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AP Interview: Karzai worries Pakistan talks risk peace pact

Feb. 16, 2019 7:37 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday that previously unscheduled peace talks between the Taliban and the United States in Pakistan risk engulfing the country in regional rivalries. In an interview with The Associated Press in the capital Kabul, Karzai worried that...

Shanahan: US will not unilaterally withdraw from Afghanistan

Feb. 14, 2019 10:15 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States will not reduce its troop presence in Afghanistan unilaterally, the top Pentagon official said Thursday, pledging that any moves will be fully coordinated with its allies. "There will be no unilateral troop reductions," Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan told reporters...

Taliban announce surprise talks with US in Pakistan

Feb. 13, 2019 2:09 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban will hold a previously unexpected round of peace talks with the United States in Pakistan on Monday, ahead of scheduled meetings in the Middle Eastern state of Qatar a week later, the insurgent group said in a statement Wednesday. The talks are aimed at finding a...

Afghans mourn former president at palace ceremony

Feb. 13, 2019 2:02 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghans mourned the country's first post-communist president, Sibghatullah Mujadidi, at a ceremony Wednesday attended by his former comrades-in-arms, including his one-time spokesman and protege, former President Hamid Karzai. The ceremony at Afghanistan's presidential palace was...

Afghan government fires election commission

Feb. 12, 2019 11:32 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan government on Tuesday fired its election commission more than three months after chaotic parliamentary elections — the results of which have still not been announced — and ahead of July's controversial presidential vote. President Ashraf Ghani is among the...

Anti-communist guerrilla who became Afghan president dies

Feb. 12, 2019 8:53 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's first president following the withdrawal of Soviet troops from the country and the collapse in 1992 of Kabul's pro-communist government, Sibghatullah Mujadidi, has died. He was 93. The white-turbaned and soft-spoken Mujadidi was a mentor to former President Hamid...

Ghani says Afghan government must be included in peace talks

Feb. 11, 2019 9:47 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says the Taliban are welcome to set up a political office in the capital but that his government must be included in any peace talks. In a speech Monday, he rejected the idea of an interim government, which has been embraced by the Taliban and some...

Top Pentagon official in Afghanistan amid push for peace

Feb. 11, 2019 6:36 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Pentagon's top official made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Monday to meet with U.S. commanders and Afghan leaders amid a push for peace with the Taliban. Pat Shanahan, the recently installed acting secretary of defense, said he has no orders to reduce the U.S. troop...

US peace envoy says talks with Taliban far from finished

Feb. 8, 2019 4:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tempering expectations, the Trump administration's peace envoy for Afghanistan said Friday that although his talks with the Taliban have produced a tentative "framework" agreement, negotiations are far from finished. The envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, said he hopes a final deal is clinched...

Taliban: Half of US troops to leave Afghanistan by May 1

Feb. 6, 2019 4:09 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Taliban official said Wednesday that the United States has promised to withdraw half of its troops from Afghanistan by the end of April, but the U.S. military said it has received no orders to begin packing up. Taliban official Abdul Salam Hanafi, speaking on the sidelines of a meeting in...