Thursday, February 22, 2018
Afghan officials are carrying out at least two tracks of talks with the Taliban, The Associated Press has learned, even after a month of brutal bombings and attacks by the militants that killed nearly 200 and despite President Donald Trump's angry rejection of any negotiations for now.
In Afghanistan, a string of attacks has killed more than 130 people and wounded more than 300 in just over a week. Targets included a busy downtown block near a government hospital, an international hotel, a military training academy, and the global charity Save the Children.
The Islamic State group and the Taliban are competing to take credit for a horrific spike in violence in Afghanistan over the last month, and analysts say both insurgent groups are growing in strength as security forces wither under their relentless attacks and a feuding government struggles to win over citizens.
Afghanistan has endured a month of relentless attacks claimed by the Taliban and a rival Islamic State affiliate, capped by Saturday's assault, in which a Taliban suicide bomber driving an ambulance filled with explosives struck in the heart of Kabul, killing more than 100 people.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Salahuddin Rabbani met Andrew Wilder, the vice president of Asia programs for US Institute for Peace (USIP) here yesterday in his office, a statement from...
Gen. John W. "Mick" Nicholson settles into his wood-paneled office inside the American-led military headquarters in Kabul. It's lined with plaques, pictures and ceremonial swords. He has spent more time in Afghanistan, in various jobs, than any other senior American officer — a total of 5 1/2 years. The commander of NATO's Resolute Support mission and U.S. forces in Afghanistan since March 2016, Nicholson is a genial West Point graduate with salt-and-pepper hair — and a renewed confidence.
“Her body was frail, but her spirit and passion for her work was alive and well,” said Andrew Wilder, vice president of Asia programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, who visited her at Kabul’s Amiri hospital Friday. He said she spent much of their conversation insisting that he tour the university center while in Kabul. “It is a very fitting legacy to her and her husband,” Wilder said. “It was her pride and joy.”
President Trump announced a new military strategy for Afghanistan last week, promising to send more U.S. troops to train and support Afghan security forces. Guests: Stephen Biddle, professor of political science and international affairs, George Washington University;adjunct senior fellow for defense policy, Council on Foreign Relations Andrew Wilder vice president, Asia programs, U.S. Institute of Peace
Andrew Wilder, vice president of Asia programs at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), pointed to the upcoming Afghan presidential elections in 2019. The last election in 2014 required heavy U.S. involvement. Scott Worden, director of Afghanistan and Central Asia Programs at USIP, said that, on one hand, Trump wants to protect the U.S. from terrorism emanating from Afghanistan, but on the other, 30 years of non-democratic institutions in Afghanistan have led to more violence. Belquis Ahmadi, a senior program officer as USIP, said it is now “up to the Afghans to address the needs of its people.”
U.S. Institute of Peace Vice President Andrew Wilder appeared on BBC News on August 22, 2017 to discuss the Trump administration’s revised Afghanistan strategy. He talked about the strategy's regional approach, including its focus on India and whether it will draw sharp criticism from Pakistan.