Taliban name negotiating team ahead of new talks with US

Representatives from Taliban and Afghan opposition have met in Moscow early February. (File/AFP)
Updated 12 February 2019
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Taliban name negotiating team ahead of new talks with US

  • The 14-member team includes five former inmates of the US prison in Guantanamo Bay
  • The Taliban refuse to meet with the US-backed government in Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan: The Taliban have announced a 14-member negotiating team ahead of talks this month with US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who has been meeting with the insurgents to try to end America’s longest war.
Mullah Abbas Stanikzai heads the Taliban team announced Monday, which includes five former inmates of the US prison in Guantanamo Bay who were released in 2014 in exchange for a captured American soldier. The team also includes Anas Haqqani, the jailed younger brother of the leader of the Haqqani network, a powerful Taliban faction.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Haqqani, who is being held in Kabul, “should be released to start work on the negotiating team.”
The Taliban refuse to meet with the US-backed government in Kabul.


Dublin airport temporarily suspends flights over drone sighting

Updated 21 February 2019
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Dublin airport temporarily suspends flights over drone sighting

  • Similar incidents caused temporary suspension of flights in London’s Gatwick and Dubai’s International Airport

DUBLIN: Flight operations at Dublin airport have been temporarily suspended due to the confirmed sighting of a drone over the airfield, Ireland’s largest airport said on Thursday.
The flying of drones over Britain’s second-busiest airport, London’s Gatwick, sparked 36 hours of travel chaos last December while flights at Dubai International Airport were temporarily grounded last week due to suspected drone activity.
“Passengers should contact their airline’s website for flight updates. We will post updates here when they become available,” Dublin airport said on its Twitter page.