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Pakistani militant Jalaluddin Haqqani (file photo)

Taliban Denies Death Of Haqqani Founder

An official Taliban statement on August 1 denied Pakistani media reports that the founder of the Haqqani network -- a militant group affiliated with the Taliban and Al-Qaeda -- died about a year ago. More

White House: Omar's Death Gives Afghans Chance For Peace

The White House confirmed the death of Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar July 31 and said his demise "represents a chance for yet more progress on the path to a stable, secure Afghanistan." More

Czech Police Use Tear Gas Against Asylum Seekers

Czech police say they used tear gas to stop migrants who were trying to flee a detention center in the country's northeast on July 31. More

Taliban Leadership Split, Says Ex-Official

A former Taliban official says the newly elected leader of the militant group faces significant opposition from within. More

Omar Aide Opposed New Taliban Chief

A close aide to late Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar said the newly elected leader of the militant group faces significant opposition from within. More

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Tajikistan: The Far Outpost Of Great Powers

The risk to Tajikistan of Afghan spillover is probably not great, but it is real. Fortunately, China, Russia, and the United States take this threat to Tajikistan very seriously, and their combined efforts arguably make Tajikistan the Central Asian state least likely to experience serious difficulties emanating from Afghanistan. More

Is Faryab Province Quickly Slipping From Afghan Government Control?

The situation in Afghanistan's northern Faryab Province, which borders Turkmenistan, has become critical. Militants who started attacks in the province in early July have seized more than 100 villages in little over a week. More
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Features & Commentary

Mullah Mansur, The Afghan Taliban's New Leader

The Afghan Taliban has a new leader, one who appears pragmatic and moderate compared to Mullah Mohammad Omar, the near-mythical figure he replaces.

Can A Dead Mullah Omar Kill Taliban Peace Talks?

The Afghan government says Taliban leader Mullah Omar's absence will pave the way toward peace. But skeptics counter that his death could in fact complicate the peace process.

Can The Taliban Survive Mullah Omar's Death?

The Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan faces an uncertain future after the announcement by Kabul that its spiritual leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, has been dead for more than two years.

Obituary: Taliban Leader Mullah Mohammad Omar

Mullah Mohammad Omar, the leader of the Afghan Taliban, is dead. We look back at the life of the reclusive militant leader and the impact of his death.

Kabul Vendors Buzzing Over Alcohol-Free Beer

With alcohol forbidden in Afghanistan's strict Islamic society, nonalcoholic beer has become a popular thirst-quencher in the capital.

Afghans Driven By Taliban To Northern Area

Thousands of Afghans are being driven from their homes by soaring violence in northern Afghanistan. Many are fleeing to Balkh, the last bastion of relative peace in region.

Migrants Undeterred In March To EU

An RFE/RL correspondent recently rode on a Belgrade bus packed with Afghans and other refugees heading to the EU. What she saw on the trip shocked her.

Audio Slide Show Afghanistan's Underbelly: The Exposed North

The Afghan government has turned to a risky war strategy to tackle the Taliban in the country's north -- teaming up two rival former warlords with a history of animosity toward each other.
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