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Latest Afghan-Taliban peace talks fall apart before they begin

Ashfraf Ghani at a lectern
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Photo: Afghan Presidency Press Office / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

An informal conference between Afghan and Taliban negotiators in Doha this Saturday was postponed indefinitely after the Taliban rejected President Ashraf Ghani’s list of delegates, leaving intra-Afghan discussions further behind even as direct U.S.–Taliban security talks move forward.

Why it matters: Without progress among Afghans, the U.S. cannot achieve its core counterterrorism objectives.

Deadly explosion at Afghanistan air base kills U.S. service members

An improvised explosive device outside Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan killed 3 U.S. service members and wounded 3 others, NATO Resolute Support said in a new statement Tuesday.

Details: The Taliban — with whom the U.S. is engaging in peace talks — claimed responsibility for the attack. The wounded service members were evacuated and receiving medical care, according to NATO.