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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.

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Reciprocal attacks inflame India-Pakistan hostilities

Indians hold placard as they celebrate after the Indian Air Force's air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammad terror camp in Pakistan, outside a mosque in Mumbai, India on 26 February 2019.
Indians celebrate after the Indian Air Force's airstrike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist camp in Pakistan, in Mumbai, on Feb. 26. Photo: Himanshu Bhatt/NurPhoto via Getty Images

In retaliation for the Feb. 14 terrorist attack in the Pulwama district of Kashmir, which killed 44 Indian security personnel, the Indian Air Force (IAF) conducted strikes on Tuesday against an alleged terrorist training facility and madrassa complex in the Pakistani town of Balakot.

Why it matters: The operation was the first cross-border sortie by the IAF since the 1971 India-Pakistan war. Escalating tensions have sparked fears of a standoff between the nuclear-armed rivals.