Afghan Peace Talks & Taliban Attack
As the US and the Taliban go on with the jerky Afghan Peace Talks, both sides are also carrying on with aggression against each other in Afghan home ground. It seems that both parties are doubtful about the Talks and therefore trying to settle scores on ground as well.
Within the last week, US sources have claimed of killing over 300Afghan Taliban through airstrikes.
While this seems an exaggeration, some authentic sources say that 51 Taliban militants were killed and 22 others wounded during the operations of the Afghan Special Forces and the Afghan Air Force airstrikes in the past 48 hours.
On the other hand, the Taliban attacked the Shorab Military/Air Base in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan, yesterday in a pre-dawn assault. Dozens of foreign fighters came under the target. 23 security forces have been reported killed, and 15 injured.
The Shorab military base is one of the largest NATO military installations in the country – the fight lasted for several hours.
Clashes between the Taliban and the government troops backed by foreign forces have not subsided even as the US and Taliban are holding talks in Qatar to seek a negotiated solution to end Afghanistan's long war.
Taliban are not ready for any deal without the complete exit of NATO/US troops from the Afghan soil. There are some 14,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, as well as thousands of European forces participating in NATO's Resolute Support mission. Trump said last month that the US troops will leave Afghanistan, but it seems that he want to back off from his promise – jeopardizing the Talks