Kabul: The full withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan by May 1 will be difficult due to logistical reasons, said Jennifer Rene Psaki, the White House press secretary in a briefing on Monday. Psaki in the press conference at the White House said that the US President Joe Biden had also spoken about the problems and expectations regarding the troop pullout from Afghanistan. "As the President

6 April 2021

Taliban forces are deliberately targeting journalists and other media workers, including women, in Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said today. HRW in a press release on Thursday said that threats and attacks against journalists across the country have increased sharply since talks began between the Afghan government and the Taliban, heightening concerns about preserving freedom of expression and the media in any peace settlement. Human Rights

1 April 2021

The rate of Taliban violence continues to rise despite the now one-year-old peace deal aimed at ending the war in Afghanistan, and the Afghan military still struggles with maintaining its equipment and readiness, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. SIGAR on March 10 released its 2021 “High Risk List,” which outlines specific areas of the U.S. government’s $143 billion reconstruction effort in the

11 March 2021

The Biden administration’s top envoy to Afghanistan proposed forming a conference of Afghan and Taliban leaders to hammer out an interim government in a sign that the White House would like peace talks to move faster. The idea was proposed this week by Zalmay Khalilzad, the government’s top peace negotiator for Afghanistan, according to The Wall Street Journal. The new format would likely push aside a

6 March 2021

On the first anniversary of the Doha agreement on Sunday, the Taliban warned that any attempt against the Doha peace agreement will end to failure. Taliban in a statement said that the agreement agreement between US and the group was signed for the people of Afghanistan and the United States to end the 20-year war. The Taliban statement referred to the commitments of the two

28 February 2021

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in a press conference with the Afghan Foreign Minister Haneef Atmar in Moscow on Friday said the Taliban should enter meaningful talks and should reduce violence. “Our main message to the Taliban is to resume meaningful dialogue as soon as possible, avoid further escalation of violence to reach to a conclusion and respect the decisions of the UN Security

27 February 2021

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday in a meeting with Afghan government and the Taliban in Doha, asked them to expedite discussions over peace talks as America prepares to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. Pompeo stressed on a “significant reduction” of US troops and a political roadmap focusing on comprehensive ceasefire. In a separate meeting with the Afghan government and Taliban, the US

22 November 2020

Afghan Acting Foreign Minister, Haneef Atmar says peace with Taliban does not mean an end to international terrorism. Atmar who was presenting his plans as nominee of foreign minister to the lawmakers at the Parliament on Monday said there will be international terrorism even if the government and Taliban achieve peace. Atmar said one in four or five sides that are fighting the government is

16 November 2020

Two days after the deadly terrorist attack on the Law Faculty of Kabul University, first Vice President Amrullah Saleh said that evidence showed the attack was pre-planned and the Taliban are the perpetrators. In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Saleh said discussions were held about the Taliban attack on the university and they found that it was "unquestionably" similar to the August 2016 attack

4 November 2020

U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad once again urged the Afghan government and the Taliban to call for a ceasefire and asked them to unite against their “common enemy” after the Islamic State (Daesh)-claimed attack on Kabul University left at least 22 people dead. In a series of tweets on Tuesday, Khalilzad offered his condolences to the victims of the attack and

3 November 2020