Afghan president fled with 4 cars, chopper full of cash, claims Russia

World 08/17/21, 16:04

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani escaped the country with four vehicles and a helicopter loaded with cash, the Russian embassy in Kabul said Monday, Aug. 16. On Sunday, Aug. 15, the besieged commander surrendered the presidential palace in Kabul to militant Taliban insurgents who had overthrown his government, New York Post reported. “To ...

Afghanistan’s grand council ends with call for peace talks

World 05/03/19, 06:14

An Afghan grand council convened by President Ashraf Ghani ended on Friday with a resounding call for peace with the Taliban and a promise from the president to free 175 Taliban prisoners ahead of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month that starts next week. The council — known as Loya Jirga — ...

Afghan grand council sets recommendations for Taliban talks

World 05/02/19, 05:02

An Afghan grand council on Thursday agreed on several recommendations for peace talks with the Taliban, after four days of meetings in Kabul meant to hammer out a common strategy for future negotiations.President Ashraf Ghani had convened the council of more than 3,200 participants, known as Loya Jirga, earlier in ...

Taliban: Fresh round of talks with US peace envoy starting

World 05/01/19, 03:44

The Taliban say a fresh round of talks with U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is to start in Qatar, where the religious movement maintains a political office.Khalilzad is trying to negotiate an end to Afghanistan's 17-year war, America's longest military confrontation. He was in Pakistan on Tuesday.Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid ...

Afghan president holds council to set agenda for peace talks

World 04/29/19, 00:27

The Afghan president is hosting a grand council of some 2,500 prominent figures to agree on a shared approach to peace talks with the Taliban.But the gathering — known as a Loya Jirga — instead looks to further aggravate divisions within the U.S.-backed government, even as America makes progress with ...

US tells Afghan president Qatar talks best chance for peace

World 04/22/19, 05:01

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Afghanistan's president over the weekend to express Washington's disappointment over the indefinite postponement of Afghan talks with the Taliban and to condemn the insurgent's latest "spring offensive," according to a statement Monday.The Afghan-to-Afghan talks were scheduled to start on Friday in Qatar, where ...

Qatari official: Afghan talks postponed indefinitely

World 04/18/19, 23:31

A first round of Afghan-to-Afghan peace talks that would have seen Taliban and government officials sit together for the first time were postponed indefinitely Thursday after a falling out over who should attend.Sultan Barakat, director of Qatar's Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies, the organization sponsoring the talks, tweeted news ...

EU official backs key role for Kabul in talks with Taliban

Europe 03/26/19, 04:10

The European Union's top diplomat has expressed support for U.S.-led efforts to resolve Afghanistan's 17-year war but stressed that the Afghan government should have a leading role in the process.The remarks by EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini reflect the bloc's displeasure that the peace talks with the Taliban have ...

Powerful political leader warns against squandering peace

World 02/20/19, 14:27

A prominent Afghan political leader who once had the support of some officials to lead Afghanistan's negotiating team with the Taliban, warned the president Wednesday against squandering the best opportunity at peace in more than 17 years of war. In an interview with The Associated Press, former Cabinet minister Ismail Khan ...

Interview: Envoy says Russia’s clout in Afghanistan rises

World 02/13/19, 07:14

A senior Russian diplomat says that because America "completely failed" in Afghanistan, this has opened the way for Moscow to expand its clout in the country.Zamir Kabulov, President Vladimir Putin's envoy for Afghanistan, says many Afghans now view Russia as an impartial mediator that could help advance political process despite ...

Top Pentagon official in Afghanistan amid push for peace

Politics 02/10/19, 23:38

The Pentagon's top official made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Monday to meet with U.S. commanders and Afghan leaders amid a push for peace with the Taliban. Pat Shanahan, the recently installed acting secretary of defense, said he has no orders to reduce the U.S. troop presence, although officials say ...

Afghan leader speaks with Pompeo amid fresh peace efforts

World 02/06/19, 07:06

Afghanistan's president spoke with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo late Tuesday in an apparent bid to reassert his authority as Washington accelerates its negotiations with the Taliban and as separate talks unfold in Moscow without the government's involvement. In his State of the Union speech Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump ...

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 ...

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 peace envoy in Pakistan seeking end to 17-year Afghan war

World 01/17/19, 14:30

U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Pakistan on Thursday, the last leg of a regional tour aimed at finding a negotiated conclusion to Afghanistan's 17-year war, which would end the U.S.'s longest military engagement. Khalilzad has accelerated efforts to end the war since his appointment last September. On his previous ...

Afghan president orders probe into abuse of female athletes

Sports 12/04/18, 09:32

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday ordered an investigation after the Guardian reported that members of the national women's soccer team were sexually and physically abused by men from the country's football federation.The report in the British newspaper on Friday cited senior figures associated with the team as saying the ...

Top diplomats gather at UN meeting to support Afghanistan

Europe 11/28/18, 05:29

Foreign ministers from Russia, Germany, Iran and other countries, as well as EU's foreign policy chief have joined Afghanistan's president and other top officials at a U.N. meeting in Geneva to show support for the impoverished, war-battered country. Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani arrives for a side event, during the Geneva Conference ...

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