Government of Afghanistan

ISIL attacks Kabul gathering, killing at least 32

ISIL opened fire at a ceremony in Kabul on March 6, killing at least 32 people in the first major attack in the city since the United States reached an agreement with the Afghan Taliban on a phased withdrawal of U.S. troops.

A top Afghan political leader, Abdullah Abdullah, was present along with other key political figures and escaped unharmed.

The Taliban will not Negotiate with Kabul until it Releases Thousands of Taliban from Prisons

The Taliban will not negotiate with the government in Kabul until about 5,000 of their associates are released from Afghan prisons, said a Taliban spokesman, quoted by the Associated Press. The statement was made at a time when the deadline for reducing hostilities in Afghanistan is expiring.

For the First Quarter of 2019 the US Has Spent $ 19 billion in Afghanistan

The Pentagon has spent billions of dollars since 2001, when US troops entered Afghanistan for what is known as the "war on terror" following the September 11 attacks. The end of US military presence in the country may already be seen if the ongoing negotiations in Doha between the United States and Taliban representatives are successful.