghan government has announced a temporary ceasefire with the Taliban but says fighting with other militants will continue. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-443958012018-06-07
The Taliban rejected his comments as a false claim. NegativeThe Afghan government has announced a temporary ceasefire with the Taliban but says fighting with other militants will continue. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-443958012018-06-07
The move accompanied a more aggressive US military approach unveiled last August aimed at forcing the Taliban to negotiate. NegativeThe Afghan government has announced a temporary ceasefire with the Taliban but says fighting with other militants will continue. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-443958012018-06-07
An Old Bailey jury has been shown a video of the moment an alleged Taliban bombmaker was arrested in Westminster by armed police. NegativeAn Old Bailey jury has been shown a video of the moment an alleged Taliban bombmaker was arrested in Westminster by armed police. http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-443846072018-06-06
Prosecutor Brian Altman QC has alleged he made bombs for the Taliban in Afghanistan before returning home to the UK in 2016 to deliver a message to Parliament. NegativeA man set out to launch a knife attack in Westminster just hours after his mother found weapons in his bedroom and called police a court has heard. http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-443726822018-06-05
The prosecutor said the defendant regarded himself as a soldier of Islam a holy warrior and told police he was loyal to the Taliban and alQaeda. NegativeA British man tried to strike at the heart of democracy with knives four weeks after the terror attack in Westminster the Old Bailey has heard. http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-443591962018-06-04
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani proposed negotiations in February an offer the Taliban did not respond to at the time NegativeThe Taliban have held secret meetings with Afghan officials to discuss a ceasefire according to the US military. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-443134742018-05-31
In 2016 Afghan civilian casualties hit a new high a rise attributed by the UN largely to the Taliban. PositiveThe Taliban have held secret meetings with Afghan officials to discuss a ceasefire according to the US military. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-443134742018-05-31
In the February offer of talks Mr Ghani said the Taliban could be recognised as a political party if they accepted a ceasefire and recognised the countrys constitution. NegativeThe Taliban have held secret meetings with Afghan officials to discuss a ceasefire according to the US military. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-443134742018-05-31
Taliban insurgents control more territory in the country than at any time since foreign combat troops left in 2014 BBC research published in January showed. NegativeThe Taliban have held secret meetings with Afghan officials to discuss a ceasefire according to the US military. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-443134742018-05-31
The Taliban have held secret meetings with Afghan officials to discuss a ceasefire according to the US military. NegativeThe Taliban have held secret meetings with Afghan officials to discuss a ceasefire according to the US military. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-443134742018-05-31
The Commons Defence Committee said not a single person potentially at risk of Taliban reprisals had been resettled in the UK so far via the initiative. NegativeA scheme aimed at helping Afghan civilians who worked as interpreters for the Army has proved an utter failure MPs have said. http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-politics-442513432018-05-26
Although its a story for children it doesnt disguise the details of life under the Taliban including what happens when a woman is caught in the street without a burka. NegativeFirst Angelina Jolie directed a film about the effect of war on a young girl in Cambodia First They Killed my Father http://www.bbc.com//news/entertainment-arts-442396772018-05-25
Interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said 300 Taliban had been killed. NegativeThe US Air Force has taken flak after making light of its air strikes on the Taliban with a joke about an internet debate. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-us-canada-441637062018-05-18
The US Air Force has taken flak after making light of its air strikes on the Taliban with a joke about an internet debate. NegativeThe US Air Force has taken flak after making light of its air strikes on the Taliban with a joke about an internet debate. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-us-canada-441637062018-05-18
The decision to increase troops would send an important message to our allies and the Taliban he added. NegativeThe government is considering sending hundreds more British troops to Afghanistan the BBC understands. http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-441644302018-05-18
The only way this war is going to end is when the Taliban realise they cant fight their way back to government NegativeThe government is considering sending hundreds more British troops to Afghanistan the BBC understands. http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-441644302018-05-18
US and Afghan aircraft this week pounded Taliban positions in Farah after the insurgents attacked the provincial capital. NegativeThe US Air Force has taken flak after making light of its air strikes on the Taliban with a joke about an internet debate. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-us-canada-441637062018-05-18
While initially Islamist suicide attacks had been carried out by men groups like the Taliban or Islamic State then moved on to also use women because they appeared less suspicious. PositiveThe past days deadly Islamist attacks in Indonesia have stood out because two families parents and their very own children were the attackers. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-441048872018-05-15
Investigators noted that residents felt caught in the middle of the conflict between the Afghan government and the Taliban. NeutralA UN report has found that 30 children were killed and 51 injured in an Afghan air strike last month in the northeastern province of Kunduz. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-440293982018-05-07
The Afghan government initially said 18 senior militants planning an attack had been killed and accused the Taliban of shooting civilians. NegativeA UN report has found that 30 children were killed and 51 injured in an Afghan air strike last month in the northeastern province of Kunduz. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-440293982018-05-07
The Taliban denied any militants had been present during the air strike and said 200 civilians had died or been injured NegativeA UN report has found that 30 children were killed and 51 injured in an Afghan air strike last month in the northeastern province of Kunduz. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-440293982018-05-07
The government said after the strike on 2 April that its air force had targeted a gathering of senior Taliban figures NegativeA UN report has found that 30 children were killed and 51 injured in an Afghan air strike last month in the northeastern province of Kunduz. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-440293982018-05-07
However provincial governor Abdul Hai Nemati told Tolo TV that the Taliban was responsible NeutralSeven Indian engineers have been kidnapped in Afghanistan along with their Afghan driver police say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-india-440236152018-05-06
Provincial council chairman Mohammad Safdar Mohseni said the group had ignored warnings to take a police escort through an area largely controlled by the Taliban. NegativeSeven Indian engineers have been kidnapped in Afghanistan along with their Afghan driver police say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-india-440236152018-05-06
Afghan interpreters who served with British troops fighting against the Taliban will be able to stay in the UK for free the home secretary has said. NeutralAfghan interpreters who served with British troops fighting against the Taliban will be able to stay in the UK for free the home secretary has said. http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-439989252018-05-04
Afghan interpreters who fought the Taliban alongside British troops should be able to stay in the UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has said after a group of them raised concerns. NegativeAfghan interpreters who fought the Taliban alongside British troops should be able to stay in the UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has said after a group of them raised concerns. http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-439902202018-05-03
At the end of last year Ahmad played a key role in a BBC project to chart the Taliban presence across Afghanistan PositiveAhmad Shah who has been killed aged 29 was a very unassuming man but his work as a BBC reporter in Afghanistan was far from modest. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-439640942018-05-02
Mr Khan has faced accusations of being soft on Islamist extremism at one stage earning the nickname Taliban Khan NeutralLeading opposition politician Imran Khan has promised to create a new Pakistan ahead of general elections this summer. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-439670942018-05-02
On international affairs Mr Khan like other Pakistani politicians has denied US allegations that the country is providing safe havens for the Afghan Taliban and its allies NegativeLeading opposition politician Imran Khan has promised to create a new Pakistan ahead of general elections this summer. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-439670942018-05-02
The Taliban denied any involvement in his killing saying he was a professional journalist and we are saddened by his death NeutralAhmad Shah who has been killed aged 29 was a very unassuming man but his work as a BBC reporter in Afghanistan was far from modest. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-439640942018-05-02
But attacks claimed by the Taliban and Islamic State group militants have killed scores in Kabul and elsewhere in recent months NegativeThe strength of the Afghan security forces has declined sharply over the past 12 months a US government watchdog has said amid reports of desertions and high casualty rates http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-439614082018-05-01
The report released by Sigar Special Inspector General for Afghanistan says more of the population is falling under the control of militant groups including the Taliban. NegativeThe strength of the Afghan security forces has declined sharply over the past 12 months a US government watchdog has said amid reports of desertions and high casualty rates http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-439614082018-05-01
USled forces have spent billions of dollars trying to defeat the Taliban NegativeThe strength of the Afghan security forces has declined sharply over the past 12 months a US government watchdog has said amid reports of desertions and high casualty rates http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-439614082018-05-01
Shah Marai started work as a driver with AFP in the 1990s during the era of the Taliban NegativeAt least 21 people have been killed in two explosions in the Afghan capital Kabul including a leading photographer for the AFP agency and several other journalists documenting the scene. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-439465392018-04-30
The Taliban still has a presence in parts of the province but attacks are rare now. PositiveA BBC reporter has been killed in an attack in the eastern Afghan province of Khost. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-439533222018-04-30
Manzoor Pashteen was born and raised in South Waziristan which was the earliest of the Pakistan Taliban sanctuaries in the period. NegativeTens of thousands of Pashtuns are demanding an end to extrajudicial killings and abductions they blame on the Pakistani state and a charismatic young man has become their spokesman http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-438276602018-04-23
Afghanistans interior minister told the BBC earlier this year that both IS and the Taliban were targeting civilians to provoke people against the government and create chaos. NegativeA suicide bomb attack at a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital Kabul has killed at least 57 people officials say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-438558842018-04-22
A Taliban spokesman claimed that 150 civilians were killed or wounded in the attack NegativeAn Afghan military air strike targeting the Taliban in northern Kunduz province is reported to have killed civilians. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-436198342018-04-03
An Afghan military air strike targeting the Taliban in northern Kunduz province is reported to have killed civilians NegativeAn Afghan military air strike targeting the Taliban in northern Kunduz province is reported to have killed civilians. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-436198342018-04-03
He said those in the building were a mix of civilians religious school students and Taliban fighters NeutralAn Afghan military air strike targeting the Taliban in northern Kunduz province is reported to have killed civilians. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-436198342018-04-03
Local police told Reuters news agency that a representative from the Taliban leadership council based in Quetta in Pakistan was visiting the area NegativeAn Afghan military air strike targeting the Taliban in northern Kunduz province is reported to have killed civilians. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-436198342018-04-03
The Taliban said no fighters were there and only civilians were killed NeutralAn Afghan military air strike targeting the Taliban in northern Kunduz province is reported to have killed civilians. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-436198342018-04-03
The district is controlled by the Taliban NegativeAn Afghan military air strike targeting the Taliban in northern Kunduz province is reported to have killed civilians. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-436198342018-04-03
A Taliban spokesman said they had not received military assistance from any country NegativeThe US accuses Russia of trying to destabilise Afghanistan by supporting the Taliban http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-418422852018-04-02
According to some Taliban sources a communication channel between Moscow and the Taliban was established almost a decade ago following the Talibans removal from power by the US in 2001 NeutralThe US accuses Russia of trying to destabilise Afghanistan by supporting the Taliban http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-418422852018-04-02
But after the US invasion of Afghanistan following the attacks in the US the Taliban apparently saw an opportunity to work with Russia NeutralThe US accuses Russia of trying to destabilise Afghanistan by supporting the Taliban http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-418422852018-04-02
But everyone quoted in the media said they understood her constraints and that she continued to be a target of the Taliban NeutralMalala Yousafzais first homecoming in six years was brief and revealing. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-436162652018-04-02
But ties between Moscow and the Taliban have improved significantly over the past three years especially since the establishment of the socalled IS Khorasan group in Afghanistan in January 2015 PositiveThe US accuses Russia of trying to destabilise Afghanistan by supporting the Taliban http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-418422852018-04-02
By establishing links with the Taliban Moscow seems to be aiming to pressurise and even undermine the US and Nato NeutralThe US accuses Russia of trying to destabilise Afghanistan by supporting the Taliban http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-418422852018-04-02
For its part Tajikistan has denied funnelling Russian weapons to the Taliban calling Gen Nicholsons claim groundless NegativeThe US accuses Russia of trying to destabilise Afghanistan by supporting the Taliban http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-418422852018-04-02
He accused Russia of exaggerating the number of Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan to legitimise the actions of the Taliban and provide some degree of support to the Taliban NegativeThe US accuses Russia of trying to destabilise Afghanistan by supporting the Taliban http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-418422852018-04-02
Last October President Ashraf Ghani publicly taunted the Taliban for accepting Russian guns NegativeThe US accuses Russia of trying to destabilise Afghanistan by supporting the Taliban http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-418422852018-04-02
Moscow and the Taliban deny the US claims that they are working together NegativeThe US accuses Russia of trying to destabilise Afghanistan by supporting the Taliban http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-418422852018-04-02
Moscow says the contacts are intended to encourage the Taliban to enter peace talks NeutralThe US accuses Russia of trying to destabilise Afghanistan by supporting the Taliban http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-418422852018-04-02
Russia denies materially supporting the insurgents but acknowledges contacts with the Taliban NeutralThe US accuses Russia of trying to destabilise Afghanistan by supporting the Taliban http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-418422852018-04-02
Russia now no longer sees the Taliban as a pressing security threat NeutralThe US accuses Russia of trying to destabilise Afghanistan by supporting the Taliban http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-418422852018-04-02
Since then a number of highranking US officials mainly military have made similar claims some suggesting Russia is also arming the Taliban NeutralThe US accuses Russia of trying to destabilise Afghanistan by supporting the Taliban http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-418422852018-04-02
Softening its approach towards the Afghan Taliban is a dramatic and somehow unexpected shift for Russia NeutralThe US accuses Russia of trying to destabilise Afghanistan by supporting the Taliban http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-418422852018-04-02
Taliban diplomatic outreach also extends to building relations with China and Iran NegativeThe US accuses Russia of trying to destabilise Afghanistan by supporting the Taliban http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-418422852018-04-02
Taliban sources confirm their representatives have met Russian officials inside Russia and other countries several times NeutralThe US accuses Russia of trying to destabilise Afghanistan by supporting the Taliban http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-418422852018-04-02
The US accuses Russia of trying to destabilise Afghanistan by supporting the Taliban NeutralThe US accuses Russia of trying to destabilise Afghanistan by supporting the Taliban http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-418422852018-04-02
The fact that Russia and Iran are accused of supporting the Taliban challenges the narrative that the militants are solely dependent on Pakistan NegativeThe US accuses Russia of trying to destabilise Afghanistan by supporting the Taliban http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-418422852018-04-02
This is a moralebooster and has strengthened Taliban conviction in the legitimacy of their struggle to oust USled forces from Afghanistan NegativeThe US accuses Russia of trying to destabilise Afghanistan by supporting the Taliban http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-418422852018-04-02
Weve had weapons brought to this headquarters and given to us by Afghan leaders and said this was given by the Russians to the Taliban he said NegativeThe US accuses Russia of trying to destabilise Afghanistan by supporting the Taliban http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-418422852018-04-02
At the age of 11 Ms Yousafzai began writing an anonymous diary for BBC Urdu about her life under Taliban rule NegativeNobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has returned to her home town in Pakistan for the first time since she was shot there by Taliban militants security officials say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-436038442018-03-31
It ended with a declaration supporting efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table and underlining that Afghans must lead the peace process themselves PositiveUzbekistan is a country that has long been in the shadows but this week the once repressive and secretive Central Asian state invited the media in for an international summit on the peace process in Afghanistan http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-435823712018-03-31
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has returned to her home town in Pakistan for the first time since she was shot there by Taliban militants security officials say NegativeNobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has returned to her home town in Pakistan for the first time since she was shot there by Taliban militants security officials say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-436038442018-03-31
The Pakistani Taliban said at the time that they had shot her because she was proWest and promoting Western culture in Pashtun areas NegativeNobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has returned to her home town in Pakistan for the first time since she was shot there by Taliban militants security officials say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-436038442018-03-31
At just 11 Ms Yousafzai began writing an anonymous diary for BBC Urdu about her life under Taliban rule NegativeNobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has returned to Pakistan for the first time since being shot by Taliban militants. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-435786042018-03-29
Despite security efforts in recent years the Pakistani Taliban has remained active NegativeNobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has returned to Pakistan for the first time since being shot by Taliban militants. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-435786042018-03-29
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has returned to Pakistan for the first time since being shot by Taliban militants NegativeNobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has returned to Pakistan for the first time since being shot by Taliban militants. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-435786042018-03-29
The Pakistani Taliban said at the time that they shot her because she was proWest and promoting Western culture in Pashtun areas NegativeNobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has returned to Pakistan for the first time since being shot by Taliban militants. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-435786042018-03-29
A Taliban spokesman said they had not received assistance from any country NegativeRussia and the Taliban have separately rejected comments made by the head of US forces in Afghanistan that Moscow has been supporting and even supplying weapons to the insurgent group. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-435331382018-03-25
According to the commander of US forces here Gen John Nicholson the message to the Taliban is Reconcile or die NegativeBefore taking office Donald Trump called the war in Afghanistan a total disaster http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-435191262018-03-25
But it is a message the Taliban have heard before NeutralBefore taking office Donald Trump called the war in Afghanistan a total disaster http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-435191262018-03-25
Russia and the Taliban have separately rejected comments made by the head of US forces in Afghanistan that Moscow has been supporting and even supplying weapons to the insurgent group NegativeRussia and the Taliban have separately rejected comments made by the head of US forces in Afghanistan that Moscow has been supporting and even supplying weapons to the insurgent group. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-435331382018-03-25
Russia has previously said that its limited contacts with the Taliban were aimed at encouraging peace talks and ensuring the safety of Russian citizens NeutralRussia and the Taliban have separately rejected comments made by the head of US forces in Afghanistan that Moscow has been supporting and even supplying weapons to the insurgent group. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-435331382018-03-25
The US general Weve had weapons brought to this headquarters and given to us by Afghan leaders and said this was given by the Russians to the Taliban NegativeRussia and the Taliban have separately rejected comments made by the head of US forces in Afghanistan that Moscow has been supporting and even supplying weapons to the insurgent group. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-435331382018-03-25
However Russia may well believe there are wider geopolitical benefits to be had from supporting the Taliban NeutralRussia is supporting and even supplying arms to the Taliban the head of US forces in Afghanistan has told the BBC. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-435002992018-03-23
It may be that now Russian and Taliban interests are becoming more closely aligned she speculates NeutralRussia is supporting and even supplying arms to the Taliban the head of US forces in Afghanistan has told the BBC. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-435002992018-03-23
Russia is supporting and even supplying arms to the Taliban the head of US forces in Afghanistan has told the BBC NegativeRussia is supporting and even supplying arms to the Taliban the head of US forces in Afghanistan has told the BBC. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-435002992018-03-23
The Taliban is also keen to distance itself from Pakistan and demonstrate that it is an independent force PositiveRussia is supporting and even supplying arms to the Taliban the head of US forces in Afghanistan has told the BBC. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-435002992018-03-23
The Talibans enmity towards Russia was enduring says Kate Clarke of the Afghan Analysts The Taliban always castigated the Northern Alliance for dealing with Russia she says NegativeRussia is supporting and even supplying arms to the Taliban the head of US forces in Afghanistan has told the BBC. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-435002992018-03-23
The implication is that these weapons and other equipment are then smuggled across the border and supplied to the Taliban NegativeRussia is supporting and even supplying arms to the Taliban the head of US forces in Afghanistan has told the BBC. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-435002992018-03-23
Both the Taliban and IS seem to be focusing their energies on carrying out attacks in Kabul correspondents say NegativeAt least 29 people have been killed and 52 wounded in a suspected suicide bomb attack near a shrine in the Afghan capital Kabul officials say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-434842062018-03-21
Scores of people were killed in a wave of Taliban and IS attacks on Kabul in January underlining the citys fragile security NegativeAt least 29 people have been killed and 52 wounded in a suspected suicide bomb attack near a shrine in the Afghan capital Kabul officials say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-434842062018-03-21
The Taliban control large swathes of Afghanistan and IS militants hold sway in a much smaller number of districts NegativeAt least 29 people have been killed and 52 wounded in a suspected suicide bomb attack near a shrine in the Afghan capital Kabul officials say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-434842062018-03-21
A Taliban spokesman claimed on social media that 53 soldiers had been killed or wounded in the militant attack NegativeAt least 24 members of the Afghan security forces have been killed in a Taliban attack in the western province of Farah officials said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-433581482018-03-10
A recent BBC study found that the Taliban now control or threaten much more territory than when foreign combat troops left in 2014 NeutralAt least 24 members of the Afghan security forces have been killed in a Taliban attack in the western province of Farah officials said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-433581482018-03-10
At least 24 members of the Afghan security forces have been killed in a Taliban attack in the western province of Farah officials said NegativeAt least 24 members of the Afghan security forces have been killed in a Taliban attack in the western province of Farah officials said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-433581482018-03-10
The attack in Bala Buluk district comes two weeks after a similar assault by the Taliban on an army base in the same province NegativeAt least 24 members of the Afghan security forces have been killed in a Taliban attack in the western province of Farah officials said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-433581482018-03-10
Afghan officials believe the man has been with the Taliban for eight years NegativeAfghan security forces say they have arrested a German man in southern Helmand province who has been a longtime military adviser to the Taliban. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-432391782018-03-01
Afghan security forces say they have arrested a German man in southern Helmand province who has been a longtime military adviser to the Taliban NegativeAfghan security forces say they have arrested a German man in southern Helmand province who has been a longtime military adviser to the Taliban. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-432391782018-03-01
Attacks in recent months claimed by Taliban and IS have killed scores in Kabul and elsewhere NegativeAfghan security forces say they have arrested a German man in southern Helmand province who has been a longtime military adviser to the Taliban. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-432391782018-03-01
Gereshk police chief Ismail Khplwak described the captured man as the military adviser of Mullah Nasir commander of a local Taliban elite group in Helmand AFP news agency reported NegativeAfghan security forces say they have arrested a German man in southern Helmand province who has been a longtime military adviser to the Taliban. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-432391782018-03-01
Large parts of Helmand are under Taliban control NegativeAfghan security forces say they have arrested a German man in southern Helmand province who has been a longtime military adviser to the Taliban. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-432391782018-03-01
Taliban insurgents control more territory in the country than at any time since foreign combat troops left in 2014 BBC research published in January showed NegativeAfghan security forces say they have arrested a German man in southern Helmand province who has been a longtime military adviser to the Taliban. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-432391782018-03-01
While foreign fighters are common in Syria alongside socalled Islamic State militants it is rare to find Western nationals in Taliban ranks NeutralAfghan security forces say they have arrested a German man in southern Helmand province who has been a longtime military adviser to the Taliban. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-432391782018-03-01
A Taliban spokesman told the BBC Afghan service they were waiting for reaction from their leadership NegativeAfghan President Ashraf Ghani has offered peace talks without preconditions to the Taliban after 16 years of war. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-432278602018-02-28
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has offered peace talks without preconditions to the Taliban after 16 years of war PositiveAfghan President Ashraf Ghani has offered peace talks without preconditions to the Taliban after 16 years of war. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-432278602018-02-28
In return the Taliban would need to recognise the Afghan government and respect the rule of law NeutralAfghan President Ashraf Ghani has offered peace talks without preconditions to the Taliban after 16 years of war. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-432278602018-02-28
In the past the Taliban have refused to talk to the Afghan government a longstanding demand of the US NegativeAfghan President Ashraf Ghani has offered peace talks without preconditions to the Taliban after 16 years of war. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-432278602018-02-28
Mr Ghani and his American backers have issued similar calls to the Taliban in the past NegativeAfghan President Ashraf Ghani has offered peace talks without preconditions to the Taliban after 16 years of war. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-432278602018-02-28
Previous peace talks offers have not stopped attacks by the Taliban who have yet to respond to the offer NegativeAfghan President Ashraf Ghani has offered peace talks without preconditions to the Taliban after 16 years of war. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-432278602018-02-28
Since then the Taliban have extended their influence over swathes of the country and areas taken from them are now back under their control NegativeAfghan President Ashraf Ghani has offered peace talks without preconditions to the Taliban after 16 years of war. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-432278602018-02-28
Tens of thousands of people combatants and civilians have been killed in Afghanistan since USled troops drove the Taliban from power in 2001 NegativeAfghan President Ashraf Ghani has offered peace talks without preconditions to the Taliban after 16 years of war. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-432278602018-02-28
The Afghan army has suffered mounting casualties although the Taliban are also reported to have been hard hit by US air strikes NegativeAfghan President Ashraf Ghani has offered peace talks without preconditions to the Taliban after 16 years of war. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-432278602018-02-28
The president mention foreign forces or when they might leave Afghanistan the main public demand of the Taliban before any peace talks can take place with the Afghan government NegativeAfghan President Ashraf Ghani has offered peace talks without preconditions to the Taliban after 16 years of war. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-432278602018-02-28
Early on Saturday Taliban forces mounted an overnight attack on a base in Farah NeutralA wave of attacks across Afghanistan has left more than 25 people dead most of them soldiers officials say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-431813332018-02-24
In the worst incident Taliban militants stormed an army post in the western province of Farah killing 22 soldiers NegativeA wave of attacks across Afghanistan has left more than 25 people dead most of them soldiers officials say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-431813332018-02-24
The Taliban control large swathes of Afghanistan but IS militants hold sway in a much smaller number of districts NegativeA wave of attacks across Afghanistan has left more than 25 people dead most of them soldiers officials say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-431813332018-02-24
Weapons were seized and the Afghan military said the Taliban had incurred a lot of casualties NegativeA wave of attacks across Afghanistan has left more than 25 people dead most of them soldiers officials say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-431813332018-02-24
ANIM focuses on supporting orphans streetworking children and young girls training them as singers and musicians which were vocations banned under the Taliban NeutralHeavy metal pioneers Metallica are being honoured with Polar Prize one of the most prestigious awards in music http://www.bbc.com//news/entertainment-arts-430491902018-02-14
Mehsud was deputy leader of the banned Tehrike Taliban Pakistan the main faction of the hardline Islamist Pakistani Taliban NegativeThe Pakistani Taliban say a senior militant Khalid Mehsud has been killed in a US drone attack. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-430322612018-02-12
Mehsuds death would further weaken the Pakistani Taliban who have been forced to reduce their activities due to a relatively successful Pakistan military offensive BBC Urdus Haroon Rashid reports NegativeThe Pakistani Taliban say a senior militant Khalid Mehsud has been killed in a US drone attack. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-430322612018-02-12
The Pakistani Taliban say a senior militant Khalid Mehsud has been killed in a US drone attack NegativeThe Pakistani Taliban say a senior militant Khalid Mehsud has been killed in a US drone attack. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-430322612018-02-12
And in November Afghanistan moved to ban the app in an effort to prevent the Taliban and other insurgent groups from using it NegativeApple removed messaging app Telegram from its app store because some users were sharing images of child abuse.http://www.bbc.com//news/technology-429598452018-02-06
But Afghan officials often say that there is no tangible difference between the Taliban and IS NegativeMilitants are targeting civilians in Kabul hoping chaos will spark an uprising Afghanistan's interior minister has told the BBC.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-429293702018-02-03
IS preaches that only they are real Muslims not the Taliban and does not believe in mercy the prisoner who did not want to be identified added NegativeMilitants are targeting civilians in Kabul hoping chaos will spark an uprising Afghanistan's interior minister has told the BBC.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-429293702018-02-03
Many IS fighters in Afghanistan were former Taliban NegativeMilitants are targeting civilians in Kabul hoping chaos will spark an uprising Afghanistan's interior minister has told the BBC.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-429293702018-02-03
Some analysts believe that the recent spate of attacks by the Taliban in Kabul represent a competition between the two groups for international notoriety NeutralMilitants are targeting civilians in Kabul hoping chaos will spark an uprising Afghanistan's interior minister has told the BBC.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-429293702018-02-03
Possible perpetrators included the Taliban CIA and Afghan forces NegativeJudges at the International Criminal Court are deciding whether to authorise an official war crimes inquiry into events in Afghanistanhttp://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-429083962018-02-02
She died after being caught in a Taliban suicide bombing in July 2017 NeutralJudges at the International Criminal Court are deciding whether to authorise an official war crimes inquiry into events in Afghanistanhttp://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-429083962018-02-02
That attack was attributed to the Taliban NegativeMilitants have attacked an army base near a military academy in the Afghan capital Kabul killing at least 11 soldiers.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-428553742018-01-29
A Taliban spokesman later linked the attack to US efforts to assist Afghan forces with troops and airstrikes NegativeMore than 100 people are now believed to have been killed in a suicide bombing on Saturday in Kabul.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-428506242018-01-28
The Taliban a hardline Islamist group said it was behind the attack NegativeMore than 100 people are now believed to have been killed in a suicide bombing on Saturday in Kabul.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-428506242018-01-28
A week ago Taliban militants killed 22 people in a luxury Kabul hotel NegativeA suicide bombing has killed at least 95 people and injured 158 others in the centre of Afghanistan's capital Kabul officials say.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-428438972018-01-27
The Taliban have said they carried out the attack the deadliest for months NeutralA suicide bombing has killed at least 95 people and injured 158 others in the centre of Afghanistan's capital Kabul officials say.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-428438972018-01-27
A Canadian man held hostage by the Taliban is facing more assault charges and has been ordered to undergo an inpatient psychiatric assessment NegativeA Canadian man held hostage by the Taliban is facing more assault charges and has been ordered to undergo an inpatient psychiatric assessment.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-us-canada-428382942018-01-26
The Taliban said their fighters were behind the attack NeutralAt least 22 people have now been reported killed in a siege by gunmen at Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel the health ministry says.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-427741982018-01-22
She said the US government considered that the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network were destabilising the region and also targeting US personnel NeutralThe US government is cutting almost all security aid to Pakistan saying it has failed to deal with terrorist networks operating on its soil.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-us-canada-425741392018-01-05
The state department said the freeze would remain in place until Islamabad took action against the Haqqani network and the Afghan Taliban NegativeThe US government is cutting almost all security aid to Pakistan saying it has failed to deal with terrorist networks operating on its soil.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-us-canada-425741392018-01-05
A Canadian man who was held hostage for five years by a Talibanlinked insurgent group has been arrested NeutralA Canadian man who was held hostage for five years by a Talibanlinked insurgent group has been arrestedhttp://www.bbc.com//news/world-us-canada-425488162018-01-03
The couple were kidnapped while backpacking in Afghanistan in 2012 by the Talibanaligned Haqqani network NeutralA Canadian man who was held hostage for five years by a Talibanlinked insurgent group has been arrestedhttp://www.bbc.com//news/world-us-canada-425488162018-01-03
Pakistan has already had millions of dollars of US aid withheld for allegedly not taking enough action against the Talibanallied Haqqani network NegativePresident Donald Trump has accused Pakistan of lying and deceiving the United States while receiving billions of dollars in foreign aid.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-us-canada-425362092018-01-02
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has also put pressure on Pakistan over its perceived backing for the Taliban in Afghanistan NegativePresident Donald Trump has accused Pakistan of lying and deceiving the United States while receiving billions of dollars in foreign aid.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-us-canada-425362092018-01-02
The Taliban have issued a statement saying they were not involved NeutralAt least 40 people have been killed and 30 wounded in a suicide attack at a Shia cultural and religious organisation in a western area of the Afghan capital Kabul.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-425007692017-12-28
The BBC understands that Ikramullah is now living in eastern Afghanistan where he has become a midranking Pakistan Taliban commander NegativeBenazir Bhutto was the first woman to lead a Muslim countryhttp://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-424093742017-12-27
I got up and within seconds everybody was running and shouting Taliban have he said NeutralGunmen have stormed a college in the Pakistani city of Peshawar killing at least nine people and injuring 36.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-421914872017-12-01
Peshawar close to the Afghan border has seen some of the worst violence during the Taliban insurgency in recent years NegativeGunmen have stormed a college in the Pakistani city of Peshawar killing at least nine people and injuring 36.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-421914872017-12-01
The Pakistani Taliban said they had carried out the attack NeutralGunmen have stormed a college in the Pakistani city of Peshawar killing at least nine people and injuring 36.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-421914872017-12-01
The Afghan capital has been targeted repeatedly in recent months by the Taliban and socalled Islamic State militants NegativeGunmen have attacked a local television station in the Afghan capital Kabul with reports that people have been killed and injured.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-418980112017-11-07
Bergdahl was freed in a politically contentious 2014 Taliban prisoner swap brokered by former President Barack administration NegativeUS Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl will be spared prison time after he was found guilty of deserting his Afghan outpost in 2009 a military judge has ruled.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-us-canada-418608282017-11-05
The actions of the Taliban the Afghan government and US troops since May 2003 are expected to be examined NegativeThe prosecutor of the International Criminal Court is seeking a formal investigation into alleged war crimes committed in Afghanistan.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-418643152017-11-05
The move may have been initiated to stop the Taliban and other insurgent groups from using encrypted messaging NegativeJournalists media groups and users of social media in Afghanistan have accused the government of censorship after it moved to block the WhatsApp and Telegram messaging services.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-418689782017-11-05
The report also said it was reasonable to believe the Afghan government and the Taliban had committed war crimes NegativeThe prosecutor of the International Criminal Court is seeking a formal investigation into alleged war crimes committed in Afghanistan.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-asia-418643152017-11-05










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Five security force members and three civilians were also injured after a Taliban rocket propelled grenade struck a house in the district bordering Tajikistan Rahmani added.NeutralFive security force members and three civilians were also injured after a Taliban rocket propelled grenade struck a house in the district bordering Tajikistan Rahmani added.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/20/c_136840486.htm2017-12-20
militantsTaliban militants haven't comment Taliban militants haven't made comment yet.NeutralA number of arms and ammunitions have either been captured or destroyed during the operations the official added.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/20/c_136840456.htm2017-12-20
Taliban militants who are in control of parts of the restive Helmand province are yet to make comment on the report.NeutralTaliban militants who are in control of parts of the restive Helmand province are yet to make comment on the report.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/20/c_136840071.htm2017-12-20
outfitTaliban militants rebuffed allegations saying armed outfit does not operate heroin labs Taliban militants rebuffed the allegations saying the armed outfit does not operate heroin labs and all those killed in the air strikes were civilians.Neutralhttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/19/c_136836569.htm2017-12-19
spokesperson for Pakistan's army General Asif Ghafoor rejected Trump's remarks regarding Islamabad's alleged support of Taliban asserting A spokesperson for Pakistan's army General Asif Ghafoor has reportedly rejected Trump's remarks regarding Islamabad's alleged support of the Taliban asserting that no terrorist camps exists in Pakistan.Neutralhttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/19/c_136836569.htm2017-12-19
The Taliban militants themselves in a sharp reaction denounced the new U.S. strategy for Afghanistan as warmongering and vowed to step up their resistanceNeutralhttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/19/c_136836569.htm2017-12-19
The Taliban militants themselves in a sharp reaction denounced the new U.S. strategy for Afghanistan as warmongering and vowed to step up their resistance.Neutralhttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/19/c_136836569.htm2017-12-19
It is not clear whether Farhad was affiliated with the Taliban insurgents or the Islamic State terrorist network.NeutralMEHTARLAM Afghanistan Dechttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/19/c_136837425.htm2017-12-19
has responsibility yet for attack but Taliban insurgent group routinely claims responsibility for such attacks. No group has claimed responsibility yet for the attack but the Taliban insurgent group routinely claims responsibility for such attacks.NeutralNo group has claimed responsibility yet for the attack but the Taliban insurgent group routinely claims responsibility for such attacks.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/17/c_136832391.htm2017-12-17
Over 5000 families have been as Taliban's upsurge resulted in controlling Tabar valley of Sangcharak district over period. Over 5000 families have been displaced as Taliban's upsurge resulted in controlling Tabar valley of Sangcharak district over the period.NeutralOver 5000 families have been displaced as Taliban's upsurge resulted in controlling Tabar valley of Sangcharak district over the period.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/16/c_136830853.htm2017-12-16
16 Sixteen insurgents of Taliban and Islamic State group were killed in two eastern Afghan provinces authorities said SaturdayNeutralhttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/16/c_136830746.htm2017-12-16
JALALABAD Afghanistan Dec. 16 Sixteen insurgents of Taliban and Islamic State group were killed in two eastern Afghan provinces authorities said Saturday.Neutralhttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/16/c_136830746.htm2017-12-16
Before winter IS fighters ran over several villages after fighting rival Taliban insurgents Before winter the IS fighters ran over several villages after fighting the rival Taliban insurgents and government security forces in Darzab.Neutralhttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/16/c_136830575.htm2017-12-16
Around 5000 families have houses for safer places as Taliban militants attacks on Tabar valley have been continuing over past four days Rahmani told Xinhua. Around 5000 families have left their houses for safer places as Taliban militants attacks on Tabar valley have been continuing over the past four days Rahmani told Xinhua.NeutralAround 5000 families have left their houses for safer places as Taliban militants attacks on Tabar valley have been continuing over the past four days Rahmani told Xinhua.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/15/c_136828929.htm2017-12-15
He said so far 18 civilians have been killed warning that the valley would be overrun by Taliban militants if the government fails to send reinforcement.NeutralAround 5000 families have left their houses for safer places as Taliban militants attacks on Tabar valley have been continuing over the past four days Rahmani told Xinhua.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/15/c_136828929.htm2017-12-15
Local observers fear that a possible collapse of Tabar area would facilitate Taliban militants to target Sari Pul city the capital of the troubled Sari Pul province.NeutralAround 5000 families have left their houses for safer places as Taliban militants attacks on Tabar valley have been continuing over the past four days Rahmani told Xinhua.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/15/c_136828929.htm2017-12-15
Taliban militants make comment on situation in strategically important Taliban militants have yet to make comment on the situation in the strategically important Tabar valley.NeutralAround 5000 families have left their houses for safer places as Taliban militants attacks on Tabar valley have been continuing over the past four days Rahmani told Xinhua.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/15/c_136828929.htm2017-12-15
According to official Taliban militants have two innocent civilians in Nawa district on Tuesday According to the official Taliban militants have killed two innocent civilians in Nawa district on Tuesday and Wednesday to terrorize the locals.NeutralAccording to the official Taliban militants have killed two innocent civilians in Nawa district on Tuesday and Wednesday to terrorize the locals.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/13/c_136823359.htm2017-12-13
Taliban militants haven't commented yet.NeutralAccording to the official Taliban militants have killed two innocent civilians in Nawa district on Tuesday and Wednesday to terrorize the locals.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/13/c_136823359.htm2017-12-13
Tajikistandistrict bordering Tajikistan has been scene of heavy clashes between Taliban The district bordering Tajikistan has been the scene of heavy clashes between the Taliban and security forces after the Afghan troops waged an offensive there recently.Neutralhttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/13/c_136823029.htm2017-12-13
Taliban militants and Islamic State fighters have been using the homemade IEDs to target security forces but the lethal weapons also inflict casualties on civilians.Neutralhttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/13/c_136823029.htm2017-12-13
12 Afghanistan's security forces have Taliban key commander Mullah Abdul Haq in northern Kunduz province army spokesman said on Tuesday 12 Afghanistan's security forces have captured a Taliban key commander Mullah Abdul Haq in northern Kunduz province an army spokesman said on TuesdayNeutralKUNDUZ Afghanistan Dechttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/12/c_136820366.htm2017-12-12
KUNDUZ Afghanistan Dec. 12 Afghanistan's security forces have captured a Taliban key commander Mullah Abdul Haq in northern Kunduz province an army spokesman said on Tuesday.NeutralKUNDUZ Afghanistan Dechttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/12/c_136820366.htm2017-12-12
militantsTaliban militants haven't on report Taliban militants haven't commented on the report yet.NeutralKUNDUZ Afghanistan Dechttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/12/c_136820366.htm2017-12-12
According to official Taliban militants been evicted from several villages during ongoing crackdown. According to the official Taliban militants have also been evicted from several villages during the ongoing crackdown.NeutralAccording to the official Taliban militants have also been evicted from several villages during the ongoing crackdown.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/09/c_136813287.htm2017-12-09
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed that the militants had captured two checkpoints and killed more than a dozen soldiers in the firefight.NeutralDuring the clash which lasted for a few hours three army soldiers lost their lives the official said adding 12 more insurgents sustained injuries.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/09/c_136813496.htm2017-12-09
Taliban militants and Islamic State fighters have been using homemade IEDs to target security forces but the lethal weapons also inflict casualties on civilians.NeutralKABUL Dechttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/08/c_136811724.htm2017-12-08
Taliban militants make comment. Taliban militants have yet to make comment.NeutralThe militants vehicles were completely destroyed during the strikes the official added.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/04/c_136799386.htm2017-12-04
security forces have Taliban's notorious commander Mullah Nasir with four of armed men Ahmadzai told Xinhua. The security forces have killed Taliban's notorious commander Mullah Nasir with four of his armed men Ahmadzai told Xinhua.NeutralThe security forces have killed Taliban's notorious commander Mullah Nasir with four of his armed men Ahmadzai told Xinhua.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/03/c_136797590.htm2017-12-03
militantsTaliban militants haven't on news. Taliban militants haven't commented on the news.NeutralThe security forces have killed Taliban's notorious commander Mullah Nasir with four of his armed men Ahmadzai told Xinhua.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/03/c_136797590.htm2017-12-03
Taliban militants who are fighting government forces in many parts of the province have not commented on the report.NeutralAmong those militants killed in the fighting were two local leaders named Jawhari and Zaker the spokesman added.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/02/c_136795776.htm2017-12-02
grouphas responsibility for attack so far but Taliban insurgents No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far but Taliban insurgents and Islamic State fighter have presence in the province 120 km east of Kabul.NeutralThe victims included two civilians and one member of intelligence National Directorate of Securityhttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/02/c_136795749.htm2017-12-02
The Taliban militants who ruled the country before being ousted in late 2001 renewed armed insurgency killing government troops as well as civilians.NeutralThe victims included two civilians and one member of intelligence National Directorate of Securityhttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/02/c_136795749.htm2017-12-02
The Afghan security forces and the NATOled coalition forces intensified airstrikes against Taliban and IS militants across the mountainous country in recent months.NeutralThe Afghan security forces and the NATOled coalition forces intensified airstrikes against Taliban and IS militants across the mountainous country in recent months.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/30/c_136790902.htm2017-11-30
Taliban militants fighting government make comments. Taliban militants fighting the government have yet to make comments.NeutralThe security forces also seized weapons and ammunition over the period.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/29/c_136787947.htm2017-11-29
The banned TehrikeTaliban Pakistan and splinter group JamaatulAhrar claimed responsibility for the attacks.NeutralThe Afghan embassy said the sevenmember delegation will be headed by Afghan Chief of General Staff General Mohammad Habib Hesary.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/29/c_136788549.htm2017-11-29
soldiers27 Nine soldiers were killed after Taliban insurgents attacked army checkpoint in Afghanistan's western province of Nimroz on Monday local official said 27 Nine soldiers were killed after Taliban insurgents attacked an army checkpoint in Afghanistan's western province of Nimroz on Monday a local official saidNeutralZARANJ Afghanistan Novhttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/27/c_136782813.htm2017-11-27
ZARANJ Afghanistan Nov. 27 Nine soldiers were killed after Taliban insurgents attacked an army checkpoint in Afghanistan's western province of Nimroz on Monday a local official said.NeutralZARANJ Afghanistan Novhttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/27/c_136782813.htm2017-11-27
As a Talibanlinked group the Haqqani network mostly operating in eastern provinces and capital Kabul has been responsible for many deadly attacks against security forces.Neutralhttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/26/c_136780657.htm2017-11-26
Spokespersons for the Taliban have however rejected the allegation and stressed that the armed group is running no heroin labs in Helmand or elsewhere in Afghanistan.NeutralHelmand's provincial police chief Abdul Ghafar Safi confirmed to Xinhua the bombardment of drug producing factories.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/24/c_136777126.htm2017-11-24
The Taliban outfit has also claimed that all those lost their lives in the airstrikes were civilians.NeutralHelmand's provincial police chief Abdul Ghafar Safi confirmed to Xinhua the bombardment of drug producing factories.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/24/c_136777126.htm2017-11-24
Meanwhile Ali Mohammad a resident of Helmand province said that targeting heroin labs believed to be the financial resource of Taliban militants would help the country to achieve peace.NeutralHelmand's provincial police chief Abdul Ghafar Safi confirmed to Xinhua the bombardment of drug producing factories.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/24/c_136777126.htm2017-11-24
Nazar MohammadEchoing notion Helmand resident Nazar Mohammad told Xinhua Echoing the notion another Helmand resident Nazar Mohammad also told Xinhua that crippling Taliban financial machine can help the government win the war against insurgents.NeutralHelmand's provincial police chief Abdul Ghafar Safi confirmed to Xinhua the bombardment of drug producing factories.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/24/c_136777126.htm2017-11-24
Opium poppy be main financial source of Taliban militants Opium poppy is considered to be the main financial source of Taliban militants who are fighting against Afghan government and the U.S.led forces in AfghanistanNeutralProvincial government officials in the provincial capital Lashkar Gah have yet to make comment on the subject.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/22/c_136771984.htm2017-11-22
Opium poppy be main financial source of Taliban militants Opium poppy is considered to be the main financial source of Taliban militants who are fighting against Afghan government and the U.S.led forces in Afghanistan.NeutralProvincial government officials in the provincial capital Lashkar Gah have yet to make comment on the subject.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/22/c_136771984.htm2017-11-22
aircraft targeted Taliban base in DashteArchi district of Kunduz province last night killing Mullah Jawid Taliban key commander along with four more fighters Karimi told Xinhua. The aircraft targeted a Taliban base in DashteArchi district of Kunduz province last night killing Mullah Jawid a Taliban key commander along with his four more fighters Karimi told Xinhua.NeutralThe aircraft targeted a Taliban base in DashteArchi district of Kunduz province last night killing Mullah Jawid a Taliban key commander along with his four more fighters Karimi told Xinhua.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/22/c_136771850.htm2017-11-22
Taliban militants make comments. Taliban militants have yet to make comments.NeutralThe aircraft targeted a Taliban base in DashteArchi district of Kunduz province last night killing Mullah Jawid a Taliban key commander along with his four more fighters Karimi told Xinhua.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/22/c_136771850.htm2017-11-22
Confirming the incident Nasratullah Jamshidi an army spokesman in the northern region said that seven Taliban fighters were killed in the blast of their own bomb in Kunduz early Sunday.NeutralConfirming the incident Nasratullah Jamshidi an army spokesman in the northern region said that seven Taliban fighters were killed in the blast of their own bomb in Kunduz early Sunday.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/19/c_136763811.htm2017-11-20
Taliban militants make comment on report. Taliban militants are yet to make comment on the report.NeutralConfirming the incident Nasratullah Jamshidi an army spokesman in the northern region said that seven Taliban fighters were killed in the blast of their own bomb in Kunduz early Sunday.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/19/c_136763811.htm2017-11-20
Taliban comment on report. The Taliban has yet to comment on the report.NeutralAfghan forces also arrested ten suspected individuals and destroyed a militants' mine manufacturing center during the onslaught in the province the statement added.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/19/c_136764190.htm2017-11-20
In the militancyplagued areas where armed opposition groups including Taliban and Islamic State outfits are active many schools remain closed according to local officials in the countryside.NeutralKABUL Novhttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/19/c_136763812.htm2017-11-20
situationeducation situation has been in Afghanistan since collapse of Taliban regime in late 2001. The education situation has been improved in Afghanistan since the collapse of Taliban regime in late 2001.NeutralKABUL Novhttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/19/c_136763812.htm2017-11-20
insurgentsTaliban insurgents have attacks The Taliban insurgents have intensified attacks since they launched an offensive in April and the armed outfit considers anyone working for government and the NATOled foreign troops as legitimate targets.NeutralHowever a nephew of the police official was killed an ALP officer wounded and parts of the house and a rangertype police vehicle caught fire in the overnight incident.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/14/c_136752013.htm2017-11-14
banned TehrikeTaliban Pakistan has responsibility for Monday's attack in statement sent to local media. The banned TehrikeTaliban Pakistan has claimed responsibility for Monday's attack in a statement sent to the local media.NeutralAn army statement said terrorists fired from across the border on Pakistani Border post in Bajaur tribal region.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/13/c_136749359.htm2017-11-13
Taliban militants who have been fighting the government forces in different provinces have yet to make comments on the report.NeutralTwo policemen and five militants also sustained injuries in the fighting the official added.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/11/c_136745048.htm2017-11-12
Taliban make comments. The Taliban has yet to make comments.NeutralTwo automatic guns three hand guns along with ammunition and four motorcycles were seized following the raid in the province.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/12/c_136746525.htm2017-11-12
Taliban militants who have intensified activities and fighting the government forces in different provinces haven't commented on the report.NeutralTaliban militants who have intensified activities and fighting the government forces in different provinces haven't commented on the report.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/11/c_136744897.htm2017-11-11
officialofficial blamed enemies of peace reference to Taliban militants but armed outfit has yet to claim responsibility. The official also blamed the enemies of peace a reference to the Taliban militants but the armed outfit has yet to claim responsibility.NeutralThe official also blamed the enemies of peace a reference to the Taliban militants but the armed outfit has yet to claim responsibility.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/10/c_136742293.htm2017-11-10
Notorious for growing poppy and militancy the restive Helmand province has been regarded as Taliban hotbed in the militancyplagued Afghanistan.NeutralThe official also blamed the enemies of peace a reference to the Taliban militants but the armed outfit has yet to claim responsibility.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/10/c_136742293.htm2017-11-10
The recent internal clashes between two rival militant groups of the Taliban and Islamic State have added considerably to the miseries of the Afghan villagers.Neutralby Faird Behbudhttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/09/c_136738880.htm2017-11-09
conditionsliving conditions are becoming intolerable following clashes between Taliban insurgents Our living conditions are becoming intolerable following clashes between Taliban insurgents and IS fighters Abdul Quddos a displaced villager told Xinhua on Tuesday.Neutralby Faird Behbudhttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/09/c_136738880.htm2017-11-09
After taking control of two strategic districts from Taliban IS militants stripped local people of possessions. After taking control of the two strategic districts from the Taliban the IS militants stripped the local people of their possessions.Neutralby Faird Behbudhttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/09/c_136738880.htm2017-11-09
Taliban militants and Islamic State fighters are usually planting roadside mines and homemade IEDs to target security forces and blow state establishments in countryside.NeutralTaliban militants and Islamic State fighters are usually planting roadside mines and homemade IEDs to target security forces and blow state establishments in countryside.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/09/c_136739872.htm2017-11-09
Media reports said two Taliban suicide bombers in Humvee trucks targeted military base on Thursday. Media reports said two Taliban suicide bombers in Humvee trucks targeted the military base on Thursday.NeutralThe Egyptian government and people stand with the government and people of Afghanistan against terrorism which targets security and stability in all societies according to the statement.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/20/c_136692449.htm2017-11-07