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Afghanistan Is Ready for Major U.S. Troop Reduction, Ghani Says

By Rebecca Blumenstein and Mujib Mashal The New York Times Published Jan. 23, 2020  Updated Jan. 24, 2020, 1:30 a.m. ET The Afghan leader said he had told President Trump that the United States could withdraw a third of its troops, even as a peace deal with Taliban remains elusive. American military personnel in Helmand, Afghanistan, last September. About 12,000

Taliban Offer to Reduce Violence in Afghanistan Ahead of Deal With U.S.

By Mujib Mashal and Taimoor Shah The New York Tmes Jan. 16, 2020 Afghan forces in September in an area then recently retaken from the Taliban in Badakhshan Province.Credit…Jim Huylebroek for The New York Times KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban have offered a brief period of reducing violence in Afghanistan during ongoing negotiations with United States diplomats, three

‘Devastating Toll’ on Afghan Civilians in 2019: HRW

 By TOLOnews.com  15 January 2020 The HRW report said that civilian deaths caused by the Afghan government and US operations exceeded the Taliban’s for the first time. The Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday in its World Report 2020 said that attacks by all parties to Afghanistan’s armed conflict in  2019 took a “devastating toll”

Ceasefire Necessary for Talks: Mohib

By TOLOnews.com  15 January 2020 Hamdullah Mohib, Afghanistan’s National Security Adviser, on Wednesday at the Raisina Dialogue multilateral conference in New Delhi, said that “Peace for our people means the end of violence – this is why we insist that a ceasefire is necessary to create a conducive environment for talks.” “First and most importantly,

Afghan Govt Insists on Pre-Talks Ceasefire

 By Sayed Sharif Amiri TODAY – 9:12 PM Tolo News Sediq Sediqqi, a spokesman for the Presidential Palace, on Monday said that the Taliban “must” accept a ceasefire ahead of any peace talks, adding that “without a ceasefire, there would be no peace talks.” “Without a ceasefire, we will not reach a long-lasting peace, a peace

U.S. troops slain and injured, journalist killed, in Afghanistan

By Jay Jackson, Afghanistan News.Net 12 Jan 2020, 05:50 GMT+10   KABUL, Afghanistan – Two U.S. soldiers were killed, and another 2 wounded, when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the southern part of Afghanistan on Saturday. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. In compliance with its policy, the U.S. Department of Defense

As Iran and U.S. Trade Blows, Afghanistan Sweats Between the 2 Powers

By Mujib Mashal The New York Times Jan. 8, 2020 Afghan officials fear that an escalation between Iran and the United States could hurt chances for peace with the Taliban during a critical time. President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul, the Afghan capital, in December. The country borders Iran and also hosts thousands of American military personnel. Credit…Afghan

Taliban: We Don’t Want to be Sacrificed in US-Iran Tension

 By Sayed Sharif Amiri  Tolo News 5 Jan 2020 A former Taliban member said the Taliban does not want to work for other countries’ interests. A source within the Taliban says the leadership of the group has initially agreed that they do not want to be taken advantage of by recent US-Iran escalation. According to

John Bass, U.S. Envoy to Afghanistan, Steps Down on Cusp of New Peace Deal

By Lara Jakes The New York Times Jan. 6, 2020 The State Department said it was typical for ambassadors to serve only two years in Kabul, given the high-stress nature of the job. John R. Bass, right, the American ambassador to Afghanistan, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Kabul, Afghanistan, in June.Credit…Pool photo by Jacquelyn

As winter sets in, Afghans feel the chill of endless peace talk and political paralysis

Pamela Constable The Washington Post Dec. 27, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. EST Shoppers crowd a market in Kabul, as an icy winter takes hold in the Afghan capital and peace talks with the Taliban drag on. (Lorenzo Tugnoli/for The Washington Post) KABUL — Across the Afghan capital, carpentry shops are turning out crude pine tables.

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