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Op-Ed: Peace talks on Afghanistan in Qatar indefinitely postponed

The Qatari government which is hosting peace talks with the US, Taliban and Afghan representatives announced that the talks are postponed indefinitely as they never even started even though they were scheduled to begin earlier this week.

Peace hopes suffer setback as Taliban-Afghan talks derailed

Doha - Hopes for a breakthrough in a push to end Afghanistan's gruelling conflict suffered a major setback Friday after a key summit between the Taliban and Afghan officials was indefinitely postponed.

Taliban-Afghan talks derailed by delegate row

Doha - Critical peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government in Qatar appeared to have been suspended Friday, with Washington signalling its disappointment and urging both sides to return to the table.

Talks in trouble as Taliban slam Afghan guest list

Kabul - An upcoming conference between Afghan representatives and the Taliban appeared to be in trouble Wednesday even before it begins, with the militants deriding Kabul's plan to send 250 delegates -- several of whom have already dropped out.

Hundreds of Afghan delegates to meet with Taliban in Doha

Kabul - Afghanistan published Tuesday a lengthy list of delegates who will meet with the Taliban in Doha this week, including government officials, in what could become the highest-level dialogue between the sworn enemies in years.

Taliban threaten northern Afghan city of Kunduz once again

Kunduz - Everyone was shocked when the city of Kunduz in the far north of Afghanistan fell to the Taliban back in 2015. Since then the city has been contested repeatedly.

Taliban announce spring offensive, angering US amid peace push

Kabul - The Taliban on Friday announced a new spring offensive, alarming the US negotiator who has been sitting with the militants to seek an end to more than 17 years of war.

Taliban announce spring offensive amid Afghan peace push

Kabul - The Taliban on Friday announced their annual spring offensive, which comes as the US and Afghan politicians try to negotiate for a peace settlement with the Islamist militants.

Four killed in attack on US convoy in Afghanistan

Kabul - Three US troops and a military contractor were killed in a roadside explosion Monday in the deadliest attack on American forces this year, casting a shadow over ongoing peace talks with the Taliban, which claimed responsibility for the attack.

Afghan chief executive supports delegation for Taliban talks

Kabul - Afghanistan's chief executive Abdullah Abdullah welcomed Kabul's decision Sunday to send a delegation to meet with the Taliban, saying he hoped they would present a "unified position" for the Afghan people.

US peace envoy returns to Kabul to speak with Afghan government

Kabul - US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was in Kabul on Monday to meet with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and other officials, as part of an ongoing drive to find a way out of Afghanistan's 17-year-old war.

Afghan vice president survives Taliban attack

Kabul - Taliban fighters on Saturday attacked a convoy carrying Afghanistan's vice president Abdul Rashid Dostum, in an assault that left the former warlord unscathed but killed one of his bodyguards, an official told AFP.

First woman to win 'Afghan Star' TV show to fight Taliban with music

Kabul - The first woman to win the Afghan version of American Idol says she will fight the Taliban with her music, embracing a victory rich in symbolism as her country faces an uncertain future.

Resist, forgive, submit? Afghan youth on hopes for peace

Kabul - Sitting in his male beauty shop, 25-year-old Zabihullah longs for peace in Afghanistan -- but not one that would see religious police beating people in the streets for their hairstyles or outfits.

US envoy says 'real strides' made in longest Taliban talks

Doha - US and Taliban negotiators wrapped up their latest round of marathon peace talks on Tuesday with "real strides" made but no agreement on a timetable for troop withdrawal, the US special envoy said.

Taliban leader Omar lived next to US Afghan base: biography

Kabul - Taliban founder Mullah Omar lived within walking distance of US bases in Afghanistan for years, according to a new book that suggests embarrassing failures of American intelligence.

Taliban deny discussing ceasefire, Afghan dialogue with US

Kabul - The Taliban denied on Friday that they were discussing a ceasefire and dialogue with the Kabul government during ongoing talks with the US in Doha, contrary to statements from Washington."This phase is about fleshing out the details of the two issues.....

At least 23 Afghan security forces killed in Taliban attack on US-Afghan base

Kandahar - At least 23 Afghan security forces were killed in a Taliban attack on a joint US-Afghan base in southwestern Afghanistan, officials said Friday, as fighting continued during a pause in peace talks between the insurgents and American negotiators.

US could withdraw troops from Afghanistan within five years: NYT

Kabul - US forces could leave Afghanistan within five years under a Pentagon plan being offered as part of a potential deal with the Taliban to end the nearly 18-year war, the New York Times has reported.

'I felt powerful': Afghan trailblazer who confronted Taliban on women

Kabul - Fawzia Koofi was hesitant to face the Taliban militants who jailed her husband, threatened to stone her for wearing nail polish, and -- when she became a high-profile MP and women's rights champion -- tried to assassinate her.

US envoy meets top Taliban political leader in Doha as new talks begin

Doha - US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met with the Taliban's top political leader in Doha Monday, in what is believed to be the highest level engagement between the US and the Taliban since the months-long peace push began.

US envoy meets top Taliban political leader in Doha as new talks begin

Doha - US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met with the Taliban's top political leader in Doha Monday, in what is believed to be the highest level engagement between the US and the Taliban since the months-long peace push began.

Fear and hoping: expectations surge ahead of new US-Taliban talks

Kabul - The US and the Taliban are to meet in Qatar for fresh talks Monday seeking an end to 17 years of grinding conflict in Afghanistan, with the stakes ratcheting higher as the spring fighting season approaches.

The Taliban have not changed, warn Afghans living under their rule

Kandahar - Ali Ahmad Alizai has no choice but to obey when the Taliban come knocking on his door demanding food, shelter or a slice of his hard-earned harvest to fund their insurgency."The Taliban run a dictatorship here. They have their own laws.

Taliban announce talks with US in Islamabad

Kabul - The Taliban said Wednesday that its negotiators would meet US envoys for talks this month in Islamabad, and also sit down with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to discuss Afghanistan.

Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan arrives in Afghanistan

Kabul - Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan arrived in Afghanistan on an unannounced visit Monday as the United States leads a push for peace talks with the Taliban.

Taliban say Moscow talks with Afghan politicians 'very successful'

Moscow - The Taliban on Wednesday hailed unprecedented talks with Afghan politicians as "very successful", despite disagreements over women's rights and the group's demand for an Islamic constitution in the war-torn country.

Taliban hold rare talks with Afghan politicians in Moscow

Moscow - The Taliban began an extraordinary meeting with high-ranking Afghan politicians -- including women -- on Tuesday in Moscow, where rivals of President Ashraf Ghani called for an interim government as they negotiated without him.

Taliban takes centre stage as Kabul cut out of peace talks

Kabul - President Ashraf Ghani is being pushed to the sidelines as the Taliban ignores his overtures for peace and negotiates instead with his friends, and enemies, over the future of Afghanistan.

Trump 'serious' about Afghan withdrawal, Taliban says

Kabul - US President Donald Trump is serious about getting out of Afghanistan, the Taliban told AFP Friday, outlining the "Islamic system" comprising "all Afghans" that the group says it hopes to establish under any peace deal.
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