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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has opened a four-day Loya Jirga with more than 3,200 delegates seeking to agree on a common approach to peace talks with the Taliban.
"The three sides call for an orderly and responsible withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan as part of the overall peace process," a statement said on April 26.
The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) noted that civilian casualties from the war in Afghanistan fell by almost 25 percent during the first three months of 2019
The U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, has set off on another regional trip that will also take him to Qatar for a new round of negotiations with the Taliban
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to express disappointment over the postponement of talks with the Taliban
Islamabad has long maintained that continued use of military force against the Taliban or attempts to treat the insurgent group as a "non-Afghan entity” would not help find a political settlement
Disputes over the size of delegations have roiled critical peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, with new talks in Qatar now suspended
Taliban reminded the government that the organizers have made it clear to the delegates that they are participating in the talks as private individuals
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, one of Afghanistan’s most notorious former warlords, said there is "no doubt" neighboring Pakistan supports the Afghan Taliban.
Abdullah said that the Stability and Partnership electoral ticket he is leading had "not been involved in any consultation"
American and Taliban officials have indicated their months-long peace dialogue remains on track, despite the intensification of hostilities in Afghanistan
In an April 12 statement released in five languages, including English, the Taliban said the fighting would continue while foreign forces remain in Afghanistan.
The level of violence denotes that talks and bloody encounters including IED and suicide attacks are likely to continue as each side attempts to gain a negotiating edge
The consequences of Afghanistan heroin trafficking are felt by the citizens of Afghanistan and countries along worldwide drug trafficking routes says White House Report
Emergence of a number of high impact and high uncertainty drivers in the political and security domain creates concerns of Afghan stability in the months ahead.
The report could not independently be confirmed, and neither the UN nor permanent members of the Security Council have commented on the report.
European Council recommends that direct negotiations between Afghans, with the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban at their core begin as soon as possible.
Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani has established a new leadership council comprising government officials, opposition politicians and civil society representatives
Afghanistan will send a government delegation for talks with the Taliban in Qatar, in a potential breakthrough in efforts to end the nearly 18-year war
NATO is a defensive alliance, which has constantly adapted to meet new threats to our security and keep our people safe says the statement

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