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Rahimullah Yusufzai

Rahimullah Yusufzai is a senior political and security analyst in Pakistan. He was the first to interview Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar and twice interviewed Osama Bin Laden in 1998. Twitter: @rahimyusufzai1

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An Afghan peace deal and beyond

A major hurdle in finalizing the expected peace deal in Afghanistan between the Taliban and the US seems to have been overcome following the former’s willingness to take steps to reduce violence in Afghanistan. 

January 29, 2020

Afghanistan going into a new year, new hopes

The year 2019 began on a promising note for Afghanistan as Taliban-US peace talks initiated in 2018 raised expectations for a political settlement of the seemingly intractable Afghan conflict. 

January 01, 2020

The Haqqanis are crucial for any Afghan peace deal

The feared Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network was again in the news recently when it secured the release of its three important members following a prisoner swap deal with the US and Afghanistan.

December 05, 2019

Possible impact of prisoner exchange deal on Afghan peace talks

The much-awaited prisoners’ swap between the Afghan government and the Taliban finally took place on November 19 after being delayed for a week. 

November 19, 2019

Mediators seek Taliban cease-fire before relaunching peace talks

Zalmay Khalilzad, the US special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, recently embarked on his latest journey to hold consultations with important stakeholders concerning the Afghan peace process.

November 03, 2019

Pakistan’s tough role in potential resumption of US-Taliban talks

 

Earlier this month, after a recent meeting in Pakistan between a Taliban delegation headed by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, hopes were ignited about the resumption of peace talks between Washington and the insurgent group.

October 14, 2019

Days before Afghan elections, repercussions of peace deal breakdown continue

The breakdown of peace talks between the Taliban and United States in Qatar has led to an escalation in violence at a time when the presidential election in Afghanistan is just around the corner.

September 26, 2019

Wedding carnage must strengthen resolve for Afghan peace

The deadly suicide bombing in a packed wedding hall in a Shiite Kabul neighborhood on Saturday turned an occasion of great, universal joy into a calamity, as 63 people, including children, were killed and 182 sustained injuries. Reports said 1,200 guests had been invited to attend.

August 20, 2019

Expectations from 8th round of Taliban -US peace talks

Every new round of peace talks in Qatar between the Taliban and the United States has raised expectations about a likely deal, but a major breakthrough couldn’t be achieved in the previous seven rounds of negotiations.

August 06, 2019