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Afghanistan war has no military solution: Khalilzad

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KABUL: The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad has called on the conflict sides to reduce violence, saying that a political settlement is the only path to end the current crisis in Afghanistan, as the Afghan war has no military solution.

He underscored the remarks in a video briefing to the US Department of State regarding the Afghanistan situation. “There is consensus, both in Afghanistan and internationally, that there is no military solution to the war in Afghanistan,” he added. 

Khalilzad said the Taliban agreed on reduction of violence but US-Taliban peace deal has not significantly asked the militants to halt attacks on the Afghan security forces. “Although there is no agreement of ceasefire on the Afghan security forces in the peace deal but the Taliban violate the content of the deal,” he added.

He earlier blamed the IS-K or Daesh extremist for the two deadly attacks at a maternity hospital and funeral ceremony, in which dozens of civilians were killed and scores of others wounded.

“ISIS-K also opposes a peace agreement between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban, and seeks to encourage sectarian war as in Iraq and Syria,” he added.

In return to his remarks, the Afghan government said that it was too immediately to find out who had been behind the attacks and that Afghanistan security forces is investigating the incident.

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