Afghan violence jumps to record level amid US-Taliban talks

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Kabul: The US government watchdog has said on Friday that violent attacks in Afghanistan’s war jumped to record levels in the last quarter of 2019.

The report said despite the lull, which has come as the US and the Taliban continue talks over a possible deal for American forces to leave Afghanistan, fighting in rural provinces has continued unabated.

According to the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), “enemy-initiated attacks” rose sharply last year.

SIGAR noted that attacks appeared to mirror progress in US-Taliban talks, with incidents dropping earlier in the year, then picking up again after US President Donald Trump temporarily halted negotiations in September.

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