A UN report said 2,563 civilians were killed and 5,676 were wounded in the first nine months of this year. Insurgents were responsible for 62 percent of the casualties.
The Saudi-Iran feud risks spilling over into Afghanistan as both countries push for greater influence with competing groups in the war-torn country.
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi met a Taliban delegation visiting Islamabad. Both parties urged the US to resume peace talks after US President Donald Trump halted negotiations with the group last month.
US President Donald Trump renews his willingness to mediate negotiations between India and Pakistan over the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, claiming he has "never failed as an arbitrator."
The insurgent group's spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says Washington will regret abandoning negotiations a day after President Donald Trump said talks with the group were "dead."
A Taliban member familiar with, but not part of, the talks that resumed in Qatar says US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met one-on-one with the Taliban's lead negotiator, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.
An agreement would allow President Donald Trump to achieve his aim of ending Washington's longest-running war, launched after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the US.
The US president Donald Trump has pledged not to repeat the disastrous foreign policy decisions of his predecessors, but that doesn't make his war doctrine less dangerous, especially for civilians.
China's first engaged the Taliban to protect its interests in Afghanistan in the 90s. Decades later, history repeats itself.
Media is increasingly becoming a target in Afghanistan as the Taliban's campaign for hearts and minds falls short.
In an interview on Fox News broadcast, the US president said the problem with pulling the 9,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan, the site of America's longest war, is that the country is a "lab for terrorists."
Pro-government forces in Afghanistan have killed more civilians than the Taliban in the first months of 2019 as all sides claim they are working actively to prevent civilian deaths.
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