Daily Archives: September 7, 2020

Taliban Appoints New Chief Negotiator on Eve of Talks

(TOLO News): Sources close to the Taliban said that most of the fatwas (rulings) of the group, particularly on war, are issued by Mawlawi Abdul Hakim and that he will attend the negotiating table with full authority. Mawlawi Abdul Hakim was a mentor for many high-ranking Taliban members and was a close aide to Mullah

Kabul to push for ceasefire in talks with Taliban: Afghan officialKabul to push for ceasefire in talks with Taliban: Afghan official

(Al Arabiya): The Taliban’s seriousness about peace will be evident from the outset, when Kabul’s negotiating team pushes for a permanent ceasefire, Vice President Amrullah Saleh said. “The first test for the Taliban is (a) ceasefire,” Saleh told Tolo News, the country’s biggest private television network. “If they accept the ceasefire, they are committed to

Afghan Security Forces convoy targeted by Taliban in Maidan Wardak

(ATN News): Police confirmed the incident and said clashes then occurred between security forces and Taliban militants. A policeman was injured in the shooting.  Provincial police did not provide further details. Meanwhile, in a separate incident, 25 Taliban fighters were killed and eight wounded in clashes and airstrikes in Laghman.  This came after Afghan security

VP Danesh Reiterates National Stance on Peace Negotiations

(BNA): The country’s Second Vice-President, Mohammad Sarwar Danesh in a meeting with Massoum Stanekzai, head of Afghanistan delegation on peace negotiation, the other day reiterated for a national stance in the peace negotiation in Afghanistan, a statement from his office said. Stanekzai shared information about the preparation of the country’s VP Danesh reiterates national stance

Intra-Afghan Talks must Preserve ‘Democratic and Human Rights’: EU, Canada

(KHAAMA PRESS): In a joint statement on Sunday, both representatives said achievements of the past two decades are “human rights, rule of law and democratic freedoms, including the increased respect for the rights and freedoms of women and girls” that should be considered during the peace negotiations. “We especially urge for the full participation of

Taliban Insurgents Killed in Helmand Raid

(BNA): Two Taliban insurgents were killed and three others were wounded in a military operation in Helmand. The Taliban had gathered in a house last night and wanted to attack a military checkpoint in Nahrsaraj district, but were targeted by security troops. Two Taliban insurgents were killed and three others were wounded in the attack,

Taliban peace talks: What to expect from the new round?

(BBC News): Over the weeks that followed it was clear why. While attacks by the insurgents on international troops stopped, fighting with Afghan security forces continued. The agreement set out a provisional timetable for the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan, providing the Taliban prevented international jihadist groups such as al-Qaeda from using their territory

Time To Halt America’s Endless War in Afghanistan

(Antiwar.com): It isn’t easy to analyze President Donald Trump’s foreign policy. It is at times reckless and foolish. And the president has failed to fulfill his promises to halt America’s "endless wars." Yet, unlike his predecessors going back to Ronald Reagan, Trump has not started any new or joined any old conflicts. Today that passes

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