The Taliban agreed to suspend recent attacks targeting southern Afghanistan after U.S. forces said they would end strikes as part of the peace agreement established in February, the Associated Press reported.
The U.S. was organizing drone strikes, night raids and air assaults targeting Taliban attacks aimed at Afghan forces in the southern Helmand province, the AP reported. Taliban officials met with U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Gen. Austin Miller and agreed to suspend the attacks after U.S. forces said they would stop retaliatory attacks, according to a Taliban official familiar with the matter.
The agreement came after multiple rounds of negotiations resulting in an agreed “reset” entailing a “reduced number of operations,” Khalilzad said Thursday.
“Following several meetings Gen. Miller and I had with the Taliban we agreed to re-set actions by strictly adhering to implementation of all elements of the U.S.-Taliban agreement and all commitments made,” Khalilzad said.
1/4 Following several meetings General Miller and I had with the Taliban, we agreed to re-set actions by strictly adhering to implementation of all elements of the U.S.-Taliban Agreement and all commitments made.
— U.S. Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad (@US4AfghanPeace) October 15, 2020