• Donald Trump Sep 30, 2019

    With Vote Over, Afghanistan Faces Possible Political Chaos

    Presidential elections are over, and Afghanistan now faces a period of uncertainty and possible political chaos. Saturday’s vote was marred by violence, Taliban threats and widespread allegations of mismanagement and abuse. It was the fourth time Afghans have gone to the polls to elect a president since 2001 when the U.S.-led coalition ousted a regressive Taliban regime. The latest election...

  • Donald Trump Sep 10, 2019

    Trump Says Peace Talks With Taliban Are Now ‘Dead'

    U.S. peace talks with the Taliban are now “dead,” President Donald Trump declared Monday, two days after he abruptly canceled a secret meeting he had arranged with Taliban and Afghan leaders aimed at ending America’s longest war. Trump’s remark to reporters at the White House suggested he sees no point in resuming a nearly yearlong effort to reach a political...

  • Afghanistan Jun 29, 2019

    US, Taliban Open Doha Talks in Fresh Bid to End War

    A fresh round of talks between the U.S. and the Taliban began in Qatar on Saturday, just days after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington is hoping for an Afghan peace agreement before Sept. 1. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed to The Associated Press that negotiations had begun. Originally scheduled to begin in the morning, the two sides...

  • Afghanistan Jun 29, 2019

    US, Taliban Open Doha Talks in Fresh Bid to End War

    A fresh round of talks between the U.S. and the Taliban began in Qatar on Saturday, just days after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington is hoping for an Afghan peace agreement before Sept. 1. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed to The Associated Press that negotiations had begun. Originally scheduled to begin in the morning, the two sides...

  • Afghanistan Apr 24, 2019

    UN: Pro-Government Forces Kill More Afghans Than Insurgents

    Afghan and international forces killed more civilians than the Taliban and other militants in the first three months of this year, a new U.N. report said Wednesday. This is the first time in recent years that civilian deaths attributed to government forces and their allies exceeded those caused by their enemies. The somber statistic reflects what many say is a...

  • Afghanistan Jul 28, 2018

    Taliban Official Says Group Spoke With US Diplomat

    The Taliban held their first direct contact with a U.S. official in a preliminary discussion about future peace talks on Afghanistan, a senior official with the insurgent group said Saturday. It marked one of the most significant developments amid efforts to find a negotiated end to the country’s protracted war. The official described as “useful” a meeting with Alice Wells,...

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