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Taliban negotiator Abbas Stanikzai, fifth right, with his delegation attend the opening session of the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Sayed)

Warring Afghans meet to find peace after decades of war

Sep. 12, 2020 7:07 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Afghanistan’s warring sides started negotiations for the first time, bringing together the Taliban and delegates appointed by the Afghan government Saturday for historic meetings aimed at ending decades of war. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attended the...

Taliban delegation arrive to attend the opening session of the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/ Hussein Sayed)

Historic Afghan peace talks fraught with uncertainty

Sep. 12, 2020 6:45 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Historic negotiations between the Taliban and Afghanistan’s political leadership opened in Qatar on Saturday, offering the best chance of peace after decades of war. The U.S. had hoped negotiations would start within two weeks of Feb. 29, when it signed a peace deal with the...

Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, waves as he boards his plane at Kabul International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. Officials on both sides of Afghanistan's protracted conflict say efforts are ramping up for the start of intra-Afghan negotiations, a critical next step to a U.S. negotiated peace deal with the Taliban. (Sapidar Palace via AP)

Pompeo says Afghan negotiations likely to be 'contentious'

Sep. 11, 2020 11:47 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Friday the much anticipated negotiations between Afghanistan’s warring parties are likely to be “contentious” but stressed that they are the only way forward if Afghans are to find peace after decades of conflict. Pompeo made...

FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2019, file photo, a man waves an Afghan flag during Independence Day celebrations in Kabul, Afghanistan. Officials on both sides of Afghanistan's protracted conflict say efforts are ramping up for the start of intra-Afghan negotiations, a critical next step to a U.S. negotiated peace deal with the Taliban. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)

Taliban say peace talks with Afghan team to start Saturday

Sep. 10, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The long-awaited peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government's negotiating team are to begin on Saturday in the Gulf Arab state of Qatar, the Taliban and Qatar's foreign ministry said Thursday. The talks — known as intra-Afghan negotiations — were laid out in a...

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2020, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, center, former President Hamid Karzai, right, and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, left, watch the live broadcast of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar after the signing of a peace treaty at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. Officials on both sides of Afghanistan's protracted conflict say efforts are ramping up for the start of intra-Afghan negotiations, a critical next step to a U.S. negotiated peace deal with the Taliban. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Efforts ramp up to get Taliban-Afghan peace talks started

Sep. 3, 2020 2:05 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Officials on both sides of Afghanistan’s protracted conflict say efforts are ramping up for the start of negotiations between Afghan representatives and the Taliban while a top U.N. envoy expressed hope Thursday that a formal launch will take place in “the coming...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020 file photo, Afghan Security personnel work at the site of a suicide truck bombing in northern Balkh province of Afghanistan. President Ashraf Ghani issued a decree late Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, appointing a council for national reconciliation, which will have final say on whether the government will sign a peace deal with the Taliban after what are expected to be protracted and uncertain negotiations with the insurgents envisaged under a U.S.-Taliban peace agreement signed in February. Since signing the agreement, the Taliban have held to a promise not to attack U.S. and NATO troops, but have carried out regular attacks on Afghan security forces. (AP Photo, File)

Afghan president names council for peace deal with Taliban

Aug. 30, 2020 8:13 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's president has appointed a council for national reconciliation, which will have final say on whether the government will sign a peace deal with the Taliban after what are expected to be protracted and uncertain negotiations with the insurgents. The negotiations were...

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, center, wearing a protective face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, attends an Afghan Loya Jirga meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. The traditional council opened Friday in the Afghan capital to decide the release of a final 400 Taliban - the last hurdle to the start of negotiations between Kabul’s political leadership and the Taliban in keeping with a peace deal the United States signed with the insurgent movement in February. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Traditional Afghan council meets on release of 400 Taliban

Aug. 7, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A traditional council met Friday in Kabul to decide whether to release a final 400 Taliban prisoners, the last hurdle to negotiations between Afghanistan’s political leadership and the Taliban under a peace deal the insurgents signed with the United States earlier this...

FILE - In this May 3, 2019 file photo, delegates attend the last day of the Afghan Loya Jirga meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghan officials said a traditional consultative council or Loya Jirga will convene Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, to decide whether the last 400 Taliban prisoners will be released as part of a peace agreement, even as its Health Ministry says half of Kabul’s residents are infected with the coronavirus. The Taliban have rejected any changes to the deal they signed in February with the U.S. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Afghan council to decide whether Kabul releases 400 Taliban

Aug. 6, 2020 7:11 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan officials say a traditional consultative council will convene Friday to decide whether the last 400 Taliban prisoners will be released as part of a peace agreement, even as its Health Ministry says half of Kabul's residents are infected with the coronavirus. The...