Observers are surprised at Trump’s decision as the Taliban had never promised to end violence as a precondition for the talks. Trump’s citing the death of a soldier for his decision is also puzzling as the US continued talks despite 15 of its dying in Afghanistan this year
Meanwhile, the Taliban has intensified its war against government forces in several provinces of Afghanistan. It carried out an attack in Kabul on Monday, killing over 16 people.
Nearly 15 years after the first presidential election, there are very few national political parties in Afghanistan, a structural weakness that prevents democracy from taking root in the country
The discussions among various Afghan groups that began on July 7 was noteworthy for the participation of two government officials, although they attended the meeting in their private capacity
The attack took place in the western Bakwa district and the most of the civilians were daily wage laborers. Pro-government forces killed more civilians than the Taliban in the first three months of the year
The recent Loya Jirga and rounds of talks between the US and the Taliban do not seem to be able to provide a clear road map for the peace process in Afghanistan
A UN report documented that pro-government and international forces were responsible for 305 of the 581 deaths recorded so far this year. This is a 39% increase from the same period last year
The attack on the city of Kunduz was condemned by the UN assistance mission, which said it deliberately targeted civilian officials.
A report by the UNAMA and UN Human Rights Office states that 3,804 civilians were killed in Afghanistan in 2018, the highest ever, and a majority of the killings were by the anti-government forces, including the Taliban and the Islamic State
The two-day conference of mainstream Afghan politicians and Taliban representatives in Moscow on February 5-6 has become a landmark event in the peace process
Soldiers also engaged in cover-ups by disguising civilians as militants to make operations appear legitimate. The Middle East Eye report revealed how junior officers in the British army were taught to specifically shoot such civilians during their training
A pre-trial chamber of the court will soon decide on a prosecutor’s request for investigating the US army and the CIA for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan