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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...

AP Interview: Envoy says Russia's clout in Afghanistan rises

Feb. 14, 2019 4:45 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A senior Russian envoy asserted Wednesday that the U.S. has "completely failed" in Afghanistan, opening the way for Moscow to play the role of peace broker in the war-torn country from which the Soviets pulled out in 1989. The remarks by Zamir Kabulov, President Vladimir Putin's envoy for...

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...

Afghanistan probes election commissions after firings

Feb. 13, 2019 12:44 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's attorney general has launched an investigation into allegations that the Independent Election Commission and a separate complaints commission misused their authority during last year's parliamentary elections. The October elections were marred by chaos, and the full...

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...

Taliban name negotiating team ahead of new talks with US

Feb. 12, 2019 9:25 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban on Tuesday announced a 14-member negotiating team ahead of talks this month with U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who has been meeting with the insurgents to try to end America's longest war. Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai will head the Taliban team, which includes five...

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...

Trump's Afghan envoy intensifies peace efforts with Taliban

Feb. 10, 2019 12:38 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's special envoy for Afghanistan is returning to the country after stops in Europe and the Middle East for an extended diplomatic tour aimed at pushing a U.S. peace initiative. The State Department said in a statement Sunday that Special Representative for Afghan...

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...