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Taliban violated peace deal with attacking US bases: report

By: Suraya Raiszada

KABUL: Taliban violated Doha peace deal with firing rockets at a US military base and a joint US-Afghan airfield in southern Afghanistan in recent weeks, the New York Times reported on Sunday.

Around a dozen rockets hit in late July around Camp Bastion, an airbase used by Afghan and US forces in Helmand province. Several rockets were fired within the last week or so at Camp Dwyer, a large US military base about 50 miles south of Bastion.

The rockets may have been fired by a Taliban faction that is against the agreement, NYT reported citing an unidentified US military official.

There were no US casualties in the attacks.

The February peace deal stipulates that the Taliban would refrain from striking US or NATO forces as they gradually leave Afghanistan.

There are around 8,000 US troops in Afghanistan, with plans to draw down to about 4,500 by November.

Four US soldiers have been killed during combat operations, a relatively small number compared to this time in 2019, when more than a dozen US troops had already been killed.

Apart from the issue of attacks against US troops, there have also been reports that the Taliban have maintained ties with al-Qaeda.

“There is debate on their ties with al-Qaeda and we will continue watch those. There are very strict commitments there and they must be upheld,” US commander of international forces in Afghanistan, General Scott Miller, said.

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