Monday, September 09, 2019

AFGHANISTAN - Peace Talks vs Attacks

"Amid peace talks, Taliban claims deadly explosion in Kabul" PBS NewsHour 9/2/2019


SUMMARY:  In Afghanistan, the Taliban claimed responsibility for a massive explosion that rocked Kabul, killing at least five and wounding 50.  It targeted the heavily secured area that’s home to several aid agencies and international organizations, and came as the U.S. envoy briefed the Afghan government on a draft peace deal.  Special correspondent Jane Ferguson joins Judy Woodruff with the latest.

"In Afghanistan, the Taliban uses violence as leverage during peace negotiations" PBS NewsHour 9/3/2019


SUMMARY:  In the Afghan capital of Kabul, 16 people died in a car bomb Monday night.  A compound housing mostly international workers was the target, and the Taliban claimed responsibility even as they participate in peace talks with the U.S.  Why has there been a “massive uptick in violence” recently, and what might the tentative peace deal include?  Special correspondent Jane Ferguson joins Judy Woodruff.

"What’s next for U.S.-Afghanistan peace talks?" PBS NewsHour 9/8/2019


SUMMARY:  President Trump announced on Twitter on Saturday that he had canceled a secret Camp David meeting with the Taliban and Afghan officials, after the insurgent group “admitted” to a suicide attack in Kabul that killed 12 people, including a U.S. soldier.  The Wall Street Journal’s Kabul bureau chief, Craig Nelson, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the road ahead in ending America’s longest war.

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