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Pompeo throws curveball on Taliban for violence reduction

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has demanded “demonstrable evidence” from the Taliban that it will lower the violence level in Afghanistan before signing a deal that would lead to peace talks and a withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country. Pompeo told a news conference in Uzbekistan on Monday that a deal was close but that they had been [...]

Abdullah rejects changes in foreign ministry

Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah reacted to recent changes in the leadership in ministry of foreign affairs, saying “nobody has the right of any changes under the name of reforms in the current critical situation”. Meanwhile, legal experts call on President Ashraf Ghani to act based on a political agreement he had signed with Abdullah that caused the establishment of the [...]

Ghani takes flak for ‘offensive’ remarks about Uzbeks

President Ashraf Ghani is facing harsh criticism from the Uzbek-ethnic minorities for his ‘offensive’ remarks about Timūr Gurkānī – an emperor of the Timur Dynasty which ruled in parts of the central Asia from 1370 to 1507. In his recent address to Afghan students about history, culture, and national identity, the president taunted Timur Gurkani by calling him ‘crippled’. His [...]

America’s new demands bedevil talks: Taliban

Fresh demands made by the United States have caused the peace deal with Taliban delayed, a Taliban spokesman said. Suhail Shahin, spokesman for militants’ political office in Qatar, said Saturday that they had indicated agreement to pave the ground for signing peace deal with the United States, but new demands posed by Washington, caused a delay in the peace negotiations. [...]

Fate of elections will be decided in few days

Uncertainties dwarfing the high-stakes presidential elections will soon come to an end according to the latest pompous promises by the electoral complaints commission which vowed Saturday to resolve the long drawn-out disputes and wipe the slate clean about the controversial ballots and recounts as soon as this week. The election authority said the fate of the elections will be decided [...]

Khalilzad in Kabul to consult Afghan leaders on Taliban talks

The US special envoy leading negotiations with the Taliban met President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul on Saturday, an official said, amid a push to reach an accord with the insurgents. US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad pointed to the status of quo of his meetings with the Taliban and Pakistani authorities. “We are awaiting Taliban’s unequivocal response on [...]

Residents: Airstrike in Dasht-e-Archi, Kunduz ‘Killed Civilians’

Earlier Friday morning spokespeople from US forces reported an airstrike in Dasht-e-Archi that "killed three Taliban fighters and destroyed a small weapons cache," and later said: “We are aware of the reports of civilian casualties reported to have occurred in Dasht-e-Archi district or Imam Sahib district, Kunduz Province, on Jan. 30. We are looking into these reports and will provide [...]