U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to appoint Zalmay Khalilzad, an Afghan-born former U.S. ambassador to Kabul, as his special envoy on Afghanistan, media reported on August 22.
Representatives of the Afghan Taliban plan to take part in peace talks in Moscow next month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.
Afghan officials say government security forces on August 20 freed 149 people who had been taken hostage by the Taliban several hours earlier in the northern province of Kunduz.
The Taliban has seized a district center in the northern Afghan province of Faryab, officials say, days after the militants captured a military base in the same province.
Irrespective of the latest battlefield wins and losses, the Taliban appear to have achieved some major political and military objectives by overrunning Ghazni, a vital Afghan city home to an estimated 280,000 people.
Twenty amputees have kicked off a trek of more than 600 kilometers across Afghanistan to call for an end to the country's 17-year war.
U.S. and Taliban officials met this week for direct talks aimed at setting up peace negotiations to end 17 years of war in Afghanistan, a Taliban official said.
Members of the People’s Peace Movement of Afghanistan ended their three-day sit-in protest outside the Iranian Embassy in Kabul on July 27.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has dismissed the Taliban’s rejection of his offer of peace talks, suggesting that the militant group can still be persuaded to come to the negotiating table.
Few places can be more symbolic for demanding peace than a road divided between the Afghan government forces and the Taliban in one of Afghanistan’s most volatile provinces.
The protest is part of a plan to attract the attention of countries and international organizations, which the activists say are vital to peace in Afghanistan.
A temporary cease-fire between Taliban and government forces offered a sneak peek into what lasting peace between the longtime combatants could look like.