NATO allies discuss Afghan mission's future after proposed U.S. withdrawal (14.02.2019)

The ministers are discussing how best to use NATO's presence in Afghanistan through its Resolute Support mission to support talks with the Taliban aimed at ending the 17-year conflict.

Afghan government fires election commission (12.02.2019)

The Afghan government on Tuesday fired its election commission more than three months after chaotic parliamentary elections — the results of which have still not been announced — and ahead of July’s controversial presidential vote.

U.S. envoy: 'Long way to go' before peace deal with Afghan Taliban (08.02.2019)

The Taliban has yet to make concessions on two key U.S. demands -- implementing a cease-fire and agreeing to negotiate directly with Afghan government representatives as part of an Afghan-led, intra-Afghan peace process.

Taliban peace talks in Moscow end with hope the U.S. exits, if not too quickly (06.02.2019)

After two days of talks in Moscow, the Taliban and prominent Afghan politicians, many of them former enemies, said on Wednesday that they had charted a broad road map for ending the war in Afghanistan, which is in its 18th year. It is structured around the withdrawal of American forces from the...

Taliban, Afghan opposition to meet in Moscow; Kabul not attending (03.02.2019)

Taliban representatives will meet influential Afghan opposition leaders in Moscow for two days of peace building discussions starting Tuesday, but envoys from the Kabul government will not be in attendance. The controversial meeting, critics say, underscores a deepening political divide in...

US sees contours of peace accord with Taliban to end war in Afghanistan (28.01.2019)

The United States and the Taliban have sketched the outlines for an eventual peace accord to end 17 years of war in Afghanistan, a U.S. special envoy said on Monday, but there was no sign the insurgent group had accepted key U.S. demands. "We have a draft of the framework that has to be fleshed out...

Extended US-Taliban peace talks in Qatar raise Afghan hopes (24.01.2019)

Talks between US and Taliban officials in Qatar have now gone on for four days with the two sides trying to establish a mechanism for a ceasefire in the 17-year war in Afghanistan and open dialogue with the Afghan government.

Are the Taliban using an 'attack and talk' strategy? (22.01.2019)

A Taliban attack killed dozens of security personnel while members of the armed group held talks with the US in Qatar.

US envoy: Taliban must engage Afghan government (16.01.2019)

A high-level U.S. diplomat responsible for negotiations with the Taliban made it clear the insurgent group would have to engage with the Afghan government if they wanted the peace process to move forward. … The Taliban's refusal to engage directly with the sitting administration in Kabul seems to...

Violence grows in northern Afghanistan, but neither side is gaining much ground (10.01.2019)

Violence in northern Afghanistan has intensified in recent days, with both Afghan security forces and the Taliban suffering heavy casualties, but the heavy fighting has failed to shift the battle lines.