Afghanistan's top official in negotiations with the Taliban, Abdullah Abdullah, meets Pakistani officials in Islamabad, in talks aimed at ending decades of war and a reset of bilateral ties.
Afghanistan today stands at a turning point.
Overnight fighting broke out in three districts of Nangarhar province as the Afghan government and the Taliban are at the negotiating table in Doha.
A Trump defeat could alter Afghanistan's trajectory, but it won't necessarily change Ghani's fortunes.
There is cause for cautious optimism so long as troublesome elements within the government and the Taliban are not allowed to derail the process.
Eradicating terror from Afghanistan remains the top priority, but all sides must now agree on methods.
The breakthrough comes as Afghanistan battles a series of crises, including a rapid spread of the deadly coronavirus and surging militant violence that saw dozens killed in brutal attacks last week.
Taliban, which denied involvement in Tuesday's attacks that killed over 50 people, says it is "fully prepared" to counter any strikes ordered by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
Taliban said, "the intentional delays in the release of our prisoners violates the peace agreement, therefore we call back our technical team back from Kabul".
The blast occurred in Helmand province where both the Taliban and Daesh are said to be active.
Washington is reducing aid and is prepared to cut a similar amount in 2021 because of the ongoing feud between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his political rival Abdullah Abdullah, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says.
Afghanistan's perennial runner-up will not be content with second place this time.
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