Police in Australia have raided the headquarters of the Australian Broadcasting Corp. (ABC) over a report that used leaked information to reveal the killing of civilians in Afghanistan by Australian forces.
The US envoy for "peace in Afghanistan" reportedly plans to meet with representatives of the Taliban militant group later this month during an international tour to promote the peace talks opposed by the Afghan government.
Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani says his government is ready to declare a ceasefire with the Taliban militant group as the grand peace assembly, known as a Loya Jirga, demanded an immediate and permanent truce.
A historic grand assembly known as Loya Jirga ended in Kabul Friday with delegates from across Afghanistan demanding an immediate and permanent cease-fire – and President Ashraf Ghani saying he was conditionally prepared to implement one.
American and Taliban officials resumed talks in Qatar to end a 17-year war in Afghanistan on Wednesday while the Afghan government hosted a rare assembly in Kabul to ensure its interests are upheld in any peace deal.
A highly-placed member of the Taliban militant group says the next round of negotiations between the outfit and the United States will focus on the timetable for the pullout of all foreign troops from Afghanistan.
A meeting between the Taliban and Afghan politicians and civil society aimed at ending more than 17 years of war in Afghanistan has been postponed, officials and diplomats said on Thursday, citing Taliban objections to the size of the Afghan delegation.