US resumes Afghan peace talks with Taliban, government: State Dept Aug 21, 2019 0 1038 12345 ReutersWASHINGTONA US special envoy will travel on Tuesday to resume peace talks, as the United States seeks an end to the conflict that will enable it to withdraw American troops from the country after nearly 20 years.The US special representative to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, will resume talks with the Taliban, “as part of an overall effort to facilitate a peace process that ends the conflict in Afghanistan,” the State Department said in a statement.Khalilzad will consult with leaders of the Afghan government in Kabul and encourage negotiations between the two sides, it said.The envoy on Friday briefed President Donald Trump on the status of negotiations with the Taliban on a US troop pullout and the potential for a political settlement between the warring sides.Trump told reporters two days later that the United States was having “very good discussions” with both the Taliban and the Afghan government.Trump, who has repeatedly questioned the billions of dollars spent in wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, has made no secret of his desire to pull out of Afghanistan after 19 years of war triggered by the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.About 14,000 US troops remain engaged in America’s longest war, training and advising Afghan security forces and conducting counterinsurgency operations against militant groups such as al Qaeda and Islamic State’s local affiliate, as well as the Taliban, the country’s former Islamist rulers. RELATED ARTICLES EU rebuffs UK PM Johnson’s gambit to reopen Brexit deal Aug 21, 2019 0 898 Spain sends ship to save migrants stuck off Italy Aug 21, 2019 0 274 Italy’s government collapses as premier blames crisis on Salvini Aug 21, 2019 0 245 US House panel says ‘time is of the essence’ in Trump tax return fight Reuters washington A US House of Representatives committee on Tuesday urged a federal judge to quickly resolve its bid to obtain President Donald Trump’s tax returns, which the Trump administration has refused to turn .. Pakistan govt vows to bring Kashmir dispute before ICJ dpa Islamabad Pakistan will take its Kashmir dispute with India to the United Nations’ top judicial body, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Pakistan’s foreign minister announced Tuesday. The announcement .. Qureshi briefs French counterpart on Indian ‘atrocities’ in Kashmir Islamabad: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi briefed on Tuesday his French counterpart on Indian atrocities in Kashmir during a telephonic conversation, according to the Foreign Office. Qureshi apprised .. Pakistan says 9 killed in Kashmir border clashes Islamabad: Pakistan said Tuesday that three Pakistani civilians died in Indian gunfire from across the de facto border in Kashmir. Pakistan also said its forces later killed six Indian soldiers. But the Indian army ..