Major players shaping troubled Afghanistan's future
Updated : August 18, 2019 07:44 PM IST
Meanwhile, the growing prominence of the local Islamic State group's affiliate, which claimed responsibility for the wedding attack, has raised fears that whatever peace the US and Taliban might broker will not stop the killings of Afghan civilians.
For nearly a year, US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has been negotiating with the Taliban on issues including a US troop withdrawal and Taliban guarantees that would keep Afghanistan from again becoming a launch pad for global terror attacks.
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