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US President Donald Trump said Sunday he would sign a peace deal with the Taliban if one were eventually reached in Afghanistan.
Washington has resumed talks with the Taliban in Qatar, both sides said, three months after President Donald Trump abruptly halted diplomatic efforts that could end America's longest war.
The Taliban has handed two Western hostages over to US forces in southern Afghanistan, three years after they were abducted, in a swap for three high-ranking insurgent prisoners that could boost peace talks.
President Donald Trump has pledged to hit the Taliban "harder" than ever as America marked the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that led the country into war in Afghanistan.
Two sides have been negotiating in Doha for agreement that would see the US withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.
Taliban say they're ready for another round of talks with US, likely to focus on prisoner exchange, confidence building measures, and ways to move from back-door meetings to formal negotiations.
At least 37 people, the majority of them students, have been killed when a suicide blast ripped through a school in a Shi'ite area of Kabul, officials say.
An Afghan official says the Taliban have attacked a checkpoint in the southern Kandahar province, killing five security forces.
Relatives of the victims - mainly children - have long called for an accounting of the security and intelligence failures that allowed Pakistani Taliban gunmen to storm the school, run by the powerful military, in the northwestern city of Peshawar.
The foreign ministers of Pakistan and Afghanistan have issued a joint appeal to Taliban militants to join peace talks following a meeting organised by China to mend strained relations between the two governments.
The Taliban are aiming to reach a withdrawal agreement with the US by the end of January and are prepared to "scale down" military operations ahead of signing the deal, according to their chief spokesman.
Fifteen civilians, including eight children, have been killed when their vehicle hit a land mine in northern Afghanistan, a government official said.
Taliban suicide bombers have killed at least 48 people and wounded dozens more in two blasts - one at a campaign rally for the president and the other in Kabul - with the insurgents warning of more violence ahead of elections.
President Donald Trump says that long-running talks with the Taliban that were meant to end with a withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan are now "dead."
Direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban could begin within the next two weeks, an Afghan official says, marking a potentially crucial step in efforts to end the war.
Afghan president Ashraf Ghani has announced a conditional cease-fire with Taliban insurgents for the duration of the Eid al-Adha holiday.
A suicide bomber has struck in Afghanistan's eastern city of Jalalabad, killing at least 19 people in the second attack in as many days targeting Taliban fighters, security forces and civilians celebrating a holiday cease-fire.
Senior Taliban officials have been secretly negotiating with Afghan officials on a possible ceasefire, the commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan has disclosed.
Survivors of the Taliban attack on Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel give harrowing accounts of the 13-hour weekend standoff that has claimed 18 lives, including 14 foreigners.
Nine people were killed and dozens injured when Taliban militants stormed a training institute in the northwestern city of Peshawar.
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