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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29 Mar 2019

SIGAR: Reintegration, economy among top risks after Taliban peace

The Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR), which is the US watchdog for aid to Afghanistan, this week released a report outlining the security and other issues that will need to be addressed following a possible US-Taliban peace deal. The report points out that in the event of a

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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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25 Mar 2019

U.S. air strikes kill a dozen Afghans, battle intensifies in Taliban strongholds

Heavy fighting between a coalition of US and Afghan forces and the Taliban resulted in dozens of casualties on both sides over the weekend. The United Nations on Monday said that US airstrikes carried out against the Taliban killed at least 13 civilians. On Friday, the Taliban killed around 50

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19 Mar 2019

U.S. freezes out top Afghan official in peace talks feud: sources

In the latest sign that the recent US-Taliban peace talks have strained US-Afghanistan relations, US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale told Afghan President Ashraf Ghani that the US will no longer deal with Afghanistan’s security adviser Hamdullah Mohib. Last Thursday, Mohib not only complained that the US

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18 Mar 2019

Taliban Capture About 150 Afghan Soldiers After Chase Into Turkmenistan

In the latest sign that Afghanistan’s army is losing control over the Badghis province in the northwestern part of the country, Taliban fighters this weekend captured 150 Afghan soldiers in the prince’s Murghab district, the biggest single capture by the Taliban to date. About 100 of the soldiers had tried

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15 Mar 2019

Afghan Official Warns of U.S. Deal With Taliban ‘That Doesn’t End in Peace’

The government of Afghanistan on Thursday expressed concern that the peace talks between the US and the Taliban are “increasing the legitimacy of the Taliban” while “decreasing the legitimacy of the Afghan government” and complained that the US is not transparent enough about what its negotiators have been discussing with

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13 Mar 2019

Afghan Army Base Is Wiped Out by U.S. Airstrikes, Officials Say

Afghan officials on Wednesday stated that a misunderstanding between Afghan troops and US forces in the country resulted in a firefight followed by US airstrikes that destroyed an Afghan Army base. The confrontation took place at night, after US soldiers took action in response to gunfire at the base, which

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13 Mar 2019

U.S., Taliban talks end for now with no Afghan peace deal

The negotiations between the US and the Taliban have ended after 16 days without a peace deal specifying a timeline for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan. However, US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad stated that “[t]he conditions for peace have improved. It’s clear all sides want to end the

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