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Deal near a breaking point: Taliban

U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar signing a peace deal on February 29.

U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar signing a peace deal on February 29.   | Photo Credit: Hussein Sayed

Militants warn of more attacks if provisions are breached

The Taliban said its peace deal with the U.S. was nearing a breaking point, accusing Washington of violations that included drone attacks on civilians, while also chastising the Afghan government for delaying the release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners promised in the agreement.

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The Taliban said it had restricted attacks against Afghan security forces to rural outposts, had not attacked international forces and had not attacked Afghan forces in cities or military installations. The Taliban’s statement issued on Sunday warned of more violence if the U.S. and the Afghan government continue alleged violations of the deal.

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U.S. military spokesman Col. Sonny Leggett in a tweet overnight denied the Taliban allegation, saying the U.S. forces in Afghanistan has “upheld and continues to uphold the military terms of the U.S.-TB (Taliban) agreement; any assertion otherwise is baseless.”

In his tweet, Col. Leggett called for Taliban to reduce violence and said the U.S. military will continue to come to the aid of Afghanistan’s security forces if attacked.

Meanwhile, the militants said they had reduced their attacks compared to last year, but said continued violations would “create an atmosphere of mistrust that will not only damage the agreements, but also force mujaheddin to a similar response and will increase the level of fighting.”

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