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Pakistan P.M. Imran Khan to Host Talks Between Taliban, U.S. Envoy

Pakistan confirmed on Thursday that it would host the next round of peace talks between the Afghan Taliban and the United States on February 18 as part of efforts by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration to end the more than 17-year-old war with a political settlement.

Taliban spokesman Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai said the insurgents did not want a monopoly on power.

Taliban Rejects Afghanistan Offer to Open Political Office Within Country

Taliban narco-jihadis turned down Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s offer on Sunday to open a political post in Afghanistan, including in the group’s opium-rich birthplace of Kandahar, saying they want international recognition of their existing political office in the Qatari capital of Doha instead.

PUL-E ALAM, AFGHANISTAN - MARCH 29: 1LT Eric Cannon (R) from Dothan, Alabama, SPC Brian Daniels (C) from Sacremento, California and SGT Alexander Forst from Mason, Ohio with the U.S. Army's 2nd Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division keep watch during a patrol outside of …

Trump Mulling Residual U.S. Troop Presence in Afghanistan Post-Withdrawal

U.S. President Donald Trump revealed over the weekend that he is considering leaving behind a residual U.S. military intelligence presence after the prospective withdrawal from the more than 17-year-old war in Afghanistan in exchange for a potential peace pact with the Taliban.

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

Watchdog: Afghanistan Loses More Ground to Taliban amid Peace Talks 

The government of Afghanistan lost more territory to the Taliban in recent months, further plunging the number of districts under the control or influence of Kabul to unprecedented lows, a U.S. watchdog agency revealed in its latest report to Congress on Thursday.

Taliban fighters gather in Surkhroad district of Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, June 16, 2018. A suicide bomber blew himself up in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday as mostly Taliban fighters gathered to celebrate a three-day cease fire marking the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr, killing 21 people and …

China Demands Taliban ‘Play a Legitimate Role’ in Afghan Politics

Beijing believes the Taliban is a “political force” that must be allowed to “play a legitimate role” in a negotiated “political settlement” to end the war plaguing Afghanistan for more than 17 years, the Chinese ambassador in Islamabad declared this week.

An Afghan military vehicle is seen near the attack site after a car bomb detonated on a military base in Maidan Sharar in Wardak province on January 21, 2019. - There was ongoing confusion January 22 over the death toll after a Taliban attack on an Afghan intelligence base south …

Taliban Resumes Peace Talks with U.S. ‘Hours’ After Killing at Least 45

Afghan Taliban narco-jihadis issued a statement saying they had restarted peace negotiations with U.S. officials “hours” after they carried out a brazen attack on Monday that left at least 45 members of Afghanistan’s intelligence agency dead at a military base near Kabul.

Afghan presidential election delayed until July 20

Afghan President Officially Registers for Election, Vows to ‘Work for Peace’

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani vowed to give his life for peace with the Taliban in a speech delivered Sunday after he officially joined at least 14 other candidates expected to run for the presidency during the July 20 elections, including the notorious Gulbudddin Hekmatyar, known as the “butcher of Kabul.”

Taliban fighters gather in Surkhroad district of Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, June 16, 2018. A suicide bomber blew himself up in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday as mostly Taliban fighters gathered to celebrate a three-day cease fire marking the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr, killing 21 people and …

Afghan Taliban Threatens to End Peace Negotiations with U.S.

Taliban narco-jihadis on Tuesday issued a statement threatening to pull the plug on peace negotiations with the United States, likely over America’s insistence that Kabul participates in the talks, a demand long rejected by the terrorist group.

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, …

Report: Pakistan Releases Senior Taliban Jihadi Days After Arrest

Authorities in Pakistan released a senior Taliban leader briefly detained this week to apply pressure on the narco-jihadi group to engage in U.S.-backed peace negotiations with the Afghan government, Reuters learned from the terrorist organization.

Fighters with Afghanistan's Taliban militia talk with villagers in Ahmad Aba district on the outskirts of Gardez, the capital of Paktia province, on July 18, 2017. Civilian deaths in Afghanistan hit a new high in the first half of 2017 with 1,662 killed and more than 3,500 injured, the United …

Pakistan Claims Arrest of Senior Taliban Jihadi

The arrest of a senior Taliban terrorist by authorities in Pakistan prompted the leader of the narco-jihadi group to warn members to “stay alert,” BBC reported on Tuesday.

Afghanistan National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib, left, shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi before proceeding to their meeting at the Zhongnanhai Leadership Compound in Beijing, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, Pool)

Top Afghan Adviser Travels to China to Discuss Taliban Peace Talks

Afghanistan’s national security adviser arrived in Beijing on Thursday to discuss bilateral security cooperation between his home country and neighboring China as well as Kabul’s U.S.-backed peace negotiations with the Afghan Taliban.

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)

Taliban Cancels Peace Talks with U.S. over Potential Involvement of Afghanistan

The Taliban on Tuesday called off scheduled peace negotiations with American officials in Qatar this week over “agenda differences,” particularly the involvement of officials from the Afghan government, a truce requested by U.S.-backed Kabul, and a prisoner exchange the Taliban demanded.

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 Wants U.S. Peace Talks in Qatar, Not Saudi Arabia

The Taliban wants to change the venue of scheduled peace talks with the United States this month from Saudi Arabia to Qatar over Riyadh’s push to include the Afghan government in the negotiations, members of the Taliban declared on Sunday.

China says US should curb its demand for opioids

Report: Experts Insist Opioid Fentanyl Could Be Used as ‘Tool of Terror’

Terrorists could potentially use fentanyl – a synthetic opioid is mainly produced in China that is the primary source behind the fatal overdose epidemic in the United States – as a “weapon of mass destruction,” Bloomberg News recently reported, citing experts and echoing other articles.

Trump to pull half of US troops from Afghanistan

2018: The Year the U.S. Admitted There Will Be No Military Victory in Afghanistan

The United States this year admitted Afghanistan’s troops would not see a military victory against the Taliban, stressing that the primary goal of American President Donald Trump’s strategy to end the more than 17-year-old war is to achieve a “political reconciliation” between the jihadi group and Kabul.

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

Taliban Seeks to Rehabilitate Brutal Image, Focus on Imposing Sharia

Taliban narco-jihadis have vowed to return the strict Islamic rule to Afghanistan they imposed when they ruled the country and treat Afghans of all faiths, backgrounds, and ethnicities the same if ongoing peace negotiations succeed and they rise to power as a legitimate political group.

Fighters with Afghanistan's Taliban militia talk with villagers in Ahmad Aba district on the outskirts of Gardez, the capital of Paktia province, on July 18, 2017. Civilian deaths in Afghanistan hit a new high in the first half of 2017 with 1,662 killed and more than 3,500 injured, the United …

Taliban Cheer Squad Training Video Echoes Movie ‘Bring It On’

Afghan Taliban jihadis published a video documenting them participating in a cheer squad-like training to challenge any all competitors who get in their way, something straight out of the cheerleading movie Bring It On, the Military Times reported Thursday.