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Time for Peace in Afghanistan and an end to the Lies
18 Feb 2019 08:57

Time for Peace in Afghanistan and an end to the Lies

It has been more than nine years since I resigned in protest over the escalation of the Afghan War from my position as a Political Officer with the US State Department in Afghanistan. It had been my third time to war, along with several years of working in positions effecting war policy in Washington,...

Khalilzad says focus on peace accord, not withdrawal agreement
12 Feb 2019 11:39

Khalilzad says focus on peace accord, not withdrawal agreement

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, who is on a six-nation trip to discuss the Afghan peace process said Tuesday while meeting with EU and NATO partners in Brussels that their shared purpose is to reach a peace agreement and not a withdrawal agreement.

Heading high-level delegation, Ghani in Nangarhar
10 Feb 2019 14:52

Heading high-level delegation, Ghani in Nangarhar

President Ashraf Ghani travelled to eastern Nangarhar province at the head of a high-level delegation on Sunday, an official said.

NATO heads of state to meet in London this year
6 Feb 2019 15:48

NATO heads of state to meet in London this year

NATO heads of state and government would meet in London at the end of the year, the alliance chief said on Wednesday.

Taliban sit for second day with Afghan leaders in Moscow
6 Feb 2019 15:37

Taliban sit for second day with Afghan leaders in Moscow

The Taliban entered a second day of unprecedented talks Wednesday with powerful Afghan politicians in Moscow, sidestepping the Kabul government as it pursues a leading stake in the war-torn country.

Gen. Votel: ​Afghan Government Must be part of Talks
6 Feb 2019 14:51

Gen. Votel: ​Afghan Government Must be part of Talks

A top U.S. general said on Tuesday that talks between the United States and Taliban were in their “very, very early” stages and the Afghan government, so far excluded from talks, would have to be part of the solution.

​US vow to withdraw half of Afghan troops by April, Taliban said in Moscow
6 Feb 2019 14:44

​US vow to withdraw half of Afghan troops by April, Taliban said in Moscow

The Taliban deputy chief negotiator, Salam Hanafi, also said that after the US announces a full withdrawal, the Taliban will negotiate with the Afghan government, according to reporters in Moscow.

​Taliban to take part in ‘intra-Afghan’ talks in Moscow
4 Feb 2019 10:05

​Taliban to take part in ‘intra-Afghan’ talks in Moscow

The Taliban say they will participate in what they call "intra-Afghan" talks in Moscow among prominent Afghan figures, including former President Hamid Karzai and tribal elders — but no Kabul government officials.

​India in touch with key stakeholders in Afghanistan
4 Feb 2019 09:59

​India in touch with key stakeholders in Afghanistan

India is preparing for any eventuality in Afghanistan by being in regular touch with key political stakeholders in the war-ravaged country and with the other nations including key regional powers that want stability there, according to senior officials.

Which Afghan politicians invited to Moscow meeting with Taliban?
3 Feb 2019 11:06

Which Afghan politicians invited to Moscow meeting with Taliban?

Those are former president Hamid Karzai, Hizb-i-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, executive chief of Jamiat-i-Islami party Ata Mohammad Noor, Hizb-e-Wahdat leader Mohammad Mohaqiq, former deputy foreign minister Hekmat Karzai, senior Jamiat member Ismail Khan, former defense minister Shah Nawaz Tanai ...

​Taliban to meet Afghan politicians, not Ghani in Moscow
3 Feb 2019 10:43

​Taliban to meet Afghan politicians, not Ghani in Moscow

The Taliban are expected to meet with the Afghan opposition leaders in Moscow in the coming days, a development that could further undermine the government of President Ashraf Ghani, which has found itself excluded from the talks seeking an end to the 17-year war.

Ghani: Afghan forces not to accept transient peace
3 Feb 2019 10:35

Ghani: Afghan forces not to accept transient peace

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces would not accept transient peace.

​Over 700 US soldiers set to return home after seven-month deployment
3 Feb 2019 10:22

​Over 700 US soldiers set to return home after seven-month deployment

Hundreds of US troops are set to return home from a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan, an American TV channel reported.

Could regional diplomacy stabilize Afghanistan?
3 Feb 2019 09:51

Could regional diplomacy stabilize Afghanistan?

Trump’s perception of Iran, China and Russia as foes of the US could complicate regional diplomacy on Afghanistan.

Talks hosted by Russia will not help in peace process, says Afghanistan
2 Feb 2019 12:53

Talks hosted by Russia will not help in peace process, says Afghanistan

Afghanistan has said that peace talks being hosted by Russia next week will not help the peace process and that Moscow should respect an Afghan-led and owned peace process, amid reports that the Taliban have refused to meet with Afghan government representatives at the meet.

US withdrawal from Syria, Afghanistan to bring regional security: Iranian Ambassador
2 Feb 2019 12:06

US withdrawal from Syria, Afghanistan to bring regional security: Iranian Ambassador

Iranian Ambassador to China, Keshavarz Zadeh has said that the withdrawal of the US troops from the Syria and Afghanistan will bring security to the region.

Tehran supports Afghan-led peace process: Iran envoy
2 Feb 2019 10:36

Tehran supports Afghan-led peace process: Iran envoy

Iran envoy to the International Contact Group meeting on Afghanistan expressed support for peace process led by Afghan government.

Afghanistan endangered by US imparting political legitimacy to Taliban
2 Feb 2019 09:17

Afghanistan endangered by US imparting political legitimacy to Taliban

The United States should have also delineated some stringent ‘red-lines’ that the Afghan Taliban would have to adhere to, unconditionally for sustaining a peace dialogue with the United States.

Quick US pullout to fuel bloodshed, warns Daudzai
2 Feb 2019 09:01

Quick US pullout to fuel bloodshed, warns Daudzai

A quick US troop pullout will fuel violence and bloodshed in Afghanistan, High Peace Council head Omar Daudzai fears.

Ghani says he will never sign new gandamak treaty
31 Jan 2019 11:31

Ghani says he will never sign new gandamak treaty

A spokesman to the president’s administration has quoted president Ghani as saying that if someone thinks he can force Ashraf Ghani to sign another Gandamak treaty, he is wrong.

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