A war-weary Afghanistan is waiting with bated breath for another round of direct talks between the United States and the Taliban next week in Qatar. The latest round of talks will be unprecedented primarily because the Taliban has agreed to have officials from the Afghan government present, albeit in their personal capacity and not as state representatives. As unprecedented as the talks seem, there is hardly any reason to be optimistic. The security situation in Afghanistan has not changed much since the last round of talks between the so-called “moderate Taliban” and the US in March this year in Doha, the capital of Qatar. Taliban strikes on US and Afghan security forces have continued unabated even after the negotiations. Just this week, three US soldiers were killed in a car bomb attack near Bagram Air Base in Parwan province in eastern Afghanistan.
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