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Taliban captures 50 border police as fighting intensifies in western Afghanistan

Taliban captures 50 border police as fighting intensifies in western AfghanistanAt least 50 members of the Afghan security forces have surrendered to the Taliban in a fight for control of Afghanistan’s western province of Badghis that has created heavy casualties, officials said. Fighting in Afghanistan has intensified even as Taliban and U.S. officials finished the latest round of peace talks on Tuesday, with both sides citing progress. Afghanistan usually sees a marked increase in violence in spring.



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Trump's Afghan envoy intensifies peace efforts with Taliban

Trump's Afghan envoy intensifies peace efforts with TalibanWASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's special envoy for Afghanistan is returning to the country after stops in Europe and the Middle East for an extended diplomatic tour aimed at pushing a U.S. peace initiative.



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US envoy in Taliban talks seeks peace deal before July vote

US envoy in Taliban talks seeks peace deal before July voteThe United States is hoping Afghanistan can strike a peace agreement including the Taliban before elections scheduled for July, US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said on Friday. “It will be better for Afghanistan if we could get a peace agreement before the election, which is scheduled in July,” the negotiator said, adding that there remained “a lot of work” to do. Khalilzad, who is leading talks with the Taliban, was at the US Institute of Peace in Washington to discuss an ongoing push for a political settlement to the 17-year-old Afghanistan conflict.



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As Trump administration negotiates peace with Taliban, some retired U.S. generals see defeat

As Trump administration negotiates peace with Taliban, some retired U.S. generals see defeat“The Taliban are the victors,” said a retired general officer who commanded a brigade early in the war. “We just haven’t figured that out yet.”



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Afghans wary over talks with Taliban as US cites progress

Afghans wary over talks with Taliban as US cites progressKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghans are wary of peace talks with Taliban militants, even as the country's president expressed hope that U.S.-led negotiations could successfully end the long-running civil war.



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In Kabul, US reports 'agreements in principle' with Taliban

In Kabul, US reports 'agreements in principle' with TalibanKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Negotiators for the United States and the Taliban insurgents have reached "agreements in principle" on key issues for a peace deal that would end 17 years of war in Afghanistan, the top U.S. envoy said Monday.



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American and Taliban officials reportedly reach tentative agreement to pull US troops out of Afghanistan

American and Taliban officials reportedly reach tentative agreement to pull US troops out of AfghanistanIn exchange, Taliban agrees to not allow terror groups inside Afghanistan's borders; Col. Rob Maness reacts.



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REPORT: U.S. Agrees to Outlines of Peace Deal with Taliban

REPORT: U.S. Agrees to Outlines of Peace Deal with TalibanThe U.S. has agreed to the outlines of a peace deal with the Taliban that includes the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan in exchange for a guarantee that terrorist groups will not be permitted to take route in the vacated region, the New York Times reported Monday. “We have a draft of the framework that has to be fleshed out before it becomes an agreement,” America’s chief negotiator, Zalmay Khalilzad, told the New York Times during an interview in Kabul.



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US envoy confirms 'draft framework' with Taliban: NYT

US envoy confirms 'draft framework' with Taliban: NYTThe US and the Taliban have drafted the framework of a deal which could pave the way for peace talks with Kabul, Washington’s main negotiator was quoted as saying Monday, but major hurdles including a ceasefire and a withdrawal of foreign forces remain. The comments by special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad to the New York Times are the clearest signal yet from a US official that talks between Washington and the militants are progressing, igniting hopes of a breakthrough in the grinding 17-year conflict. Khalilzad has been leading a months-long diplomatic push to convince the Taliban to negotiate with the Afghan government, but the militants have steadfastly refused, dismissing authorities in Kabul as “puppets”.



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U.S. sees contours of peace accord with Taliban to end war in Afghanistan

U.S. sees contours of peace accord with Taliban to end war in Afghanistan“We have a draft of the framework that has to be fleshed out before it becomes an agreement,” U.S. special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad told the New York Times in an interview in Kabul after six days of talks with the Taliban. “The Taliban have committed, to our satisfaction, to do what is necessary that would prevent Afghanistan from ever becoming a platform for international terrorist groups or individuals.” However, there was no sign that the Taliban had agreed to U.S. demands such as that they commit to a ceasefire before the withdrawal of U.S. troops or that they engage in direct talks with the U.S.-backed government in Kabul, analysts said. Another U.S. official in Kabul, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, described “significant progress” in the talks in Qatar but said more negotiations were needed on the issue of the timing of the ceasefire, which looms as a sticking point in the next round of talks on Feb. 25.



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