Political divide in Afghanistan has come to overshadow the two-day talks which are to be hosted by Russia in its capital Moscow and are scheduled to take place on February 5th and 6th, as state and non-state bodies in Afghanistan go head to head over the Moscow conference. The Afghan Presidential Palace, as well as the High Peace Council (HPC), the Afghan body which,

3 February 2019

The Taliban said on Wednesday that they are not seeking a “monopoly on power” in a future administration in Afghanistan and are looking for ways to co-exist with Afghan institutions. The Taliban issued the statement as the intensified US-led talks to resolve the Afghanistan war continue. U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad reported this week that there had been “agreements in principle” toward a framework for peace

31 January 2019

US Special Representative Khalilzad held a roundtable discussion with Afghan media on Monday. He began with briefing about his recent talks with Taliban in Doha, Qatar-“I just arrived from Doha. I spent several days there meeting with the Taliban delegation. The meetings in Doha this time were much better than previous meetings. We made progress on vital issues in our discussions and agreed to

28 January 2019

US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad announced on his Twitter page that he has concluded talks with Taliban at Doha and is now headed to Kabul, “After six days in Doha, I'm headed to Afghanistan for consultations. Meetings here were more productive than they have been in the past. We made significant progress on vital issues.” More importantly, Khalilzad clarified about a ceasefire, “Will build

26 January 2019

Taliban negotiators and United States officials meet in Qatar on Saturday resulted in a finalisation of clauses to be included in a draft agreement to end the 17-year-old Afghan war, as cited from Taliban sources. Details provided by the sources to Reuters include apparent concessions from both sides, with foreign forces to be withdrawn from the country in 18 months from the future signing

26 January 2019

Afghanistan’s chief executive has urged the world to not give up on his ‘impoverished country’ after the Trump administration suggested that the United States could withdraw troops. US President Donald Trump’s administration last month indicated that it could pull out half of the 14,000 U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan. “Don’t lose patience,” Abdullah Abdullah told The Associated Press in an interview at the World Economic

24 January 2019

Almost 40 families from the Kohistan district of Sar-e-Pul have been expelled from their homes because of their cooperation with the government. Although Sar-e-Pul province is one of the most insecure provinces in Afghanistan, the Kohistan district of the province has been under full Taliban control for three years. By regular intimidation of the households of this area, the group has now urged family members

23 January 2019

Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad held a media roundtable at the U.S. Embassy today on Wednesday. Ambassador Khalilzad informed that he met with Afghan officials in Kabul this morning to discuss peace and security. This comes after he was hosted in a dinner by President Ghani on Tuesday night. Reacting to the Taliban statement that came out on Tuesday, he remarked “If

16 January 2019

Pakistan has detained a senior Afghan Taliban member in an attempt to put pressure on the militants amid talks with the US, sources in the group say according to BBC News. Hafez Mohibullah, religious affairs minister when the Taliban ran Afghanistan before 2001, was held in Peshawar, the sources told the BBC. The US has repeatedly mounted pressure on Pakistan to end "safe havens" and

15 January 2019

Omar Samad is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center. He is also the chief executive officer of Silkroad Consulting. He served as Afghan ambassador to Beliguim and was also a senior strategy advisor to Afghan Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah since 2014, in the National Unity Government. He served as Afghanistan’s ambassador to Canada from 2004 to 2009

22 December 2018