Taliban Attack 2nd Afghan City as US Envoy Says Deal Is Near

U.S. will maintain presence in Afghanistan even if deal reached with Taliban: Trump

The Taliban have launched a major attack on the northern Afghanistan city of Kunduz, igniting gunbattles with security forces, government officials said Saturday.

The militants, who have demanded that all foreign forces leave Afghanistan, now control or hold sway over roughly half of the country and are at their strongest since their 2001 defeat by a US -led invasion.

Recent attacks by the group across the nation are viewed as an attempt to strengthen its negotiating position.

A day after conducting a bloody assault on the strategically important northern city of Kunduz, Taliban militants on September 1 are attacking the Baghlan provincial capital of Puli Khumri, the spokesman for the police chief said.

Provincial council member Mabobullah Ghafari told The Associated Press he had seen the bodies of at least six members of the security forces Sunday and that the situation was worsening by the hour. Hospital officials could not immediately be reached.

"We can tell you that any potential peace deal will not be based on blind trust, but will instead contain clear commitments that are subject to our monitoring and verification", the official said.

"What that suggests to me is that [the Taliban] are not just keeping open the possibility, but they are also intending to continue to fight despite a withdrawal of US forces", Jones said.

There were no immediate reports of civilian casualties.

Afghan security forces stand guard during a fight against Taliban fighters in Kunduz province north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 31, 2019.

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Hours later, the Afghan defence minister, Asadullah Khalid, rejected speculation that Kunduz had collapsed.

The Taliban has launched an attack on a second Afghan city in two days, even as a ninth round of negotiations with the United States on ending the war wind down.

The fighting occurs as peace talks were scheduled to continue Saturday in Qatar, with their leaders and US officials in the process of attempting to end the 18-year war. Nine rounds of intermittent talks over the past year have focused on a deal that would allow US troops to withdraw from Afghanistan in exchange for promises by the Taliban to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a terrorist safe haven.

After completing the latest round of talks in Doha, Khalilzad traveled to Kabul to consult with a "wide range of Afghans, including the government leadership", said a state department spokesperson.

Early on Sunday morning, Washington's special envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad said the two foes were on the brink of a deal.

More than 2,400 US service members have died in Afghanistan since the USA -led invasion in late 2001 to topple the Taliban, whose government had harbored al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. The Taliban government had harboured al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

More than 20,000 foreign troops are in the country, most serving as part of a NATO-led mission to train and assist Afghan forces.

Shaheen told BBC Pashto radio that they are holding talks with the United States negotiators to "end invasion of Afghanistan".

Despite the peace talks, fighting between the Taliban and Afghan forces, who are backed by USA air power, has not subsided.

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