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Agree to Disagree? US, Taliban Trade Barbs Over Continuing Violence
October 20, 2020

Agree to Disagree? US, Taliban Trade Barbs Over Continuing Violence

By Catherine Putz
The Taliban and U.S. clearly have different understandings of the deal they signed in February.

Afghans Say Preventing the Next War as Vital as Ending This One
October 19, 2020

Afghans Say Preventing the Next War as Vital as Ending This One

By Associated Press
Even if an intra-Afghan deal is reached, many Afghans fear that the country's many factions will fight for power if U.S. and NATO troops leave.
Will an Intra-Afghan Peace Deal Bring Displaced Afghans Home?
September 29, 2020

Will an Intra-Afghan Peace Deal Bring Displaced Afghans Home?

By Sayed Nasrat, Hamayun Khan, Saed Mansoor Sadat
Progress toward peace will not allow most Afghan IDPs to return to their places of origin; instead, their numbers could well increase.

Violence Persists as Afghan Government and Taliban Seek Path to Peace
September 25, 2020

Violence Persists as Afghan Government and Taliban Seek Path to Peace

By Catherine Putz
As Afghan government and Taliban negotiators sort out the rules and procedures, let alone an agenda, for peace, violence persists in Afghanistan.

Afghan Officials: Taliban Attack Checkpoints, Kill 28 Police
September 25, 2020

Afghan Officials: Taliban Attack Checkpoints, Kill 28 Police

By Associated Press
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks, which it said were carried out after the police in the area refused to surrender.

The Need for an Enduring US Military Presence in Afghanistan
September 11, 2020

The Need for an Enduring US Military Presence in Afghanistan

By Julian D. Alford and Amin Tarzi
U.S. interests in Afghanistan are enduring and will need to be safeguarded into the future.

US Aims for 4,500 Troops in Afghanistan by November
September 10, 2020

US Aims for 4,500 Troops in Afghanistan by November

By Catherine Putz
CENTCOM Commander McKenzie told reporters U.S. withdrawal plans aim for 4,500 troops in Afghanistan on a “October, late October, November time frame.”
Afghans Halt Prisoner Release, Delaying Talks With Taliban
August 18, 2020

Afghans Halt Prisoner Release, Delaying Talks With Taliban

By Rahim Faiez and Kathy Gannon
Talks were expected to start on August 20, but are now postponed indefinitely say Afghan officials.

Taliban Announce Eid Ceasefire After a Bloody Spring
July 31, 2020

Taliban Announce Eid Ceasefire After a Bloody Spring

By Catherine Putz
The next step may very well be intra-Afghan talks, but the Taliban have spent the first half of the year bludgeoning the Afghan security forces.

Taliban Make Big Changes Ahead of Expected Talks With Kabul
July 20, 2020

Taliban Make Big Changes Ahead of Expected Talks With Kabul

By Associated Press
The shuffle is meant to tighten Taliban leader Mullah Hibatullah Akhunzada’s control over the movement's military and political arms.

US General Skeptical That Bounties Led to Troops’ Deaths
July 09, 2020

US General Skeptical That Bounties Led to Troops’ Deaths

By Associated Press
"I found it very worrisome. I didn't find that there was a causative link there," Gen. Frank McKenzie, the head of U.S. Central Command said.
Trump Denies Knowledge of Intel Report on Russian Bounties for Killing Americans in Afghanistan
June 29, 2020

Trump Denies Knowledge of Intel Report on Russian Bounties for Killing Americans in Afghanistan

By Catherine Putz
A series of media reports, citing U.S. intelligence sources, allege that President Trump was briefed on an alleged Russian operation offering bounties for dead Americans in Afghanistan.

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