Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - WORLD -

KABUL: The Tal­iban reaf­firmed their com­mit­ment to a Fe­bru­ary deal to draw down the war in Afghanista­n dur­ing a call with US sec­re­tary of state Mike Pom­peo. The dis­cus­sion came as Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump faces pres­sure to ex­plain why he did noth­ing af­ter be­ing re­port­edly told Rus­sian spies had of­fered and paid cash to Tal­iban-linked mil­i­tants for killing US sol­diers. The Tal­iban have de­nied that their fight­ers re­ceived any Rus­sian bounties, and the group’s Qatar-based chief ne­go­tia­tor Mul­lah Ab­dul Ghani Baradar re­it­er­ated their pledge not to strike against the US. Baradar told Pom­peo that “ac­cord­ing to the agree­ment, we do not al­low any­one to use Afghan soil against the US and other coun­tries”, Tal­iban spokesman Suhail Sha­heen said on Mon­day on Twit­ter.

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