Afghanistan’s government said it will consider making a peace deal with insurgents only after national elections, expected to take place this month. Afghan presidential spokesman Sediq Seddiqi said Saturdays legitimacy of peace in the country is not possible until the elections are held. This comes after President Trump last week cancelled peace negotiations with Taliban following the death of a U.S. soldier in a terrorist attack in Kabul.
The Taliban is facing a tough military crackdown by the U.S. over a series of recent attacks against American and Afghan troops. One America’s Kristian Rouz has the latest on U.S. policy in Afghanistan.
Chinese investment in Afghanistan could fuel the production and exports of dangerous drugs to the U.S. One America’s Kristian Rouz looks into the matter.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the U.S. will not accept just any deal with the Taliban. In a press conference Saturday, Esper said officials are working “diligently” regarding ongoing U.S. Taliban peace talks. He also said, the Trump administration aims to ensure Afghanistan is “no longer a safe haven for terrorists who have the ability to act against the United States.”
Russia is urging a diplomatic solution to international conflicts as its envoys assume presidency at the UN Security Council. While speaking at the UN headquarters in New York Tuesday, the Russian envoy vowed support for U.S. talks with North Korea and the Afghanistan.
The Taliban is defending a suicide attack on an international compound in Afghanistan. Members of the radical Islamic terrorist group said the blast in Kabul puts them in a strong position to negotiate as peace talks continue with the U.S.
he nation’s top general said it’s “too early” to talk about withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan. General Joseph Dunford, who currently serves as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made that comment at a recent press conference alongside the defense secretary. This comes as the Taliban released a statement,saying they are close to reaching a deal with the U.S. to bring America’s longest running war to an end. One America’s Emerald Robinson has more from the White House.
The Trump administration said it’s ready to end peace talks with the Taliban. On Tuesday, a top U.S. negotiator for the Afghan region said he’s returning to the Qatari capitol of Doha Wednesday to finish what he hopes is the last round of discussions with the Taliban.
Army paratrooper Lt. Clint Lorance is serving a 20-year sentence in Fort Leavenworth for murdering two Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan. One America’s Neil W. McCabe spoke to members of the officer’s defense team about irregularities in the Army’s prosecution of the case.