Pakistan and Afghan Taliban agree on the need for earliest resumption of the peace process

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan and Afghan Taliban have agreed on the need for earliest resumption of the Afghan peace process. The understanding came at a meeting between Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and a delegation of the Taliban Political Commission led by its head Mulla Abdul Ghani Baradar in Doha, in Islamabad on Thursday. The Foreign […]

Donald Trump

US to Keep 8,600 Troops in Afghanistan After Deal With Taliban: President Trump

WASHINGTON – President Donald J. Trump suggested that the US planned to maintain a force presence of several thousand troops in Afghanistan following an agreement with the Taliban. “We’re going down to 8,600 and then we make a determination from there as to what happens … we’re bringing it down,” Trump told Fox News Radio. […]


US and Taliban negotiators enter into most crucial phase of talks

US and Taliban negotiators have begun a fresh round of negotiations in Qatar’s capital Doha to end the 18-year war in Afghanistan. Delegates from both sides described the latest round as the most crucial phase of the negotiations. Officials privy to the talks say a peace agreement could possibly be expected before 13th of this […]


US military withdrawal linked to Taliban commitment: Zalmay Khalilzad

Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad says he is satisfied with the Taliban’s commitment to preventing international terrorist organizations from using Afghanistan as a base to plot global attacks. Speaking at U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, Zalmay said the world needs to be sure that Afghanistan will not be a threat to the […]


US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad heads 6-nation tour for ‘intra-Afghan’ talks

WASHINGTON D.C – The US special envoy for reconciliation in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad is set to lead a large delegation on a six-nation tour to boost peace process in the war-torn country and bring all Afghan parties together in an intra-Afghan dialogue. In a statement, the US State Department said the delegation will visit Belgium, […]


Airstrike kills 19 Taliban in Afghanistan

KANDAHAR – In Afghanistan, at least 19 Taliban have been killed and 11 others wounded during an airstrike in the Spin Boldak district of southern Kandahar province. The provincial Governor’s spokesman said that foreign forces conducted the airstrike on a militant hideout in the Sro Sahano locality of the district. However, the Taliban have not […]

Gholam Mujtaba

Mission Accomplished in Afghanistan, Hats off to President Trump

By: Gholam Mujtaba, Ed.D., M.D., FRSPH, FICPS The talks between the United States and Talban has brought the situation in favor of the United States. Though, its early to comment, yet the signs are positive. It may be reminded that the POTUS (President of the United States) had indicated in December to pull 7,000 U.S. […]

United States and Taliban

‘Foreign troops to quit Afghanistan in 18 months under draft deal’

DOHA – The United States and Taliban have agreed on a draft peace deal stipulating the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan within 18 months of the agreement being signed. Taliban sources revealed this at the end of six days of talks with U.S. special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in Qatar aimed at ending the […]