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New Taliban political chief to miss upcoming peace talks with U.S. envoys

Feb 21 2019

PESHAWAR, Pakistan/KABUL Afghan Taliban leaders said on Thursday that their new political chief will not be attending peace talks with U.S. envoys due to take place in Qatar next week.

Afghan Taliban likely to meet Saudi crown prince in Pakistan: sources

Feb 16 2019

PESHAWAR, Pakistan Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is likely to meet Afghan Taliban representatives during his visit to Pakistan starting on Sunday, Pakistani government sources said, part of efforts to broker an end to Afghanistan's 17-year-old civil war.

Exclusive: Long a spoiler, Pakistan starts behind-scenes aid to U.S.-Taliban talks

Feb 08 2019

WASHINGTON/PESHAWAR, Pakistan Pakistan, long at odds with the United States over the war in Afghanistan, has begun to play a behind-the-scenes but central role in supporting U.S. peace talks with the Afghan Taliban, including by facilitating travel to negotiations, U.S. officials and Taliban sources told Reuters. | Video

Foreign troops to quit Afghanistan in 18 months under draft deal: Taliban sources

Jan 26 2019

KABUL/PESHAWAR, Pakistan Taliban officials said U.S. negotiators on Saturday agreed on a draft peace pact setting out the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan within 18 months, potentially ending the United States' longest war. | Video

Senior Taliban leader expected to join talks with U.S. in Qatar shortly

Jan 26 2019

KABUL/PESHAWAR, Pakistan The Taliban's new political leader is expected to join meetings with U.S. officials in Qatar imminently, Taliban sources said on Saturday as the latest round of talks to find ways to end the 17-year Afghan war entered a sixth day.

Taliban appoints new political leader to join U.S.-Taliban peace talks

Jan 24 2019

KABUL/PESHAWAR, Pakistan A co-founder of the Taliban was appointed as the leader of its political office in Qatar on Thursday to strengthen its hand in peace talks with the United States as they try to establish a mechanism to end the 17-year Afghan war.

Afghan spy agency says it kills Taliban mastermind of deadly attack

Jan 23 2019

KABUL/PESHAWAR, Pakistan Afghanistan's main spy agency said on Wednesday it had killed the Taliban commander behind a deadly attack on one of its bases this week, and vowed to hunt down and kill all the rest of those involved.

Afghan Taliban reject talks with U.S. in Pakistan

Jan 19 2019

PESHAWAR, Pakistan The Afghan Taliban rejected reports in the Pakistani media that they were prepared to resume meetings with U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in Islamabad and repeated their refusal to deal directly with the Afghan government.

Taliban officials say Pakistan applying pressure over Afghan talks

Jan 16 2019

PESHAWAR, Pakistan The arrest of a senior Taliban leader in Pakistan this week underlines a push by the government in Islamabad to pressure the insurgents to open talks with the Afghan government, Taliban officials said.

Afghan Taliban cancel peace talks with U.S. citing 'agenda disagreement'

Jan 08 2019

PESHAWAR, Pakistan The Afghan Taliban said on Tuesday they had called off peace talks with U.S. officials in Qatar this week due to an "agenda disagreement", especially over the involvement of Afghan officials as well as a possible ceasefire and prisoner exchange.

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