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Privatizing Afghanistan War Not A Wise Idea: Mattis – Tolo News

James Mattis, the US Defense Secretary, said the US is fully supporting an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process

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The US Defense Secretary James Mattis pushed back on the idea of privatizing the war in Afghanistan on Tuesday, weeks after US President Donald Trump’s national security adviser appeared to leave the possibility open.

“When Americans put their nation’s credibility on the line, privatizing it is probably not a wise idea,” Mattis told reporters during a rare appearance in the Pentagon Briefing Room. Mattis was joined by Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford.

“In South Asia, we continue to work by, with and through allies and partners in pursuit of peace, and two additional countries have now joined the NATO-led campaign in Afghanistan as …. Read More on Tolo News

More Afghans Are Calling For Peace, Gen. John Nicholson Says – NPR

The war in Afghanistan is America’s longest. Rachel Martin talks to Gen. John Nicholson about his outlook for Afghanistan. Until Sept. 2, he is the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in the country.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The head of the Islamic State in Afghanistan was killed in a U.S. airstrike over the weekend, which was welcome news for the United States and also for the Taliban for a different reason. The war in Afghanistan is now America’s longest. It has lasted 17 years. And about 15,000 American soldiers are there now to support Afghanistan’s government forces.

Maybe no American soldier knows this battleground better than Army General John Nicholson. For just a few more days, he is the commander of U.S. and NATO forces …. Read More on NPR

Women’s critical role in Afghan peace process – Mehr news

TEHRAN, Aug. 28 (MNA) – Women have been the most affected by the conflicts in the South Asian region. The India-Pakistan conflict over Kashmir; the 1971 Bangladesh liberation war; civil war in Nepal; and insurgency in Sri Lanka are the most significant examples of conflict in that region.

The contemporary history of the South Asian region nearly always had a substantial component of conflict. Some examples include the India-Pakistan conflict over Kashmir that has been ongoing since 1947; the 1971 Bangladesh liberation war; civil war and rise of insurgency and conflict in Nepal; and the ethnic conflict and insurgency in Sri Lanka, among others.

In all these and other conflicts, women have been the most affected in terms of human rights violation, loss of social and political rights, and loss of dignity. There have also been some initiatives to prevent, manage and resolve conflict. Although peace processes have been initiated, women have not truly been part of it and …. Read More on Mehr news

Talking to the Taliban won’t bring peace to Afghanistan – alaraby

A suicide car bomb targeting foreign forces rocked eastern Kabul on 2 March, 2018 [AFP]

Last week saw Eid al-Adha, and ought to have brought the beginning of a ceasefire between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban, which was announced by President Ashraf Ghani the Sunday before.

That attempted ceasefire, intended to follow a successful cessation of hostilities at Eid al-Fitr this year, failed to take place due to the active decision of one of the conflict’s participants. While both sides speak confidently about their willingness to talk, this time, only the Afghan government was prepared to put down its arms.

The Taliban, by contrast, reacted to the proposed ceasefire by taking hundreds prisoner in Kunduz. Afghan forces swiftly mounted a largely successful operation to rescue the hostages. This is a positive development; almost …. Read More on alaraby

The Afghan peace talks: Feasible, or futile? – Washington examiner

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, speaks during a press conference at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan.  (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Last week, the Taliban carried out a series of deadly attacks throughout Afghanistan, leaving over 500 dead and dozens wounded. Although a peace offer remains on the table, the Taliban are on the move, destroying any hope for peace and reconciliation.

The Ghazni attack was an embarrassment for the Afghan government and the international community. It revealed one of the most critical security challenges for the Afghan and U.S. security forces. The Taliban have 20,000 to 40,000 active fighters and control roughly 43 percent of Afghan territory. They maintain a feared presence across the entire country, and international support for law and order …. Read More on Washington examiner

Kabul Rejects Moscow-Hosted Afghan Peace Talks; Taliban to Attend – VOA News

FILE – Men sit on the Nadir Khan hilltop overlooking Kabul, Afghanistan, March 27, 2017. The U.S.-backed Afghan government does not plan to attend a Russia-hosted meeting in September on the future of Afghanistan.

The U.S.-backed Afghan government announced Wednesday it does not plan to attend next month’s multi-nation conference in Russia on the future of Afghanistan, while the Taliban insurgency confirmed to VOA it has accepted the invitation and will send a delegation to event.

Moscow has invited, besides Kabul and the Taliban, 11 key regional countries — including China, Pakistan and Iran — to take part in the September 4 meeting in the Russian capital.

Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Sibghatullah Ahmadi confirmed to VOA on Wednesday the government has decided …. Read More on VOA News

UN mission welcomes Afghan government’s announcement of Eid holiday ceasefire -UN News

UNAMA/Fardin Waezi  A busy roundabout in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan; the UN has welcomed a ceasefire for the Eid holiday.

After a surge in hostilities in Afghanistan over the past weeks, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomed on Monday the Government’s announcement of a conditional ceasefire for the Eid al-Adha holiday and called on warring parties to use this “momentum” to put an end to the conflict.

“A mutual ceasefire would further the prospects for talks to take place between the parties to the conflict to find a political settlement,” said UNAMA chief Tadamichi Yamamoto in response to the Government’s announcement of the pause, which reportedly would begin today.

If it holds, this would be the second ceasefire between the Government and the Taliban to be respected since conflict started in Afghanistan almost 20 years ago, following a brief pause in mid-June during…. Read More on UN News

Taliban, Indonesian Officials Hold Talks On Afghan Peace – Tolo News

Taliban’s Qatar office said a delegation of the group has held talks with senior Indonesian officials over Afghan peace process.

A delegation of Taliban visited Indonesia on August 12-15 and held talks with Indonesian sneior officials over the Afghan peace process and withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan, Taliban’s Qatar office confirmed in a statement.

Accoridng to the statement, Taliban’s delegation was led by head of Qatar Office Mullah Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai and they visited Indonesia this week from Saturday to Wednesday.

The Taliban delegation met with Indonesian First Vice President Muhammad Jusuf Kalla, Indonesia Forieng Minister Retno Marsudi and Hamid Awaluddin, Indonosia’s special representative …. Read More on Tolo News