ANKARA, (BM) – The US military mission in Afghanistan for the first time refused to officially publish data on the attack by representatives of the radical Taliban movement amid a peace treaty with the rebels, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Daily Sabah.
Thus, the newspaper writes, the administration of US President Donald Trump is trying to create the appearance of compliance with the terms of the agreement in order to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.
The head of international observers, John F. Sopko, said that information about the Taliban attack was one of the few evidence that can be used in security reports in Afghanistan. According to the office of the country’s national security adviser, since the conclusion of the peace treaty on February 29, militants have made 2804 attacks on government forces. The Ministry of Defense of Afghanistan reported 10-15 cases of violence by terrorists daily.
Pentagon spokesman Thomas Campbell also insists on the importance of publicizing Taliban attacks. According to him, in March, these incidents “exceeded all seasonal norms.” The recorded data could be used in international discussions about compliance by the rebels with the terms of the agreement, Campbell is sure.
A peace treaty between the United States and the Taliban was concluded on February 29 during a ceremony in Doha, Qatar. Already on March 2, militants announced the resumption of hostilities against the government forces of Afghanistan.
One of the clauses of the agreement was the exchange of prisoners. However, the Taliban have repeatedly disrupted negotiations. Exchange should be the first step towards peace between the parties.
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