White House Condemns Day-Long Taliban Attack That Killed At Least 6
White House Condemns Day-Long Taliban Attack That Killed At Least 6
Smokes rises after an explosion in Kabul on Monday
03 July, 2019, 13:30
Monday's "indiscriminate assault, which caused injuries to children at school, was particularly barbarous", US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement. It began with a powerful vehicle bomb and lasted almost 10 hours as five gunmen holed up in a high-rise building fired into a nearby defense ministry building, which the militants said was the target of the attack.
President Ghani condemned Monday's attack, saying the Taliban "wanted to continue this war".
Pakistan has reportedly pressed the Taliban _ many of whom have homes in Pakistan _ into talks.
"Only Afghans themselves can decide the future of their country".
The latest talks between the United States and the Taliban meanwhile stretched into a third day.
According to a senior US defense official, however, there are still close to 14,000 USA troops in Afghanistan - a number that has remained fairly steady for many months.
Trump has long expressed interest in pulling out of Afghanistan, though some in the administration have been keen to keep troops in the country, and many in Congress have expressed discomfort with the idea of the war, the longest in USA history, ever ending.
"This brazen attack demonstrates the Taliban's callous disregard for their fellow Afghans, who have repeatedly voiced the urgency of finding a peaceful resolution to the conflict", the White House statement added.
In the previous round of US-Taliban peace talks earlier this year, the two sides "agreed in draft" on the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan in return for a Taliban guarantee that its elements would not attack US forces.
"Regarding terrorism, we've made real progress and are almost ready to conclude a draft text outlining the Taliban's commitments to join fellow Afghans in ensuring Afghan soil never again becomes a safe haven for terrorists", Pompeo said.
Sohail Shaheen, spokesman for the Taliban political office in Doha, said the group's key concern was to make sure a timeline for foreign troop pullout is announced.
The Qatar talks have focused on issues ranging from counter-terrorism and withdrawal of foreign troops to an intra-Afghan dialogue and a comprehensive ceasefire. He did not identify the guarantors.
Washington accelerated attempts to find a negotiated end to America's longest war with the appointment last September of Khalilzad, who was a special presidential representative to Afghanistan and later US ambassador in Kabul in the years immediately following the 2001 USA -led invasion that ousted the Taliban. The Taliban has continuously refused to meet the Afghan government, accusing it of being a puppet of the West.
Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, said this in a series of tweets following the ongoing seventh round of talks with the Taliban in the Qatari capital, Doha.
London club Chelsea signed Argentine forward Gonzalo Higuain on loan from Italian giants Juventus in January. Lampard began talks last week with Chelsea , where he is the record scorer with 211 goals .
The challenge in question tasks Fortnite players to " Hit a player with a water balloon in different matches ". This simply requires players to earn five eliminations with the daily unvaulted weapon or a Drumgun.
It's important remember that in order to take advantage of the best Amazon Prime Day deals you must be an Amazon Prime member. To join the membership for a year you have to $119 but if you don't want to pay then you can cancel your trial period.
The development angered French President Emmanuel Macron who said Europe's indecision was hurting its image overseas . Protracted wrangling to dish out the EU's top jobs is not new: in 2014 it took three summits to fill the posts.
The winger, 33, missed Tuesday's 2-1 semifinal win over England with what she told reporters was a minor hamstring injury. Added Neville: "When we got the penalty, I turned to my bench and said, '[We've] won this.' But it wasn't to be".
In fact, Michael Vaughan had earlier tweeted that the team which beats India will go on to win the tournament. As a result, India scored only 28 runs in the first 10 overs - their slowest start in the World Cup so far.
Three men accused of being ISIS supporters have been arrested over an alleged terror plot following raids across western Sydney. Police said el-Matari and Dakkak communicated on messaging apps about attacking potential targets in central Sydney.
After winning two straight Grand Slam titles, Naomi Osaka has now failed to reach the second week at the last two majors. And today I think I did a great job. "I think my grass court play is getting better".
Mnuchin has repeatedly denied Democrats' requests for the financial documents, which Neal initially requested in April. The Ways and Means Committee says it doesn't have to explain its reasons for seeking Trump's tax return information.
Bangladesh vs India - Highlights & Stats
India wrapped up their innings at 314-9, thanks in large part to a 180-run partnership between openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul . The two-time champions made two changes to the team that lost to hosts England at Edgbaston on Sunday.
Marvel's Spider-Man patch adds free Far From Home DLC today
It will be interesting to see if these new suits spark a bit of a Spider-Man nostalgia, as players revisit the 2018 hit this week. Fans who are returning to the game for the first time since launch may want to consider checking out the game's DLC packages.
Police say former NFL player shot in North Carolina
But that was enough to earn a Super Bowl ring after the Giants upset the New England Patriots , 17-14, in Super Bowl XLII. Wright completed 164 of 266 passes for a career-best 1,582 yards and six touchdowns with nine interceptions that season.
Bitcoin Rally Had Little Impact On Crypto Related Downloads
Bitcoin dropped by a massive 5.1 percent over an hour, as the king coin was priced at $9,738 on major exchanges, at press time. Traders said there was no immediate news catalyst for the fall, ascribing the moves to largely technical trading.
Clarification: Trump-North Korea-Stepping Into History story
As cameras homed in on the low concrete barrier that Trump crossed to enter into North Korea Sunday, it hardly seemed daunting. The squat huts, which straddle the demarcation line, are painted powder blue in the color of the United Nations.
Man United table £70m Maguire offer
Maguire is open to leaving Leicester but favours a move to City because they can offer Champions League football. That has allowed United to march to the front of the queue, with the Red Devils offering Leicester £70m.
Spider-Man PS4 Adds Two Far From Home Suits
After gamers have built the Advanced Suit in the game, you are able to switch between suits during the story. Basically, if you've made it through the game's opening and pushed a little further, you're good to go.
Hong Kong violence has just begun
Officers grabbed the cart after it became wedged in the broken glass and repelled the protesters with pepper spray. The area around Golden Bauhinia Square, where the ceremony takes place, has been shut down since Saturday.
Scotch whisky latest target of USA tariffs
A spokesman for the Scotch Whisky Association urged governments and the European Union to act swiftly to resolve the crisis. Lighthizer's office is seeking public comment and will hold a public hearing on the proposed additional tariffs August 5.
Harris surges, Biden slips after debate: new poll
Biden did poorly in his first debate performance but that's likely due to some rust at this point in his career. Results among the Democratic sample have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 5.0 percentage points.