Taliban bombing leaves 10 dead in Kabul, increasing doubts over negotiations

Taliban bombing leaves 10 dead in Kabul, increasing doubts over negotiations
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The Taliban claimed responsibility for a bombing that killed 10 near Kabul on Thursday, heightening doubts among Afghan officials over a pending peace agreement between the United States and the insurgent group, The Washington Post reported.

The car bombing near Afghan security offices in the center of Kabul left an additional 40 injured.

The Taliban said in a statement that it had targeted a convoy of foreigners, according to the Post.


The attack comes days after the U.S. and the Taliban met for a ninth round of negotiations in Qatar.

That meeting resulted in a draft agreement shown to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani by special envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad.

Under the agreement, the U.S. would reportedly withdraw nearly 5,000 troops from five bases in return for the Taliban not allowing militants to use Afghanistan to plan attacks on the U.S. or its allies.

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The Afghan government has not been included in peace talks with the Taliban, and on Wednesday, Ghani's spokesperson Sediq Seddiqi said the Afghan government fears that the deal could have dangerous consequences.

“The Afghan government is also concerned and we, therefore, would like further clarity on this document to completely analyze its dangers and negative consequences and avoid the dangers,” he said.

Intra-Afghan talks are supposed to follow any peace deal between Washington and the Taliban, but there are already disputes over negotiations.