Associated Press/Afghan Presidential Palace

Pompeo makes urgent trip to Kabul

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/23/20, 11:13 am

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to and from Afghanistan on Monday to jump-start stalled peace talks. He met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his political rival, Abdullah Abdullah, before a joint meeting with both men. It was not immediately known what, if any, agreements the leaders made.

Read more

Associated Press/Photo by Rahmat Gul (file)

Afghanistan hits roadblock in path to peace

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 3/16/20, 10:45 am

An end to the war within Afghanistan seems as far away as ever despite the United States and Taliban signing a peace deal last month. The Afghan government on Saturday postponed the release of 1,500 Taliban prisoners, a precondition for getting intra-Afghan negotiations started. Political turmoil at the highest levels of the Afghan government and the threat of the new coronavirus have cast even more doubt on the tenuous peace process.

Read more

Associated Press/Photo by Rahmat Gul

Two men claim the presidency in Afghanistan

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 3/09/20, 10:26 am

As rocket fire landed within earshot, incumbent Afghan President Ashraf Ghani told attendees at his swearing-in ceremony on Monday, “We’ve seen bigger attacks. Don’t be afraid of just two blasts.” Many Afghans fear more violence ahead after Ghani and his political rival, Abdullah Abdullah, each took the oath of office at simultaneous ceremonies. Both claimed victory in September’s election, which Ghani officially won but Abdullah said was tainted by fraud.

Read more