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U.S. to complete Afghan withdrawal by mid-July ahead of Biden’s September deadline, reports NYT
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U.S. to complete Afghan withdrawal by mid-July ahead of Biden’s September deadline, reports NYT

  • The United States and their NATO allies have accelerated their withdrawal from Afghanistan, intending to be out of the war-torn country as early as mid-July, which is significantly earlier to their original September 11 deadline.
  • The Pentagon has yet to determine how terrorist threats like an Al Qaeda resurgence could be contained in the absence of American military presence.
Updated 26 May, 2021 12:56pm
IPRI hosts webinar on "The Way Forward for Afghanistan"
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IPRI hosts webinar on "The Way Forward for Afghanistan"

  • On Thursday, the Islamabad Policy Research Institute organised a webinar on "Has the Forever War Ended? The Way Forward for Afghanistan.
  • The webinar discussed the implications of the Biden Administration's decision to withdraw military forces by September this year.
Updated 30 Apr, 2021 01:57pm
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
Biden Administration's withdrawal plan complicated by targeted Taliban attacks on covert U.S base in Afghanistan
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Biden Administration's withdrawal plan complicated by targeted Taliban attacks on covert U.S base in Afghanistan

  • In one of the most significant recent attacks against American forces in Afghanistan, sources have revealed that the Taliban targeted one of the most heavily guarded bases in the country late last month.
  • Top US officials have convened at an unusually high rate over the past month to discuss what to do in Afghanistan but have been unable to reach a consensus.
Updated 09 Apr, 2021 06:28pm