Hamid Karzai talks to DW News about the about the three-day ceasefire. He says he's hopeful it will turn into a long-term peace process.
The Afghan government refused to join a Moscow-hosted peace conference attended by a Taliban delegation. Observers say the absence of officials from Kabul unnecessarily delays the peace process in a 17-year-long war.
A meeting between US officials and Taliban members in Qatar has raised hopes for peace in Afghanistan, but it also undermines the Afghan government's writ. Is the US willing to pay this price for Taliban talks?
The reported death of Mullah Fazlullah, leader of the Pakistani Taliban, is likely to reduce tensions between Washington and Islamabad, but it is unclear whether Pakistan will support Afghan peace efforts.
The Taliban have reciprocated a ceasefire offer by Kabul ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid. It's the first time the group has agreed to a truce with the Afghan government, which is aiming to end the 16-year conflict.
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