29 May 2019

Afghan Forces Hit With Wave of Attacks on Eve of Taliban Talks

On Tuesday, one day before the first round of informal peace talks between Afghan politicians and representatives of the Taliban is set to begin in Russia, a sudden surge of violence between Afghan soldiers and Taliban fighters killed 40 people across different parts of Afghanistan. The pattern follows a well-known

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17 May 2019

Pentagon asked for funds to reimburse Taliban expenses: report

Earlier this year, the US Department of Defense asked the House Appropriations subcommittee on Defense for funds to cover the costs of transportation, lodging, food and supplies for Taliban members during  peace negotiations with US government representatives. The latest round of negotiations, the 6th in total, ended last week. The

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09 May 2019

Sixth round of Taliban-U.S. peace talks end

The latest round of US-Taliban peace talks, the 6th in total, ended on Thursday after a little over a week. According to a Taliban statesman, the talks were “positive and constructive,” with both sides making “some progress […] on the draft agreement prepared in the last round of talks.” In

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09 May 2019

Taliban Attack Aid Group Office in Kabul, in Setback to U.S. Peace Talks

A week after the start of a new round of US-Taliban peace negotiations, the Taliban attacked the Kabul office of American nonprofit Counterpart International, killing at least 5 people, including 3 employees of American charity CARE, which has an Afghanistan office near the site that was targeted. According to the

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03 May 2019

Afghanistan vows to release 175 Taliban prisoners after peace summit

Days after a new round of peace negotiations between the US government and the Taliban began in the Qatari capital Doha, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani told a grand tribal council in Kabul that his country will release 175 Taliban prisoners as a gesture of goodwill and that he is willing

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01 May 2019

Classified or nonexistent: Tracking Taliban control goes dark as focus shifts to getting out

The US military will stop publishing figures on the Afghan areas and citizens under control of the Taliban and other insurgent forces. Analysts believe this decision signifies a shift in US military strategy for the war in Afghanistan, from battling insurgency toward prioritizing the exit of US troops from the

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24 Apr 2019

NATO, Afghan forces kill more civilians than Taliban

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has released a new report[pdf] showing that in the first quarter of 2019, NATO and pro-government troops in Afghanistan were responsible for more civilian deaths than Taliban fighters. While pro-government forces killed 305 civilians, the Taliban and other insurgent groups killed 227.

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18 Apr 2019

Peace talks postponed as Taliban objects to size of Afghan delegation

The Taliban has postponed a meeting with politicians and civil society representatives from Afghanistan over issues with the size and composition of the delegation that counted 250 members. The delegation included people working for the Afghan government, which the Taliban said was not in accordance with a list of members

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12 Apr 2019

Taliban announce spring offensive as Afghanistan peace talks continue

The Taliban on Friday released a mostly symbolic statement about the launch of its annual spring offensive, saying that the operation aims at “eradicating occupation, cleansing our Muslim homeland from invasion and corruption, establishing an Islamic system along with defending and serving our believing fellow countrymen.” Over the winter, The

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27 Mar 2019

In U.S. pursuit of peace talks, perilous rift opens with Afghan leader

US officials believe that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani may try to sabotage US-Taliban peace talks as a consequences of the US government’s decision to exclude Afghanistan’s government from the negotiations. Ashraf Ghani supposedly feels betrayed, not just because the US agreed to direct talks with the Taliban, which does not

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