The news that former U.S. diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad may come back to Afghanistan as the U.S. special envoy for the country has sparked mixed feelings among political circles.
We have little concrete information about the August 26 strike near the Afghan-Tajik border, but it’s worth keeping in mind as time progresses. If, for example, this was a retaliatory strike by Tajikistan on Afghan soil, it marks an escalation for Dushanbe and may presage future actions.
On August 19, 2018, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani stated, “As we approach Eid-ul-Adha [festival of sacrifice]… we announce a ceasefire that would take effect from tomorrow, Monday [August 20, 2018], the day of Arafa, till the day of the birth of the prophet (PBUH) i.e., Milad-un-Nabi ...
Russia on Monday officially called off a major peace conference on Afghanistan scheduled for next week after both the U.S. and Afghan governments said they wouldn’t attend, leaving the Taliban as the only key player left on the guest list.