At­tacks in­crease as US-Tal­iban talks re­sume

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - News - — NEW YORK TIMES

Vi­o­lence surged across Afghanista­n as U.S. and Tal­iban of­fi­cials started a sev­enth round of peace talks Sat­ur­day, with high hopes for a break­through.

The talks, held in the Qatari cap­i­tal, Doha, aim to ham­mer out a pro­vi­sional sched­ule for U.S. troop with­drawal in ex­change for Tal­iban guar­an­tees that in­ter­na­tional ter­ror groups will not op­er­ate on Afghan soil.

The at­tacks Fri­day and Sat­ur­day, which killed as many as 300 fighters from both sides, was a sign that op­ti­mism at the ne­go­ti­a­tions might not trans­late to an im­me­di­ate reduction in vi­o­lence, as the ri­vals seek bat­tle­field gains for lever­age.

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