President Ghani's "Reaching an Endstate" proposal will include, in the first phase, a consensus on a political settlement and an internationally monitored ceasefire, followed by a presidential election and building a constitutional framework.
Insurgent group says its fighters will be "compelled to" fight foreign forces if the US fails to meet the May 1 deadline to withdraw its remaining soldiers from Afghanistan.
Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin makes his first visit to the war-torn country amid questions about how long US troops will stay there.
The US Secretary of State’s ultimatum to President Ashraf Ghani underscored a blatant disregard for democracy in Afghanistan.
"We stand ready to discuss holding free, fair and inclusive elections under the auspices of international community," says Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the opening of parliament session in Kabul.
Mursal Wahidi, 23, Sadia Sadat, 20, and Shahnaz Raufi, 20, worked for local broadcaster Enikas TV and were gunned down on their way home from work. At least 15 media workers have been killed in Afghanistan in the last six months.
The sooner America’s national security elite accepts that US leverage over the Taliban has eroded, the better its chances of a successful withdrawal - for all parties involved - will be.
Only a negotiated extension of the withdrawal timeframe with the Taliban and an expedited peace process inclusive of regional countries can help the US achieve a settlement.
Russia, Iran and Pakistan could easily undercut US designs in Afghanistan unless they are made a part of the process.
The incoming president should make America's longest war his first foreign policy priority.
Kandahar matters, and what happens there generally decides not just the fate of Afghanistan but also impacts Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent.
While officials have been jubilant over an agreement between the two sides, a lot more needs to be done to end the cycle of violence.
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