The Taliban, alternative spelling Taleban, (meaning "students" in Farsi) is an Islamist militia group that ruled large parts of Afghanistan from September 1996 onwards. Read more

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15 killed in attack on military academy in Kabul

Kabul, Oct 21

At least 15 people were killed and four were injured on Saturday in an attack by the Taliban on a military academy in Kabul, a Defense Ministry spokesman said.

Toll in Afghan suicide attacks reaches 72

Kabul, Oct 21

The toll in two suicide attacks that took place in Kabul and Ghor province has increased to 71 with 83 others injured, Afghan authorities said on Saturday.

Rockets fired in Kabul's diplomatic area

Kabul, Oct 21

Three rockets were fired onto a diplomatic area in Kabul on Saturday, Afghan police and witnesses said.

UN voices concern over fighting in east Afghanistan

United Nations, Oct 21

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is concerned about intensified fighting between the Taliban and the Islamic State-Khorasan in eastern Afghanistan, which has triggered new displacements, said the world body on Friday.

Nearly 70 killed in attacks in Afghanistan

Kabul, Oct 21

Nearly 70 people were killed on Friday in a two suicide attacks on mosques in Afghanistan's capital and in the western province of Ghor, officials said.

Pakistan Taliban confirms US drone kills leader

Islamabad, Oct 20

A Pakistani Taliban group on Thursday confirmed that its leader Omar Khalid Khorasani has been killed in a recent US drone strike on the Afghan side of the border.

India condemns terror attack in Afghanistan

New Delhi, Oct 19

India on Thursday strongly condemned the terror attack by the Taliban on a military base in Afghanistan's Kandahar province that claimed at least 43 lives and expressed solidarity with the violence-hit nation.

43 killed in Taliban attack on Afghan military base

Kabul, Oct 19

At least 43 soldiers were killed and another nine wounded on Thursday in a coordinated attack by the Taliban on a military base in Afghanistan's Kandahar province.

UNSC condemns Taliban attacks in Afghanistan

United Nations, Oct 19

The Security Council on Wednesday condemned "the heinous and cowardly terrorist attacks" carried out by the Taliban in various provinces of Afghanistan.

Senior Taliban leader presumed dead in US drone strike

Islamabad, Oct 19

A senior Pakistani Taliban leader Omar Khalid Khorasani is presumed dead in recent air strikes on the Afghan side of the border, local media and the militant sources said late on Wednesday.

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  • KANDAHAR, Oct. 19, 2017 - Afghan army soldiers stand guard at a security ...

    October 19, 2017

    KANDAHAR, Oct. 19, 2017 - Afghan army soldiers stand guard at a security checkpoint after Taliban attack near the Maywand district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Oct.19, 2017. Forty-three Afghan army soldiers were killed in a pre-dawn attack by Taliban insurgents in Maywand district of southern province of Kandahar, the Defense Ministry said Thursday.

  • GHAZNI, Oct. 18, 2017 - Afghan security force members inspect the site of ...

    October 18, 2017

    GHAZNI, Oct. 18, 2017 - Afghan security force members inspect the site of Taliban attack in Andar district of Ghazni province, Afghanistan, Oct. 17, 2017. At least 15 Afghan security forces were killed and 12 others wounded after Taliban attacked with two car bombs a district office building in eastern province of Ghazni on Tuesday, police said.

  • HELMAND (AFGHANISTAN), Oct. 14, 2017 Afghan security force members take ...

    October 14, 2017

    HELMAND (AFGHANISTAN), Oct. 14, 2017 (Xinhua) -- Afghan security force members take part in a military operation in Nad Ali district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 13, 2017. At least 12 militants loyal to the Taliban group have been killed and six others wounded, following a series of government forces air-and-ground operations to retake Nad Ali and Marja districts of Helmand province, an official said Saturday.

  • KABUL, Sept. 27, 2017 - Afghan security force members patrol at the site ...

    September 27, 2017

    KABUL, Sept. 27, 2017 - Afghan security force members patrol at the site of an attack in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, Sept. 27, 2017. Three Taliban and one civilian were killed and 11 people wounded after Taliban attacked an international airport in Kabul on Wednesday, authorities said.

  • ASADABAD, Sept. 26, 2017 - Afghan policemen take part in a military ...

    September 26, 2017

    ASADABAD, Sept. 26, 2017 - Afghan policemen take part in a military operation against Islamic State (IS) militants in Wata Pur district of eastern Kunar province, Afghanistan, Sept. 25, 2017. Afghan forces have beefed up security operations against militants as the war-weary people are facing upsurges in attacks by Taliban and IS militants across the country.