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Pompeo makes unannounced trip to Afghanistan

Pompeo makes unannounced trip to Afghanistan

23 Mar 2020 TheHill TheHill

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan on Monday in an effort to end a political crisis that has stalled U.S. efforts to end the war there.Pompeo’s trip came even as most official government travel has been canceled...

Coronavirus threatens to undermine Afghan peace plan

Coronavirus threatens to undermine Afghan peace plan

22 Mar 2020 TheHill TheHill

The coronavirus pandemic is throwing another curveball at President Trump's already shaky efforts to end the war in Afghanistan.The peace process is expected to take a back seat as Afghanistan’s fragile health system will likely struggle to respond...

US-Taliban agreement leaves Afghan women in jeopardy

US-Taliban agreement leaves Afghan women in jeopardy

14 Mar 2020 TheHill TheHill

The new so-called peace agreement between the United States and the Taliban does not mean peace for the people of Afghanistan — and especially not for Afghan women. We should recognize both their extraordinary gains since the 2001 fall of the...

House Republicans sound the alarm on Taliban deal

House Republicans sound the alarm on Taliban deal

03 Mar 2020 TheHill TheHill

Top Republicans in the House are expressing concerns over the Trump administration’s deal with the Taliban, with lawmakers cautioning the insurgents won’t live up to their end of the bargain and arguing the agreement puts the country’s national...

Signs of trouble mar Trump deal with Taliban

Signs of trouble mar Trump deal with Taliban

02 Mar 2020 TheHill TheHill

Days into President Trump’s peace deal with the Taliban, there are already signs of trouble.The Afghan government is rejecting a prisoner swap with the Taliban that the deal says is supposed to precede negotiations between Kabul and the Taliban....

Spoilers in the wings for US-Taliban deal

Spoilers in the wings for US-Taliban deal

28 Feb 2020 TheHill TheHill

The weeklong test period with the Taliban for a meaningful “reduction in violence” (RIV) seems to have measurably cut the Taliban’s violence by about 80 percent. Barring any major violations of the RIV terms, the finalized U.S.-Taliban deal is...

The first step on a long path to peace in Afghanistan

The first step on a long path to peace in Afghanistan

26 Feb 2020 TheHill TheHill

The United States first began talking to the Taliban in 2010. Ten years of intermittent negotiations have finally produced a tentative first step toward peace in Afghanistan. A finalized but still unsigned agreement calls for a partial drawdown of U...

Pompeo: Afghanistan 'reduction of violence is working'

Pompeo: Afghanistan 'reduction of violence is working'

25 Feb 2020 TheHill TheHill

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that a seven-day “reduction in violence” agreement with the Taliban is largely holding.“So far, the reduction of violence is working,” Pompeo told reporters at a briefing. “Imperfect, but it's working.”...