The Taliban claimed a deadly attack on an Afghan intelligence agency post-Monday, even as they urged the new power-sharing government to accelerate a prisoner swap to pave the way for talks.
Five rockets hit a US air base in Afghanistan on Thursday, but there were no casualties, two senior security officials said, and no militant group immediately claimed responsibility.
Taliban says the deal with the US is nearing a breaking point because Washington and the Afghan government are violating its terms.
Afghanistan’s government late on Thursday announced a 21-member team to negotiate with the Taliban in a tentative sign of progress for the peace deal.
The Taliban said on Wednesday a plan from the Afghan president to stagger the release of Taliban prisoners violated a deal they closed with the US.
Doha, the capital of Qatar, recently hosted U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban forces’ representative Mullah Abdul Ghani where the world watched a peace deal which was a mere loss and flop for the whole region
American officials say, according to collected persuasive intelligence, the Taliban have no intention of abiding by their peace agreement terms with the US.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's main political rival supports a Taliban demand for the release of thousands of their prisoners before they will take part in peace talks with the government, his spokesman said Thursday.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the US is leaving Afghanistan after two decades of "humiliation".
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi cast doubt over the sincerity of the US in a recent agreement with Afghanistan’s Taliban and said peace and stability in the West Asian country should be reached through “an inter-Afghan consensus”.