US ‘violates’ peace deal, claims Taliban

Kabul: The Taliban has shared a list of 50 attacks conducted by the US and Afghan forces following the US-Taliban peace deal inked in late February, accusing Washington of violating terms of the agreement, it was reported.

Sharing a three-page document exclusively with TOLO News, the Taliban political office in Doha claimed that 33 drone attacks and airstrikes were carried out against Taliban targets in 19 provinces from March 9 to April 10.

The list also includes nine attacks involving rockets and mortar shelling, and eight night-raids.

The Taliban said in the document they have lost 35 of their fighters in 17 of the incidents, and they blame foreign forces for killing 65 civilians in 33 incidents.

This is the first time that the Taliban have provided numbers to back their claims that the US has violated the agreement which was signed after 18 months of negotiations in Doha on February 29.

The US-Taliban deal is facing multiple challenges including a delayed and contentious prisoner release, as well as a delay in the start of intra-Afghan negotiations, which was scheduled in the agreement to start on March 10.

Reacting to the Taliban claims, the top US general in Afghanistan, Gen Scott Miller told TOLO News: “All sides, but especially the Taliban, must reduce violence to allow the political process to take hold.”

The Taliban have also questioned some of the 361 released prisoners, calling them “unidentified.”

The Afghan government, according to sources, also says that from the 60 released prisoners by the Taliban, there are only 17 members of the Afghan forces.

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