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Editorial: Armed conflicts are intensifying

With the U.S. and NATO forces being prepared to exit from Afghanistan, the relentless violence has been ragging across the country. The daily toll of the Afghan security forces is on the rise while the Taliban are suffering the same or even more casualties in clashes. 181 Taliban are reported to have been killed and 78 others wounded during the past 24 hours. But the casualties of the Afghan security forces also remain in high number as the militants continue attacking their outposts and checkpoints. The Afghan security forces are scrambling with severe armed conflicts amid a fractured political situation in the country that also give power to the Taliban to appear with more leverage in negotiations and fight with a high morale against the security forces. There is no national consensus on the Afghan peace process. Afghanistan presently is like a sheep lost in a wild jungle. The ridicule part of this senseless war is that there is no more excuse for prolonging the ongoing violence after the U.S. officially announced the withdrawal of troops. This conflict is not hurting anyone else but the Afghans. Unfortunately, in one hand, the corrupt administration in Kabul seeks to undermine the peace process in a bid to remain in power. On the other hand, the Taliban as often lack sympathy and compassion with our people. The group still insists on violence with staging deadly attacks that also inflict casualties on civilians in addition to the security forces. The American service members have not suffered any casualties in the conflicts since the U.S. signed a peace deal with the group last year. There are reports about secret deal between the U.S. and Taliban under which the militants are asked to protect the American bases from threats posed by other militant groups active in the country. It is even beyond logic that the U.S. and all foreign troops enjoy safety and protections but the Afghans have been suffering from trauma and carnages. Our country now needs a strong and inclusive political consensus. The Afghan leaders should stand united to prevent the country from going backward to the 1990s civil war or the dark regime of Taliban in (1996-2001). If the U.S. really wants to support the Afghans, it should be meaningful support. The U.S. must pressure Taliban’s supporters in the region to bring them to the negotiation table and meet their demands via discussion instead of posing a horrified picture in the country.

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