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 [...]

US Envoy Khalilzad in Pakistan as Kabul Insists on Ceasefire

The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad on Friday met Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Islamabad "to discuss efforts for peace in Afghanistan," Dawn News reported.  According to Pakistani media, at the meeting Qureshi said that the peace agreement between the US and the Taliban will pave the way for intra-Afghan talks. Meanwhile, the Afghan government [...]

Britain Leaves The European Union, Leaps Into The Unknown

The U.K.’s departure became official at 11 p.m. (2300GMT), midnight in Brussels, where the EU is headquartered. Thousands of enthusiastic Brexit supporters gathered outside Britain’s Parliament to welcome the moment they’d longed for since Britain’s 52%-48% vote in June 2016 to walk away from the club it had joined in 1973. The flag-waving crowd erupted in cheers as Big Ben [...]

US says it has recovered two bodies from plane crashed in Ghazni

U.S. Forces recovered the remains of two personnel from the site where a U.S. Bombardier E-11A aircraft crashed in Ghazni province on January 27, said U.S. Forces – Afghanistan in a statement. According to the statement, the force also recovered what is assessed to be the aircraft flight data recorder. The cause of the crash remains under investigation, however there [...]

Ghani cancels peace council budget

Government has purportedly canceled the budget of the High Peace Council in the wake of President Ghani’s establishing of state ministry for peace to steer peace affairs. Some councilmembers are blasting at the budget cancellation arguing that the council is facing a lack of facilities and budget and non-reimbursements for employees. Councilmember Shahla Farid made the revelation about the predicaments [...]

Detention Of Ethnic Pashtun Activist Triggers Protests In Pakistan, Afghanistan

Thousands of protesters have gathered in Pakistani and Afghan cities and towns to voice anger over the detention of an ethnic Pashtun rights activist in Pakistan. Manzoor Pashteen, the leader of a civic rights group that has criticized the Pakistani military's operations in the northwestern tribal regions, was detained in the city of Peshawar, and a court rejected his bail [...]

U.S. Forces Recover Two Bodies From Plane Crash Site In Afghanistan

Helicopter-borne U.S. forces have recovered the remains of two personnel killed when a military communications aircraft went down in a Taliban-controlled area of Afghanistan's Ghazni Province, the Pentagon has confirmed. The Bombardier E-11A, used for military communications, went down in a snowy part of eastern Afghanistan on January 27. A Pentagon statement on January 28 said U.S. forces recovered what [...]

European Union warns of cutting aid to Afghanistan

The European Union has warned to stop donations to Afghanistan if Ghani’s administration was not serious in battling with corruption. The EU representative in Afghanistan wrote Monday on Twitter that Kabul was not doing enough in counter-corruption as the country was listed as the most corrupt states. The Transparency International’s report on the Corruption Perceptions Index in 2019 shows that [...]