US, Taliban Talks End Without a Deal, More Talks Expected

Hoped for deal didn't emerge, both sides to consult with leadership

Hopes that the end of Eid al-Adha would lead to an announced peace deal in Afghanistan has not happened, at least not yet, with the latest round of Doha talks ending Monday with the Taliban saying that “both sides agreed to consult their respective leaderships for next steps.”

Details are still emerging on the most recent talks, and are likely to do so for the next couple of days. There was no indication that any specific obstacle remains, and indications are the peace deal looks roughly the same as it has after the last couple of rounds.

The deal would see foreign troops withdraw, in return for the Taliban keeping ISIS and al-Qaeda out of Afghanistan. The hope was that a ceasefire might’ve been announced this week, and that Taliban-Afghan power-sharing talks would begin

Which apparently isn’t to say that the talks went badly. The Taliban said work over the weekend was “tedious and effective,” suggesting they are continuing, at least slowly, to march forward toward a final pact.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.