Thursday, April 18, 2013

Afghanistan War News Updates -- April 18, 2013

U.S. soldiers prepare for a two-day clearing mission in the Komandek Ghar area in the Panjwai district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, April 10, 2013. The soldiers are assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division's Company C, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, Combined Task Force 4-2. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kimberly Hackbarth

Taliban In Qatar See No Early Peace Talks With U.S.: Sources -- Reuters

DOHA/KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban leaders living in Qatar have held no Afghanistan peace talks with U.S. officials in the Gulf state for more than a year and see no prospect of any soon, Taliban sources say.

A team of envoys from the Islamist insurgent group flew to Qatar in early 2012 to open talks with the U.S. government, which has laid a greater emphasis on negotiations before a handover of security to Afghan forces in 2014.

Among the most prominent members of the delegation in Doha is Tayeb Agha, the former chief of staff to the Taliban's reclusive leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar.

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More News On Afghanistan

ISAF Joint Command Operational Update, April 18th -- ISAF
Taliban kill seven Afghan civilians, four soldiers -- Global Post/AFP
Combined Force Kills Insurgents, Detains Taliban Leader -- US Department of Defense
Taliban vows revenge on US troops over Guantanamo shootings -- Khaama Press
Red Cross says security deteriorating in Afghanistan, as foreign militaries prepare to withdraw -- FOX News/AP
Afghanistan Handover Complete 'Within Weeks'-- SKY News
Afghan future uncertain as US troops plan withdrawal -- UPI
Wardak Province Spurs Model for Transition, General Says -- US Department of Defense
General: Afghan troops’ training shifts to ‘special skills’ -- Washington Times
Afghan Counterterror Work Adds to Post-2014 Troops, Dunford Says -- Bloomberg
Costs for Afghanistan Withdrawal Could Rise --
India, China discuss plans to deal with Afghanistan after 2014 -- ZEE News
Afghanistan: Many cut off from humanitarian aid -- The Red Cross
An Afghan City’s Economic Success Extends to Its Sex Trade -- New York Times
Afghan Islamic Courts: A Pre-Taliban System With Post-2014 Potential? -- Casey Garret Johnson, New York Times
At least 2,070 US military deaths in Afghanistan since 2001 -- FOX News/AP

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