Daily Archives: September 14, 2019

Trump’s Decision ‘Surprised’ Taliban: Spokesman

(TOLO news): Talking to Al Jazeera in an interview published on Sept. 12, Mr. Shaheen said the Taliban is ready for negotiations with Afghans, but a ceasefire will be possible when all foreign forces leave the country. The two sides held nine rounds of talks over the last year. US chief negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad led

US House Panel Subpoenas Top US-Afghan Negotiator

(voice of America): The Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Representative Eliot Engel, has subpoenaed the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, to testify at an open hearing of the committee Sept. 19. The Democratic committee chair released a statement Thursday criticizing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, saying he "flatly refused"

US Declares Pakistani Taliban Chief as Global Terrorist

(voice of America): The United States has designated a top Pakistani militant commander as a global terrorist for directing deadly attacks against Pakistan. The U.S. State Department announced the decision Tuesday, identifying the man as Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud, the head of the outlawed extremist Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commonly known as the Pakistani Taliban. It

Trump vows to hit Taliban ‘harder’ than ever as US marks 9/11

(News24): President Donald Trump pledged to hit the Taliban "harder" than ever as America marked the 18th anniversary on Wednesday of the 9/11 attacks that led the country into war in Afghanistan. Trump spoke after aborting what would have been a historic peace summit and as relatives remembered the victims of the single deadliest attack

Afghan President: More Than 2,000 Taliban Fighters Killed Last Week

(Voice of America): Afghan President Ashraf Ghani told an election rally Friday that more than 2,000 Taliban fighters have been killed over the past week and insisted his elected office is where the insurgent group must come to seek a decisive political settlement to the conflict. Ghani's assertions came nearly a week after U.S. President

Myanmar Hopes Talks Can Shore Up Cease-fire With Northern Alliance

(RFA): The Myanmar government on Friday stressed the importance of an upcoming meeting between its peace negotiators and the Northern Alliance group of ethnic armies to try to end escalated hostilities in northern Shan state, and warned of possible negative consequences should the talks fail. Tun Tun Oo, vice chairman of the National Reconciliation and

Russia’s special envoy to Afghanistan meets Taliban

(ANI): Russian President's special representative for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov on Friday met a delegation of the Taliban in Moscow and emphasised the need for resumption of peace talks between the militant group and the United States to end 18-year of war in Afghanistan. "Russian Presidential Special Representative for Afghanistan, Director of the Second Asian Department

Taliban Envoys Visit Moscow After US Talks Collapse

(Voice of America): A Taliban delegation traveled to Moscow and held talks with Russian officials Friday, a week after the United States abruptly called off a yearlong peace dialogue with the insurgent group over U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan. Russian media quoted Taliban political spokesman Suhail Shaheen as saying that his delegation had met with

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