Wednesday, January 19

The US announces the first face-to-face meeting with the Taliban after the deadly attack on the Kunduz mosque


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A US delegation will meet with representatives of the Islamist movement this Saturday and Sunday in Doha

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Several talibn at a checkpoint in Kabul.JORGE SILVAReuters
  • Troop withdrawal The US races out of Afghanistan after 20 years and the Taliban declare their “independence”
  • Attempt Dozens killed in an attack on a mosque in the Afghan city of Kunduz

USA and the Talibn They will begin their first face-to-face dialogue this Saturday since the withdrawal of their troops from Afghanistan, shortly after a suicide attack claimed by the Islamic State group caused at least 55 deaths in a Kunduz mosque.

And it is that an American delegation meet with representatives of the Islamist movement Saturday and Sunday in Doha, the capital of Qatar, according to a spokesman for the State Department.

The US administration has maintained contact with the new leaders of Afghanistan since the taking of Kabul in August, but this will be the first face-to-face meeting. “We will pressure the Talibn to respect the rights of all Afghans, including women and girls, and to form an inclusive government with broad support,” the spokesman reported.

This meeting in no way implies recognition of the Taliban regime, he added: “Any legitimacy must be earned through the Talibn’s own actions.”

Attacked during prayer

This movement has been announced hours after a deadly attack perpetrated during midday prayer at a Kunduz Shiite Mosque, that has caused at least 55 victims.

The IS group, which also carried out an attack on another Kabul mosque last Sunday in which five people were killed, claimed responsibility for the attack on one of its Telegram channels.

According to the jihadist organization, the author was nicknamed “Mohammed the Uyghur”, implying that he was part of the Chinese Muslim minority, some of whose members joined IS.

According to “preliminary” information, the explosion was work of a kamikaze, Matiullah Rohani, a regional Taliban officer in charge of Culture and Information.

This is the deadliest attack to hit Afghanistan since the withdrawal of US and foreign troops on August 30.

The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, has condemned “in the strongest terms” the attack, “the third against a religious building in less than a week.” And, in the central hospital of Kunduz, a doctor who did not want to make his identity public has explained that they had received “35 bodies and more than 50 wounded.” In addition, the local Doctors Without Borders clinic announced that it had taken care of another 20 dead and 90 injured.

A witness who was in the mosque and who only said his name, Rahmatullah, declared: “There were 300 or 400 people inside, there was no room left. We were in the entrance hall when all of a sudden the explosion happened.”

The outbreak occurred during the noon prayer, the busiest on Friday, the Muslim Sabbath, and witnesses described atrocious scenes.

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