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Taliban meet head of U.S. forces in Afghanistan amid peace tensions

Christian Fernsby ▼ | April 11, 2020
The Taliban have met with the head of U.S. forces in Afghanistan to call for an end to what they say is an increase in American attacks since a peace deal signed in February, allegations the U.S. military denied on Saturday.
Suhail Shaheen
Taliban spokesman   Suhail Shaheen
A U.S. military spokesman called on the Taliban to stop attacking Afghan security forces and said American troops would continue to come to their aid in accordance with the agreement.

Topics: Taliban U.S Afghanistan

He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

The peace deal is aimed at paving the way for the US to extricate itself from the 19-year war, America’s longest.

The spokesman confirmed that Gen. Scott Miller met with the Taliban “as part of the military channel established in the agreement” to discuss ways to reduce the violence.

Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said the meeting was held late Friday in the Gulf nation of Qatar, where the insurgent group maintains a political office.

Shaheen tweeted Saturday that the two sides held “serious” discussions.

He said the Taliban called for a halt to attacks against civilians.

The U.S. military says it does not target non-combatants.