The delusion of peace in Afghanistan

The US agreement with the Taleban is rapidly unravelling in the face of the latter's aggressive onslaught. A humanitarian and security crisis looms

Afghan government forces now aided by warlords and increased American air strikes are fighting back. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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WASHINGTON • On Aug 3, as the Taleban went on the offensive across Afghanistan, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

The State Department said the two "emphasised the need to accelerate peace negotiations and achieve a political settlement that is inclusive, respects the rights of all Afghans, including women and minorities, allows the Afghan people to have a say in choosing their leaders, and prevents Afghan soil from being used to threaten the United States and its allies and partners".

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