Monthly Archives: February 2020

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Afghan women’s concerns should be addressed in peace talks

(The Kabul Times): It’s been nearly a year since U.S.-Taliban talks renewed hope that a broader Afghan peace process could set the country on the path to end its decades of conflict. Now, as the U.S. and Taliban are potentially on the cusp of a deal, the stakes for Afghan women are particularly high. They

We mustn’t miss opportunity for peace

(Afghanistan Times): As the US and Taliban are getting close to forge a peace agreement that can pave the ground for foreign troops draw down and facilitation of direct negotiation between Afghan government and Taliban, a Presidential Palace advisor has said there is a problem with the term “intra-Afghan-talks”, saying that the ongoing situation is

Peace in Afghanistan: ifs and buts

(The Express Tribune): A new swing in the Afghan peace talks has emerged amidst the announcement of the Pentagon Chief, Mark Esper, during the seven-day reduction of violence between the United States and the Taliban in Afghanistan. This may lead to a peace agreement to end the long-drawn war and an eventual political settlement. Esper

Peace means complete end to violence: President Ghani tells governors

(The Kabul Times): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with provincial governors on Monday evening at the presidential palace to begin consultations on peace and its potential risks and opportunities, a statement from the presidential press office said yesterday. According to the statement, President Ghani spoke of opportunities for peace and briefed the governors of his

Dr. Abdullah, Wilsons discuss peace process

(The Kabul Times): Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met with the US embassy Chargé d’ Affaires Ross Wilson at the Sapidar Palace yesterday morning, a statement said. Both sides discussed peace process and the presidential election, the statement from the CE Press Office said. During the meeting, Dr. Abdullah stressed on transparency while addressing the

Afghan forces destroy Taliban base – Ghazni

(ATN News): The statement added that the operation was conducted on Tuesday night in Muqur district as a result of which an important Taliban base, a depot of weapons and equipment, a mine production factory, two drug processing factories, and a vacant jail, were found and destroyed. In the meantime, some explosives, two motorcycles, a

Peace means complete end to violence: President Ghani tells governors

(The Kabul Times): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with provincial governors on Monday evening at the presidential palace to begin consultations on peace and its potential risks and opportunities, a statement from the presidential press office said yesterday. According to the statement, President Ghani spoke of opportunities for peace and briefed the governors of his

Ghani Cautiously Reacts to US-Taliban Talks in Munich

(TOLO news): Ghani said that drugs are playing a key role in financing terrorism and that the international community must take responsibility in combating drug production in Afghanistan. He said that the war in Afghanistan today is not a civil war. “The war in Afghanistan is not a civil war, but a multi-dimensional conflict,” he

Ghani says Taliban won’t be elected even ‘dogcatcher’

(One TV): “If the Taliban had support, why would they be so afraid of elections,” Ghani said addressing a panel at Munich Security Conference in Germany. “Well I challenge them, put your best candidates in Helmand and see whether you win, come to Paktia, come to Kandahar, come to any city in the north and

US, Taliban still negotiating on start date for temporary truce: Esper

(The Kabul Times): U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Saturday that consultations were still underway on setting a start date for a seven-day trial of reduced violence negotiated with the Taliban in Afghanistan. “That is a moving date because we are still doing consultations, if you will, … so I can’t give you a