Taliban to take part in ‘intra-Afghan’ talks in Moscow

World 02/04/19, 02:31

The Taliban said Monday they will participate in what they call "intra-Afghan" talks in Moscow designed to bring together prominent Afghan figures, including former President Hamid Karzai, opposition figures and tribal elders — but no Kabul government officials. The two-day meeting in the Russian capital, which starts Tuesday, is seen as ...

Q&A: US envoy’s road to Afghan peace littered with obstacles

World 02/04/19, 01:24

U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is in a hurry to find a peace deal for Afghanistan that would allow America to bring home its troops after 17 years of war, but the road ahead is littered with obstacles. After years of U.S. insisting on talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, ...

Senate reasserts foreign policy role, influence Trump agenda

Politics 02/02/19, 10:07

Two years into Donald Trump's presidency, his allies in Congress are quietly trying to influence and even reshape his "America First" foreign policy agenda. The Republican-led Senate is reasserting itself as a check on Trump's instincts, while individual GOP lawmakers are seeking sway — defense hawks vying with noninterventionists — over ...

Report: Afghan forces still shrinking, security gaps growing

World 01/31/19, 01:08

As the Trump administration pushes for peace in Afghanistan, a new U.S. watchdog report says Afghan security forces are shrinking, gaps in security are growing, and the Taliban are largely holding their own despite a surge in American bombing. These trends reflect what U.S. military officials call a stalemated war, more ...

Taliban say they are not looking to rule Afghanistan alone

World 01/30/19, 09:04

The Taliban said Wednesday they are not seeking a monopoly on power in a future administration in Afghanistan but are looking for ways to co-exist with Afghan institutions — the most conciliatory statement to date from the militants. The statement came amid intensified U.S.-led efforts to resolve the long-running Afghanistan war. ...

President Ghani assures Afghans as US envoy reports progress

World 01/28/19, 07:01

The Afghan president on Monday assured his people that their rights will not be compromised in the name of peace with the Taliban, days after the U.S. envoy tasked with resolving America's longest war reported significant progress in talks with the insurgents. President Ashraf Ghani's remarks came as U.S. envoy Zalmay ...

US envoy claims ‘significant progress’ in talks with Taliban

America 01/26/19, 13:58

The U.S. peace envoy to Afghanistan said Saturday that "significant progress" was made during lengthy talks with the Taliban in Qatar and that he was traveling to Afghanistan for more discussions aimed at ending the country's destructive 17-year war.Zalmay Khalilzad said on his official Twitter account that he wants to ...

Taliban bring top leader into talks with US

World 01/25/19, 02:47

A co-founder of the Taliban who was released from prison in Pakistan in October has been appointed head of the group's political office in Qatar as it negotiates with the United States over ending the 17-year-old Afghan war, the Taliban said Friday. Abdul Ghani Baradar, a senior Taliban military commander, was ...

Green Beret killed in Afghanistan was from Virginia

U.S. 01/23/19, 13:42

U.S. Army Special Operations Command has identified the U.S. soldier shot and killed in Afghanistan this week as a Green Beret from Virginia. Sgt. 1st Class Joshua "Zach" Beale, 32, was killed Tuesday while conducting combat operations in Uruzgan Province. He was assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, ...

Afghan officials: Death toll rises to 45 in Taliban attack

World 01/22/19, 01:13

Afghan officials say the brazen Taliban attack on a military base in an eastern province the previous day had killed at least 45 people, most of them military personnel.There are fears, however, that the death toll is even higher.Khawanin Sultani, a council member Maidan Wardak province, told The Associated Press ...

Graham says he’ll ask Trump to meet Pakistan, Afghan leaders

Politics 01/20/19, 10:50

U.S. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said on Sunday that he will urge President Donald Trump to meet with the leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan so that they can devise a plan to end Afghanistan’s 17-year war, the U.S.’s longest military engagement. Graham spoke at a news conference in Islamabad after meeting ...

Analysis: Climactic events in 1979 shaped modern Mideast

World 01/19/19, 05:03

Revolutionaries in the streets give way to black-and-white images of blindfolded American hostages. Two enemies sign a peace deal after years of hostilities. And one of the world's two superpowers invades its southern neighbor, launching a bloody, decade-long conflict.These moments and others in 1979, which dominated television sets and newspaper ...

US envoy for Afghan peace in Pakistan after talks in Kabul

World 01/18/19, 12:28

U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met with Pakistan's prime minister and other officials Friday as part of efforts aimed at finding a peaceful solution to the 17-year bloody war in Afghanistan, officials said.The government released few details about Imran Khan's meeting with Khalilzad, saying he "reiterated Pakistan's commitment to facilitate ...

Update: Pelosi cancels trip, accuses White House of leak

Politics 01/18/19, 10:18

The Latest on the partial government shutdown (all times local): 10:15 a.m. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (puh-LOH'-see) is canceling a congressional fact-finding trip to Afghanistan and claiming the White House leaked her plans to fly commercial. Friday's announcement by Pelosi's office came a day after President Donald Trump nixed Pelosi's plans to ...

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