United Nations envoy: US, Taliban closest to peace in 18 years

17 Septembre, 2019, 09:47 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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"I think the USA should have called off negotiations a long time ago, back when Khalilzad's efforts did not change the Taliban's position", Samira Hamidi, Afghan activist and regional campaigner with Amnesty International told this writer. About 40 other members of the terrorist organization also died.

A security official told the news outlet that the strikes were carried out in western and northern Afghanistan on the night of Saturday, Sept. 14.

Senior security officials in Kabul said several joint operations will be launched against Taliban and Islamic State fighters to prevent attacks on Afghan forces and civilians ahead of the presidential polls on September 28.

Clashes between the hardline insurgent group and Afghan forces intensified in northern Samangan province on Saturday where the Taliban's shadow provincial governor, Mawlavi Nooruddin, was killed along with four fighters in an air strike in Dara-e-Soof Payeen district, local officials said.

The figure was rejected by the Taliban, who said seven fighters had been killed and 11 wounded while casualties among the security forces were over 20.

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A U.S. Air Force officer passes in front of a MQ-9 Reaper drone, one of a squadron that has arrived to step up the fight against the Taliban, at the Kandahar air base, Afghanistan in a January 23, 2018, file photograph. However, the Taliban didn't comment on his death.

"The Islamic Emirate restores the former security guarantees to ICRC in Afghanistan and instructs all mujahideen to pave the way for ICRC activities and be mindful of security to this committee's workers and equipment", Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in a statement. "If Trump wants to stop talks, we will take the first way and they will soon regret it". "There are much better ways to set up a negotiation".

U.S. President Donald Trump heads back to the Oval Office after attending an event establishing the U.S. Space Command, the sixth national armed service at the White House in Washington, on August 29, 2019. Together they have pursued a dual strategy of killing as many Taliban fighters as possible, while launching special forces raids aimed at dismantling ISIS and al Qaeda terror networks.

"We have already met with Russian Presidential Envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov to discuss the recent events regarding the Afghan peace process", Taliban spokesman Mohammad Suhail Shaheen told reporters.

The new arrangement was worked out during talks in Doha, according to representatives from both the Taliban and the Red Cross.

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