China, Pakistan Urge Taliban to Reduce Violence, Start Talks

By Sayed Sharif Amiri Tolo News 7 July 2020 Under the US-Taliban peace agreement, 5,000 Taliban prisoners will be released from the Afghan government’s jails. In a trilateral virtual meeting held between Afghanistan, Pakistan and China on Tuesday, the Pakistan and Chinese officials have reiterated the call on the Taliban to reduce violence to help

July 8, 2020

Don’t Let Russian Meddling Derail Afghanistan Withdrawal Plans

Opinion Editorial Board The New York Times 7 July 2020 Allegations of bounties paid for the deaths of U.S. soldiers are serious. But the White House ought to stay the course toward a peace deal. The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.

July 8, 2020

Ghani Seeks Regional Support for Peace

By 6 July 2020 AFGHANISTAN President Ghani says regional and neighboring countries’ support will help Afghanistan to achieve its goals for peace. President Ashraf Ghani on Monday afternoon spoke at the opening of an international meeting on “strengthening regional consensus for peace,” stressing the need for the support of neighboring and regional countries to

July 6, 2020

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Is peace at hand?

The February agreement between the United States and the Taliban started the clock running for the withdrawal of all U.S. combat troops. The Pentagon announced in June that the first 5,000 troops had been withdrawn ahead of the July deadline, in spite of increased Taliban attacks on Afghan government forces. The Trump administration agreed to withdraw the remaining 8,600 U.S. troops by April 2021, but there are indications that the president wants all troops out by the November U.S. elections.

The Afghan government is in denial, apparently convinced that the Americans will not withdraw all troops and cut financial support. President Trump is not the first American president to announce he is leaving, but this time is different. President Trump wants to fulfill a campaign promise and, facing dealing a dire economic collapse, the United States can no longer afford to spend tens-of-billions of dollars a year on a war that was lost long ago. Moreover, Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, has long been a critic of the war and is on record promising to withdraw all combat troops in his first year in office should he be elected president.

The Afghan government is urging the United States to keep troops in Afghanistan until the Taliban agree to a long-term ceasefire and reach an agreement with the government for a political settlement of the war. This is a formula for an open-ended troop commitment.

What we do

• Work with U.S. and European peace and humanitarian aid organizations
• Provide information to executive branch officials and congressional staff
• Organize meetings in the U.S. and lead fact-finding trips to Afghanistan
• Write op-ed articles, meet with reporters and do television interviews

Learn more

To learn more, here are some organizations working to promote peace, respect for human rights and economic development in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan Analysts Network

Kabul-based resource on Afghan politics

United States Institute of Peace

Analysis of peace efforts in Afghanistan

International Crisis Group

Analysis of the Afghan war and U.S. policy

Win Without War

America’s largest anti-war coalition

Center for International Policy

Independent research and analysis

Institute for Policy Studies

Center of anti-war advocacy and activism

Mercy Corps International

Aid and peace building programs in Afghanistan


Contact us

Afghanistan Peace Campaign

P.O. Box 21375

Washington, DC 20009 

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