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Afghan government and Taliban can meet for peace talks in the UAE

Violent talks to end the war in Afghanistan may soon see a slight breakthrough: a meeting between the Afghan government and the Taliban for the first time since the war began 17 years ago. A Afghan government delegation arrived in the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, where the US, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are holding talks with the Taliban – the Islamic Rebel Group The United States and its NATO Allies, together with the Afghan government, have tried to defeat since 2001. A meeting between the two sides is a surprising development, as the direct Afghanistan-Taliban negotiations have remained worrying for almost two decades &#821 1; partly because the Taliban refused to negotiate with Kabul. A spokesman for the state department would not confirm the United States's participation in the talks despite the many reports that indicated the United States commitment, but noted that "Abu Dhabi's meetings were part of the efforts … to promote an intrusion -Afghan dialogue against ending the conflict in Afghanistan. " The conversation is part of the Trump Administration's endeavor to end the United States longest war, which has killed about 2,400 Americans, including at least 15 this year and more than 31,000 Afghan civilians. However, some experts are cautiously optimistic, but there is still a great chance that the meeting between Afghan officials and Taliban negotiators will not happen, leading to some strong denials. "There is no plan to meet Kabul administration," said Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban writer, to reporters on Monday. "There is…

Violent talks to end the war in Afghanistan may soon see a slight breakthrough: a meeting between the Afghan government and the Taliban for the first time since the war began 17 years ago.

A Afghan government delegation arrived in the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, where the US, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are holding talks with the Taliban – the Islamic Rebel Group The United States and its NATO Allies, together with the Afghan government, have tried to defeat since 2001.

A meeting between the two sides is a surprising development, as the direct Afghanistan-Taliban negotiations have remained worrying for almost two decades &#821

1; partly because the Taliban refused to negotiate with Kabul.

A spokesman for the state department would not confirm the United States’s participation in the talks despite the many reports that indicated the United States commitment, but noted that “Abu Dhabi’s meetings were part of the efforts … to promote an intrusion -Afghan dialogue against ending the conflict in Afghanistan. “

The conversation is part of the Trump Administration’s endeavor to end the United States longest war, which has killed about 2,400 Americans, including at least 15 this year and more than 31,000 Afghan civilians.

However, some experts are cautiously optimistic, but there is still a great chance that the meeting between Afghan officials and Taliban negotiators will not happen, leading to some strong denials.

“There is no plan to meet Kabul administration,” said Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban writer, to reporters on Monday. “There is no possibility for Kabul administration to attend the meeting,” he continued with a cutback limit for the Afghan government, as it originates as an American puppet with little control outside the capital.

So for now, It seems that the United States can serve as a snack for the two sides.


 Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, United States Highest Envoy for Afghan Peace Negotiations.

Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, United States Highest Envoy for Afghan Peace Negotiations.


The Taliban wants the United States to leave Afghanistan before proper talks begin, and so far only wanted to negotiate with America to make it happen. This would enable the Taliban to possibly regain control over the country, as it was before the United States invasion of 2001 after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

The United States wants the Taliban to join the Afghan government and share power, although the group has not shown any desire to do so. And Kabul wants to see progress with the Taliban during the April elections. Zalmay Khalilzad, United States envoy for the Afghan negotiations, has said he hopes for an agreement then.

Experts do not agree whether to trust the Taliban as a credible negotiator and if current conversations can be fruitful. While some say that prospects for progress are better than ever since, partly because the Taliban has followed short-term cessation. Others are still pessimistic.

“It’s a waste of time”, Daniel Bolger, a retired army of three-star general who served in Afghanistan and said earlier that he believes the United States already lost the war there told me. “The Taliban can – and will – wait for us. Each” deal “means nothing. All the Taliban want to negotiate our withdrawal.”

Afghanistan is making it difficult. Speech can do better.

There is a good reason not to expect a major breakthrough in talks ever soon: the Taliban seem to have won in Afghanistan now.

Last year, terrorists, including ISIS soldiers, killed more people in Afghanistan than in any other country. And according to the Global Terrorism Index, about a quarter of the world’s total deaths occurred in the terrorist’s hands in Afghanistan. The Taliban has also increased its attacks throughout the country – despite the 14,000 troops supporting the Afghan military – and controls or affects more people and territories than it has been recently.

Two charts from the Specialist in Afghanistan for reconstruction, the US military’s independent group that monitors how US tax money is spent in the war shows this trend. The first chart, from October 2018, shows that the Taliban and other rebel groups now control more populated areas than they did in August 2016:


Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, October 2018 Report

The other, as of October 2018, shows that rebellious groups, mainly the Taliban, control even more districts in Afghanistan than they did in January 2016 – and their influence is growing.


Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, October 2018 Report

This situation is unlikely To improve time soon, either: The United States now wants the Afghan troops to back to urban areas and effectively transfer the control of rural communities to the Taliban. The group’s momentum has also released a tough debate in Washington and Kabul about whether it is seriously open for negotiations to end the war.

Those who claim a peace agreement are likely to suspect that the Taliban desperately desires the United States from Afghanistan and can make a concession to see it happen. President Donald Trump is still skeptical of the United States military engagement in Afghanistan and can rely on an agreement.

But skeptics expect nothing to derive from either the future of the week or any future negotiations. In fact, some say talking makes the situation worse.

“I do not think there’s an end to these talks,” Rog Roger, an expert in Afghanistan at the Foundation for Democracy’s Thinking Media, told me. “All it takes is to legitimize the Taliban and delegate the Afghan government.”

The biggest problem for US and Afghan government officials will now be to figure out what the Taliban’s true intentions really are. It can not be an easy task, but it could be a better option than holding out for a military victory, which has disappeared the United States for a long time.

“It’s definitely worth exploring calls because the war does not show any chance of being determined in the battlefield in one way or another,” said Vanda Felbab-Brown, an uprising expert at the Brookings Institution Tank, in August.

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