The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Thursday it facilitated the release of 10 Afghan security force members detained by the Taliban and handed them over to Afghan authorities. It followed the release by Afghan Taliban on Tuesday of American and Australian university professors held hostage for more than three years, raising hopes for a revival of peace talks.
The European Commission has allocated an additional €40 million in emergency assistance for those affected by the worsening humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, as well as for Afghan refugees in neighboring Pakistan and Iran. This brings total EU humanitarian aid for the Afghan crisis to €77 million in 2019: €61 million in Afghanistan, €9 million in Pakistan, and €7 million in Iran.
Two US Senate Foreign Relations Committee lawmakers have introduced a bipartisan bill that would establish congressional oversight on any peace deal process to end the now 18-year war in Afghanistan. The committee’s top-ranking Democrat Sen. Bob Menendez (N.J.) and his colleague Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.), introduced the “Ensuring a Durable Afghanistan Peace Act,” which would require congressional oversight “for U.S. diplomatic efforts to achieve
Qatar has welcomed the release of US and Australian university professors who were held in Afghanistan, as well as the release of a number of Afghan detainees. Quoting a Foreign Ministry statement on Thursday, the official Qatar News Agency (QNA) said the State of Qatar, in addition to its intensive efforts as a mediator in the peace talks between the United States and the
U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary said that the United States, India and Afghanistan had all suffered from terrorism and were determined to stop it Two and a half months after talks between the U.S. and Taliban collapsed, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Afghanistan Nancy Jackson said a political settlement in Afghanistan did not mean that the violence would cease. “…No-one should be under any illusion that
US President Donald Trump in a phone conversation on Thursday thanked President Ghani for his cooperation in the release of two AUAF Professors and invited Ghani to for an official visit to the US, which Ghani accepted, President's spokesman Sediqqi tweeted late Thursday. According to Sediqqi, President Ghani briefed Trump about his “seven-point peace plan” for
U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Thursday to receive the remains of two American soldiers killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan this week. Trump, who met with families of the soldiers, was accompanied at the base by first lady Melania Trump, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley and national security adviser Robert O’Brien.
The two soldiers killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan have been identified. Chief Warrant Officer 2 David Knadle, 33, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kirk Fuchigami Jr., 25, were killed on Wednesday when their chopper went down in the Logar province, according to a release from the Pentagon. Knadle was a resident of Tarrant, Texas, and Fuchigami hailed from Keaau, Hawaii.