US looks to protect Afghan capital against Taliban…

US looks to protect Afghan capital against Taliban…

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) also on Thursday issued a statement in which they asked the Taliban to accept the Afghan government's peace offer.

Reports indicate that in a recent spate of violence, Taliban fighters launched an attack on two security check points in Dehak village which is a closest vicinity to the provincial capital, Farah City, and killed several security force members. "So far, we have seen them taking bare minimum steps that we are requesting", the official pointed out in response to another question.

"Around 9.10am this morning a suicide auto bomb exploded in Police District Nine of Kabul", Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish told Agence France-Presse. The most recent attack took place on March 9 when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a Shia area of Kabul, killing at least nine people.

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In the past year, insurgents have staged massive bombings in the Afghan capital, including one in January that killed more than 100 people and another in May 2017 near the German embassy.

Health ministry spokesman Wahid Majrooh said at least four people had been wounded. The Washington Times said that the ISI also conducts security patrols in facilitating Taliban transit along the main highway to Kuchlak, using a Toyota SUV that is owned by the ISI.

The local ToloNews reported that the Taliban had claimed responsibility for the attack.

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"All occupiers were killed", Mujahid said. Jan Agha said the attacker targeted a "foreign convoy" on Saturday but was not successful.

The remarks underscored the high degree of concern about the Taliban's intent to stage high-profile attacks in Kabul, which are aimed at undermining the Afghan government and global resolve after 16 years of war.

Now is the best time for the Taliban to negotiate for peace, the top U.S. general in Afghanistan said Wednesday, warning that an increased air and ground campaign against the insurgents would only get worse.

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But the country's powerful security services still seem to be supporting the Afghan Taliban, the official said, most likely because it sees the Taliban as aligned with Islamabad's interest in keeping India from influencing Afghanistan.

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