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Pakistan launches military crackdown as death toll in shrine bombing rises to 88

The Pakistani army on Friday arrested or killed dozens of suspected militants and launched artillery rounds at targets in neighboring Afghanistan a day after a suicide bombing at a Sufi shrine killed at least 88 people. Residents in Pakistan’s Khyber tribal district said security forces fired barrages...

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  • Afghan peace talks get a boost with Taliban rival signing on

    Afghan peace talks get a boost with Taliban rival signing on

    An insurgent group that has sometimes fought alongside the Taliban said Sunday that it would take part in peace negotiations with the government of Afghanistan. The announcement by the military wing of Hezb-i Islami, led by former Afghan Prime Minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, comes weeks after the...

  • Taliban dampens hopes for peace talks in Afghanistan

    Taliban dampens hopes for peace talks in Afghanistan

    Clouding hopes for an end to the escalating violence in Afghanistan, the Taliban on Saturday said its leaders would not sit down for scheduled face-to-face talks with the Afghan government. In a statement released on its website, Afghanistan's largest armed opposition movement unequivocally rejected...

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