Tag: Taliban

Russo-Turkish Cooperation in Syria is Moscow’s Model For a Regionally Authored Afghan Peace Process

Talks in Moscow have concluded between the Taliban and members of the High Peace Council of Afghanistan, a group with close ties to Kabul. In another historic move, Indian representatives were present at the table where peace initiatives were being discussed while representatives from China, Pakistan, the US and the […]

America’s Deafening Response to an Assassination Attempt on Top US Commander in Afghanistan

Yesterday, two Americans and Kandahar police chief Abdul Raziq were killed after Afghan guards opened fire shortly after the conclusion of a meeting between Raziq, Kandahar’s governor and General Austin S. Miller, the Commander of US troops in Afghanistan. Today’s blood-soaked events make it abundantly clear that the “just a bit […]

Time is Ticking for Kabul

Hours ago, two Americans and Kandahar police chief Abdul Raziq were killed after Afghan guards opened fire shortly after the conclusion of a meeting between Raziq, Kandahar’s governor and General Austin S. Miller, the Commander of US troops in Afghanistan. Today’s blood-soaked events make it abundantly clear that the “just a […]

Moscow’s Afghan Conference Is Postponed: Undignified Defeat Or Strategic Delay?

The abrupt postponement of next week’s Afghan conference in Moscow might look like an undignified Russian defeat in the face of a dangerous American provocation this morning, but it’s actually a strategic delay intended to make the outcome more fruitful by potentially including Kabul in this framework. Russian Foreign Minister […]

Taliban Will Participate in Moscow Peace Conference as Russia Embraces The Best of All Imperfect Solutions

On September the 4th, the Russian government will hold a multiparty Afghan peace conference in Moscow. It has now been confirmed that representatives of the Afghan Taliban will participate in the conference.  This announcement itself comes just over a month after the Russian President’s special envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov […]

After Key China-Russia-Iran-Pakistan Meeting, Moscow Official Says Taliban Control 50% of Afghanistan

Mapping the Taliban  Last week saw a historic meeting in Islamabad between the intelligence chiefs of China, Russia, Pakistan and Iran. While the details of the meeting were not disclosed beyond statements implying that counter-terrorism was a dominating theme, it is a safe assumption that the war in Afghanistan was […]