The presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan have plans to visit Washington this week. Christine Fair, a senior political scientist for the Rand Corporation, stops by The Takeaway to discuss Pakistan, the Taliban, and the need for U.S. aid.
The President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, and his counterpart from Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, met in the Turkish capital Ankara yesterday. They agreed to increase military cooperation against Islamist extremists. The BBC's Rob Watson joins us now.
Those hoping for a peaceful agreement to the long-standing conflict between the United States and Afghanistan on one side and the Taliban were disappointed Wednesday after Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai announced his government's withdrawal from the talks.
Between them, Randy Kaplan and Zoltan Marian have collected more than 2000 autographs of heads of states, royals and popes. They share a kind of ethical code, but differ when it comes to who will they include in their collections.
Afghanistan's new president, Ashraf Ghani, says he's free of the corruption and violence that taint many Afghan politicians. And after quickly signing a long-delayed security pact with the US, he's looking for other ways to break with the country's recent past.
US President Donald Trump has called off the talks between the US and Taliban that were taking place mostly in the Persian Gulf nation of Qatar. American negotiators have come home. But for some members of the Taliban, Qatar is home. How did that come to be, given that the Taliban is mainly an Afghan group?
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