Kabul: Mistrust between the Afghan government and the Taliban, as they both have two different alternative visions for Afghanistan's future, has slowed down the peace talks, said Us special representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad in an interview with The World. Khalilzad, who has been at the heart of the efforts to negotiate a deal between the United States and Taliban, said that the Afghan

12 June 2021

Kabul: US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Friday that the US military is already performing so-called over-the-horizon operations, undertaken from outside the nation, as it is currently withdrawing from Afghanistan. Pentagon officials have long promoted the military's presence in other parts of the Middle East, such as the Gulf region, for its ability to provide over-the-horizon capabilities, but General Frank McKenzie has warned

12 June 2021

Kabul: The Pentagon is weighing whether to authorize airstrikes in Afghanistan if its capital, Kabul, or other parts of the country fall to the Taliban, senior administration officials told The New York Times. Military officials are actively discussing how to respond to potential consequences following the withdrawal of US troops, as per the report. US President Joe Biden and his administration had said previously

10 June 2021

Kabul: The US has completed about half of its withdrawal from Afghanistan, US Central Command (CENTCOM) head General Kenneth McKenzie said on Monday. "We've completed about half of the entire retrograde process and we will meet the September deadline to complete the full withdrawal from Afghanistan," he said. He also urged the Afghan government and the Taliban to resume talks, noting the coming months

8 June 2021

Kabul: There are been increasing pressure on the Australian government from various quarters to evacuate Afghan staff who have supported its diplomats and soldiers across Afghanistan with the withdrawal of troops underway in full swing. The Returned and Services League (RSL) of Australia has urged their government to do the “right thing”, while former officers who served in Afghanistan have said the threat of

7 June 2021

Kabul: A US delegation led by Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad on Friday departed for Kabul, Doha and the region. A US inter-agency delegation, including the National Security Council, Department of Defense, and USAID members were part of the delegation, said the media note of the US Department of State. In Kabul, the delegation will meet with the Afghanistan government, other political

6 June 2021

Kabul: Several provinces in Afghanistan are witnessing intense clashes between government forces and the Taliban, including Zabul, Helmand, Herat and Baghlan. Following the withdrawal of security forces, after heavy fighting with Taliban fighters, from the police headquarters and the Shinkai district building in Zabul, the insurgents took over the buildings, said Asadullah Kakar, a member of the Zabul Provincial Council, on Friday. According to him,

5 June 2021

Kabul: The main focus for the global leaders and the foreign troops withdrawing from Afghanistan currently is how to financially support the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces along with over-the-horizon logistical support. This was reiterated by Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby during a media briefing on Wednesday. "Right now, the focus of the post-withdrawal support to the Afghan is going to be

3 June 2021

Kabul: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday said that the security situation in Afghanistan remains “very difficult and challenging,” reiterating that as the US and coalition forces are leaving and now Afghans should take full responsibility for their own future. Pentagon officials have said that the withdrawal is at least 25% complete. In Kabul, efforts are underway to resume the stalled peace talks

1 June 2021

Kabul: As per new reports, a Turkish garrison will be deployed near Kabul airport and 600 US marines and an unspecified number of troops could be deployed to guard Washington's embassy. This comes even as US troops are reportedly expected to be fully withdrawn from Afghanistan by mid-July, several months ahead of the originally planned September 11 goal. Hundreds of foreign troops will remain

27 May 2021