Timothy Weeks now supports dialogue with the militant group as a way to end the years-long Afghan conflict.
President Joe Biden's newly appointed national security advisor told his Afghan counterpart that the US will support the peace process with a robust and regional diplomatic effort to reach a permanent ceasefire.
The incoming president should make America's longest war his first foreign policy priority.
Frustration and fear grow over the recent spike in violence and both the Afghan government and Taliban are blaming each other.
Taliban fighters who infiltrated a base of pro-government Afghan militiamen killed 12 of them, officials say. Separately, a roadside bomb killed two policemen in the capital Kabul.
At least three people, including a security force official, were killed in the attack that came as Afghan negotiators are to resume talks with the Taliban aimed at finding an end to decades of relentless conflict.
Kandahar matters, and what happens there generally decides not just the fate of Afghanistan but also impacts Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent.
Protests over the brutal killing of 11 Hazara minority coal miners by Daesh spill over to several areas, including the economic powerhouse Karachi, officials say.
Attacks in southern Uruzgan and Helmand and northern Kunduz claim at least 23 lives, including civilians, officials say.
Easily identifiable by their distinguishable facial features, the ethnic minority is targeted for professing their Shia Muslim faith.
With no way to shoot down the Taliban’s drones, Afghan security forces face a hidden but deadly psychological weapon today that is likely to grow into an effective threat in the future.
Kabul and several other provinces of Afghanistan have been rocked by deadly violence, including bombings, rocket attacks and targeted killings in recent months.
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