Afghan Peace Process Hits Roadblock as Taliban Break Off Talks

Joseph B. Hash

WASHINGTON—The Taliban broke off talks with the Afghan govt in Kabul on Tuesday, building a fresh new stumbling block for the peace process only months after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s diplomatic rescue mission to Afghanistan.

The talks among the Afghan and Taliban negotiators aimed to finalize the conditions of a prisoner swap, which is a vital stage for a official peace process to start under the conditions of the U.S. deal with the Taliban.

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Afghanistan’s Dueling Presidents Pose Risks for U.S. Efforts to End War with Taliban

Joseph B. Hash

For the previous five many years, President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, Afghanistan’s previous chief government officer, experienced teamed up as uneasy allies in an unity governing administration presiding more than a fractured nation.

Now they operate out of adjacent palaces, vying for influence and global legitimacy in a ability battle that threatens to torpedo the U.S.’s endeavours to extricate itself from a prolonged and high-priced-war in Afghanistan.

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