Hamid Shalizi

Landmark Afghan election begins under shadow of violence

Voting has begun in Afghanistan's presidential election, marking the first democratic transfer of power since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001.

Afghanistan’s vice-president Fahim dies

The powerful Afghan vice-president Marshal MQ Fahim has died of natural causes, weeks before the country goes to the polls.

Afghanistan pledges to release 88 prisoners, despite US concern

Afghanistan says it will follow through with its plan to release 88 prisoners the US considers dangerous - further souring relations between the two.

US report claims Taliban ready to retake Afghanistan

The US says the Taliban are set to retake control of Afghanistan when Nato withdraws, raising fears of a failure of Western policy after a costly war.

Afghanistan sets ground rules for Taliban talks

Afghanistan will accept a Taliban office in Qatar to help peace talks but no foreign power can get involved in the process without its consent.

Kabul suicide bomb kills 13 US troops

A car bomber killed 13 American troops in Kabul on Saturday, the deadliest single ground attack against the Nato-led force in 10 years of war.

Afghanistan passes key hurdle to release aid funds

The Afghan parliament has agreed to start repaying the central bank for its bailout of Kabulbank with a first instalment of $51-million.

Afghans mourn murdered ex-president

Afghans gathered to mourn assassinated former president and chief peace negotiator Burhanuddin Rabbani on Wednesday.

Afghan peace council head killed in Kabul

A Taliban suicide bomber on Tuesday killed Burhanuddin Rabbani, former Afghan president and head of the government's peace council.

Fresh Afghan killings mar quiet transition

Gunmen killed an adviser to Afghan President Hamid Karzai in a gunbattle in Kabul on Sunday, officials said.

At least 10 killed in attack on hotel in Kabul

At least 10 civilians were killed when suicide bombers and Taliban insurgents attacked a hotel frequented by Westerners in the Afghan capital.

Rockets, attacks strike as Afghan poll opens

A string of attacks hit Afghanistan's parliamentary election on Saturday, after the Taliban vowed to disrupt the poll.

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