Report: Breakthrough May Be Close at Afghan Talks

Long deadlock may finally come to a close

After taking months to get started, the intra-Afghan peace talks in Doha have been stalemated for some time. There was even fear recently that lack of progress could mean the collapse of the talks.

Afghan officials say that this could turn around, with both sides close to a major breakthrough. This appears related to the framework for the deal, which has been a stumbling block.

There’s no sign what’s been agreed to. The Taliban want a strict framework for the peace process, while the Ghani government is seeking some relative flexibility. A ceasefire is still a goal, but that may hinge on what is meant by ceasefire.

The Taliban is said to be keen on more prisoner releases, and the ending of blacklists, though their main issue is to ensure that the US sticks to the promise to withdraw from Afghanistan.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.