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Taliban violence surges amid peace talks

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/05/19, 10:16 am

The second Taliban attack this week in Afghanistan’s capital killed more than 10 people, including a U.S. service member. A car bomb went off Thursday in Kabul’s Shashdarak area, which houses the NATO Resolute Support mission and the U.S. Embassy. A Romanian soldier and at least 10 civilians also died, and about 40 other people sustained injuries.

What does this mean for the ongoing peace talks? U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad visited Afghan President Ashraf Ghani this week in Kabul to discuss a peace deal “in principle” with the Taliban that could end the 18-year war. But civilians worry a hasty withdrawal of foreign troops could result in more violence and deaths. The Taliban this week also bombed an Afghan military base in Logar province and a Kabul neighborhood with a large international community. “Peace with a group that is still killing innocent people is meaningless,” Ghani said.

Dig deeper: Shabbir Kazmi with the Eurasia Review discusses the Afghan people’s concerns over the peace talks.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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  •  phillipW's picture
    Posted: Fri, 09/06/2019 08:17 am

    Maybe I am naive and ignorant, but wasn't the main purpose of invading Afghanistan in October of 2001 to hunt down and destroy the Taliban, while trying to capture Osama Bin Laden?  If what I think is true above, then talks of "peace" with an organization of death is utter tomfoolery.  The only thing the Taliban will understand are bullets, bombs, and death.  You either kill them, or they kill you.  It's really that simple.  The fact that the US is even talking to these mercenaries of death just shows how weak and pathetic our foreign policy is at the moment.  We have a government run by imbeciles.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 09/06/2019 03:21 pm

    Our current “weak and pathetic” policy in the Middle East is unfortunately partly dictated by our past policies.  Hopefully as we try to disengage ourselves, the lesson is sinking in that we cannot deal with Islamic “holy warriors” as if they have values and goals even remotely similar to Westerners.