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Accord – Incremental peace in Afghanistan – Conciliation Resources

A radical new approach is needed in Afghanistan to build peace step-by-step. There needs to be a move beyond peace rhetoric, through a progressive, step-by-step process towards a political settlement which builds stability, confidence and legitimacy over time. The short-term objective More »

Afghanistan-Pakistan Finalize Joint Action Plan for Peace - Tolo News

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Tuesday said that diplomats from Afghanistan and Pakistan have wrapped up their fourth meeting in Islamabad on the joint action plan between the More »

 

Assaults by Taliban raise questions about US plan for peace – New Jersey Herald

In this Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, photo, Afghan security personnel patrol in the city of Ghazni province west of Kabul, Afghanistan. A Taliban assault on Ghazni, a key city linking areas of Taliban influence barely 75 miles from Kabul, has killed about 100 Afghan policemen and soldiers since Friday, the Afghan Defense Ministry said. A year after the Trump administration introduced its strategy for Afghanistan, the Taliban are asserting themselves on the battlefield even as U.S. officials talk up hopes for peace. That’s raising questions about the viability of the American game plan for ending a war that began when some of the current U.S. troops were in diapers. (AP Photo/Mohammad Anwar Danishyar)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after the Trump administration introduced its strategy for Afghanistan, the Taliban are asserting themselves on the battlefield even as U.S. officials talk up hopes for peace. That’s raising questions about the viability of the American game plan for ending a war that began when some of the current U.S. troops were in diapers.

A Taliban assault on Ghazni, a key city linking areas of Taliban influence barely 75 miles from Kabul, has killed about 100 Afghan security forces and 20 civilians since Friday, the Afghan Defense Ministry said. That has demonstrated the militants’ ability to attack, if not hold, a strategic center on the nation’s main highway, and highlighted the vulnerability of Afghan security forces.

In a reminder that U.S. troops and their families are paying a heavy price, even with Afghan forces in the lead combat role, the Pentagon announced Monday that …. Read More on New Jersey Herald

The Rise of Taliban Influence in Afghanistan – wnycstudios

Afghan security personnel patrol in the city of Ghazni in Ghazni province, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. ( AP Photo/Mohammad Anwar Danishyar / AP Images )

It has been almost 17 years since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan, to oust the Taliban which had long sheltered al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden in the countryAll these years later, the Taliban has still not been defeated.

In recent days, government forces in Afghanistan have been fiercely battling against Taliban insurgents after the extremists launched a major…. Read More on wnycstudios

Taliban Offensive Exposes Fragile US Hopes for Afghan Peace – VOA News

In this Aug. 12, 2018, photo, Afghan security personnel patrol in the city of Ghazni province west of Kabul, Afghanistan.

A year after the Trump administration introduced its strategy for Afghanistan, the Taliban are asserting themselves on the battlefield even as U.S. officials talk up hopes for peace. That’s raising questions about the viability of the American game plan for ending a war that began when some of the current U.S. troops were in diapers.

A Taliban assault on Ghazni, a key city linking areas of Taliban influence barely 75 miles from Kabul, has killed about 100 Afghan security forces and 20 civilians since Friday, the Afghan Defense Ministry said. That has demonstrated the militants’ ability to attack, if not hold, a strategic center on the nation’s main highway, and highlighted …. Read More on VOA News

At country-wide cultural festival, young Afghans promote peace and poetry in Herat – Reliefweb

HERAT – Ahead of International Youth Day, the UN and partners organized an Afghanistan-wide poetry competition, drawing hundreds of writers and poetry aficionados from across the country to the western province of Herat for a celebration of Afghan literature.

The event, which took place in the Herat Citadel and was set up to help young people from across the country apply their talents to the tradition of Afghan poetry, drew an audience of several hundred literature enthusiasts and featured poetry recitals and musical performances.

Submission of literary works into the competition started last year, with the final awards festival promoted through television and radio campaigns, where young poets were encouraged …. Read More on Reliefweb

 

Afghan Taliban Storm City Southwest of Kabul – VOA News

FILE – Taliban fighters ride their motorbikes inside Ghazni city, capital of Ghazni province, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, June 16, 2018.

Afghan Taliban stormed Ghazni city, almost 150 kilometers southwest of Kabul Thursday night. Heavy clashes continued until late Friday morning between the insurgent group and government security forces.

At one point, the two sides were fighting in the center of the city near important government installations, including the offices of the governor and the National Directorate for Security, Afghanistan’s intelligence agency, according to residents and a member of provincial council, Amanullah Kamrani.

The government sent in Afghan special forces, which helped push the Taliban back to the outskirts of the city according to General Farid Mashal, the provincial police chief. However, he said that the Taliban …. Read More on VOA News

China courted Afghan Taliban in secret meetings – Financial Times

Taliban militants on the outskirts of Jalalabad in Afghanistan. Beijing is making a concerted push to engage with the Islamist group © AFP

Chinese officials have met the Afghan Taliban several times in the past year, figures in the Pakistan government told the Financial Times, as Beijing seeks to play an important role in ending the 17-year conflict in Afghanistan. People involved in facilitating the talks said Beijing had made a concerted push to engage with the Taliban, going as far as inviting senior members of the Islamist group to China. “The Chinese took great care in making those arrangements,” said one Pakistani official who had been briefed on the trip. Islamabad has acted as a broker for the Taliban, helping to set up negotiations with both China and the US.

“The [Taliban] visitors to Beijing got to visit a mosque and eat ‘halal’ food,” the person said. “The Chinese have been trying for some time to urge the Taliban to negotiate, but the meetings were also meant to showcase China’s progress and its …. Read More on Financial Times

OIC Condemns Recent Suicide Attacks in Afghanistan – Tolo News

The OIC also called for urgent steps to be taken to uphold the Makkah Principles for Peace and Security.

In reaction to recent kidnappings, killings and suicide attacks in Kabul and various other provinces in Afghanistan, the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Yousef Al Othaimeen appealed to government, political leaders and the people of Afghanistan and OIC Member States to work together to “fence-off the ongoing violence and focus on holding free, fair, inclusive and transparent elections.”

In a statement issued by the OIC on Saturday, the organizations said: “Drawing world’s attention to the significant increase in civilian casualties and collateral damage in Afghanistan, Secretary General Al Othaimeen once again emphasized that it is high time to uphold the principles and goals laid down by the 11th of July ‘Makkah Declaration of the International Ulema Conference on Peace and Security of Afghanistan’, encourage all …. Read More on Tolo News

Pakistan assures US of its commitment to Afghan peace talks – Dawn News

WASHINGTON: In a meeting between US Defence Secretary James Mattis and Ambassador Ali Jahangir Siddiqui, Pakistan has reiterated its commitment to playing a part in the Afghan peace and reconciliation process.

In his meeting with the US defence chief at the Pentagon on Monday, Ambassador Siddiqui also briefed Mr Mattis on Pakistan’s efforts to enhance its cooperation with Afghanistan. “We agreed on the need to work together for peace and stability in Afghanistan,” Ambassador Siddiqui told Dawn after the meeting. “I reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to play its part in this peace and reconciliation process.”

This was the new Pakistani envoy’s first formal meeting with the US defence chief and Pakistan’s …. Read More on Dawn News