On Afghan War Anniversary, Taliban Vow to Fight another 18 Years - The Media Line

Thursday, October 10, 2019

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October 7, 2001, was the day US-led coalition forces entered Afghanistan in retaliation for the Taliban government’s role in harboring terrorists who had attacked the US less than a month before, on September 11. Eighteen years later, the war is the longest the United States has...

Afghanistan braces for political uncertainty in election's wake - Reuters

Monday, October 7, 2019

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Despite pulling off a safer presidential election than expected, Afghanistan looks headed for a prolonged period of political uncertainty, with the two front-runners claiming victory before ballots are tallied and signaling they would not accept defeat. The situation echoes 2014...

U.S. withdraws troops from northern Syria - CBS News

Monday, October 7, 2019

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American troops are pulling back from positions in Northern Syria under an order from the White House. The move precedes an expected incursion but Kurdish allies believe the U.S. has abandoned them. Mona Yacoubian, who is a senior advisor at the U.S. institute of peace for Syria, Middle East and North Africa, joined CBSN to discuss the impact of the withdrawal.

Taliban Threat, Disillusionment Tamp Down Afghan Vote - Wall Street Journal

Sunday, September 29, 2019

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Slightly more than two million Afghans voted in presidential elections over the weekend, a historic low for a nation beleaguered by a nearly 18-year war and disillusioned by the government’s failure to deliver on its pledge to end corruption and spur overhauls. As vote...

Dismal turnout in Afghan election could weaken next government - Washington Post

Sunday, September 29, 2019

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Voter turnout in Afghanistan’s presidential election over the weekend was less than half of what it was the last time Afghans chose a president, officials estimated Sunday, a dismal showing that threatened to weaken the next government no matter who is declared...

“Don’t leave the Afghan peace talks for dead - Washington Post

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

By: Stephen J. Hadley

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President Trump’s decision this month to call off peace talks with the Taliban should not obscure the fundamental fact that a political settlement of the Afghanistan conflict remains the best way to protect U.S. national security interests and prevent terrorist attacks...

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...

US Expert Says Rift Over Afghan Aid Imperils Prospects For Peace - TOLO News

Friday, September 20, 2019

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In an interview with TOLOnews on Sunday, William Byrd, former head of the World Bank, lent credence to the claim against the current administration that changes in government positions a year ahead of a presidential election are politically motivated...