17 Jul 2020

New Taliban Attacks Complicate Afghan Peace Process

On Monday morning, 11 security forces and dozens of civilians were injured after a car bomb was detonated near government intelligence headquarters in the city of Aybak, Afghanistan. The attack has been claimed by the Taliban, straining a peace process that was meant to end with a withdrawal of American

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06 Mar 2020

Russia, Turkey reach cease-fire deal in northwestern Syria

Russia and Turkey reached an agreement on a cease-fire to begin at midnight on Thursday, hopefully ending violence in northwestern Syria that has rapidly escalated over the past week. The deal will also set up a security corridor along a key highway in the Idlib province that has been a

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05 Mar 2020

U.S.-Taliban Deal Comes Under Pressure Amid Military Action

After a resurgence of violence and diplomatic tension between Washington and Kabul, the Trump administration is facing problems trying to uphold a landmark agreement with the Taliban. President Ashraf Ghani, on Wednesday, declined to meet with Trump’s special envoy that arrived in Kabul in an attempt to salvage an agreement.

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28 Jan 2020

US says mystery crash in Afghanistan was US Air Force plane

An American military aircraft went down in eastern Afghanistan earlier this week according to the US military. It remains unclear how the plane crashed, as there were no indications that it had been brought down by enemy fire as of today. The investigation to find the cause of the crash

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24 Jan 2020

Israel’s Prime Minister and opposition leader will visit White House to discuss ‘prospect of peace’ next week

Yesterday, Vice President Mike Pense announced that Israel’s Prime Minister and opposition leader will visit the White House to discuss regional issues and the prospect of peace next week. Reports over the past week suggest that the reveal of Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan could be imminent, potentially causing the

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09 Sep 2019

More Americans will die after Trump abruptly ends Afghan talks, Taliban say

US President Donald Trump cancelled secret negotiations with Taliban leaders on Saturday after the group claim responsibility for a recent attack in Kabul that claimed the lives of a US soldier and 11 others. The Taliban slammed Trump’s decision and warned that it “will lead to more losses to the

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04 Sep 2019

Afghan government has concerns about US-Taliban peace deal

The Afghan government wants Washington to clarify its draft peace agreement with the Taliban so that Kabul can “completely analyze its dangers and negative consequences and avoid the dangers,” the spokesperson of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Wednesday. Under the agreement, which still needs to be approved by US

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03 Sep 2019

US and Taliban reach agreement ‘in principle’ on Afghanistan, envoy says

The United States and the Taliban have come to an agreement “in principle,” according to US special envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad. US President Donald Trump will still need to approve the accord, under which the US would withdraw 5,400 of the almost 14,000 troops stationed in Afghanistan. The pull

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12 Aug 2019

No deal announced as US, Taliban wrap up latest talks

Even though the Taliban announced last week that disagreements between the group and the United States government over the withdrawal of US and NATO forces from Afghanistan had been resolved, the latest round of peace talks in Qatar (the 8th in total) ended on Monday without a peace deal. US

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09 Aug 2019

Iran’s cooperation with the Taliban could affect talks on U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan

As progress in the US-Taliban peace talks finally seems to bring the end of the war in Afghanistan within reach after 18 years, Iran has begun to be open about its cooperation with the Afghan insurgent group. This is far from self-evident, for in the past, Iran fiercely opposed the

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