Amid a surge of violence, President Ghani has ordered the military to resume attacks against the militant group, further stalling the intra-Afghan negotiations outlined in the U.S.-Taliban peace deal.
The complicated process of ending the long-running war begins with the deal between Washington and the insurgency, but the road ahead will be littered with pitfalls.
A discussion of the pitfalls that could derail the U.S. efforts to forge a peace deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Washington doesn't want to bankroll the Afghan government forever, meaning Kabul's leaders soon will have to drum up more of their own revenue.
Pakistan's spiraling economic crisis will continue to escalate calls for the prime minister's resignation. But there's only so far the protests can push, should he remain in the military's good graces.
A mutual desire to end their long conflict makes an agreement a matter of when, not if. But long-lasting stability will only happen after the insurgents come to terms with the Afghan government.
Citing recent militant attacks, the U.S. president has halted peace talks with the Taliban. That doesn't mean, though, that the door is closed to progress.
As negotiations continue, the president affirms a smaller, but continuing U.S. presence in the country, a position at odds with Taliban demands.
With talks between the U.S. and the Taliban reaching a critical juncture, we look at three scenarios for the future of negotiations in Afghanistan.