Kabul, Afghanistan (AP) ̵
Many indignant Afghans are asking if an upcoming US-Taliban deal to end nearly 18 years of fighting – America's longest war – will bring peace to suffering civilians. The bomber detonated its explosive in the midst of a dancing crowd, and the IS affiliate later said he had targeted a cluster of minority Shiites whom he considers deadly apostates.
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A sharp statement by the Taliban called into question why the US did not identify the attackers in advance. Another statement by the Taliban on the occasion of the Independence Day was: "Leave Afghans to Afghanistan".
Above all, in their nearly one-year negotiations with the US, the Taliban want some 20,000 US and Allied forces to withdraw from the country. The US, for its part, wants the Taliban to assure that Afghanistan – which hosted Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden before 9/11 – will not be a launching point for global terrorist attacks.
The US envoy in talks with the Taliban, Zalmay Khalilzad On Sunday, the peace process should be speeded up to help Afghanistan defeat the IS affiliate. This would also include in-Afghan talks about the future of the country.
However, Ghani claimed Monday that the Taliban, whom the US now hopes will slow the rise of the IS member, are also responsible for the wedding attack. His government is openly frustrated at being excluded from US talks with the insurgent group that sees the Afghan government as a US puppet.
The Taliban "created the platform for terrorists" with their own brutal attacks on schools, mosques and over the years more than 32,000 civilians have been killed in Afghanistan, the UN said earlier this year. In the past year – 927 – more children were killed by all actors than in any other decade, according to the UN, including in operations against insurgent havens carried out by international forces.
"We will take revenge for every civil drop of blood," explained Ghani. "Our fight will continue against (IS), we will take revenge and exterminate it." He called on the international community to join in this effort.
He claimed that safe havens for militants in Pakistan are beyond the border, whose secret service has long been accused of supporting the Taliban. The claim of the IS member about the wedding attack said that it was carried out by a Pakistani fighter who sought martyrdom.
Ghani called on people in Pakistan, "who desperately want peace," to identify militant sanctuaries there.
Last month At a meeting with President Donald Trump, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan insisted that he would do his best to persuade the Taliban to negotiate with the Afghan government to resolve the war.
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Trump told reporters Sunday that he did not want Afghanistan to be a "laboratory for terror." He was briefed on the progress of the US Taliban talks on Friday, of which only a few details became known.
US embassy secretary Mike Pompeo called the weekend wedding bomb attack a message calling Afghanistan's independence and the "century of resilience." an attack on humanity. "It was one of many international statements of condemnation that arrived after the attack.