The new demand by the United States for the Taliban to reduce violence in Afghanistan before any withdrawal of American troops from the country is “empty rhetoric” because Washington “cannot win this war” and will ultimately withdraw, says an American writer and former professor.
The Taliban have made no secret of their plan to restore the Emirate. The Americans are keen to withdraw. In the Doha talks, it appears that though the Taliban have the upper hand and the Americans all may have the concessions. Do you think the Doha talks will bring lasting peace to Afghanistan?
The chief human rights officer for the UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), has welcomed recent changes to the country’s Penal Code which remove the “discretionary authority” of judges over so-called honour killings.