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The Monocle Daily Monday 21 August

What is Donald Trump’s strategy for military intervention in Afghanistan? We get insights from the former special representative for the country, Michael Semple, and Paul Rogers, professor of peace studies at the University of Bradford. Plus: Venezuela’s disputed assembly takes powers from parliament – and how exactly did an oil tanker collide with a navy ship?

What’s Donald Trump’s strategy for Afghanistan?

Hear from Michael Semple, former special representative for Afghanista​n, and ​Paul Rogers, professor of peace studies at the University of Bradford.

ISIS claims suicide attack at wedding in Afghanistan which killed 63 – ABC

The IS militant group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul which killed 63 people at a wedding reception including children.

More than 180 people were also injured in the blast.

The attack came just hours after US President Donald Trump hinted that the US was close to securing a peace deal with the Taliban.

Guest: Michael Semple, expert, Afghanistan’s Taliban; former deputy European Union special representative to Afghanistan

Is Donald Trump in a rush to withdraw from Afghanistan? – Al-Jazeera

The United States and the Taliban appear to be inching closer to an agreement that could end Afghanistan’s 18-year war.

American officials say negotiators have made significant progress.

President Donald Trump, his peace envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and top security advisers held discussions on Friday.

Trump tweeted that the meeting was “very good” and said many sides are looking … Read More on Al-Jazeera

Trump Inches Toward Afghan Peace Plan to End Longest U.S. War – Bloom berg

President Donald Trump met his top national security advisers on Friday as his team prepares to unveil an Afghanistan peace agreement with the Taliban that would help bring an end to America’s longest war.

Among those discussing the matter with Trump at his resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, were Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton. The U.S. special envoy for the talks, Zalmay Khalilzad, will then present the plan to Taliban leaders in a new round of discussions in Qatar in the coming days, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions.

“Discussions centered around our ongoing negotiations and eventual peace and reconciliation agreement with the Taliban and the … Read More on Bloom Berg

Trump hails ‘very good’ White House discussions on Afghan peace deal – Japan Times

Women selling vegetables wait for customers at a market in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

WASHINGTON – The White House signaled progress Friday in preparations for a peace deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan, saying that discussions between U.S. President Donald Trump and top advisers went “very well.”

Trump met at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf course with national security advisers, including Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, the White House said.

Also present were national security point man John Bolton and the U.S. special envoy for the talks with the Taliban, Zalmay Khalilzad.

“Discussions centered around our ongoing negotiations and eventual peace and reconciliation agreement with … Read More on Japan Times

Op-Ed: A bad deal with Taliban will throw Afghanistan into the pyre – Khaama Press

Finally after almost 18 years of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, the U.S. has now realized that there is no military victory in Afghanistan; therefore negotiating a comprehensive peace deal with Taliban is the key to ending the Afghan war. The Afghan war which has started after the 9/11under the ‘Operation Enduring Freedom’ is now the longest war in the U.S. history. It is also called ‘the endless’ or ‘forever war’ of the U.S. The Afghan war has stretched for nearly two decades, taking the lives of tens of thousands of Afghans and more than 3,500 American and coalition forces, and costing billions of dollars.

The U.S has overthrown the Taliban regime in Afghanistan to eradicate militancy in Afghan soil, but on the ground we have witnessed the opposition’s enhancement in terms of military and worsening of security circumstances inside the country which has created certain doubts among Afghans and in the world about the …. Read More on Khaama Press

Analysis suggests warlords in Afghanistan are bracing for civil war once US, NATO troops exit – Military Times

As the U.S. and the Taliban are on the brink of securing a peace deal that would remove U.S. and NATO forces from Afghanistan, a new report cautions that Afghan warlords are readying for a potential civil war.

According to analysis from the Institute for the Study of War, ethnic groups in Afghanistan including Tajiks, Uzbeks, and Hazaras are preparing for a possible civil war once U.S. and NATO forces depart Afghanistan — similar to the civil war that ensued after the Soviet Union pulled out of Afghanistan in 1989.

“Afghanistan is dangerously poised for a new Afghan Civil War reminiscent of the instability that followed the withdrawal of …. Read More on Military Times

US president, Pakistani premier discuss Kashmir – AA

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke with U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday about the deteriorating situation in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region.

“The Prime Minister (Khan) and the U.S. President Donald Trump had a detailed discussion on ongoing situation in the Indian Occupied Kashmir. The Prime Minister presented Pakistan’s stance to the U.S. president, and conveyed our concern over situation in Kashmir and recent steps [taken by India], which pose threat to the regional peace,” Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said in a televised statement.

Trump telephoned Khan minutes before the UN Security Council’s (UNSC) closed-door meeting on the deteriorating situation in … Read More on AA