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Taliban say differences resolved on US troop withdrawal

The Taliban on Tuesday announced that disagreements between the group and the United States government over the withdrawal from US and NATO forces from Afghanistan have been resolved in the latest round of peace talks in Qatar. US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad stated that “excellent progress” had been made during the talks. Khalilzad aims for a final peace accord by September of this year.

Despite this optimisim, the Taliban carried out a suicide attack on a police station in Kabul on Wednesday. The attack killed 14 people and wounded 145. On Tuesday, the group urged Afghan citizens to boycott the presidential election that will be held next month and warned people to avoid rallies “that could become potential targets.”

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