KABUL: The dying toll from an enormous blast claimed by the Taliban in Kabul has risen to 16 folks — all civilians — with scores extra wounded, an official mentioned Tuesday.
“Sixteen killed, 119 wounded in final night time’s assault. The explosion was brought on by a tractor crammed with explosives,” inside ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi mentioned.
The blast comes because the US army is ready to tug troops from 5 Afghan bases underneath a proposed cope with the Taliban.
The US envoy main talks, Zalmay Khalilzad, who has spent a couple of 12 months negotiating with the Taliban, mentioned the draw-down would happen inside about 4 months of a ultimate deal being authorized — supplied the Taliban follow their commitments.
“We now have agreed that if the situations proceed in keeping with the settlement, we are going to depart inside 135 days 5 bases wherein we’re current now,” Khalilzad advised Tolo Information, in keeping with an excerpt of an interview the Afghan TV station printed on Twitter.
The Afghan-born envoy was talking in Dari, and Tolo mentioned the total interview can be broadcast later Monday.
Khalilzad was in Kabul following the most recent spherical of talks with the Taliban in Doha, after which he mentioned the 2 sides have been on the “threshold” of a deal. He met Monday with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and confirmed him the draft of a proposed settlement.
The possible deal centres on US troop reductions in return for a number of safety ensures from the Taliban, in addition to broader peace talks between the insurgents and the Afghan authorities and an eventual ceasefire.
Nonetheless, even when lots of 13,000 or so US troops in Afghanistan depart quickly after the deal, President Donald Trump final week mentioned America would preserve a everlasting presence — with 8,600 troops initially — even after a deal is reached with the Taliban.