Taliban kills five Afghan soldiers despite the hope of reducing violence 1

Taliban kills five Afghan soldiers despite the hope of reducing violence

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KABUL: At least five Afghan soldiers were killed when Taliban fighters stormed their base in northern Afghanistan, officials said Monday, as the country waits for an expected “reduction in violence” before a US-Taliban deal.

Seven days after US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he had reached an agreement with the Taliban to “conditionally” reduce violence, the attack took place in the turbulent Shuracak region in Kunduz province.

“Unfortunately, five soldiers were killed and three wounded,” the Afghan Ministry of Defense said in a statement.

A spokesperson for the Kunduz police station, Enhamuddin Rahmani, said the fighting lasted several hours, with heavy losses on both sides.
Taliban Zabihullah Mujahid official spokesperson claimed on Twitter that militants killed 19 security forces during the attack.

It is unclear when to start reducing violence.

Taliban officials have expressed the urgency and US officials said on Friday that it would start ‘really fast’.

The move is part of a long-term agreement that could ultimately lead to a complete cease-fire.

On Monday, members of the Taliban delegation told a local news agency in Doha that the Taliban talks had “been successfully” terminated and that an agreement had been reached that would be announced before the end of this month.

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