Afghan official blasts US talks with Taliban
WASHINGTON (AP) — Afghanistan's national security adviser on Thursday blasted the U.S. talks with the Taliban, saying the Trump administration has alienated the Afghan government, legitimized the...
BRUSSELS (AP) — The future of NATO's 15-year-long military operation in Afghanistan will depend on the outcome of peace talks involving Taliban insurgents, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg...
Q&A: After marathon Afghan talks, is peace at hand?
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The longest direct talks ever held between the United States and the Taliban concluded this week with both sides citing progress toward ending the 17-year war in Afghanistan, but...
Longest US-Taliban peace talks see ‘progress’ in Qatar
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The longest peace talks between the U.S. and the Taliban to end America's 17-year war in Afghanistan concluded Tuesday night in Qatar, with both sides saying progress had been...
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The Latest on peace talks in Qatar between the Taliban and the U.S. (all times local):
The longest round of Afghanistan peace talks yet between the U.S....
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling for immediate talks between Afghanistan's government and the Taliban, saying the current moment represents "perhaps the most...
US envoy says US-Taliban talks in Qatar to resume Saturday
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The U.S. envoy leading the talks with the Taliban says the negotiations have been put on hold until this weekend.
Zalmay Khalilzad wrote on Twitter on Thursday that "both...
Taliban hopeful on deal amid new round of talks with US
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The Taliban and Washington's peace envoy are close to reaching an agreement on U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, a spokesman for the Islamic insurgents said Tuesday amid a...
US envoy meets with Taliban co-founder ahead of new talks
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met with one of the founders of the Taliban for the first time on Monday ahead of the latest round of talks with the insurgents aimed at ending the...
UN: Last year saw highest number of Afghan civilian deaths
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — More civilians were killed in Afghanistan last year than in any of the previous nine years of the increasingly bloody conflict, according to a U.N. report released...
US, Russian envoys discuss Afghan peace in Turkey
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The U.S. peace envoy for Afghanistan has met his Russian counterpart in the Turkish capital for talks on efforts to end the 17-year war in Afghanistan.
Powerful political leader warns against squandering peace
HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — A prominent Afghan political leader who once had the support of some officials to lead Afghanistan's negotiating team with the Taliban, warned the president Wednesday...
AP Interview: Envoy says Russia’s clout in Afghanistan rises
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.
Taliban announce surprise talks with US in Pakistan
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.
Afghanistan probes election commissions after firings
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 results have yet to be announced. The government announced the investigation on Wednesday, a day after it fired the 12 members of both commissions and barred them from leaving the country.
Taliban name negotiating team ahead of new talks with US
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.
Trump’s Afghan envoy intensifies peace efforts with Taliban
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 Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad would spend the rest of February traveling to Belgium, Germany, Turkey, Qatar, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
- The Washington TimesU.S. diplomats walk out amid growing tensions with Afghan governmentMarch 26, 2019
- The Washington TimesTaliban balking at U.S. timetable, wants one-year pullout from AfghanistanMarch 5, 2019
- The Washington TimesU.S. aims to have Taliban peace deal in place by July, says top Afghan negotiator ZhalilzadFebruary 8, 2019
- The Spokesman-ReviewTroop withdrawal in Afghanistan met with criticism, cautious optimism in the Inland NorthwestJanuary 29, 2019
US peace envoy says talks with Taliban far from finished
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 before Afghanistan's presidential election in July. But he also stressed that many issues remain to be resolved and that it must be a package deal.
Afghan leader speaks with Pompeo amid fresh peace efforts
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's president spoke with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo late Tuesday in an apparent bid to reassert his authority as Washington accelerates its negotiations with the Taliban and as separate talks unfold in Moscow without the government's involvement.
Taliban to take part in ‘intra-Afghan’ talks in Moscow
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban said Monday they will participate in "intra-Afghan" talks in Moscow designed to bring together prominent Afghan figures, including former President Hamid Karzai, opposition figures and tribal elders — but no Kabul government officials.
Q&A: US envoy’s road to Afghan peace littered with obstacles
ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is in a hurry to find a peace deal for Afghanistan that would allow America to bring home its troops after 17 years of war, but the road ahead is littered with obstacles.
After years of U.S. insisting on talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, Khalilzad began meeting with the insurgents shortly after his appointment in September, giving into a key demand from the Taliban, who view the Kabul government as an American puppet.
Taliban say they are not looking to rule Afghanistan alone
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban said Wednesday they are not seeking a "monopoly on power" in a future administration in Afghanistan but are looking for ways to co-exist with Afghan institutions — the most conciliatory statement to date from the militants.
Afghans wary of peace talks with Taliban; officials hopeful
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Kabul residents are wary of peace talks with the Taliban, even as Afghan officials express hope that negotiations could lead to lasting peace in their war-ravaged country.
Tuesday's reactions came a day after the U.S. envoy tasked with resolving the war, Zalmay Khalilzad, said there've been "agreements in principle" reached in talks with the Taliban.
In Kabul, US reports ‘agreements in principle’ with Taliban
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Negotiators for the United States and the Taliban insurgents have reached "agreements in principle" on key issues for a peace deal that would end 17 years of war in Afghanistan, the top U.S. envoy said Monday.
The statement by U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad followed six days of talks last week with the Taliban in Qatar, where he urged the insurgents to enter into direct negotiations with the government of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
US envoy claims ‘significant progress’ in talks with Taliban
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. peace envoy to Afghanistan said Saturday that "significant progress" was made during lengthy talks with the Taliban in Qatar and that he was traveling to Afghanistan for more discussions aimed at ending the country's destructive 17-year war.
Zalmay Khalilzad said on his official Twitter account that he wants to build on six days of meetings in Doha, the capital of Qatar.
US peace envoy: Washington wants to see peace in Afghanistan
ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said on Saturday that Washington was ready to "address legitimate concerns" of all Afghan sides in order to restore peace in Afghanistan.
Since being appointed in September, Khalilzad has met with all sides, including the Taliban, Afghan officials and Pakistan's political and military leadership in efforts aimed at finding a negotiated end to America's longest war in neighboring Afghanistan.
US envoy for Afghan peace in Pakistan after talks in Kabul
ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met with Pakistan's prime minister and other officials Friday as part of efforts aimed at finding a peaceful solution to the 17-year bloody war in Afghanistan, officials said.
The government released few details about Imran Khan's meeting with Khalilzad, saying he "reiterated Pakistan's commitment to facilitate the peace process in Afghanistan."
US peace envoy in Pakistan seeking end to 17-year Afghan war
ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Pakistan on Thursday, the last leg of a regional tour aimed at finding a negotiated conclusion to Afghanistan's 17-year war, which would end the U.S.'s longest military engagement.
Taliban threaten to end talks with US on ending Afghan war
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban issued a statement Tuesday threatening to end contact with the U.S. even as Washington's peace envoy makes another round of the region in pursuit of a negotiated end to Afghanistan's protracted conflict before a frustrated President Donald Trump makes good on his 2016 campaign promise to end America's involvement.
Taliban suicide bomber kills 4, wounds over 100 in Kabul
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban suicide bomber killed at least four people and wounded scores when he detonated an explosive-laden vehicle late in the evening in the Afghan capital, officials said Tuesday.
It was the latest in a relentless wave of near daily attacks by the Taliban, who now hold sway over about half of the country and regularly target Afghan forces. The violence comes despite stepped-up efforts by the United States to find a negotiated end to the country's 17-year war.
Afghan envoy hopes 2019 to be year of peace for Afghanistan
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Afghan president's special peace envoy expressed hope Wednesday that the war that has ravaged this country for over 17 years and cost the United States about $1 trillion will end in 2019.
However, Mohammad Omer Daudzai also cautioned there won't be peace until the Taliban, who have held several rounds of talks with Washington's special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, agree to direct talks with the Afghan government.
US Army chief of staff makes surprise stop in Kabul
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. Army's chief of staff made a surprise visit to the capital Kabul where he met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to discuss prospects for a peaceful end to the country's 17-year war, the United States' longest.
Taliban kill 8 police in northern Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says the Taliban killed eight police in an attack on their post in the provincial capital of the northern Baghlan province.
Safdar Mooseni, the head of the provincial council, says police battled the insurgents for four hours before reinforcements arrived and repulsed the Taliban onslaught, which also wounded two police. The Taliban claimed the attack.
Pakistan praises plan for US troop withdrawal in Afghanistan
MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's foreign minister has welcomed President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw half the U.S.'s troops from Afghanistan.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday told reporters in the central city of Multan that the decision is good for ongoing peace talks between the Afghan Taliban and the U.S.
Taliban say talks focused on US withdrawal from Afghanistan
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The latest talks between the Taliban and a U.S. peace envoy on the war in Afghanistan focused on the withdrawal of NATO troops, the release of prisoners and halting attacks on civilians by pro-government forces, a Taliban spokesman said Wednesday.
US envoy for Afghanistan holds talks in Moscow with Russians
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Foreign Ministry says it has hosted a U.S. special envoy for talks on Afghanistan.
The ministry said the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, met Friday with Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov and a presidential envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov.
Pakistani PM says Afghan peace is in his country’s interest
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister has told a U.S. special envoy that peace and reconciliation in neighboring Afghanistan is in his country's abiding interest but stopped short of promising to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table.
Imran Khan and Zalmay Khalilzad, who is tasked with finding a resolution to the Afghan war, held talks on Wednesday in Islamabad.
Rise in US deaths in Afghanistan clouds outlook for peace
WASHINGTON (AP) — A rash of American combat deaths in Afghanistan is putting a spotlight on a stalemated 17-year war that is testing President Donald Trump's commitment to pursuing peace with the Taliban.
Taliban hold talks with US envoy in Qatar
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban have held three days of talks with U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Gulf state of Qatar, where the Afghan insurgent group has a political office, a Taliban official and another individual close to the group said Sunday.
Without referring explicitly to the talks in Qatar, Khalilzad told a news conference Sunday in the Afghan capital Kabul "I am talking to all interested parties, all Afghan groups... and I think there is an opportunity for reconciliation and peace."
Pakistan frees 2 Taliban members as US envoy visits region
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan released two Taliban officials on Monday during U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad's latest visit to the region, in what could be part of American efforts to revive peace talks with the insurgent group, which now controls nearly half of Afghanistan.
Taliban say ‘general’ discussion held with US special envoy
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban held talks with the U.S. special envoy tasked with finding a negotiated end to Afghanistan's protracted and increasingly bloody war, a Taliban official said Saturday.
In a statement, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the meeting with Zalmay Khalilzad was held Friday in the Middle Eastern state of Qatar, where the Taliban maintain a political office.
US envoy on Afghan peace takes his mission to Pakistan
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Washington's newly named point man tasked with finding a peaceful end to Afghanistan's 17-year war is in Pakistan to seek help from the new government in Islamabad in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table, the U.S. Embassy said Tuesday.
A former U.S. ambassador in Kabul, Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Pakistan from neighboring Afghanistan. His tour of the region will also include Middle East stops in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Pakistan urges restraint by new US envoy for Afghan peace
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pakistan's top diplomat on Wednesday urged the Trump administration's new envoy for reconciliation in neighboring Afghanistan to be more sensitive to Pakistani opinion than he has been as a private citizen.
The recent appointment of veteran U.S. diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad has raised hackles in Pakistan. Khalilzad, a former ambassador to Afghanistan, has previously called on the U.S. to declare Pakistan a terrorist state unless it stops harboring insurgents.
New US adviser to Afghanistan raises hackles in region
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The choice of Zalmay Khalilzad as a U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan has raised some hackles in the region, with many saying the veteran diplomat's tough stance on Pakistan could hinder his mission to convince a resurgent Taliban to engage in peace talks.
For US diplomacy, special envoys make a comeback
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. special envoy is back.
The Trump administration, which had steered away from appointing high-level diplomats to focus on particular world trouble spots, is now embracing the concept to run delicate negotiations for Syria, Iran, North Korea and now Afghanistan.
US appoints veteran envoy for Afghan peace effort
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has named veteran diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad as a special adviser on seeking reconciliation in war-battered Afghanistan.
Pompeo made the announcement on Tuesday as Khalilzad joined him on a trip to Pakistan and India. Pompeo was speaking to reporters aboard his plane.
Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:
ABC's "This Week" —Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas; Tom Bossert, White House homeland security adviser; Zalmay Khalilzad, former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. and former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan; Douglas Lute, former U.S. ambassador to NATO.