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China acknowledges hosting Taliban's chief peace negotiator for talks

Mullah Baradar, one of the four top commanders who formed the Taliban in 1994, was released from jail last year by the Pakistan government. He is believed to be the highest ranking Afghan Taliban prisoner freed so far.

Afghan government says it has freed 490 Taliban prisoners

The Afghan government says it has freed 490 Taliban prisoners from jails across the country in a gesture of goodwill as part of efforts to move a stalled peace process forward.


Taliban declare start of spring offensive amid talks with US

Friday's announcement instructs the Taliban mujahedeen, or holy warriors, to "launch jihadi operations with sincerity and pure intentions," strictly abiding by the Taliban command structure.

US peace talks with Taliban trip over a big question: What is terrorism?

The answer is so important because the two sides had already agreed in principle on a framework for two crucial issues: the withdrawal of US troops, and a commitment that Afghan soil would not again be used to launch terrorist attacks against the United States and its allies.

Explained: Taliban-US talks and the future of Afghanistan

The very fact that the US is talking to the Taliban legitimises their role in Afghanistan's present and future. All of this is worrying for India -- a Taliban government in Afghanistan in the near future will mean a hugely increased leverage for Pakistan in that country.

A messy peace

As negotiations for a new political framework in Afghanistan get complicated, Delhi must focus on remaining relevant.


An Afghan trifecta

For now, Pakistan’s support is the source of optimism about US engagement with the Taliban

US-Taliban talks: what’s on table, why it is being greeted with caution

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who addressed the nation Monday after being briefed by Khalilzad, cautioned against rushing into a deal.

After US leaves Kabul

The rise of Afghan Taliban poses a threat to both India and Pakistan

Afghan Taliban reject reports of talks with US in Pakistan

Senior Taliban leaders said that regional powers including Pakistan had approached them and wanted them to meet the US delegation in Islamabad and also include the Afghan government in the peace process but that the approaches had been rejected.

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Afghanistan's youth wary of future with Taliban

Afghanistan has a strikingly young population, with more than 60 percent of its 35 million people under the age of 25, and half under the age of 15, according to the UN population agency