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Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, talks with the media at Kabul International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.(AP)

Afghan peace talks to open in Doha, 19 years after 9/11 triggered war

Kabul | By Reuters| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2020 06:30 AM IST
Officials, diplomats and analysts say that although getting both sides to the negotiating table was an achievement in itself, it does not mean the path to peace will be easy.
An Afghan man wearing a protective face mask walks past a wall painted with photo of Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. envoy for peace in Afghanistan, and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the leader of the Taliban delegation, in Kabul, Afghanistan.(REUTERS)
An Afghan man wearing a protective face mask walks past a wall painted with photo of Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. envoy for peace in Afghanistan, and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the leader of the Taliban delegation, in Kabul, Afghanistan.(REUTERS)

Taliban to halt military operations over 3-day Eid holiday

Kabul | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2020 09:59 PM IST
In a statement promising a brief respite to the fighting, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahed said commanders have been ordered not to carry out operations for three days and nights, but are allowed to defend themselves if attacked.
A man wearing a facemask as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 novel coronavirus walk past a wall painted with images of US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad (L) and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (R), in Kabul April 5, 2020.(AFP)
A man wearing a facemask as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 novel coronavirus walk past a wall painted with images of US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad (L) and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (R), in Kabul April 5, 2020.(AFP)

Taliban set to release first prisoners in fragile Afghan exchange

Kabul | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2020 02:50 PM IST
The Afghan government has pressed ahead with freeing hundreds of Taliban prisoners over the past week, despite complaints from the insurgent group about the piecemeal nature of the releases.
Perhaps not in their wildest dreams had the American leadership over the past two decades expected this photo-op, where US Special Representative for Afghanistan, ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, sat at the same table, in front of the world, and shook hands with the Taliban, agreeing to a gradual withdrawal of US troops and their allies.(REUTERS)
Perhaps not in their wildest dreams had the American leadership over the past two decades expected this photo-op, where US Special Representative for Afghanistan, ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, sat at the same table, in front of the world, and shook hands with the Taliban, agreeing to a gradual withdrawal of US troops and their allies.(REUTERS)

The Taliban has trumped the US in Afghanistan | Analysis

By Kabir Taneja
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2020 05:25 PM IST
The deal will be packaged as a historic triumph of Islamist groups and jihadist outfits for decades to come.
In order to attempt discerning what US President DonaldTrump may do next, it may be useful to consider his instinctive approaches to the US involvement in Afghanistan(REUTERS)
In order to attempt discerning what US President DonaldTrump may do next, it may be useful to consider his instinctive approaches to the US involvement in Afghanistan(REUTERS)

Why Trump reached out to Taliban, why he pulled back, and what next

By Vivek Katju
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2019 06:42 PM IST
Realism demands that India cooperate with the Afghan government, but also open a line with the Taliban
Resolute Support (RS) forces remove a destroyed vehicle after a car bomb explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. The Afghan government says at least 10 civilians are dead and another 42 wounded after a Taliban suicide car bombing rocked the Afghan capital near a neighborhood housing the U.S. Embassy and the NATO Resolute Support mission. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)(AP)
Resolute Support (RS) forces remove a destroyed vehicle after a car bomb explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. The Afghan government says at least 10 civilians are dead and another 42 wounded after a Taliban suicide car bombing rocked the Afghan capital near a neighborhood housing the U.S. Embassy and the NATO Resolute Support mission. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)(AP)

Taliban car bomb explosion kills US soldier, 10 civilians in Kabul

Kabul (Afghanistan) | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2019 12:58 AM IST
U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, under pressure after announcing earlier in the week that “on principle” he and the Taliban had reached an agreement, returned abruptly to Qatar, site of the talks, later Thursday, officials close to the negotiations said.
Paramilitary soldiers drag barbwire as they prepare to impose curfew in Srinagar, Aug. 7, 2019.(AP)
Paramilitary soldiers drag barbwire as they prepare to impose curfew in Srinagar, Aug. 7, 2019.(AP)

Afghan panel will decide final deal with Taliban: Tahir Qadiry

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2020 12:43 AM IST
The US and Taliban are likely to finalise an agreement on withdrawal of foreign forces and a counter-terrorism guarantee on Afghan soil not being used by terrorists by September. However, the Taliban is yet to agree to an intra-Afghan dialogue for a political settlement.
US special representative for Afghan peace and reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, has so far not seen India as central to his efforts(AFP)
US special representative for Afghan peace and reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, has so far not seen India as central to his efforts(AFP)

Why India needs to keep a close eye on the progress in the US-Taliban talks

By Arun K Singh
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2019 09:53 PM IST
New Delhi has, so far, protected its interests by being in lock step with the Afghan government. But new outreach may be required with the start of intra-Afghan dialogue
Much like the Soviet Union did in the late 1980s, the United States now contemplates the end of its longest ever military engagement(Reuters)
Much like the Soviet Union did in the late 1980s, the United States now contemplates the end of its longest ever military engagement(Reuters)

How the present Afghanistan knot evokes memories of 1989

By T C A Raghavan
UPDATED ON APR 10, 2019 10:00 AM IST
The historical moment we are poised today at recalls elements of both 1979 and 1988/1989 as lack of internal Afghan consensus and legitimacy for external interference comprise an Afghan knot which is not easy to untie
The acceptable fig leaf is that Afghanistan would not be used to launch attacks on the United States(REUTERS)
The acceptable fig leaf is that Afghanistan would not be used to launch attacks on the United States(REUTERS)

US-Taliban talks: A road to nowhere

By Shakti Sinha
PUBLISHED ON MAR 25, 2019 08:52 PM IST
The US wants to get out, and seeks an assurance that Afghanistan would not be used to target the US. But will the Taliban honour it if and when it comes to power? Would the Pakistani army allow the Taliban enough leeway to act independently in Afghanistan’s interest?
The Indians were travelling in a largely Taliban-controlled area when they were abducted from their vehicle last year.(AP/Representative Image)
The Indians were travelling in a largely Taliban-controlled area when they were abducted from their vehicle last year.(AP/Representative Image)

One of seven Indian engineers abducted in Afghanistan returns

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 19, 2019 12:17 AM IST
The Indian engineers of KEC International, an RPG group company, were working on a project for construction of a power sub-station in Afghanistan.
US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad at a discussion on "The Prospects for Peace in Afghanistan" at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington, DC, on February 8, 2019 .(AFP)
US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad at a discussion on "The Prospects for Peace in Afghanistan" at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington, DC, on February 8, 2019 .(AFP)

‘Don’t want interim government in Afghanistan,’ India tells US

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON MAR 16, 2019 04:47 PM IST
India is opposed to an interim government that might have members of the Taliban taking charge in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of American troops.
At least 12 people were killed Monday in a Taliban-claimed attack on a military compound in central Afghanistan.(AP)
At least 12 people were killed Monday in a Taliban-claimed attack on a military compound in central Afghanistan.(AP)

Over 100 killed in Taliban attack on Afghan security base

Kabul | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2019 09:48 PM IST
Attackers rammed a captured military Humvee packed with explosives into a training centre of the National Directorate for Security in Maidan Wardak province, west of the capital Kabul
The US special envoy to Afghanistan hopes to cement a peace deal with Taliban insurgents by April 2019, local media reported on Sunday.(Getty Images)
The US special envoy to Afghanistan hopes to cement a peace deal with Taliban insurgents by April 2019, local media reported on Sunday.(Getty Images)

US envoy hopes for peace deal with Taliban in 2019: Report

Kabul | By Reuters
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2018 06:11 PM IST
Zalmay Khalilzad, in Kabul to lead talks between the United States, the Taliban and the Afghan government, told reporters he hopes “a peace deal is reached before April 20 next year”, when Afghanistan is planning to hold a presidential election.
In this photograph taken January 23, 2010, Taliban fighters pose during a patrol in Ghazni province.(AFP Photo)
In this photograph taken January 23, 2010, Taliban fighters pose during a patrol in Ghazni province.(AFP Photo)

Taliban launch sneak attack at night to seize Afghan city, kill at least 14, say officials

Ghazni, Afghanistan | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2018 04:24 PM IST
Civilian houses and army checkpoints have come under mortar attack and the bodies of dozens of Taliban fighters are in the streets, a spokesperson of the government said.
Firefighters work at the site of a deadly suicide attack in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan on Tuesday.(AP Photo)
Firefighters work at the site of a deadly suicide attack in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan on Tuesday.(AP Photo)

11 killed in attack on education department compound in Afghanistan

Agence France-Presse, Jalalabad | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2018 11:48 PM IST
Wednesday’s attack comes exactly a month after militants raided the education department in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar.
Official sources said the Afghan foreign minister assured Sushma Swaraj that his government would make all possible efforts to rescue the abducted Indian engineers.(Reuters/File Photo)
Official sources said the Afghan foreign minister assured Sushma Swaraj that his government would make all possible efforts to rescue the abducted Indian engineers.(Reuters/File Photo)

Swaraj seeks Afghan govt’s help in securing release of 7 abducted Indians

Press Trust of India, Kabul | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2018 11:18 PM IST
The Indian engineers were working on a project for construction of a power sub-station in Afghanistan, and abducted by suspected Taliban militants on Sunday.
Afghan security forces stand next to Taliban militants as they are to the media in Ghazni province on April 14, 2018. Afghan security forces arrested five Taliban militants during an operation in Ghazni province.(AFP)
Afghan security forces stand next to Taliban militants as they are to the media in Ghazni province on April 14, 2018. Afghan security forces arrested five Taliban militants during an operation in Ghazni province.(AFP)

Afghan Taliban announce fresh offensive in apparent snub to peace efforts

Agence France-Presse, Kabul | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2018 11:52 PM IST
The Taliban said the offensive was partly a response to US President Donald Trump’s new strategy for Afghanistan announced last August, which gave US forces more leeway to go after insurgents.
Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi inspect the guard of honour at the presidential palace in Kabul on April 6, 2018.(Presidential palace/ Handout via REUTERS)
Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi inspect the guard of honour at the presidential palace in Kabul on April 6, 2018.(Presidential palace/ Handout via REUTERS)

Kabul accepts offer to renew talks with Taliban, says Pakistan PM Abbasi

Associated Press, Islamabad | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON APR 07, 2018 04:56 PM IST
Pakistan hosted the first direct peace talks between Kabul and the Taliban in 2015 but those talks ended when Kabul announced death of Taliban founder Mullah Mohammed Omar.
US defence secretary Jim Mattis lands in Kabul on March 13, 2018 on an unannounced trip to Afghanistan.(Reuters)
US defence secretary Jim Mattis lands in Kabul on March 13, 2018 on an unannounced trip to Afghanistan.(Reuters)

US defence secy Jim Mattis says signs indicate Taliban open to Afghan peace talks

Reuters, Kabul | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 13, 2018 06:03 PM IST
Jim Mattis made the remarks during an unannounced visit to Kabul and comes weeks after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani unveiled a plan to open peace talks with the Taliban. The insurgents have so far given no formal response to Kabul’s offer.
Afghan security personnel arrive at a site after a car bomb targeted foreign troops in Kabul on March 2.(AFP file photo)
Afghan security personnel arrive at a site after a car bomb targeted foreign troops in Kabul on March 2.(AFP file photo)

Irreconcilable guns need to be silenced in Afghanistan: India tells UNSC

Press Trust of India, United Nations | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2018 12:07 PM IST
India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin told the UN Security Council that India had invested over $2 billion in Afghanistan since 2002 in reconstruction and development of the country.
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