Trump Wanted to Boast About His Own Camp David Accords Before Taliban Deal Collapsed

LONDONThe Afghan government of President Ashraf Ghani had a feeling, based on long experience, that peace negotiations between the Trump administration and the Taliban Chris Wallace asked Pompeo on Fox News. We know the history of Camp David, Pompeo said. We reflected on that as we were thinking about how to deliver for the American people. Although only last week the U.S. negotiator had announced an agreement in principle, this not-so-secret meeting might have offered a chance for Trump to show off the art of the deal. According to Pompeo, Trump said, I want to talk to President Ghani. I want to talk to these Taliban negotiators. I want to look them in the eye. I want to see if …

British Museum to return Buddhist heads looted in Afghan war

Stolen artefacts likely removed by Taliban will go on display before being sent to Kabul Fourth-century Buddhist terracotta heads probably hacked off by the Taliban and found stuffed in poorly made wooden crates at Heathrow are to be returned to Afghanistan where they will be star museum exhibits. The were blown up. A torso was also found with the sculptural heads. Photograph: Trustees of the British Museum The sculptures tell a story of Buddhisms heyday in what is now Afghanistan. Hundreds of monasteries were built and then abandoned after the arrival of the Arab armies in the 8th century and the establishment of Islam as the predominant religion. The return of any object which has been illegally trafficked is hugely …