U.S. envoy meets with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, former rival Abdullah Abdullah

The United States’ special envoy for Afghanistan on Wednesday met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his former rival Abdullah Abdullah, to discuss progress towards a peace deal with the insurgent Taliban. The meeting was the first between the three men since Ghani and Abdullah ended a months-long political impasse in which both claimed to be… Read More U.S. envoy meets with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, former rival Abdullah Abdullah

Taliban suspend prisoner exchange talks, recalls negotiators from Afghanistan

The Taliban on Tuesday recalled the insurgent group’s negotiators from Afghanistan hours after they suspended talks on a prisoner exchange process with the Afghan government, a spokesman for the hard-line Islamist group said in a tweet. Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman for Taliban’s political office in Qatar, said “the intentional delays in the release of our… Read More Taliban suspend prisoner exchange talks, recalls negotiators from Afghanistan

International Criminal Court set to launch investigation into alleged Afghan war crimes

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court will investigate whether war crimes were committed in Afghanistan by the Taliban, Afghan military and U.S. forces after an appeals panel said on Thursday the “truth-seeking” inquiry should go ahead. The ICC decision, which came days after the United States agreed to pull its troops from the long-running conflict,… Read More International Criminal Court set to launch investigation into alleged Afghan war crimes

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