Trump calls Russia bounties report another ‘hoax’

President Donald Trump said Friday he believes reports that Russia was paying bounties to Taliban fighters to kill American troops in Afghanistan “is another Russian hoax.” (July 31)

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Afghans visit mosques as Eid al-Adha ceasefire begins | AFP

Afghans visit mosques on the first day of Muslim festival Eid al-Adha as the Taliban and Afghan security forces began a three-day ceasefire Friday — a rare respite that many hope will lead to peace talks and an eventual end to almost two decades of grinding conflict.

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Kabul: US envoy meets Afghanistan’s Ghani ahead of Eid ceasefire | AFP

US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad holds talks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani after arriving in Kabul as part of a regional tour to push the peace process with the Taliban. On July 28, the Taliban insurgents and the Afghan government agreed on a temporary ceasefire, the third in nearly 19 years, over the Eid al-Adha Muslim festival. of Zalmay Khalilzad, Ashraf Ghani and other officials

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‘We want peace forever’: Kabul residents react to Taliban ceasefire | AFP

Locals in the Afghanistan capital react to a three-day ceasefire proposed by the Taliban and agreed by Kabul. The agreement raises hopes long-delayed peace talks between the two foes could begin next week. “We want peace forever,” said shopkeeper Ali, “We have the right to live in peace like other countries.”

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Afghan girl recounts killing Taliban fighters after parents murder | AFP

A 15 year-old Afghan girl who killed two Taliban fighters with an AK-47 after her parents were executed says: “They took my mother and father out of the house and shot them dead right before my eyes. There was nothing I could do. I grabbed my father’s gun. I killed two of them and wounded another.”

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Pentagon: US will respond if bounty reports true

Top Pentagon leaders told Congress that reports of Russia offering Taliban militants bounties for killing Americans were not corroborated by defense intelligence agencies, but said the U.S. will respond if necessary. (July 9)

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Afghan War Veteran reacts to Russian bounties

A U.S. Veteran who served in Afghanistan is sharing his perspectives on US officials confirming that Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the death of American soldiers. (June 30)

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Biden: Trump has ‘a lot to answer for’ on Russia

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden says President Donald Trump has a “lot to answer for” amid reports he was advised as early as March 2019 of intelligence suggesting Russia offered bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans. (June 30)

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House Dems: Russian Bounty claims not a hoax

House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer says that he thinks that reports that Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans is not a hoax. (June 30)

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Taliban prisoners freed on last day of Afghan ceasefire | AFP

Dozens of Taliban prisoners are freed during a historic ceasefire in Afghanistan — only the second in nearly 19 years of war — as part of plans by authorities to release about 900 Taliban prisoners across the country. Of this, approximately 600 of them were set to be freed from the notorious Bagram jail near Kabul.

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Taliban prisoners freed on last day of Afghan ceasefire | AFP

Dozens of Taliban prisoners are freed during a historic ceasefire in Afghanistan — only the second in nearly 19 years of war — as part of plans by authorities to release about 900 Taliban prisoners across the country. Of this, approximately 600 of them were set to be freed from the notorious Bagram jail near Kabul. IMAGES

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Taliban prisoners freed on last day of Afghan ceasefire | AFP

Afghan authorities free hundreds more Taliban prisoners, as calls grow for the militants to extend a historic ceasefire on its third and final day. The government said it planned to release about 900 Taliban prisoners today across Afghanistan, approximately 600 of them from the notorious Bagram jail near Kabul, as part of its pledge to free up to 2,000 insurgent prisoners in response to the ceasefire offer. IMAGES

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Afghan President Ghani and rival Abdullah sign power-sharing deal | AFP

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah sign a power-sharing deal, ending a bitter months-long feud that plunged the country into political crisis. The breakthrough, which sees Abdullah heading peace talks with the Taliban, comes as Afghanistan battles a series of crises, including a rapid spread of the deadly coronavirus and surging militant violence that saw dozens killed in brutal attacks last week. IMAGES of Afghan President Ghani and rival Abdullah signing a power-sharing deal

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Coronavirus hits efforts to promote tourism in Bamiyan | AFP

Once a popular stop on the overland hippie trail from Europe, Bamiyan is one of Afghanistan’s main attractions, with stunning lakes and the picturesque cliffs where centuries-old Buddha statues were destroyed by the Taliban. But the coronavirus pandemic has left the province’s tourism industry struggling.

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US stops releasing info on Taliban attacks

The U.S. mission in Afghanistan has for the first time refused to publicly release its data on insurgent attacks amid the implementation of a peace agreement between the U.S. and the Taliban. (May 1)

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Pakistani ski resort hopes to attract foreign skiers | AFP

It survived the dark days of Taliban rule, the destruction of its main hotel and a major flood. Now, the little Pakistani ski resort of Malam Jabba is facing a new challenge from the coronavirus pandemic, just as it had hoped to showcase its revamped facilities to the world.

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‘We will not be silent’: Afghan artist pays tribute to powerful women | AFP

Afghan artist Rada Akbar pays tribute to Afghan women — past and present — who have spent their lives resisting the patriarchy. From a queen who opened the first school for girls in Kabul to a 19-year-old accused of adultery and stoned to death and a female footballer persecuted by the Taliban because of her passion for sports, the exhibition highlights the stories of powerful women in the country through costumes.

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Blasts heard as Ashraf Ghani sworn in for second term as Afghan president | AFP

Blasts are heard as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is sworn in for a second term. His rival Abdullah Abdullah held a parallel inauguration that could plunge the country deeper into crisis ahead of peace talks with the Taliban. IMAGES

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Images of injured and dead after gunmen attacked a political rally in Kabul | AFP

Dozens of people were killed when gunmen opened fire at a political rally in Kabul on Friday in the deadliest assault in Afghanistan since the US signed a withdrawal deal with the Taliban. Images of dead bodies waiting for collection at the scene and some of those injured in the attack. IMAGES

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