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UN Says 30672 People Displaced Due To Continued Fighting In Afghanistan

UN Says 30672 People Displaced Due To Continued Fighting In Afghanistan

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Kabul on March 13 for an unannounced visit to take stock of the war and the prospects for drawing at least some Taliban fighters into peace talks with the Afghan government.

Speaking to reporters, Mattis says that victory is still possible, meaning a political settlement with the Taliban could be in the cards.

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani recently offered a comprehensive peace deal to the Taliban, but the militants have not responded and have increased their attacks.

Conference participants will call for an urgent start of direct talks between the Kabul government and the Taliban, the press office of Uzbekistan´s foreign ministry said in a written reply to questions from Reuters.

The defence secretary, who commanded U.S. troops as a Marine general in southern Afghanistan during the war with the Taliban in 2001, said that getting the militants on board for reconciliation may be a bridge too far.

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But Mattis said some insurgent leaders have expressed an interest in discussions. Ghani in February offered recognition of the Taliban as a legitimate political group as part of a proposed process he said could lead to talks.

The insurgent group has said it was prepared to negotiate, but only with the United States and not with the Kabul government.

President Ghani said that despite a recent surge in violence, a peace process would help identify "those who want to separate themselves from worldwide terrorist organizations and terrorist activities".

In January, Taliban gunmen stormed the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, killing 22 people. Over the weekend, a Taliban attack killed seven army commandos and eight policemen in Bala Buluk district.

Data released by the U.S. in January showed that the Taliban's hold on Afghanistan is strengthening.


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