Turkistan Islamic Party head decries Chinese occupation
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UN: Al Qaeda continues to view Afghanistan as a ‘safe haven’

Why the Taliban should be required to renounce al Qaeda in any deal with US

Zalmay Khalilzad, the Trump administration's top envoy for talks with the Taliban, claims that he is already satisfied with the Taliban's counterterrorism assurances. But the Taliban's close relationship with al Qaeda stretches from the 1990s until today. The Taliban should be required to publicly renounce al Qaeda in any final deal with the US. Even then, the break would need to be verified. Read more →

Taliban routs Afghan forces in western Afghan district

The Taliban blocked off all roads leading into Bala Murghab district, overran 11 security outposts and put an Afghan National Army company stationed there to rout. They also killed 44 Afghan security personnel and captured another 190, and advanced to within one kilometer of the district center. Read more →