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A recent surge in blasphemy accusations in Pakistan has raised concerns among human rights groups. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has reported more than 40 cases of blasphemy in Pakistan in the month of August alone. VOA's Arshad Momand visited the family of a man who is accused of blasphemy and filed this report, narrated by Roshan Noorzai.
The U.S. has rejected the Taliban claim that Washington violated their peace agreement this month through airstrikes in Helmand province, saying the strikes were in support of Afghan forces defending against the Taliban's offensives.
This month marks the one-year anniversary of a Turkish military operation in Syria that resulted in the displacement of more than 150,000 people. VOA’s Zana Omar reports from Hasakah, northeast Syria, about the displaced people bracing for a second winter, in this story narrated by Namo Abdulla.
While talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban continue in Doha to find a solution to nearly two decades of conflict, women serving in the Afghan National Defense Security Forces (ANDSF) say they fear losing their jobs if the Taliban return to power. VOA’s Samsama Sirat reports from Kabul.
Violence in Afghanistan has surged as the U.S. special envoy is in Doha to break the deadlock over the framework for conducting peace talks.
The Afghan government has called on its regional and international partners to help with the stalled peace talks with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar. Both sides have yet to agree on rules for conducting peace talks. VOA’s Rahim Gul Sarwan reports from Doha.
The Afghan government and the Taliban said Monday they have made some progress in their discussions over the rules for conducting the talks. However, they said both sides still must agree on a few remaining issues before starting the talks. Meanwhile, clashes between government forces and the Taliban have killed dozens of people in recent days. VOA's Rahim Gul Sarwan reports from Kabul.
The U.S. announced Wednesday it would reduce its troop levels in Afghanistan from 8,600 to 4,500 by November. Afghans say that 19 years after 9/11, however, the U.S. has not achieved all of its counterterrorism goals in Afghanistan. VOA’s Sayed Hasib Maudoodi reports from Kabul.
The Afghan government said Thursday that it had released the remaining Taliban prisoners, removing the last hurdle in the way of starting intra-Afghan talks. VOA’s Hikmat Sorosh reports from Kabul.
The Afghan government said it has taken the necessary measures to curb the use of drugs by its police forces amid a report published last week by the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), which said Afghan agencies found that half of the police forces in the southern provinces used drugs. Mumtaz Baheer has more.
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