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peace deal

Choppy waters

Choppy waters

Be careful what you wish for! Pakistanis have been opposed to American presence in the country’s backyard, but now...
Published 23 Apr, 2021 07:40am
Pakistan urges Taliban to 'remain engaged' in peace process, amidst stalling negotiations
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Pakistan urges Taliban to 'remain engaged' in peace process, amidst stalling negotiations

  • Pakistan has urged the Taliban to remain engaged in the Afghan peace process, after the group announced that it would not attend any multilateral summits until all foreign forces withdraw from the country.
  • The Taliban's refusal has thrown the peace process into a state of disarray, with the group refusing to take part in a Turkey-hosted summit that diplomats had hoped could create new momentum towards a political settlement.
Updated 20 Apr, 2021 01:58pm
Taliban not attending peace conference in Turkey, thwarting U.S. efforts to secure peace deal
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Taliban not attending peace conference in Turkey, thwarting U.S. efforts to secure peace deal

  • On Monday, a Taliban spokesperson stated that the religious militia group will not be attending a peace conference tentatively planned for later this week in Turkey, jeopardising U.S. efforts to facilitate a practical peace plan.
  • Officials from the Biden Administration, the United States and Turkey stated that they intended to begin the conference on Friday, which was set to last around 10 days.
Updated 13 Apr, 2021 12:47pm
Secret India-Pakistan Ceasefire Talks Brokered by the UAE
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Secret India-Pakistan Ceasefire Talks Brokered by the UAE

  • A day after military chiefs from India and Pakistan made an unprecedented joint-agreement to respect their original ceasefire agreement from 2003, reportedly a top diplomat from the United Arab Emirates subsequently visited New Delhi for a brief one-day visit.
  • The India-Pakistan ceasefire was the culmination of secret talks behind closed doors brokered by the Gulf state over the course of months.
Updated 22 Mar, 2021 12:11pm
'Tough' to withdraw us troops from Afghanistan by May 1: Biden
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'Tough' to withdraw us troops from Afghanistan by May 1: Biden

  • "Could happen, but it is tough," Biden said when asked in a TV interview broadcast Wednesday. "I'm in the process of making that decision now as to when they'll leave."
  • Like his predecessor, Biden has promised to end the nearly 20-year conflict and bring home more than 2,500 American troops in the country — down from about 13,000 troops a year ago.
Updated 17 Mar, 2021 06:31pm
Russia to host Afghanistan meet ‘to advance inter-Afghan talks’
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Russia to host Afghanistan meet ‘to advance inter-Afghan talks’

  • Russia aims to hold a conference later this month on Afghanistan in Moscow, marking an attempt by Moscow to raise its profile in the Afghan peace efforts.
  • Qatar, which is hosting intra-Afghan peace talks, has been invited to the Moscow meeting as an honoured guest.
Updated 10 Mar, 2021 04:45pm
Enemy attacks on civilians, Afghan forces "much higher" than last year: Report
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Enemy attacks on civilians, Afghan forces "much higher" than last year: Report

  • According to a report by the Special Investigator General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), the frequency of enemy attacks in Kabul was significantly higher than in the same quarter last year.
  • The quarterly report articulated that "recent heavy fighting between American, Afghan and Taliban forces in the Helmand and Kandahar Provinces has forced thousands of Afghan civilians to flee their homes", as the peace negotiations continue to stall.
Updated 02 Feb, 2021 03:24pm
Pentagon presses ahead with Afghanistan troop drawdown despite law barring it
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Pentagon presses ahead with Afghanistan troop drawdown despite law barring it

  • The U.S. military has not halted a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, despite a new law prohibiting further reductions without the Pentagon sending Congress an assessment of the risks.
  • The Pentagon’s action will likely anger Republican and Democratic lawmakers opposed to further troop cuts and renew concerns about the outgoing Trump administration’s disdain for Congress, even in its waning days.
Updated 12 Jan, 2021 02:33pm
NATO Forces Now Outnumber U.S Troops in Afghanistan
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NATO Forces Now Outnumber U.S Troops in Afghanistan

  • The combined NATO troop presence in the country outnumbers that of the United States; for the first time in the history of the conflict.
  • As of yet, there are nearly 4000 American troops deployed in Afghanistan, while a multi-lateral contingent of NATO troops numbering 11,000 (from several nations including the United States) remain in the country.
Updated 23 Dec, 2020 12:37pm