Islamists Warn Afghan Peace Chances Being Wasted

Abdullah criticizes lack of progress

Violence is on the rise, and the intra-Afghan peace talks aren’t accomplishing much. That’s fueling warnings, notably from Hezb-e Islami, who just got in their own direct talks with the government, and warns the Taliban are wasting their chances.

Hezb-e Islami is an Islamist party that has tried to be a competitor to the Taliban, and argues that the negotiator teams are “quite weak” for failing to reach a ceasefire yet. That’s been a priority for awhile.

VP Abdullah Abdullah also expressed annoyance at the lack of progress, saying the talks had no impact and asking what point the negotiating team was even in Doha. Abdullah is the head of the negotiating team.

The big concern is that as the talks fail to progress, violence is on the rise. Both sides are trading blame for that, and the risk is that they’ll ultimately pull out of the talks.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.