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U.S. says Taliban fulfilling promises in Afghan withdrawal deal

May 16, 2020 - 2:02 PM

Recent violence violates the 'spirit' of the deal, says US negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 27, 2017 US Marines and Afghan Commandos stand together as an Afghan Air Force helicopter flies past during a combat training exercise at Shorab Military Camp in Lashkar Gah in Helmand province. - The United States has secured a seven-day reduction in violence in talks to help seek a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan, Pentagon chief Mark Esper said February 13, 2020. The announcement came as NATO defence ministers met in Brussels and a day after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani reported "notable progress" in negotiations with the Islamist insurgents."The United States and the Taliban have negotiated a proposal for a seven-day reduction in violence," Esper told reporters, dubbing his meetings with NATO colleagues "productive." (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP)

Kabul blast toll rises as U.S. tries to finalize Taliban deal

Sep 03, 2019 - 12:04 PM

(UPDATED) The bombing is the third major Taliban attack in as many days – and the violence is likely to continue, Taliban expert Rahimullah Yusufzai says

Afghan security forces arrive at the site of a suicide attack near a security forces base on the outskirts of Kunduz on September 2, 2019. The US and the Taliban are on the brink of striking a deal after 18 years of war, Washington's top negotiator said on September 2, ahead of a visit to Afghanistan where fresh violence rocked the north. STR / AFP

U.S.-Taliban talks wrap up in Doha with 'some progress' – Taliban

May 09, 2019 - 11:55 PM

'In general, this round was positive and constructive. Both sides listened to each other with care and patience,' says Suhail Shaheen, the Taliban's political spokesman in Doha

US-TALIBAN TALKS. In this file photo taken on February 8, 2019, US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad participates in a discussion on 'The Prospects for Peace in Afghanistan' at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

U.S., Taliban pause negotiations in Doha following 'solid' talks

Feb 28, 2019 - 6:47 PM

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid confirms the pause, adding the insurgents are 'committed to the current peace process along with peace'

PAUSE. In this file photo taken on February 08, 2019, US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad participates in a discussion on 'The Prospects for Peace in Afghanistan' at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

U.S. envoy meets top Taliban political leader in Doha as new talks begin

Feb 25, 2019 - 10:06 PM

The participation of Taliban deputy leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in the talks seen as a sign that both sides are serious in the negotiations

In this file photo taken on February 08, 2019, US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad participates in a discussion on "The Prospects for Peace in Afghanistan" at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington, DC. A senior US diplomat is set to lead a large delegation on a six-nation tour, including Afghanistan, to boost that country's peace process and bring "all Afghan parties together in an intra-Afghan dialogue," the State Department said Sunday, February 10, 2019. JIM WATSON / AFP

Taliban unveil negotiating team ahead of U.S. peace talks

Feb 12, 2019 - 11:43 PM

United States special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has undertaken extensive recent peace talks with the Taliban about ending the 17-year war in Afghanistan, with another round expected in late February

TALKS. This file photo shows participants attending the opening of the two-day talks of the Taliban and Afghan opposition representatives at the President Hotel in Moscow on February 5, 2019. File photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Taliban sit for second day with Afghan leaders in Moscow

Feb 06, 2019 - 8:10 PM

No government official is invited, despite President Ashraf Ghani's offers to talk peace, underscoring the Taliban's hostility toward the increasingly marginalized Kabul administration

TALKS. Participants attend the opening of the two-day talks of the Taliban and Afghan opposition representatives at the President Hotel in Moscow on February 5, 2019. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

U.S. envoy confirms 'draft framework' with Taliban – New York Times

Jan 29, 2019 - 8:46 AM

The comments by special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad to the New York Times are the clearest signal yet from a US official that talks between Washington and the militants are progressing

ZALMAY KHALILZAD. Former US Ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad speaks at the Mayflower Hotel April 27, 2016 in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP)

Taliban urge U.S. to exit Afghanistan or face Soviet-style defeat

Dec 27, 2018 - 6:53 PM

The Taliban's warning comes hours after President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw about half of the 14,000 US troops in Afghanistan

WARNING. The Taliban urges the United States to leave the war-torn country, noting that any future relations must be based on 'sound diplomatic and economic principles' instead of conflict. File Photo by Shah Marai/AFP


U.S. envoy doubts Afghan Taliban's desire for peace

Dec 20, 2018 - 10:08 PM

'If the Taliban are really seeking peace, they have to sit with the Afghan government ultimately to reach an agreement on the future political settlement in Afghanistan' United States peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad says