The Taliban has accused the US of violating the landmark Doha settlement which envisions the withdrawal of overseas forces from Afghanistan. The Pentagon, nonetheless, claimed the strikes got here in response to a brand new Taliban offensive.
The militant group bemoaned “extreme” airstrikes on Sunday, warning the US of potential penalties if the hostilities proceed.
“American forces have violated the Doha settlement in varied types by finishing up extreme airstrikes following the brand new developments in Helmand province,” Taliban spokesman Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi mentioned in an announcement.
Duty and penalties from continuation of such actions shall fall squarely on the shoulders of the American facet.
Earlier this week, the Taliban launched a serious offensive in opposition to Afghan authorities forces within the southern province of Helmand in an obvious try to seize its capital. The offensive invoked a response from the US-led coalition forces who launched airstrikes in opposition to the Taliban militants in an try to assist the nation’s authorities troops.
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Regardless of the offended rhetoric of the Taliban, the US navy didn’t appear to be able to again down. Responding to the group’s complaints, spokesman for the US forces Colonel Sonny Leggett claimed the airstrikes didn’t truly breach the Doha settlement and are “constant” with it.
“US airstrikes in Helmand and Farah have been and proceed to be solely in protection of the ANDSF as they’re being attacked by the Taliban,” Leggett tweeted, urging all the edges of the decades-long struggle to “scale back violence.”
The settlement between the Taliban and the US was signed in February this yr in Doha, Qatar. The deal envisioned the withdrawal of all overseas troops from Afghanistan, whereas the Taliban pledged to interact in talks with the nation’s authorities to succeed in a peaceable settlement to the prolonged struggle.
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The intra-Afghanistan talks kicked off in Doha final month. No important progress within the negotiations has been reported up to now, whereas the violence continues within the war-torn nation.
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