By Hamid Shalizi KABUL, Sept 29- Afghan president Ashraf Ghani formalized a controversial accord with one of Afghanistan’s most notorious warlords on Wednesday, a deal the government hopes will lead to more peace agreements. Surrounded by hundreds of Afghan officials, many former warlords and rivals themselves, Ghani signed a pact that opens the door to
By Mohammad Stanekzai Lashkar Gah, May 30 – More than 50 Afghan police have been reported killed over the past two days in heavy fighting around the capital of the southern province of Helmand, officials said on Monday. Helmand has been the scene of major offensives over the past year by Taliban insurgents seeking to
By Jonathan Landay and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON, May 25 – The selection of a hard-line cleric as the new Taliban chief on Wednesday all but dashes U.S. President Barack Obama’s hopes for opening peace talks before he leaves office, one of his top foreign policy goals, current and former U.S. defense and intelligence officials said.
By Mirwais Harooni KABUL, May 18 – Afghanistan signed a draft agreement with the Hezb-e-Islami militant group on Wednesday that the government hopes could lead to a full peace accord with one of the most notorious warlords in the insurgency. Hezb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is a veteran of decades of Afghan war and rights groups
By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD, May 18 – A fifth round of four-nation talks aimed at laying the ground for a negotiated end to the Afghan war began in Pakistan on Wednesday, as hopes faded for bringing the Taliban insurgents to the table quickly. The Afghan government declined to send a delegation from Kabul for the