Ariana: “This meeting with the U.S. authorities would either help pave the way for more meaningful talks or stop them forever,” a Taliban commander in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province said on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the news media. “If they are sincere in talks in the future, they would
Mohammad Habibzada Hasib Danish Alikozai VOA News September 15, 2018 WASHINGTON / KABUL — After losing his mother to war, 10-year-old Hikmatullah decided to join a peace movement, members of which have been walking hundreds of kilometers to different regions of Afghanistan since June with the message of peace and an end to violence. “A mortar
Tolo News: As insecurity grows in parts of the country along with political issues around elections and the peace process, President Ashraf Ghani says the US strategy to win the war against the Taliban is working. “For the first time, the possibility of peace is really at hand,” President Ghani said in an interview with VICE
Ayesha Tanzeem VOA News September 13, 2018 ISLAMABAD — Negotiations between the United States and the Afghan Taliban for a political settlement to end the protracted war in Afghanistan are stuck over the issue of maintenance of U.S. military bases in the country, according to Waheed Muzhda, a former Taliban official in Kabul who remains in
Press TV September 11, 2018 The Taliban militant group is preparing to send a delegation for further talks with US officials in an attempt to end a 17-year-old war in Afghanistan. Two officials involved with the process said on Tuesday that Taliban leaders were meeting to discuss the makeup of the three- or four-person delegation.
William Gallo VOA News September 7, 2018 BAGRAM AIR BASE, AFGHANISTAN — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met Friday with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and other top Afghan officials, including Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah. Ghani said at the meeting that stopping attacks by Afghan forces on NATO troops is a national priority. The encounters are also
Associated Press: In the past, Khalilzad has called on the U.S. to declare Pakistan a terrorist state, saying it harbors insurgents. The Trump administration has embraced a similar position, recently suspending $300 million in aid to Pakistan, saying it isn’t doing enough to eliminate Taliban safe havens on its territory. Click here to read more (external
William Gallo VOA News September 5, 2018 NEW DELHI — Attempts to end the 17-year-old U.S.-led war in Afghanistan are gaining traction, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis insists. “Right now we have more indications that reconciliation is no longer just a shimmer out there, no longer just a mirage. It now has some framework,” Mattis told
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty September 5, 2018 U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said late on September 4 that he has appointed former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad to be his special adviser on Afghanistan. “Ambassador Khalilzad is going to join the State Department team to assist us in the reconciliation effort, so he
Ariana: A Spokesman of the People’s Peace Movement Bismillah Watandost told Ariana News that the Taliban have humiliated the members of the convoy and called them as “executors of the U.S. plans” in Afghanistan. Click here to read more (external link).