US, Russia Share a Complex and Bloody History in Afghanistan - Associated Press

Thursday, July 2, 2020

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Moscow and Washington are intertwined in a complex and bloody history in Afghanistan, with both suffering thousands of dead and wounded in conflicts lasting for years. Now both superpowers are linked again over Afghanistan, with intelligence reports indicating...

Opinion: Afghans' Growing Demand For Peace Is Key To Ending Decades Of War - NPR

Monday, November 18, 2019

By: Nancy Lindborg; Andrew Wilder

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Nearly two decades after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, triggered the U.S. entry into Afghanistan, some U.S. policymakers wonder whether Americans want peace in Afghanistan more than Afghans do. On a trip to Kabul and Jalalabad two weeks ago, we noted a new restiveness and a growing demand for peace. Even amid all...

From warlord to Afghan presidential candidate - Associated Press

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

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From American ally to U.S.-declared terrorist, and now a presidential candidate in Saturday’s polls, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s past is inextricably linked to Afghanistan’s volatile history over four decades of war. In an interview in his sprawling compound in the Afghan capital this week...

Karzai says Afghan election threatens peace - Associated Press

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

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A presidential election that is days away in Afghanistan threatens the troubled nation’s best chance of making peace with the Taliban and ending 18 years of war, former President Hamid Karzai told The Associated Press on Tuesday, comparing the vote to asking a heart patient to...

Taliban want US deal, but some in bigger hurry than others - Associated Press

Thursday, September 12, 2019

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Afghanistan’s Taliban leaders agreed they wanted a deal with the United States, but some were in more of a hurry than others. Taliban negotiators were at odds with their Council of Leaders, or shura, about whether to travel to Camp David even before...

Karzai worries Pakistan talks risk peace pact - AP

Saturday, February 16, 2019

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Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday that previously unscheduled peace talks between the Taliban and the United States in Pakistan risk engulfing the country in regional rivalries. In an interview with The Associated Press in the capital Kabul, Karzai worried that the accelerated peace process was being hijacked by...

Huge attack shows Taliban strength at outset of talks

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

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With one of the deadliest attacks of Afghanistan’s 17-year insurgency just hours before a new round of peace talks, the Taliban rammed home its message that it intends to agree any settlement from a position of strength on the...

Chaotic and violent Afghan parliamentary elections draw to a close - AP

Saturday, October 20, 2018

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Afghanistan's first parliamentary elections in eight years suffered from violence and chaos Saturday, with a multitude of attacks killing at least 3 people, key election workers failing to show up and many polling stations staying open hours later than scheduled to handle long lines of voters. Problems surrounding the elections — already three years overdue — threaten to compromise the credibility of polls which an independent monitoring group said were also marred by incidences of ballot stuffing and intimidation by armed men affiliated with candidates in 19 of...