US Calls On Afghan Taliban To 'Step Up' After Peace Offer

Marie Harrington
March 11, 2018

Among the dead were two policemen, he said.

She also said Washington had not seen "decisive and sustained changes from Pakistan", which Afghan and USA officials have accused of supporting the Taliban. In January, a Taliban attacker drove an explosives-laden ambulance into the heart of the capital, killing more than 100 people and wounding as many as 235.

The death toll has risen to nine, Waheed Majroh, spokesman for the Health Ministry said.

Kazim Ali, who was at the gathering, told AFP the force of the explosion shattered the windows of the mosque.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said this while addressing the 2nd Kabul Process Conference which is being attended by representatives from more than 20 countries. "Security forces didn't allow us to move afterwards", he said.

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She said there is a way to end the conflict with the global support and it is now up to the Taliban leaders to respond to the serious offer of talks from the Afghan President.

In other developments, the Taliban launched a deadly assault overnight on an army outpost in a remote region of Afghanistan's northern Takhar province, killing six soldiers and wounding five in a blistering hours-long attack, Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said.

Ghani at an worldwide conference in Kabul last week unveiled a plan to open talks with the Taliban, including eventually recognizing them as a political party.

The United States has refused to withdraw troops as demanded by the Taliban and has insisted that the Kabul government must play a lead role in peace negotiations.

Fazlullah and his Taliban militants are part of ongoing frustration from the USA and Kabul toward Pakistan's efforts to combat insurgents.

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