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Talking peace while waging war in Afghanistan

KABUL – As the Afghan government and rebel Taliban engage in peace talks in Doha, Qatar, hopes for a breakthrough are still constrained by myriad sticking points as civil war violence continues apace.   While Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani’s government negotiation team has insisted on a…

Ashraf Ghani at U.N.: Afghanistan Lies at the Heart of Turmoil in the World

Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani presented his country to the 2020 United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday as a nation that has borne more than its share of turmoil and suffering, in everything from economic disruptions and climate change to the coronavirus pandemic and terrorism. 0…

Taliban Kills Dozens of Afghan Troops as Peace Talks Continue

Government officials in Afghanistan confirmed over 50 casualties in several attacks by the Taliban jihadist organization on Thursday, strikes that occurred as the Taliban attempts to broker a peace deal with both Kabul and the U.S. government. 0…

The Taliban’s political moment

The first-ever peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government that started this weekend in Qatar have raised expectations for a lasting truce. After nearly 20 years of war, the mere thought of Talib leaders seated around a negotiating table prompted US Secretary of…

U.S.-Afghan Talks: Taliban Seeks Freedom for Jihadis, Sharia Government

Representatives of the Taliban jihadist organization told Afghan media outlets on Sunday that the goal of their participation in peace talks held this weekend in Doha, Qatar, with the legitimate Afghan government and the United States was to negotiate the liberation of Taliban jihadists and…

Warring Afghans Meet to Find Peace After Decades of War

Afghanistan’s warring sides started negotiations for the first time, bringing together the Taliban and delegates appointed by the Afghan government Saturday for historic meetings aimed at ending decades of war that has killed tens of thousands of combatants and civilians. U.S. Secretary of State Mike…

Afghanistan: historic peace talks begin

Historic peace talks opened between the Taliban and the Afghan government on Saturday, with the warring parties meeting face to face in Qatar even as violence continued on the ground in Afghanistan. Abdullah Abdullah, the former chief executive for Afghanistan who is heading the peace…

Afghanistan: historic peace talks begin

Afghanistan’s government and the Taliban were to meet for peace talks in Doha on Saturday in a bid to end nearly two decades of war, though a quick breakthrough seems unlikely. The US-backed negotiations come six months later than planned owing to bitter disagreements over…

Pompeo Heads to Qatar on Eve of 9/11 for Talks to End Afghanistan War

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is traveling to Qatar for the beginning of long-stalled peace negotiations between the Taliban and Kabul to end the nearly two-decade-old Afghanistan war, President Donald Trump announced on Thursday. 0…

Efforts Ramp up to Get Taliban-Afghan Peace Talks Started

KABUL, Afghanistan—Officials on both sides of Afghanistan’s protracted conflict say efforts are ramping up for the start of negotiations between Afghan representatives and the Taliban while a top U.N. envoy expressed hope on Sept. 3 that a formal launch will take place in “the coming…

Taliban prisoners release paves the way for talks

Kabul – The Afghan government said Thursday it had freed the remaining 400 Taliban prisoners agreed in an exchange, except for a few opposed by foreign nations, and expected peace negotiations to start soon. A drawn-out prisoner swap including the contentious release of hundreds of…

Afghanistan Frees Nearly 200 Taliban Prisoners to Push Peace Talks

KABUL—Afghanistan has freed nearly 200 Taliban prisoners to spur long-delayed peace talks, as a team of negotiators readies to fly this week to Qatar’s capital, Afghan officials said on Wednesday. The prisoners formed part of a group of 400 jailed “hardcore” Islamist separatists whose stalled…

‘America First’ Enters Its Most Combustible Moment

The months before and after a presidential election are particularly fragile for foreign policy. Each of the five presidents I served understood, as did his team, the weight of this time. Politics and legacy were always front of mind. They were all also conscious of…

Iran paid bounties to Taliban for targeting US troops: report

Iran may have paid Taliban-linked militants to carry out at least six attacks against US and coalition troops in Afghanistan last year, including a suicide bombing at a US air base in December, CNN’s Zachary Cohen first reported on Monday. “Bounties” were paid by a…

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