Baztab News

Ghani Says Door Still Open For Peace Talks With Taliban

17 Jul 2018 Gandhara - RFE/RL Gandhara - RFE/RL

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has said he expects Taliban leaders to eventually agree to peace talks with the government -- an offer the militant group rejected earlier this month. In an exclusive interview with RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan in Kabul on July 16, Ghani also said Pakistan must play a role in combating extremism in Afghanistan.

Britain Says Will Double Troops In Afghanistan

13 Jul 2018 Gandhara - RFE/RL Gandhara - RFE/RL

British Prime Minister Theresa May said London would double its forces in Afghanistan in response to a request from NATO, as she arrived at the alliance's summit in Brussels on July 11. An additional 440 troops will bring Britain's total commitment to around 1,100, assisting Afghan forces fighting Taliban and Islamic State militants.

Blast Targets Pakistan Election Candidate

13 Jul 2018 Gandhara - RFE/RL Gandhara - RFE/RL

A deadly bomb blast hit a politician's convoy as it headed to an election rally in the northwestern city of Bannu on July 13. The politician, Akram Khan Durrani, said afterwards that the authorities had warned him about potential security threats.