‘A Sudden Burst of Movement’ on the Afghan Peace Process – The Atlantic

The reported U.S. offer of direct talks with the Taliban is adding to rare optimism in Afghanistan.

Afghans in Nangarhar province celebrate the Eid cease-fire between the government’s forces and the Taliban (PARWIZ PARWIZ / REUTERS)

Two stories from Afghanistan this week were emblematic of how the conflict there has proceeded since the U.S.-led invasion ousted the Taliban regime in 2001. The first was that 14 people were killed in a suicide attack, claimed by isis, in Kabul that narrowly missed the country’s vice president. And the second was that Taliban fighters seized two districts in Paktika province, which is on the country’s southeastern border with Pakistan. What those stories obscure, however, is the optimism about the prospects of peace …. Read More on The Atlantic