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.