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End to war will remain ‘dream’ if Taliban don’t talk to Kabul: Abdullah

KABUL: Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah said on Wednesday that the Taliban’s refusal to involve the government in peace talks means the end to a conflict that has lasted 17 years can only remain a dream. Abdullah’s remarks came a day after the Taliban called off a fourth round of talks with US officials in Qatar, due to start this week, over disagreements about the involvement of Afghan officials, a possible ceasefire and prisoner exchange. Efforts for a negotiated settlement have gathered pace in recent weeks,…

Afghan conflict could be deadlier than Syria in 2018: analysts

The Afghan conflict could overtake Syria as the deadliest conflict in the world this year, analysts say, as violence surges 17 years after the US-led invasion. The grim assessment contrasts sharply with the consistently upbeat public view of the conflict from NATO´s Resolute Support mission in Kabul, and underscores the growing sense of hopelessness in the war-torn country. It suggests that US President Donald Trump´s much-vaunted strategy for Afghanistan is, like those of his predecessors, failing to move the needle…

Aizaz says meaningful dialogue only solution to Afghan conflict

WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States Aizaz Chaudhry has said some hidden powers don’t want to see the Afghan peace process succeed.   Speaking to ARY News here, the ambassador said Pakistan has been making serious efforts to bring the Taliban to negotiating table. Chaudhry insisted that the only solution to the Afghan conflict lay in meaningful dialogue. Commenting on the fractured ties between Pakistan and the United Stattes, he said relations between the two countries were of immense importance.…

US sees no military solution to Afghan conflict

WASHINGTON: The United States expressed the hope that Taliban will eventually join the peace process by the Afghan government as there was no military solution to the problem there, Radio Pakistan reported on Thursday. At a briefing at the US State Department, spokesperson Heather Nauert said the US was enthusiastic about the Kabul Peace Process Conference, which is an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned initiative to try to bring together different international partners to coordinate international efforts to support Afghanistan’s…

US defence chief James Mattis arrives in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: United States Secretary of Defence James Mattis has arrived here on a day-long visit to hold talks with Pakistani civil and military leaders to persuade them to support the Trump administration's policy for Afghanistan. Mattis will hold meetings with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, according to a statement issued by the US Defence Department. During the meetings, he will discuss regional security, peace, Afghan conflict and other bilateral issues.…