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

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

Withdraw first, ask questions later America is rapidly pulling troops from Afghanistan

The future of the country they are leaving behind is more uncertain than ever The Economist Jul 4th 2020 edition ISLAMABAD Faiza ibrahimi is too young to remember when the Taliban ruled Afghanistan as a theocracy. She can scarcely believe her parents’ stories about it. She is a radio presenter in the western city of Herat. The

Russia Denies Paying Bounties, but Some Say the U.S. Had It Coming

By Andrew Higgins and Andrew E. Kramer The  New York Times July 4, 2020 Russia’s grievances against what it sees as American bullying and expansion into its own zones of influence have been stacking up for decades. American military personnel in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, last year.Credit…Jim Huylebroek for The New York Times MOSCOW — Three years into a

White House tentatively agrees to leave some troops in Afghanistan past U.S. election

By DAVID S. CLOUD and TRACY WILKINSON Los Angeles Times JULY 2, 2020 5:38 PM WASHINGTON — Top U.S. commanders believe they have tentative White House approval to leave just over 4,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan beyond November, delaying a full American pullout until after the presidential election. The plan, worked out at a meeting between Pentagon

Pentagon report: less violence but lagging Afghan progress

Todd South Militart Times 1 July 2020 The most recent U.S. security snapshot and Afghanistan progress report shows a reduction in violence and attacks on coalition forces but also notes that Afghans are not meeting goals for troop retention, training and taking their share of the load for the nation’s security. The U.S. Taliban agreement and US Afghanistan joint

Outrage mounts over report Russia offered bounties to Afghanistan militants for killing US soldiers

The Guardian 27 June 2020 Fierce response from top Democrats after US intelligence finding was reportedly briefed to Trump in March, but the White House has yet to act  US troops in Afghanistan in 2009. Photograph: Manpreet Romana/AFP via Getty Images Outrage has greeted media reports that American officials believe a Russian intelligence unit offered

Afghan Deaths Pile Up in Uncertainty Over U.S. Deal With Taliban

By Mujib Mashal The New York Times Published June 27, 2020 Targeted killings and widespread attacks across Afghanistan have sapped brief optimism as peace talks remain stalled. Afghan soldiers leaving a health facility after an attack in Kabul in May. The Taliban agreed not to attack U.S. targets, but refused a cease-fire with Afghan forces.Credit…Jim Huylebroek

Spies and Commandos Warned Months Ago of Russian Bounties on U.S. Troops

By Eric Schmitt, Adam Goldman and Nicholas Fandos The New York Times June 29, 2020 The recovery of large amounts of American cash at a Taliban outpost in Afghanistan helped tip off U.S. officials. It is believed that at least one U.S. troop death was the result of the bounties. A car bomb killed American soldiers at this site

Watchdog Seeks Assessment of Ex-Officials Corruption Cases

By Zahra Rahimi Tolo News 30 June 2020 A Kabul-based watchdog says it sees a lack of freedom within judicial institutions to assess corruption cases. Integrity Watch Afghanistan, a Kabul-based monitoring organization, sees a lack of will in relevant government institutions to assess corruption cases involving former officials and says it has created a type

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