What Happened: A Taliban delegation and U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad have arrived in Islamabad in an effort to revive peace talks between the militant group and Washington, Dawn reported Oct. 2.
Why It Matters: The news indicates that both sides still want a deal, even though U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly abandoned the talks a month ago. The meeting in Islamabad also highlights Pakistan's central role in facilitating peace talks in its neighbor.
Background: Early last month, Khalilzad announced a draft peace deal between the sides, only for Trump to call off the talks in response to Taliban violence. If the Taliban and Washington do reach a deal, that would pave the way for much tougher talks between the group and the Afghan government.
- U.S., Afghanistan: Trump Pulls the Plug on Talks With the Taliban (Sept. 9, 2019)
- U.S., Afghanistan: Trump Presents a Clue, and a Possible Snag, for a Peace Deal (Aug. 30, 2019)
- Afghanistan Heads Toward a Turning Point (July 31, 2019)