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Taliban Attack Aid Group Office in Kabul, in Setback to U.S. Peace Talks

A week after the start of a new round of US-Taliban peace negotiations, the Taliban attacked the Kabul office of American nonprofit Counterpart International, killing at least 5 people, including 3 employees of American charity CARE, which has an Afghanistan office near the site that was targeted.

According to the Taliban, Counterpart International was targeted because it is a “US network” that conducts “harmful Western activities inside Afghanistan” and works with “foreign advisers” guilty of “various aspects of brutality, oppression, terror, anti-Islamic ideology and promotion of Western culture.”

American Ambassador to Afghanistan John R. Bass condemned the “senseless violence” of the Taliban, adding that “[t]he targeted organization helps local communities, trains journalists and supports the Afghan people.” Various Afghan analysts believe that with this attack, the Taliban demonstrated that it doesn’t actually believe in peace.

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