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Trump says U.S. has developed 'much better' relations with Pakistan recently

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that the United States has developed a “much better” relationship recently with Pakistan, which has long been at odds with the United States over the war in Afghanistan.

REUTERS

Taliban Carry Out Dozens of Attacks Daily Despite Peace Talks, IG Finds

The Taliban have been carrying out more than 27 attacks daily in Afghanistan while engaging the U.S. in peace talks, according to the Pentagon's Inspector General's office. The IG's report said that, in the three-month period from Oct. 1 through Dec. 30, the Taliban initiated a total of 2,517 attack

MILITARY.COM

New Taliban political chief to miss upcoming peace talks with U.S. envoys

PESHAWAR, Pakistan/KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan Taliban leaders said on Thursday that their new political chief will not be attending peace talks with U.S. envoys due to take place in Qatar next week.

REUTERS

Many Russians Today Take Pride In Afghan War That Foretold Soviet Demise

In 1982, Igor Yerin was working in a Moscow car plant when he was drafted into the Soviet Army at age 20 and sent to Afghanistan to fight U.S.-backed guerrillas known as the mujahedeen. He ended up serving as a platoon sergeant with the 149th Motorized Rifle Regiment based in the northern city of Ku

NPR

Afghanistan Rebukes Pakistan Ambassador for Linking India and Taliban Talks

Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan was summoned by the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs following remarks in which he implied that any Indian retaliation over a recent attack in Kashmir would result in the derailment of ongoing international talks with the Afghan Taliban.

THE DIPLOMAT

What the US-Taliban talks might achieve

FOR MORE than six months, austere-looking mullahs have been meeting in the Gulf for talks with sharp-suited diplomats. The contrasting envoys represent enemies that have been at war for nearly two decades. The Taliban and America are more used to conversing through suicide-bombings and air strikes,

THE ECONOMIST

Gabbard pushes back after Meghan McCain suggests she's an 'Assad apologist'

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) battled "The View" host Meghan McCain on Wednesday over accusations that Gabbard had acted as an "apologist" for Bashar Assad's government in Syria.

THE HILL

US officials warn ISIS' Afghanistan branch poses a major threat

Washington (CNN)ISIS' Afghanistan-based affiliate has emerged as a major threat capable of carrying out direct attacks on the US and is actively using its members' social media to acquire contacts in the United States, a US intelligence official in Afghanistan tells CNN.

CNN

U.S., Russia to find ways to lift travel ban on Taliban leaders for peace talks

KABUL (Reuters) - The United States and Russia have agreed to explore options on securing travel waivers for Taliban negotiators to participate in talks to end the war in Afghanistan, the U.S. peace envoy said ahead of a fresh round of peace talks scheduled on Monday.

REUTERS

What Is Wrong With Afghanistan’s Peace Process

President Trump’s announcement of an impending withdrawal of United States troops from Afghanistan and Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad’s declaration that the Americans and the Taliban have “in principle” agreed to a framework for a deal have been described by both sides as a leap toward ending the war i

NEW YORK TIMES

Afghans fear Trump team is about to sell them out

Peter Bergen is CNN's national security analyst, a vice president at New America and professor of practice at Arizona State University. He has reported from Afghanistan for two and a half decades and is the co-editor of "Talibanistan: Negotiating the Borders Between Terror, Politics, and Religion."

CNN

If Elected, Democratic Candidate Pete Buttigieg Would Be The Youngest President Ever

Democrat Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) recently launched a presidential exploratory committee. The 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and Afghanistan war veteran, would be the youngest president in history if he is elected.

WBUR

Afghanistan's First Ski Lift Is Motorcycle Powered

Despite what you may have heard, Afghanistan is actually a lovely country with quite a bit going for it. Well, in some places at any rate. Take Bamyan, for example. Located about 150 miles northwest of Kabul, Bamyan is a mountain town of around 100,000 souls situated at 8,370 feet in a valley betwee

RIDEAPART

Afghanistan set record T20 international total as they hit 278-3 against Ireland

Afghanistan set an international record T20 total as they notched 278-3 against Ireland in the second game in the three-match series in India. The Afghan innings exceeded the previous record of 263-3 set by Australia against Sri Lanka in 2016.

BBC

Afghan War Casualty Report: Feb. 15-21

The following report compiles all significant security incidents confirmed by New York Times reporters throughout Afghanistan from the past seven days. It is necessarily incomplete as many local officials refuse to confirm casualty information. The report includes government claims of insurgent casu

NEW YORK TIMES

Afghan Taliban Says New Political Chief Won’t Attend Talks With U.S. Envoys

Afghan Taliban leaders said on February 21 that their new political chief will not attend peace talks with U.S. envoys that are due to place in Qatar next week. U.S. officials want to meet with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, hoping the Taliban's co-founder and military veteran will add momentum and hav

RFERL.ORG

Cancellation of Pakistan Trip Revives Debate Over Taliban’s Ability to Travel

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban have called off meetings in Pakistan, including a first audience with a national leader since their regime was ousted from power in Afghanistan in 2001, after the Afghan government protested to the United Nations Security Council that leaders of the insurgent group w

NEW YORK TIMES

Trump's Taliban dealing is already destabilizing Africa

There’s a tendency in Washington to compartmentalize every problem and to ignore the ramifications that policy toward one adversary can have upon others across time and distance. President Ronald Reagan’s decision to withdraw peacekeepers from Lebanon in the wake of the 1983 Marine Barracks bombing,

WASHINGTON EXAMINER

Modern Horticultural Practices Improve Rural Livelihoods in Northern Afghanistan

Planting drought-resilient crops using modern horticultural practices has given drylands in northern Afghanistan a new lease on life. Supported by the National Horticulture and Livestock Project, farmers are turning their previously uncultivable land into a source of income by growing crops, such as

WORLD BANK BLOGS

U.S.-India missile defense strategy could threaten Afghan peace process

The U.S. is ostentatiously promoting cooperation with India on ballistic missile defense, highlighting it in the 2019 Missile Defense Review as a “key element” of its Indo-Pacific strategy.

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