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NATO hopeful for peace deal despite ‘despicable violence’

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KABUL: The Northern Alliances Treaty Organization (NATO) has expressed its optimism about a possible peace deal in Afghanistan despite the fragile process in the wave of fresh violence in the country.

Talking in a video conference, Stuart Peach, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee has condemned the recent deadly attacks in Kabul and Nangarhar.

“Afghanistan has been brought, tragically, into focus this week and the security situation in the country remains fragile,” he said. “Although, we have seen, with guarded optimism some encouraging signs in the intra-Afghan negotiations that could lead to a political solution for the people of Afghanistan.”  

Peach has once again reiterated NATO’s support to the Afghan peace process. “NATO supports the peace efforts by training, assisting and advising the Afghan security forces, through the Resolute Support Mission.”

Afghanistan has recently witnessed a number of major attacks, in which dozens of people were killed and wounded. Last week, at least three gunmen stormed into a maternity hospital, killing 24 people most of them mothers and newborn babies.

In the same day, in eastern Nangarhar province, a suicide blast claimed by the IS-K (ISIS) targeted a funeral ceremony of a local police commander, killing 24 and wounding dozens more. 

Following the recent attacks, including the one in eastern Laghman on the Afghan security forces’ convey, where dozens of Afghan soldiers were killed and some have gone missing, President Ashraf Ghani ordered the country’s military to change from guarding position to aggressive and fight the militants in the battlefield.

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