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U.S, Taliban sign peace deal; American troops to leave Afghanistan in 14 months 29.2.2020 Hindu: Diet & Nutrition
US Defence Secretary Mark Esper said if Taliban renege on their guarantees, US ‘will not hesitate to nullify’ agreement.
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Afghanistan’s future in the balance as US, Taliban sign deal 29.2.2020 Raw Story
The United States is to sign a landmark deal with the Taliban on Saturday, laying out a timetable for a full troop withdrawal from Afghanistan within 14 months as it seeks an exit from its longest-ever war. President Donald Trump urged the Afghan people to embrace the chance for a new future, saying the deal […]
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Afghanistan's future in the balance as U.S., Taliban sign deal 29.2.2020 Hindu: Health
The deal was drafted over a tempestuous year of dialogue marked by the abrupt cancellation of the effort by U.S. President Donald Trump in September, 2019
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Afghanistan truce successful so far, U.S. ready to sign peace deal with Taliban 28.2.2020 LA Times: Nation

U.S. and Taliban moved closer Friday to signing a landmark agreement that calls for steep U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan in coming months.

US upbeat on Taliban peace, warns Afghan leaders 26.2.2020 Raw Story
The United States voiced optimism Tuesday about reaching an accord to end the war in Afghanistan as a partial truce held with the Taliban, warning rival leaders in the Kabul government not to scuttle the “enormous opportunity.” The United States plans to sign an agreement with the Taliban on Saturday in Qatar if the week-long […]
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Trump gambles on plan to bring home some U.S. troops from Afghanistan before election 24.2.2020 LA Times: Nation

The Taliban has started a 'reduction in violence' period that could lead to the withdrawal of many U.S. troops from Afghanistan. But pitfalls are many.

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US-Taliban treaty: Why Pakistan is grinning 23.2.2020 Rediff: News
'Pakistan is determined to garner the peace dividends.' 'On the diplomatic front, this will be, principally, in terms of a revival of Pakistan's relations with the US,' notes Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.
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America's Taliban deal: What does it mean for India? 22.2.2020 Rediff: News
'Washington is well aware that the Haqqani group was responsible for terrorist attacks on the Indian diplomatic establishments in Afghanistan.' 'But today US self-interest dictates that Sirajuddin Haqqani's mainstreaming in Afghan political life and a potential elevation eventually to a leadership role at the national level is useful and necessary, since he can deliver peace,' notes Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.
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U.S.: Taliban's 'reduction of violence' deal to start Friday night 21.2.2020 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
A peace agreement, to be signed in Doha, Qatar, on Feb. 29, will pave the way for a withdrawal of U.S. troops and intra- Afghan negotiations. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the peace agreement will also lead to an eventual permanent cease-fire.
Fighting could disrupt U.S.-Taliban truce in Afghan hinterlands 20.2.2020 L.A. Times - World News

Peace is far from the precarious terrain of Zabul province in Afghanistan, where the chance of ending America's longest war could be spoiled.

Infinite crisis: On Afghan presidential poll result 20.2.2020 Hindu: Editorial
Afghanistan is no closer to peace after the declaration of Ashraf Ghani as the President
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Infinite crisis 19.2.2020 Hindu: Rx
Afghanistan is no closer to peace after the declaration of Ashraf Ghani as the President
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How a seven-day truce could start Afghanistan on an uncertain road to peace 16.2.2020 L.A. Times - World News

If a U.S.-Taliban deal holds, tougher talks between militants and Afghan officials would follow, potentially reshaping the country.

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Taliban say have ‘no ceasefire plans’ in Afghanistan 30.12.2019 Raw Story
The Taliban Monday denied agreeing to any ceasefire in Afghanistan after rumours swirled of a potential deal that would see a reduction in fighting after more than 18 years of war. The statement from the insurgents comes as local and international forces brace for another bloody winter amid renewed US-Taliban talks, after President Donald Trump […]
Taliban claim attack that killed US soldier in Afghanistan 23.12.2019 Raw Story
The Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack Monday on American troops that killed one US soldier and, according to the insurgents, wounded several more. The killing is likely to have consequences for ongoing talks between the US and the Taliban. President Donald Trump in September declared negotiations “dead” after the Taliban killed a US soldier […]
Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani wins majority in bid for second term: preliminary results 22.12.2019 Raw Story
Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani was on track to win a second term Sunday, after election officials announced he had scored a majority in the presidential polls. But despite Ghani’s apparent clean win, the fallout from the bitterly contested September 28 election looked set to continue, with top rival Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah saying he would […]
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Afghanistan presidential election: Ghani set for second term after initial results 22.12.2019 BBC: World
Initial results give the incumbent a narrow majority - but the opposition is expected to appeal.
U.S. defense secretary arrives in Afghanistan to find a way forward in 18-year war 20.10.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Mark Esper’s visit to restart peace talks with the Taliban comes amid debate about the role of U.S. troops in the region after President Trump quickly began withdrawing forces from northeastern Syria earlier this month.
Record low turnout for Afghan presidential election, early data shows 30.9.2019 BBC: World
Preliminary data suggests a turnout of about 25% - the lowest since the Taliban were ousted in 2001.
Afghans vote for president amid Taliban threats, fraud fears 28.9.2019 LA Times: Nation

Afghans headed to the polls Saturday to elect a new president amid high security and threats of violence from Taliban militants, who warned citizens to stay away from polling stations or risk being hurt.

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