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Taliban Attacks in Afghanistan and US Peace Deal

“If you think this has a happy ending you haven’t been paying attention.”

-Ramsay Bolton

On Saturday, two employees of the Human Rights Commission of Afghanistan were killed after a bomb attached to their car exploded.

The victims were Fatima Natasha Khalil, a 24-year-old donor coordinator and Jawid Folad, a driver from the commission.

The Afghan National Security Council said that June contained the most fatal week, with 291 Afghan soldiers dead as a result of attacks carried out by the Taliban. Taliban attacks in the last three months increased by around 40% as compared to the same period last year.

As of now, no group has taken responsibility for this attack. But, Afghan security officials are blaming the Taliban. They are continuing to carry out attacks, but have refused to take responsibility for them because they want US's withdrawal process to resume. The Taliban's motive here is believed to be wanting the Afghan government to fulfill all their demands and sign a deal that is favorable towards them.

In February, the United States and the Taliban signed a peace deal, which specified that US would withdraw all of its troops from Afghanistan within fourteen months in exchange for the Taliban preventing terrorist organizations such as Al Qaeda from using Afghanistan as a base for its attacks.

Now, it is time for the Afghan Government and the Taliban to negotiate. Under the agreement signed between US and Taliban, it was promised that 5,000 Taliban prisoners would be released. And, they have since been carrying out violent attacks in an effort to put pressure on the Afghan government to release all the prisoners, but the government has been reluctant to do so because those prisoners are their biggest leverage against them. Besides, the negotiation process between the government and the Taliban is expected to commence from mid-July, and that is where the fate of Afghanistan will be decided.

Reporter : Haneen F

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