Afghan Officials Reportedly Divided on US Push for Peace

Peace conference set for March 27 in Turkey

The Biden Administration’s attempt to advance a proposal on Afghan peace was a bold one. Including a ceasefire and an interim government, it would be a game-changer, if accepted.

It was also a risk, however, coming after weeks of talk of scrapping the US pullout, and amid President Ghani openly rejecting even the suggestion of an interim government under any circumstances.

Making that the US-endorsed plan, despite being the obvious step toward reconciliation, put them squarely against Ghani, who remains opposed to the plan, and has accused the US of betrayal.

Ghani isn’t the final say-so on this, of course, and the US plan seems to have split his government on the issue, with other important figures, including top political rivals, showing more openness, and planning to attend a UN-run peace conference.

That conference will be held in Turkey on March 27, and a lot of key Afghans are set to attend. The divisions in the Afghan government likely are a big reason the US felt free to contradict Ghani.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.