Afghan Taliban launches major offensive following elapse of U.S. troops withdrawal deadline

Afghan security forces fought back a major Taliban offensive in southern Helmand province in the last 24 hours, officials and residents said on Tuesday, as militants launched assaults around the country after a missed U.S. deadline to withdraw troops. Although the United States did not meet the May 1 withdrawal deadline agreed in talks with… Read More Afghan Taliban launches major offensive following elapse of U.S. troops withdrawal deadline

Kabul on high security alert as U.S. troops prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan

Kabul security was ramped up on Saturday as the city braced for reaction from the insurgent Taliban as U.S. troops still present under President Joe Biden’s orders, beyond the May 1 withdrawal deadline agreed in 2020 with the Trump administration. An increased military presence and security at checkpoints were visible in the Afghan capital, and… Read More Kabul on high security alert as U.S. troops prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan

U.S. launches steps to end military mission in Afghanistan

The commander of foreign forces in Afghanistan, U.S. Army General Scott Miller, on Sunday said an orderly withdrawal of foreign forces and the handing over of military bases and equipment to the Afghan forces had begun. Miller said he was acting on orders based on U.S. President Joe Biden’s decision to end America’s longest war,… Read More U.S. launches steps to end military mission in Afghanistan

U.S. President Joe Biden to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by September 11

President Joe Biden plans to withdraw the remaining 2,500 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021, 20 years to the day after the al Qaeda attacks that triggered America’s longest war, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. The disclosure of the plan came on the same day that the U.S. intelligence community released a gloomy… Read More U.S. President Joe Biden to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by September 11

U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan arrives Doha for peace talks with Taliban leaders

The United States’s special envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, has arrived in Doha, sources said on Thursday, where he is set to meet with the insurgent Taliban at a delicate time for the Afghan peace process as Washington reviews its options. Khalilzad’s planned meetings with Taliban leaders in Doha would be the first in person… Read More U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan arrives Doha for peace talks with Taliban leaders

Calls for ceasefire, women’s rights top priority as Afghan peace talks begin

Afghan government representatives and Taliban insurgents gathered on Saturday for historic peace talks aimed at ending two decades of war that has killed tens of thousands of combatants and civilians. Ahead of face-to-face negotiations in coming days, the warring sides were urged by various countries and groups to reach an immediate ceasefire and forge an… Read More Calls for ceasefire, women’s rights top priority as Afghan peace talks begin

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani rejects Taliban prisoner release under U.S. deal

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani rejected on Sunday a Taliban demand for the release of 5,000 prisoners as a condition for talks with Afghanistan’s government and civilians, included in a deal between the United States and the Islamist militants. “The government of Afghanistan has made no commitment to free 5,000 Taliban prisoners,” Ghani told reporters in… Read More Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani rejects Taliban prisoner release under U.S. deal

U.S., Taliban sign Afghanistan troop withdrawal deal

The United States signed a deal with Taliban insurgents on Saturday that could pave the way toward a full withdrawal of foreign soldiers from Afghanistan and represent a step toward ending the 18-year-war in the nation. But while the agreement creates a path for the United States to gradually pull out of its longest war,… Read More U.S., Taliban sign Afghanistan troop withdrawal deal