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Accord – Incremental peace in Afghanistan – Conciliation Resources

A radical new approach is needed in Afghanistan to build peace step-by-step. There needs to be a move beyond peace rhetoric, through a progressive, step-by-step process towards a political settlement which builds stability, confidence and legitimacy over time. The short-term objective More »

Afghanistan’s Islamic Emirate Returns: Life Under a Resurgent Taliban – world politics review

In 1992, after groups of guerrilla fighters known as mujahideen succeeded in toppling Afghanistan’s communist government, which had been backed by the Soviet Union, they quickly turned on each other, kicking off a More »

 

Mullah Baradar’s Release Met With Mixed Reaction – Tolo News

A former member of the Taliban movement said the release of Mullah Baradar had been one of the group’s main demands.

The release of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the co-founder of the Taliban, from a Pakistan prison, has been met with mixed reaction in Kabul.

After having been imprisoned for eight years, Baradar was freed this week. Despite the mixed reaction, one former Taliban member said it was a positive step in terms of facilitating continued talks between Taliban, US and Pakistan.

On Wednesday, sources confirmed to TOLOnews that Baradar had been released from a Pakistan prison and that he has rejoined his family in Karachi.

“Pakistan released Mullah Baradar either due to US pressure or due to a goodwill (gesture) between US and Taliban. I think this shows goodwill by the US, Taliban and other countries for peace,” said Mohammad Mutmaen, a political … Read More on Tolo News

Attack in Afghanistan is a reminder of formidable task – The Marietta times

WASHINGTON (AP) — A brazen attack that the Taliban says targeted the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is a stark reminder of the formidable task the Trump administration faces as it tries to extricate America from its longest war.

The commander, Army Gen. Scott Miller, escaped unharmed from Thursday’s attack. Elections for the lower house of parliament are still expected to be held as scheduled Saturday in much of the country. And administration officials said U.S. resolve is unshaken.

“We remain absolutely committed to an Afghan-led Afghan reconciliation,”Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters Friday on the sidelines of an Asian security conference in Singapore. “Right now, we’re going toward the … Read More on The Marietta times

The Afghanistan Peace Process Requires a New Regional Consensus – National Interest

Despite the Taliban’s refusal to directly talk to the Afghan government, it does not have a realistic prospect of militarily taking control of Kabul.

In recent months, U.S. and Afghan officials have launched a concerted effort to initiate a dialogue with the Taliban to end the war in Afghanistan. A stalemate in the battlefield between the Taliban and the Afghan security forces, and President Donald Trump’s quest for quick results in his South Asia strategy has built momentum for a negotiated peace among Afghan and U.S. officials. Yet the push for peace can only succeed if it is conceived as part of a new regional and international consensus on Afghanistan.

On September 5, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo formally appointed Zalmai Khalilzad, the former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq and the United Nations, as a Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation. In this new role, Khalilzad is given the portfolio to “support, facilitate and …. Read More on National Interest

Meaningful participation of women in peace initiatives spotlighted in new radio series – ReliefWeb

MAZAR-E SHARIF – Women must play a meaningful role in any peace initiatives in Afghanistan, said panellists in a series of UN-backed radio programmes broadcast recently across the five northern provinces of Balkh, Jawzjan, Faryab, Samangan and Saripul.

The radio programmes, organized by UNAMA’s Mazar regional office and aired by local media partners to audiences estimated at two million people in and around the provincial capitals, featured government officials, activists and other community leaders discussing how Afghan women can and should play a robust role in building peace across the country.

Rights activist Mobina Khairandish, in the Mazar radio programme, spoke about article 22 of Afghanistan’s constitution, which states that all citizens have equal rights and duties before the law, which Khairandish said means men and women alike have equal responsibilities …. Read More on Relief Web

Afghanistan’s Pre-Election Decisions Will Have Far-Reaching Implications for Peace Process, Senior Official Tells Security Council – Reliefweb

Permanent Representative Says Country, Global Community ‘Are at a Crossroads’ in Their Strategic Journey for Stability

Amid the recent rise in civilian casualties inside Afghanistan, decisions made now ahead of elections in October will have far‑reaching implications for the country’s future and play a key role in advancing the peace process, the senior United Nations official in that country told the Security Council today.

Tadamichi Yamamoto, Special Representative of the Secretary‑General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said that, although election preparations are on schedule, security is a great concern. Presenting the Secretary‑General’s latest report on the situation in Afghanistan and its implications for international peace and security (document S/2018/824), he said political challenges could jeopardize tight timelines and derail the elections unless all political leaders engage constructively and peacefully …. Read More on Reliefweb

US must stay till peace returns to Afghanistan: Pakistan – The News

ISLAMABAD: Thursday saw Pakistan publicly admitting for the first time that it did not agree with the Taliban demand that the US troops should leave Afghanistan, adding that it was ready to face their ‘ire’ and resistance on this issue.

“We are not afraid of anyone. The allied forces are in Afghanistan under the mandate of the UN Security Council which is renewed every year. The objective of the allied forces in Afghanistan is to achieve and maintain peace and stability. We are of the opinion that unless this objective is achieved, the allied forces should stay in Afghanistan”, Foreign Office spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal told the weekly media briefing here.

He said Pakistan had been reiterating that the US forces should stay in Afghanistan till achievement of complete peace and stability. “I would like to draw your attention to the chaos in the aftermath of withdrawal of USSR in the late 1980s. The region cannot afford anything similar, at this time. The Taliban are now talking directly with …. Read More on The News

The China connection between Pakistan and Afghanistan – Daily Times

Afghanistan’s mineral resources are worth $1 trillion. As China continues on the path of economic development, its industries could draw on mineral imports from Afghanistan.

 

Last year China hosted the first China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue. “As a good friend of Afghanistan and Pakistan, China is willing to play a constructive role in improving Afghanistan-Pakistan ties through a trilateral dialogue,” China’s Foreign Minister told the press. Beijing is keen to mediate between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Arguably, it can do so by addressing the critical issues in the fractured Pak-Afghan relationship.

To begin with, China can help strengthen cooperation on cross-border terrorism which is the major bone of contention between Pakistan and Afghanistan. While the Pakistani military has made tremendous gains in the war against terror and is also fencing off the porous border with Afghanistan to prevent the infiltration …. Read More on Daily Times

A US envoy’s prickly relationship with Pakistan and the way forward in Afghanistan – Geo TV

Zalmay Khalilzad, the US envoy, held his first meeting with members of the Taliban Political Commission in Qatar on October 12, in a bid to find a political solution for the long-running Afghan conflict.

According to Taliban sources, six members each from the two sides met in Doha, the capital of Qatar, and agreed to meet again. The talks were stated to be preliminary and of a general nature. Obviously, substantive talks focusing on the core issues would begin when the US formally enters into a dialogue with the Afghan Taliban. Till now, Washington hasn’t even confirmed Khalilzad’s meeting with the Taliban delegation, led by Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, or the one held in Qatar earlier in July by senior State Department official Alice Wells.

Reportedly, the US has finally decided to work for a political solution to wrap up its longest, 17-year old war in Afghanistan by appointing Khalilzad as special envoy for the Afghan peace …. Read More on Geo TV