Taliban, Afghan officials in ceasefire talks: U.S. general
Taliban, Afghan officials in ceasefire talks: U.S. general
The Taliban did not define what was meant by"military and intelligence centres
31 May, 2018, 21:02
While speaking hopefully of peace prospects, Nicholson also told reporters that U.S. rocket artillery struck a gathering of Taliban commanders on May 24 in the Musa Qala district of Helmand province, killing "dozens".
Army Gen. John Nicholson said the talks, involving mid-level and senior-level Taliban fighters, are at a preliminary stage and are taking place nearly entirely behind-the-scenes. He asserted there are "many points of intersection" between Taliban and Afghan proposals for pursuing peace.
US forces killed over 50 Taliban leaders in a series of strikes against those behind a recent attack in the Helmand provincial capital of Farah, US military and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commander General John Nicholson said Wednesday.
Three officers were killed, including the district's well-regarded police chief, Khan Agha, and four others were wounded, said Shahpoor Ahmadzai, the spokesman for the Logar police. He could not say how many other casualties there were besides the assailants.
But Nicholson, who has sought to drive the Taliban to the negotiating table by bringing to bear increased U.S. military pressure, maintained that violence and progress can coexist. "So you see mid-level, senior-level Taliban leaders engaging with Afghans".
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in late February proposed peace talks with the Taliban, saying they could be recognized as a political party if they accepted a ceasefire and recognized the country´s 2004 constitution.
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