US warplanes dropped more than 7,300 munitions on Afghanistan in 2018, compared to 4,361 in 2017 and just 947 in 2015.
Sharing power is anathema for militants and extremists and the Taliban is militant and extremist
Taliban did not and will not want an agreement as it believes in exercising unbridled power.
Taliban is notorious for doublespeak and when it says there is no link between the Kashmir issue and the Afghan settlement, the opposite may be true, says former Ambassador Bhadrakumar
The Taliban is, in fact, in a zero sum game. The choices for it are stark: it is either acquisition of total power or continuance of the fighting
The stumbling blocks will be the US demand for the right to keep a contingent of troops in Afghanistan after a settlement with the Taliban and the Taliban's commitment to ensuring a ceasefire.
Thirty years have passed since the end of the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan, but more than 200 Soviet troops stayed behind to become full-fledged Afghans.
Trump's faux pas on Modi wanting US mediation in the India-Pak dispute over Kashmir, is likely to lead to a stiffening of India's attitude to Pakistan and may eventually have an adverse effect on the US plans in Afghanistan.
Given its goal of quitting Afghanistan the US has set aside conflicts with China, Pakistan and Russia to rope in these countries in a bid to work out a face-saving deal with the Taliban.
July 12 (Reuters) - A suicide bomber on foot targeted a wedding party in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar on Friday, killing at least five people and injuring 40, local officials said. Atahullah Khogyani, a spokesman for Nangarhar province’s governor, said a boy set off his explosives inside the house of a pro-government militia commander in Pacheragam district. Khogyani said...