The Afghan government released 65 prisoners Thursday morning despite staunch opposition from the U.S. military, which contends the prisoners are dangerous militants who will rejoin the Taliban.
Amid efforts to strike a U.S.-Afghanistan security deal that would outline American presence in the nation after 2014, the Afghan government released 37 prisoners the U.S. claims are a security threat. Gwen Ifill talks to former Defense Department official David Sedney and Zalmay Khalilzad, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan. Continue reading
A breakthrough could be coming for the longest conflict in American history. Senior U.S. officials say they are scheduled to have direct talks with the Taliban and Afghan negotiators. The announcement came as international forces formally handed over full security control to Afghan authorities. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading
U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said Thursday that NATO troops should do more to combat Afghanistan’s drug trade. His comments came as new reports emerged raising doubts about American strategy and the Afghan government’s ability to cope. Continue reading
The Taliban released 12 South Korean hostages in Afghanistan on Wednesday, and another seven may be freed Thursday. A political scientist and a former CIA official discuss the challenges of negotiating with the Taliban. Continue reading