Putin takes more assertive role in Af...

Putin takes more assertive role in Afghanistan's gridlock

Aug 25, 2018 Read more: SFGate
ISLAMABAD - Vladimir Putin's Russia appears to have emerged as a player in Afghanistan after 17 years of Western involvement that has left the country no closer to peace than before. To some, Russia's offer to host talks next month might contain at least the seeds of a positive pivot if the Taliban are coaxed to the table at a time when they have been more aggressive on the battlefield than in recent years, causing much mayhem in Kabul and other cities. But the move may be stuck before it even begins.

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