US-Taliban deal - updates

Rappler's latest stories on US-Taliban deal


Afghan Taliban leader says committed to deal with U.S.

May 20, 2020 - 11:35 PM

In a rare message released ahead of the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, Haibatullah Akhundzada urges Washington 'not to waste' the opportunity offered by the deal to end America's longest war

DEAL. In this file photo, US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar shake hands after signing a peace agreement during a ceremony in the Qatari capital Doha on February 29, 2020. File photo by Karim Jaafar/AFP

Taliban attack Afghan army bases, throwing peace talks into doubt

Mar 03, 2020 - 8:22 PM

The halt to the limited truce, which began on February 22, ends what was a welcome reprieve for ordinary Afghans who have born the brunt of the deadly violence

PARTIAL TRUCE ENDS. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani gestures as he speaks during a gathering to assess the general security situation in the in Jalalabad Province, in Jalalabad on March 3, 2020. Photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

Kabul blast toll rises as U.S. tries to finalize Taliban deal

Sep 03, 2019 - 12:04 PM

(UPDATED) The bombing is the third major Taliban attack in as many days – and the violence is likely to continue, Taliban expert Rahimullah Yusufzai says

Afghan security forces arrive at the site of a suicide attack near a security forces base on the outskirts of Kunduz on September 2, 2019. The US and the Taliban are on the brink of striking a deal after 18 years of war, Washington's top negotiator said on September 2, ahead of a visit to Afghanistan where fresh violence rocked the north. STR / AFP

U.S. to pull troops from 5 Afghan bases under deal with Taliban

Sep 02, 2019 - 11:56 PM

'We have agreed that if the conditions proceed according to the agreement, we will leave within 135 days 5 bases in which we are present now,' says US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad

WHAT'S IN THE DEAL? In this file photo taken on February 08, 2019, US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad participates in a discussion on 'The Prospects for Peace in Afghanistan' at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

U.S.-Taliban deal 'close,' insurgents claim

Aug 28, 2019 - 11:46 PM

'We are close to an agreement. We hope to bring good news for our Muslim and freedom seeking nation soon,' says Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid

KABUL. A general view of the capital city of Kabul is pictured on August 3, 2019, as talks between the US and the Taliban occur. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP