US blames IS for Kabul maternity attack, urges peace process

US blames IS for Kabul maternity attack, urges peace process


Washington: The US negotiator for Afghanistan accused the Islamic State Group of a shocking attack on the maternity hospital on Thursday. He urged the government and the Taliban to stick to the lurching peace process.

Zalmay Khalilzad  said the US government assessed that the Islamic State of the extremist Afghan branch of Khorasan carried out two attacks on Kabul hospital and funerals in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday.

The Islamic State Group “opposes the peace agreement between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban and tries to encourage sectarian wars like Iraq and Syria,” Khalilzad wrote on Twitter.

He wrote: “Afghans must unite to eliminate this threat and seek historic opportunities for peace, rather than falling into the trap of ISIS, delaying peace or creating obstacles.”

“There are no more excuses. The Afghans, and the world, deserve better.”

The Islamic State Group claimed responsibility for the funeral bombing that killed 32 funerals.

However, no group expressed appreciation for the attack on the maternity hospital because at least 24 people were killed there, including newborns, mothers and nurses.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo earlier emphasized the Taliban’s denial and urged progress on reconciliation.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani expressed his indignation at the attack, saying that the internationally recognized government will resume the offensive against the Taliban.

The government hopes to pave the way for peace talks with the Taliban and has always followed the unilateral policy of taking defensive measures when attacked.

The rebels signed an agreement with the United States on February 29. The agreement has begun to withdraw troops, which is part of President Donald Trump’s wish to end the longest war in the United States.

The Taliban implemented strict Islamic brands in most parts of Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001 and welcomed Al Qaeda, but increasingly competed for the influence of the Islamic State Group.

When the Taliban reached an agreement with the United States, they agreed to oppose foreign extremists, but did not attack Western troops, although they continued to use violence against Afghan forces.

The Afghan intelligence agency has connected the Islamic State Group with the Taliban-linked Hakani network, which the United States views as a terrorist organization.

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