Taliban storm checkpoint in western Afghanistan, killing 14 : Taliban storm checkpoint in western Afghanistan, killing 14
KABUL - Afghanistan's government expects the U.S. envoy negotiating with the Taliban on ending America's longest war to visit Kabul "in one or two days" to share developments in the talks that continue in Qatar, a presidential spokesman said Wednesday.
Intra-Afghan talks on the country's political future are meant to follow a U.S.-Taliban deal, and spokesman Sediq Sediqqi warned that if the Taliban continue to reject discussions with the Afghan government "that would be their mistake."
A Taliban spokesman said Wednesday the insurgent group and U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad were close to a final agreement on ending nearly 18 years of fighting. The two sides have held nine rounds of talks over the past ye...