Troop withdrawals

Delegates attend the last day of the Afghan Loya Jirga meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, May 3, 2019. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's grand council ends with a call for peace talks, urges both sides to hammer out a cease fire and protect rights gained in the last 17 years. Ghani offers cease fire, says he will free 175 Taliban prisoners ahead of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
May 03, 2019 - 6:14 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan grand council convened by President Ashraf Ghani ended on Friday with a resounding call for peace with the Taliban and a promise from the president to free 175 Taliban prisoners ahead of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month that starts next week. The council — known...
Read More
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks during the first day of the Loya Jirga, or the consultative council in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, April 29, 2019. Afghanistan's president opened a grand council on Monday of more than 3,200 prominent Afghans seeking to agree on a common approach to peace talks with the Taliban, but the gathering may further aggravate divisions within the U.S.-backed government. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
April 29, 2019 - 11:54 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's president opened a grand council on Monday of more than 3,200 Afghans seeking to agree on a common approach to peace talks with the Taliban, but the gathering may further aggravate divisions within the U.S.-backed government. President Ashraf Ghani hopes to...
Read More
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks during the first day of the Loya Jirga, or the consultative council in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, April 29, 2019. Afghanistan's president opened a grand council on Monday of more than 3,200 prominent Afghans seeking to agree on a common approach to peace talks with the Taliban, but the gathering may further aggravate divisions within the U.S.-backed government. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
April 29, 2019 - 8:19 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's president opened a grand council on Monday of more than 3,200 Afghans seeking to agree on a common approach to peace talks with the Taliban, but the gathering may further aggravate divisions within the U.S.-backed government. President Ashraf Ghani hopes to...
Read More
Delegates attend the first day of the Afghan Loya Jirga meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, April 29, 2019. Afghanistan's president Ashraf Ghani opened the Loya Jirga grand council on Monday with more than 3,200 prominent Afghans attending to seek an agreed common approach for future peace talks with the Taliban, but the gathering may further aggravate divisions within the U.S.-backed government. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
April 29, 2019 - 6:32 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's president opened a grand council on Monday of more than 3,200 Afghans seeking to agree on a common approach to peace talks with the Taliban, but the gathering may further aggravate divisions within the U.S.-backed government. President Ashraf Ghani hopes to...
Read More
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, center, inspects an honor guard during the first day of the Afghan Loya Jirga meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, April 29, 2019. Afghanistan's president Ashraf Ghani opened the Loya Jirga grand council on Monday with more than 3,200 prominent Afghans attending to seek an agreed common approach for future peace talks with the Taliban, but the gathering may further aggravate divisions within the U.S.-backed government. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, Pool)
April 29, 2019 - 4:42 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's president opened a grand council on Monday of more than 3,200 prominent Afghans seeking to agree on a common approach to peace talks with the Taliban, but the gathering may further aggravate divisions within the U.S.-backed government. President Ashraf Ghani...
Read More
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, center, inspects an honor guard during the first day of the Afghan Loya Jirga meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, April 29, 2019. Afghanistan's president Ashraf Ghani opened the Loya Jirga grand council on Monday with more than 3,200 prominent Afghans attending to seek an agreed common approach for future peace talks with the Taliban, but the gathering may further aggravate divisions within the U.S.-backed government. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, Pool)
April 29, 2019 - 4:33 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's president opened a grand council on Monday of more than 3,200 prominent Afghans seeking to agree on a common approach to peace talks with the Taliban, but the gathering may further aggravate divisions within the U.S.-backed government. President Ashraf Ghani...
Read More
in this Sunday, April 28, 2019 photo, Afghan National Army soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint on the Jalalabad-Kabul road, on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. President Ashraf Ghani is hosting a grand council of some 2,500 prominent figures on Monday, to agree on a shared approach to peace talks with the Taliban. But the gathering instead looks to further aggravate divisions within the U.S.-backed government, even as America makes progress with the insurgents in direct talks aimed at ending the 18-year war. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
April 29, 2019 - 2:50 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's president opened a grand council on Monday of more than 3,200 prominent Afghans seeking to agree on a common approach to peace talks with the Taliban, but the gathering may further aggravate divisions within the U.S.-backed government. President Ashraf Ghani...
Read More
in this Sunday, April 28, 2019 photo, Afghan National Army soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint on the Jalalabad-Kabul road, on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. President Ashraf Ghani is hosting a grand council of some 2,500 prominent figures on Monday, to agree on a shared approach to peace talks with the Taliban. But the gathering instead looks to further aggravate divisions within the U.S.-backed government, even as America makes progress with the insurgents in direct talks aimed at ending the 18-year war. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
April 29, 2019 - 2:18 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's president opened a grand council on Monday of more than 3,200 prominent figures seeking to agree on a common approach to peace talks with the Taliban, but the gathering instead looks to further aggravate divisions within the U.S.-backed government. President...
Read More
in this Sunday, April 28, 2019 photo, Afghan National Army soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint on the Jalalabad-Kabul road, on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. President Ashraf Ghani is hosting a grand council of some 2,500 prominent figures on Monday, to agree on a shared approach to peace talks with the Taliban. But the gathering instead looks to further aggravate divisions within the U.S.-backed government, even as America makes progress with the insurgents in direct talks aimed at ending the 18-year war. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
April 29, 2019 - 2:12 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's president opened a grand council on Monday of more than 3,200 prominent figures seeking to agree on a common approach to peace talks with the Taliban, but the gathering instead looks to further aggravate divisions within the U.S.-backed government. President...
Read More
in this Sunday, April 28, 2019 photo, Afghan National Army soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint on the Jalalabad-Kabul road, on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. President Ashraf Ghani is hosting a grand council of some 2,500 prominent figures on Monday, to agree on a shared approach to peace talks with the Taliban. But the gathering instead looks to further aggravate divisions within the U.S.-backed government, even as America makes progress with the insurgents in direct talks aimed at ending the 18-year war. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
April 29, 2019 - 1:44 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's president is hosting a grand council Monday of some 2,500 prominent figures to agree on a shared approach to peace talks with the Taliban, but the gathering instead looks to further aggravate divisions within the U.S.-backed government. President Ashraf Ghani...
Read More

Pages