Airstrikes on rise as US pur­sues Afghan peace

The News & Observer (Sunday) - - News -

New U.S. Air Force sta­tis­tics show the U.S. dropped more bombs on Afghanista­n last year than any year since 2013, even as Washington’s peace en­voy sought to boost re­gional sup­port for a re­duc­tion in vi­o­lence.

U.S. peace en­voy Zal­may Khalilzad ar­rived in Kabul from Pak­istan on Satur­day, where he told Afghan Pres­i­dent Ashraf Ghani there has been “no no­table progress” in talks with the Tal­iban. How­ever, he said he was hope­ful of reach­ing an un­der­stand­ing on a re­duc­tion of hos­til­i­ties with­out of­fer­ing a time frame, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the pres­i­den­tial palace.

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