NATO mulls its future in Afghanistan as US draws down troops

Lorne Cook The Associated Press 30 Nov. 2020 Afghan National Army soldier stand on top of a hill during a visit by Afghan Deputy Defense Minister Dr. Yasin Zia and Resolute Support Commander Gen. Scott Miller in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 3, 2020. (Spc. Jeffery J. Harris/Army Reserve) BRUSSELS — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday

Trump Makes a Bad Situation Worse in Afghanistan

Jim Golby Senior fellow at the Clements Center for National Security 30 November 2020 The departing president neither embraced nor fully repudiated America’s mission. WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/GETTY Since the day he entered office, President Donald Trump hasn’t been able to make up his mind about whether the United States should keep fighting in Afghanistan. His most recent

Afghan Leader Digs In on Peace Talks Despite Progress, Officials Say

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff The New York Times Published Nov. 29, 2020; Updated Nov. 30, 2020 President Ashraf Ghani is holding up a tentative agreement on the talks’ framework, some officials say. His aides say no agreement was near. Delegates at the talks in Doha, Qatar, between the Afghan government and the Taliban in September. The two sides

Negotiator Fawzia Koofi: ‘Doha Talks Entering New Phase’

By Sharif Amiry TOLOnews 30 November 2020 Sources say agreements have been reached, but public announcements on the Kabul side are still pending. Peace negotiator Fawzia Koofi on Monday said the Doha talks have entered a new phase, but she did not offer further details.  A 21-article set of procedural rules was finalized by both sides

Car bombing at Afghan base kills at least 30

By Aziz Tassal and Susannah George The Washington Post November 30, 2020 A soldier holds a rocket-propelled grenade at an Afghan army base that was struck by a car bomb Sunday. (AFP/Getty Images) KABUL — A Humvee laden with explosives and backed by gunmen struck a government base in central Afghanistan on Sunday, killing at least

The United States has closed at least 10 bases around Afghanistan. But drawdown details remain murky.

Susannah George and Dan Lamothe The Washington Post November 28, 2020 A U.S. Marine keeps watch during a meeting between Afghan commanders and U.S. advisers at Camp Bost in Helmand province, Afghanistan, in September 2017. (Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images) KABUL — The United States has closed at least 10 bases across Afghanistan since the signing of a

Afghan Conflict Rages Despite Efforts for Peace

By Khaled Nikzad TOLOnews 28 Nov 2020 Muslim clerics have also tried to persuade the Taliban to stop the violence and make peace. Fighting continues to grip Afghanistan despite political efforts for peace within the country and international and regional appeals to the warring sides to agree on a ceasefire.   Afghan officials have persistently stated that

World Renews Political, Financial Commitment to Afghanistan

By Zabihullah Jahanmal, Tolo News 24 November 2020 Josep Borrell, the EU Minister for Foreign Affairs, said violence in Afghanistan must stop, not tomorrow but by now. The international community at Afghanistan Conference 2020 in Geneva on Tuesday renewed their financial and political commitment to Afghanistan for another four years.    The 2020 Afghanistan Conference is

Reports of Progress in Talks Disputed

By Sharif Amiry TOLOnews 29 November 2020 Negotiators from both sides of the Afghan negotiations have conflicting accounts about the reports of recent progress in their discussions. This comes a day after the Taliban’s spokesman in Doha, Mohammad Naeem, said that negotiators from both sides on November 15 agreed on procedural rules with 21 items for

US Pullout in Afghanistan Will Empower the Taliban | By Richard Sisk 23 November 2020 Then-National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster speaks to reporters during the daily press briefing in the Brady press briefing room at the White House on Jan. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) The new Pentagon plan for accelerating the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan will speed a Taliban takeover and renew

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