Ayaz Gul VOA News February 4, 2019 ISLAMABAD — Taliban representatives will meet influential Afghan opposition leaders in Moscow for two days of peace building discussions starting Tuesday, but envoys from the Kabul government will not be in attendance. The controversial huddle, critics say, underscores a deepening political divide in Afghanistan and would further weaken President
Tolo News: Former National Security Advisor and presidential candidate Mohammad Haneef Atmar has confirmed that he will attend the Moscow talks along with other “leaders of the country”, calling it an important step and a starting point for inclusive intra-Afghan negotiations. Former president Hamid Karzai, former vice president Mohammad Yunus Qanuni, former Balkh governor and
Tolo News: Afghan analysts and former government officials expressed mixed views on the upcoming talks between Afghan politicians and Taliban representatives in Moscow, which will be held on Tuesday. The Afghan government has not been invited to attend the talks in order to pave the ground for Taliban participation at the event as a senior
Tolo News: In reaction to Moscow’s bid to host a meeting on Afghan peace, the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said the talks will help the peace process and that the Russian government should respect an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process. Reports indicate that the meeting will be held in Moscow on Tuesday, Feb. 5.
The New York Times: Mr. [Archer] Blood’s newly published cable sheds light on what really drove the Soviet Union to invade Afghanistan only two months after his meeting with Mr. [Hafizullah] Amin. Spoiler alert: It was not because of terrorism, as claimed this month by President Trump, who said the Soviets were right to invade. Among
Rare color photos from the 1980s bring the the U.S.S.R.’s “hidden war” to light. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty January 28, 2019 Click here to view more (external link). Copyright (c) 2019. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036.
Ayaz Gul VOA News January 28, 2019 ISLAMABAD — A top Russian diplomat is in Pakistan to discuss efforts to promote direct peace talks between warring sides in neighboring Afghanistan. Russian presidential envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov is visiting Islamabad after last week’s marathon talks between U.S. special representative for Afghan reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and the
Michael Hughes: U.S. President Donald Trump sent the foreign policy establishment into a rage for suggesting the Soviets intervened in Afghanistan because they were concerned about terrorism. The comments, rather predictably, drew immediate rebukes from members of the military-industrial-media complex who were beside themselves that a U.S. president would dare claim the Soviets were motivated by
Ariana: Russia has claimed that Afghanistan’s presidential elections were postponed from April to July due to pressure from the United States. In reaction to the statement of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Afghan elections, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul in a statement said that the decision to delay presidential elections was made by
Associated Press: President Donald Trump’s comments about Afghanistan this week devolved into a history lesson gone awry and an embrace of the former Soviet Union’s decision to invade the country in the 1970s. Click here to read more (external link). Related Survey Reveals US Forces’ Thoughts On Current Military Policies