US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the S. 1 foreign policy legislation that he introduced: He brought attention to the security issue by saying “I’d like to take a few moments this morning to discuss an amendment that I plan to propose, as well.” He continued “It would expand on the legislation and take a

30 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 Details provided by the sources to Reuters include apparent concessions from both sides, with foreign forces to be withdrawn from the country in 18 months from the future signing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

Retired four-star Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal in an interview to The Week of NBC has criticized President Donald Trump's handling of the presidency, expressing that the Commander in Chief is dishonest and immoral. McChrystal, a seasoned veteran of the US Army, who had served as the head of the Joint Special Operations Command from 2003 to 2008 and later assumed command of all international

31 December 2018

A narrow majority of U.S. voters when surveyed were in favour of US President Trump’s recent decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria and to reduce the country’s military presence in Afghanistan. This was demonstrated by the Harvard CAPS/Harris poll. In the poll, 52% of respondents said they back the moves in Syria and Afghanistan, while 48% said that they oppose the troop withdrawals

30 December 2018

Nikki Haley, the outgoing US Representative to United Nations has slammed Pakistan in a recent interview to The Atlantic on Friday, December 7. “Look at Pakistan. Giving them over a billion dollars, and they continue to harbour terrorists that turn around and kill our soldiers – that’s never okay. We shouldn’t even give them a dollar until they correct it. Use the billion dollars.

9 December 2018

John R. Bass, the US Ambassador to Afghanistan discussed the Afghan peace process in an interview with TOLONews on Friday, December 7. Reporterly has summarized the key points of the conversation. Ambassador John Bass emphasized clearly on the important agency of Afghans themselves in the reconciliation process which was a recurring point that he made throughout the interview. His core argument was that there

8 December 2018

As per a new assessment by US, both the U.S. and Afghan governments have made "little clear progress" in getting the Taliban to negotiate a peace deal. The report has been critical of Trump administration's assurances that its revised war strategy, announced in August 2017, is bringing the Afghan government and the Taliban insurgency closer to peace and reconciliation. Secretary of State Mattis even

20 November 2018

The Taliban officially confirmed that their senior leaders like Sher Mohammad Abas Stanekzai, along with others like Mawalwi Salam Hanafi, Shuhabuddin Delawar, Qari Deen Moh. Hanif, Zahed Ahmadzai, & Sohail Shaheen met with US envoy Zalmay Khalizad at Doha on Friday. As per Taliban's brief about the meeting, the group expressed to Khalizad that there needs to be an end to the "foreign occupation"

13 October 2018

Khalilzad, an Afghan-American, was appointed as US special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation. After his visit to Pakistan, he arrived in Kabul and met with the heads of National Unity Government and some other political figures. After hisKabul visit, he was set to travel to Arab countries. Khalilzad is said to have been given ten months to carry out his mission. Ten months is too

10 October 2018