Taliban ‘clearly’ behind violence in Afghanistan: US

The Taliban are “clearly” responsible for violence in Afghanistan, with civilians and Afghan security forces taking the brunt of the bloodshed, the commander of US forces in the Middle East said Thursday. General Kenneth McKenzie, head of the US Army Central Command (Centcom), made the remark on a regional tour, as President Joe Biden reviews… Continue reading Taliban ‘clearly’ behind violence in Afghanistan: US

Iran’s FM Zarif calls formation of ‘all-inclusive’ Afghan government

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday called for the formation of an “all-inclusive” Afghan government during a meeting with a Taliban delegation in Tehran, the ministry said. A delegation from the movement headed by its co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar arrived in Iran on Tuesday to exchange “views on the peace process in… Continue reading Iran’s FM Zarif calls formation of ‘all-inclusive’ Afghan government

Trump aide confirms more Afghan troop cuts in early 2021

President Donald Trump’s national security advisor Robert O’Brien said Friday that US troops in Afghanistan will be cut to around 2,500 in the first two months of 2021. Clarifying the Trump administration’s stance after conflicting accounts from the president himself, his advisors and the Pentagon, O’Brien said US troops would be at around 4,500 in… Continue reading Trump aide confirms more Afghan troop cuts in early 2021

Afghan govt frees more Taliban prisoners, paving way for talks

The Afghan government said Thursday it had released 400 Taliban prisoners under an exchange deal with the militants, except for “a few” opposed by foreign nations, and expected peace negotiations to start soon. The two warring sides have grown closer this week to launching direct talks in Qatar, wrapping up a contentious and months-long prisoner… Continue reading Afghan govt frees more Taliban prisoners, paving way for talks