Bombing in western Afghanistan kills 7

Then-U.S. President George W. Bush first sent special forces to the country 16 years ago after the September 11 attacks to topple the Taliban regime which sheltered al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.

"We would accept that the location for peace talks can be anywhere that is mutually agreeable, whether it be in Kabul where we would provide guarantees or elsewhere".

AP reported on Tuesday that Ghani invited the Taliban to peace talks, calling it their "last chance" to give up their 16-year insurgency and join the political process.

The president made a strong plea for security at an worldwide peace conference on Afghanistan attended by around two dozen countries. It took place as the turmoil-hit nation witnesses some of the worst terrorist attacks in years and unprecedented Taliban battlefield advances since 2001.

At least seven people were killed in an explosion at the entrance of a mosque in western Afghanistan Tuesday, an Afghan official said. Taliban took responsibility for the rocket attack, but claimed to have hit North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters in the capital.

Four more people were killed Friday when hundreds of protesters incensed by the bombing clashed with police, prompting officials to beat them back with live rounds in the air, tear gas and water cannon.

The blast was the latest in a long line of attacks in Kabul. Afghan government is under the strong influence of Indian government and there are divided opinions in the country as well.


"We are offering a chance for peace but this is not an open-ended offer".

The Taliban unofficially maintains its "political office" in Qatar, but Kabul does not recognize it and has been pushing Qatari authorities to close it down.

The devastating suicide bombings in Kabul last week have created a crisis of public confidence in the government, its policies and in particular the reputation of President Ashraf Ghani.

The conference is being attended by the representatives of at least 27 countries worldwide. Pakistan is fighting a crucial war against terrorism and it is unfortunate than Afghanistan rather than to support Pakistan in this war always alleges Pakistan to be involved in terror attacks in Afghanistan. He said that up to 11,000 foreign militants had allegedly arrived in Afghanistan in the last two years to fight for Daesh.

Roshan - the telecommunication firm with majority shares by the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development - announced on Monday that up to 31 employees of the company and its partners are among the 90 people dead. There are reasons to believe that enemies of peace are behind dastardly attacks, which have also been strongly condemned by Pakistan.

Pakistan has often been accused of arming and supplying groups, including the Haqqani Network and Taliban that operate in Afghanistan, in a bid to assert geopolitical goals using proxy forces.

Tuesday's Kabul peace conference also comes amid an acute foreign relations crisis, as the majority of Afghans accuse Pakistan of continuing to host the Taliban leadership and its most murderous wing, the Haqqani group.


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