Russia, China back aid for Afghans in Taliban talks, say US should ‘shoulder’ costs

The Taliban won the backing from top U.S. adversaries in the call for international humanitarian aid to assist Afghans, as concerns of economic collapse grow. Russia, China, Iran, Pakistan, India and five formerly Soviet nations issued a joint statement Wednesday following talks with the Taliban in Moscow, and pointedly called on the U.S. to “shoulder” … Read more

Taliban say they won’t work with US to contain Islamic State

ISLAMABAD – The Taliban on Saturday ruled out cooperation with the United States to contain extremist groups in Afghanistan, staking out an uncompromising position on a key issue ahead of the first direct talks between the former foes since America withdrew from the country in August. Senior Taliban officials and U.S. representatives are meeting this … Read more

Afghanistan mosque explosion kills, wounds scores of worshippers

At least 100 people have been killed or wounded Friday after an explosion at a Shiite Muslim mosque in northern Afghanistan, a Taliban police official said.  No one has yet claimed responsibility for the blast at the Gozar-e-Sayed Abad Mosque in Kunduz, the capital of Kunduz province. Dost Mohammad Obaida, the deputy police chief for … Read more