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Taliban Insists Talks with U.S. only About ‘American Intervention’

The U.S. and the Afghan Taliban focused their two-day round of peace negotiations in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this week on ending the more than 17-year-old American military presence in Afghanistan, a long-stated goal of the terrorist group, a spokesman for the jihadi organization stressed.

Representatives of the Taliban attend international talks on Afghanistan in Moscow on November 9, 2018. (Photo by Yuri KADOBNOV / AFP) (Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S., Taliban to Join Russia-Hosted Afghan Peace Talks

The United States and the Taliban, in a move described as unprecedented, reportedly agreed to participate in the second round of negotiations to end the more than 17-year-old war in Afghanistan on Friday.

Afghan Taliban militants stand with residents as they took to the street to celebrate ceasefire on the second day of Eid in the outskirts of Jalalabad on June 16,2018. - Taliban fighters and Afghan security forces hugged and took selfies with each other in restive eastern Afghanistan on June 16, …

Taliban Renews Calls for Direct Talks with U.S.

The Afghan Taliban chief, Hibatullah Akhundzada, renewed calls this week for direct discussions with the United States to end the nearly 17-year-old war — this time in a statement personally signed by the leader stressing that the withdrawal of “occupying forces” is the “only path” towards peace.

Afghan Taliban Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada and Donald Trump

Assad Brands Foreign Troops ‘Invaders,’ Complains Trump Is Not Talking to Him

In an interview with China’s Phoenix TV transcribed by Syria’s SANA News, President Bashar Assad complained about foreign “invaders” operating on Syrian soil without his permission and said that while he hopes for cooperation with the new U.S. administration, he has not communicated with President Donald Trump yet.

Syrian President Bashar Assad

Iran to Help Ensure Ceasefire in Syria

Russian-led talks on Syria ended with agreement Tuesday to bolster a cease-fire even as apparent tensions with Iran, a staunch supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, threaten to hold up efforts to end the six-year civil war.

UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (C) meets with an Iranian delegation prior to the first session of Syria peace talks at Astana's Rixos President Hotel on January 23, 2017. / AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Syria Peace Talks Begin in Kazakhstan Without a U.S. Delegation

The Syrian peace talks brokered by Russia, Turkey, and Iran have begun in Kazakhstan. The United States does not have a delegation at the talks, although the Kazakh government did send an invitation, with the support of Russia and Turkey (but most definitely not Iran).

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Afghan Taliban Head Rejects Peace Talks in Disputed Audio

Afghan Taliban jihadists, under their recently appointed emir Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, have reportedly vowed to continue fighting, maintaining their previous leader’s position against peace negotiations.

The Afghan Taliban have announced the start of their 'spring offensive', even as the government in Kabul tries to bring the insurgents back to the negotiating table

Syria Talks Force Iran, Saudi Arabia to Meet Face-to-Face

Iran and Saudi Arabia, two states on polar opposite sides of the ongoing civil war in Syria, are set to meet face-to-face in Vienna on Friday, as part of international talks which hope to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.

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Former Warlord: Now Time to Deal Defeating Blow to Weak, Divided Taliban

The Afghanistan government has the opportunity to deal a defeating blow to a currently divided Taliban movement, weakened by internal dissent following the confirmed death of the group’s leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, a former powerful warlord told The Associated Press (AP).

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