Central Asia


Afghanistan peace talks stick on bases (13.09.2018)

Negotiations between the United States and the Afghan Taliban for a political settlement to end the protracted war in Afghanistan are stuck over the issue of maintenance of U.S. military bases in the country, according to Waheed Muzhda, a former Taliban official in Kabul who remains in regular...

US appoints veteran envoy for Afghan peace effort (04.09.2018)

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has named veteran diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad as a special adviser on seeking reconciliation in war-battered Afghanistan. … Khalilzad is the fourth such special envoy named in the past month, following Brian Hook, who will handle Iran; James Jeffrey, who will run Syria...


U.S. to appoint Special Envoy on Afghanistan to promote peace: reports (23.08.2018)

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to appoint Zalmay Khalilzad, an Afghan-born former U.S. ambassador to Kabul, as his special envoy on Afghanistan, media reported on August 22.

Kabul rejects Moscow-hosted Afghan peace talks; Taliban to attend (22.08.2018)

The U.S.-backed Afghan government announced Wednesday it does not plan to attend next month's multi-nation conference in Russia on the future of Afghanistan, while the Taliban insurgency confirmed to VOA it has accepted the invitation and will send a delegation to event.

UN mission welcomes Afghan government’s announcement of Eid holiday ceasefire (20.08.2018)

After a surge in hostilities in Afghanistan over the past weeks, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomed on Monday the Government’s announcement of a conditional ceasefire for the Eid al-Adha holiday and called on warring parties to use this “momentum” to put an end to the...

Taliban stops guaranteeing safety of Red Cross workers in Afghanistan (15.08.2018)

The Taliban says it has withdrawn its security assurances for the International Committee of the Red Cross staff working in Afghanistan. The insurgent group accused the neutral humanitarian group of failing to meet its obligation to monitor detention conditions and provide medical aid to Taliban...

More than 300 dead in battles for control of key Afghan city (13.08.2018)

Authorities in Afghanistan confirmed Monday that four days of fighting with the Taliban in and around the embattled southeastern city of Ghazni has killed 100 Afghan security personnel and 30 civilians. Defense Minister General Tariq Shah Bahrami says government forces, backed by allied airstrikes,...

Afghan electoral body seeks to bar 35 candidates over alleged ties to armed groups (12.08.2018)

Afghanistan's top electoral body has recommended barring 35 candidates from running in the upcoming parliamentary polls after it alleged they had links to armed groups. … Some 2,300 candidates across Afghanistan have filed to run in the parliamentary elections, scheduled for October 20.

IS in Afghanistan just won't go away, US officials say (07.08.2018)

Intensified efforts to root out and destroy the Islamic State terror group in Afghanistan are making progress in some areas but have so far failed to prevent the terror group from maintaining a foothold in the country, based on the latest U.S. intelligence estimates.