Polls have closed in Afghanistan’s presidential election amid widespread complaints of irregularities and pockets of violence from Taliban insurgents, mostly in the south and north of the country.
Afghans headed to the polls to vote for a new president on Saturday amid high security after the Taliban vowed to disrupt the elections, warning citizens to stay home or risk being hurt.
US peace talks with the Taliban are “dead”, Donald Trump has declared, a day after he abruptly cancelled a secret meeting with Taliban and Afghan leaders aimed at ending America’s longest war.
US President Donald Trump said he cancelled a secret weekend meeting at Camp David with Taliban and Afghanistan leaders after a bombing in the past week in Kabul that killed 12 people, including an American soldier, and has called off peace negotiations with the insurgent group.
A Taliban suicide car bomb has rocked the Afghan capital Kabul, killing at least 10 civilians in a diplomatic area that also includes the US embassy.
The Taliban has defended a suicide bombing at an international compound in the Afghan capital which killed at least 16 civilians and wounded 119 others, just hours after a US envoy said he had reached a deal “in principle” with the militant group to end America’s longest war.
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for a large explosion that killed at least five people in the Afghan capital, hours after a US envoy briefed the Afghan government on an agreement “in principle” with the insurgent group that would see 5,000 troops leave the country in five months.
A US envoy showed the draft of a US-Taliban agreement to Afghan leaders on Monday after declaring they were “at the threshold” of a deal to end America’s longest war, an official said.
A Royal Marine who fatally shot an injured Taliban fighter in Afghanistan could be freed from prison within weeks.