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Top Pentagon official in Afghanistan amid push for peace

Top Pentagon official in Afghanistan amid push for peace

24 Feb 2019 Japan Times Japan Times

The Pentagon's top official made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Monday to meet with U.S. commanders and Afghan leaders amid a push for peace with the Taliban. Pat Shanahan, the recently installed acting secretary of defense, said he has no orders to reduce the ...

Long a spoiler, Pakistan quietly starts aiding U.S.-Taliban talks

Long a spoiler, Pakistan quietly starts aiding U.S.-Taliban talks

24 Feb 2019 Japan Times Japan Times

Pakistan, long at odds with the United States over the war in Afghanistan, has begun to play a behind-the-scenes but central role in supporting U.S. peace talks with the Afghan Taliban, including by facilitating travel to negotiations, U.S. officials and Taliban sources say. The Pakistani ...

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Taliban to take part in 'intra-Afghan' talks in Moscow

Taliban to take part in 'intra-Afghan' talks in Moscow

24 Feb 2019 Japan Times Japan Times

The Taliban said Monday they will participate in what they call "intra-Afghan" talks in Moscow designed to bring together prominent Afghan figures, including former President Hamid Karzai, opposition figures and tribal elders — but no Kabul government officials. The two-day meeting in the Russian capital, ...