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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
Reply #70 - Mar 11th, 2019 at 5:09pm
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Everyone Wants a Piece of Afghanistan

A U.S. withdrawal has opened the door to a possible political settlement, but success will depend on regional powers and the country’s neighbors...

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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
Reply #71 - Mar 12th, 2019 at 2:19pm
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Longest US-Taliban peace talks see ‘progress’ in Qatar

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The longest peace talks between the U.S. and the Taliban to end America’s 17-year war in Afghanistan concluded Tuesday night in Qatar, with both sides saying progress had been made.

The nearly two weeks of talks produced two draft agreements between the militants and the U.S. government on a “withdrawal timeline and effective counterterrorism measures,” American envoy Zalmay Khalilzad wrote on Twitter.

The diplomat said he’d go to Washington and meet with other concerned parties, likely including the Afghan government, which did not take part in the 13 days of face-to-face talks in Doha, the Qatari capital...

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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
Reply #72 - Mar 14th, 2019 at 4:55pm
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What Did the Latest US-Taliban Talks Accomplish?

...The marathon talks extended for 13 days and saw Khalilzad meet face-to-face with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a co-founder of the Taliban and veteran battlefield commander. That alone marks a major change after three successive U.S. administrations — including Trump’s — rejected direct talks.

Khalilzad said they reached two “draft agreements” covering the withdrawal of U.S. troops and guarantees that Afghanistan would not revert to a haven for terrorists. But he was unable to persuade the Taliban to launch talks with the U.S.-backed government in Kabul, which the insurgents view as a corrupt and dysfunctional American puppet.

Instead, the Taliban agreed to meet with a wide array of prominent Afghan figures, including some government representatives. That would further undermine President Ashraf Ghani, who is increasingly being cast as part of a chorus of Afghan voices...

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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
Reply #73 - Mar 15th, 2019 at 12:36pm
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Afghan Official Warns of U.S. Deal With Taliban ‘That Doesn’t End in Peace’

WASHINGTON — Afghanistan’s national security adviser on Thursday accused the American special envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, of seeking personal benefit by sidelining the Afghan government during peace talks with the Taliban in a broadside in which he raised concerns about “a deal that doesn’t end in peace.”

The comments by Hamdullah Mohib, a senior Afghan government official, displayed Kabul’s high distrust of the Taliban just as negotiators edged closer to an agreement on at least one major element of a final deal: preventing more terrorist attacks from being launched from Afghanistan...

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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
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Afghanistan, Turkmenistan: Taliban Offensive on Border Sparks Fears of Spillover

What Happened: Turkmen armed forces have forced back roughly 100 Afghan troops that fled into the country to escape an ongoing Tailban offensive in the neighboring Afghan province of Badghis, The New York Times reported March 17. The Taliban then captured the soldiers shortly after Turkmen forces turned them back.

Why It Matters: The incident highlights the growing concern for Ashgabat that Afghanistan's conflict could spill over into Turkmenistan. Similar incidents may push Turkmenistan and other Central Asian states to explore greater security cooperation with Russia, such as the restricted but significant collaboration that Moscow has been seeking to establish with Uzbekistan in the form of joint training and limited weapons supplies.

Background: The Taliban have long sought to seize control of the mountainous Murghab district in the Badghis region and use it as a springboard for additional offensives into neighboring districts.

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Taliban Capture About 150 Afghan Soldiers After Chase Into Turkmenistan

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan — The Taliban carried out the biggest known capture of Afghan soldiers of the war, taking 150 prisoners after they chased units into neighboring Turkmenistan and that country forced them back, Afghan officials said on Sunday.

The operation took place in the northwestern Afghan province of Badghis, and brought to 190 the number of soldiers captured by insurgents in the hotly contested district of Murghab — with 16 more soldiers killed — in less than a week.

Last Monday, an entire Afghan Army company was killed or captured there. By Saturday, its defenders said the district had fallen mostly into Taliban control, though Afghan forces were still holding the district’s government center...

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