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Is peace finally possible in Afghanistan? l Inside Story – Al-Jazeera

It’s America’s longest war, and last year there was a record death toll in Afghanistan. Almost 4,000 civilians were killed and 7,000 wounded. The UN is blaming the Taliban and ISIL for deliberately targeting civilians with suicide attacks. But Afghan and U-S forces have also stepped up their assaults on armed groups. Now attempts to end the bloodshed are gathering pace. The Taliban and the U.S. are in talks in Qatar. Co-founder of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, has met the U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad for the first time. So could there be a breakthrough?

Presenter: Laura Kyle


Mushtaq Rahim, an analyst on Conflict, Peace and Security, who’s also worked as part of the Afghan Peace Process.

Michael Semple, a researcher on the Afghan Taliban and the former Deputy EU Special Representative to Afghanistan.

Anthony Neal, Advocacy Manager at the Norwegian Refugee Council in Afghanistan.

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

The Newsmakers: Negotiating with the Afghan Taliban and the Other Refugee Route



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Top priorities for Haibatullah, new Afghan Taliban leader

(CNN)In the year that he openly led the Afghan Taliban Movement, Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, who was killed by a U.S drone strike Saturday, proved to be a consummate political actor.

After seizing power in a rapidly summoned conclave, he proceeded to consolidate his hold over the movement, deflect attempts by the pro-Taliban clergy (ulema) to question his authority, co-opt or eliminate dissidents, renew the Taliban’s war strategy and defy all efforts to maneuver the Taliban into peace negotiations.
To achieve all of this, Mansour drew on a rich repertoire of stratagems.

Photos: Scene from reported strike on Taliban leaders

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The Taliban replaces its dead leader – and prepares for some tricky internal politics

The May 21 drone strike that killed Taliban leader Akhtar Mohammad Mansoorwas no ordinary assassination; it was an act of armed politics against an acutely political war strategist. The

The scene of the drone strike said to have killed the Taliban’s leader. EPA

Taliban has already named Mansoor’s successor, Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhundzada, and is reassuring its members that the status quo will endure – but Mansoor

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Is the Peshawar attack a turning point for Pakistan?

Michael Semple, Pakistan Taliban expert, says it will take time to see if lessons are learned following the attack
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Aafia Siddiqui: the Pakistani female scientist ‘on Isil’s list of demands’

Reports Isil demanded the release of a female scientist jailed for attempted murder suggest the group is trying to build support for Isil in Pakistan and Afghanistan

By Dean Nelson, South Asia Editor

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The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) reportedly called for the release of a female Pakistani scientist with ties to al-Qaeda in exchange for

Aafia Siddiqui and U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff

James Foley.

According to the New York Times, Isil sent through a “laundry list” of demands to the United States which included the release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, an MIT-trained neuroscientist currently incarcerated in a prison in Texas.

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