Suicide bombings and roadside attacks become more frequent and more deadly; nearly 100 are reported to have died from such violence in August and September.July 2007: The Taliban kills one of a group of 23 South Korean hostages after their demands for a prisoner exchange are not met with a positive response by the Afghan government.S., which has restricted military assistance to Pakistan, and it can't be blamed for the violence in Afghanistan. But since the last three, four years we are whole-heartedly, single-mindedly ... S.-Pakistan relations have been roiled for years by allegations that Pakistan tolerates the presence of the Afghan Taliban and the allied Haqqani network, which are leading the insurgency against Afghan and U. "Don't just blame Pakistan," Asif told journalists. The Taliban vows to resist and fight the foreign forces.Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said Pakistan wants peace in the neighboring country, and still has some influence over the militant group, "but it's not as much as it used to be." Pakistan's top diplomat was making his first visit to Washington since President Donald Trump laid out his strategy for ending the 16-year war in Afghanistan. He insisted Pakistan has wiped out militant hideouts on its soil with little help from the U. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told the same hearing that the U. would try "one more time" to work with Pakistan in Afghanistan before Trump "is prepared to take whatever steps are necessary." He did not elaborate on what those steps might be. In 2015, Pakistan hosted peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government that subsequently collapsed.
In the late 1970s, the Soviet Union deployed tens of thousands of troops in support of pro-Communist governments, but the conflict left 15,000 Soviet soldiers dead forcing the Moscow to withdraw.The Taliban takes Kabul and hangs former President Mohammad Najibullah.September 1997: The Taliban fails to capture and hold the city of Mazar-i-Sharif (held sacred by Shia as the site of Ali's grave). has long accused Islamabad of harboring Afghan Taliban, and Trump has demanded that Pakistan eliminate militant sanctuaries. Asif said Pakistan was willing to cooperate fully with the Trump administration, but he had some pointed words for Washington. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a congressional hearing this week that it's clear to him that Pakistan's intelligence service has connections to the militant groups. Pakistan has traditionally regarded Afghanistan, on its western border, as being within its sphere of interest, and it has ties to the Taliban dating back to the extremist movement's genesis in the 1990s. drone strike that killed Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour in May 2016 in Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province happened when the talks were already stalled. Mc Master and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who described Pakistan as a partner of the U. and critical to the long-term stability of the region. He challenged the United States to provide coordinates of the locations of terrorists, vowing: "We will bomb them." He cited Pakistan's military operations clearing North Waziristan, long believed to be a haven for the Haqqani network.