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New Taliban Leader Unlikely To Pursue Peace Talks

The recent U.S airstrike targeting Taliban leader, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, and the appointment of Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada as the new Supreme Leader have raised important questions regarding the development of an More »

 

On the attacks in Afghanistan -EEAS Press

Afghanistan has once again been targeted by two despicable attacks, one in Kabul near the Parliament building and the other in Kandahar, which have left dozens of innocent people dead and many others injured.

Our thoughts are with the families of those who have been killed, and we wish those who have been injured a speedy…Read More on eeas.europa.eu

Only Afghan-led process can bring peace to Afghanistan: US -DAWN News

WASHINGTON: The United States has noted Afghanistan’s absence from the three-nation Afghan peace talks held in Moscow last week but hoped the meeting would lead to peace.

Pakistan, China and Russia held the three-ways talks in Moscow but failed to invite Afghanistan, earning a strong protest from Kabul.

At a news briefing in Washington on Tuesday afternoon, State Department spokesman John Kirby said the United States recognised Afghanistan’s right to hold all negotiations with other nations on issues that concerned the… Read More on DAWN News

Taliban: Peace Talks Not Possible Until Foreign ‘Occupation’ of Afghanistan Ends -VOANews.com

ISLAMABAD — The Taliban has rejected latest United Nations calls for engaging in peace talks with the Afghan government, and instead demanded the world body pressure U.S.-led foreign troops to end their “occupation” of Afghanistan if the U.N. truly wants an end to the 15-year war.

“Our fight is for independence, and as long as foreign occupation forces are present here (in Afghanistan) any talk about peace and reconciliation is meaningless,” Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, told VOA Friday.

He was responding to a renewed call for Afghan peace talks earlier this week by Tadamichi Yamamoto, who heads the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, or UNAMA.

In his quarterly briefing to the Security Council in New York on Monday, Yamamoto urged the Taliban to enter into direct talks with the Kabul government, without preconditions, to prevent further bloodshed in the country.

“We all know that the conflict in Afghanistan has no military solution. The Taliban leadership must reconsider the notion that their objectives can only be achieved on the battlefield,” noted the UNAMA chief.

However, the Taliban spokesman insisted that all parties interested in resolving Afghanistan’s problems should pressure on foreign forces to leave Afghanistan and let its people decide the kind of governing system they need for their country.

“Afghans neither like a foreign-imposed regime nor do they accept presence of foreign forces in their country,” he said, citing presence of American and NATO in… Read More on voanews.com

APPROACHES TO A SHARED FUTURE – PEACE AND RECONCILIATION CONFERENCE IN EU TODAY – European Union External Action Services

The EU Delegation in Afghanistan yesterday hosted a conference on “APPROACHES TO A SHARED FUTURE”, which was opened by Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and EU Special Representative Ambassador Franz-Michael Mellbin.

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US support to Afghan-led reconciliation efforts can bring stability to Afghanistan: Blog -Associated Press of Pakistan (APP)

US support to Afghan-led reconciliation efforts can bring stability to Afghanistan: Blog “-app.com.pk”

WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (APP): War and military operations are not effective solutions for lasting peace in Afghanistan, and US support to Afghan-led reconciliations efforts can contribute to stability in the war-torn country, according to a blog by an Afghan student studying in an American University.
The blog published in the online political magazine The Hill, supported reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan and said that Afghanistan and the United States needed Pakistan’s cooperation in the reconciliation process.
The article drew attention to a resurgent Taliban and the emerging threats from ISIL offshoot, ISIL-Khorasan Province (ISIL-KP), and said
that Afghan security forces were stretched thin fighting on multiple fronts.
As the new administration is taking shape under president-elect Donald Trump, the writer asked the United States to reconsider its strategy. “War and military operations are not effective solutions for long lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan. Negotiation and reconciliation, however… Read More on app.com.pk

The role of the U.S. in Afghan-Taliban peace talks BY Maria Faraz -The Hill

A resurgent Taliban is threatening to overrun a substantial part of Afghanistan and is just 200 miles away from Kabul. An ISIL offshoot, ISIL-Khorasan Province (ISIL-KP), is emerging in the east. Afghan security forces are stretched thin fighting on multiple fronts. The war is pulling American troops back into combat: The United States sees no way out of Afghanistan.

As the new administration is taking shape under president-elect Donald Trump, it is time for the U.S. to reconsider its strategy. War and military operations are not effective solutions for long lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan. Negotiation and reconciliation, however, could bring peace. By supporting an Afghan-led, and Afghan-owned, peace and national reconciliation process, the U.S. can bring an end to its longest war, and contribute to peace and… Read More on “The Hill”

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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11 rebels join peace process in Herat

HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Nearly a dozen militants on Wednesday joined the peace process in western Herat province, an official said.

Local officials said the reconciling militants had been active against the government in Guzra district.

They laid down their weapons in the presence of the governor and promised partaking in improving the security situation of the province.

Governor Mohammad Asif Rahimi told a ceremony welcoming the former fighters that all rebels should shun insurgency and return to a normal life.

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