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...

Why is the U.S. talking to the Taliban? - PBS NewsHour

Friday, August 17, 2018

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When the Afghan government and Taliban fighters declared a cease-fire in mid-June for the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of Ramadan, there were three days of blissful quiet. Since then, the Taliban and the Islamic State group, which was not part of the temporary truce, have unleashed attacks...

Taliban’s political stature rises with talks in Uzbekistan - Associated Press

Sunday, August 12, 2018

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In a rare diplomatic foray and the strongest sign yet of increasing Taliban political clout in the region, the head of the insurgents’ political office led a delegation to Uzbekistan to meet senior Foreign Ministry officials there, Uzbek and Taliban officials said. Taliban political chief Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai represented the insurgents in the four-day talks that ended on Friday and included meetings with Uzbekistan’s Foreign Minister...

Brazen Taliban attack raises pressure on Afghan forces - Associated Press

Friday, August 10, 2018

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A brazen and bloody overnight assault Friday by the Taliban on a key provincial capital in central Afghanistan has increased pressure on U.S.-backed Afghan forces that are withering under relentless attacks, prompting President Ashraf Ghani to call an emergency meeting of his security officials. While government security forces in the city of Ghazni repulsed the multipronged attack with the help of U.S. air support, Taliban insurgents remained...

In Afghanistan, U.S. military sprints to prove it can reverse insurgent tide - Washington Post

Friday, March 30, 2018

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The U.S. military is racing to demonstrate it is making progress in Afghanistan during a critical period that will test President Trump’s strategy and, potentially, political support for the war. Military leaders say the arrival of new troops and aircraft, along with a renewed mission to advise local operations more...

A bold Afghan peace offer, but are the Taliban interested? - AP

Monday, March 12, 2018

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Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani has put a peace offer on the table, and analysts say the ball is now in the Taliban’s court. But so far the militants are showing no sign of being interested.

Shifting alliances as Pakistan manages relationship with US - AP

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

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As Pakistan navigates its troubled relationship with the United States and scrambles to avoid being blacklisted for doing too little, too late to stop terror funding, regional alliances are shifting and analysts ponder whether a cozier relationship with countries like Russia will complicate efforts to move toward peace in neighboring Afghanistan.

Afghan officials and Taliban talk despite wave of violence - AP

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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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.