Kunar offensive marks resumption of conflict after yet another failure in peace talks between Kabul and Taliban
A rocket attack wounded 16 children in Kunar, eastern Afghanistan, on Monday (26). The offensive is yet another manifestation of the resumption of conflict in the country after the most recent failed attempt at peace negotiations between the Afghan government in Kabul and the Taliban.
Information the Turkish broadcaster TRT points out that the rocket hit the provincial governor's complex during a religious ceremony. The children were in a Quran recitation competition and several are in serious condition. In addition to the minors, three members of the Afghan security forces and religious officials were also injured.
Kabul attributed the attack to the Taliban, which is pushing for the overthrow of the Afghan government supported by the international community. The group said it was "aware of the incident" and that it is investigating the responsibility for the act.
On the 14th, the Taliban refused to participate in the summit mediated by the United States and the United Nations (United Nations) in Turkey. With the refusal, Washington moved the meeting to May and extended the deadline for withdrawing allied troops Afghanistan to 9/11.
The attacks have not stopped since then. In the past ten days, more than 100 Afghan civilians and soldiers have been killed or wounded in fighting across the country. On Monday (25), a land mine hit an army vehicle in Jalalabad and injured six people.
Then, 12 Afghan police officers were killed in an ambush in Kandahar. On Sunday (25), a suicide attack blew up a car full of explosives in an area close to the provincial military base in southern Afghanistan and a hub of conflict. Five policemen died.
Violence has increased in Afghanistan since the signing of the agreement that negotiated the withdrawal of troops between the Taliban and the United States in February 2020. For the Afghan government, the Taliban seek to generate insecurity in the country and, thus, claim advantages in the negotiations of the agreement. of peace.