Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Security Council Press Statement on Kabul Process

Security Council Press Statement on Kabul Process

Three civilians were killed and three others wounded in the attack, Danish said.

Abdul Samad Salehi, a member of the Farah provincial council, said four of those killed in today's attack were from the intelligence service and six were police.

Nusrat Rahimi, deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry, told Andolu Agency three people, all civilians, were killed.

The top Pakistani security official is visiting Kabul more than two weeks after Ghani offered unconditional talks to the Taliban in his bid to end an increasingly deadly Afghan war. "We should give it more time, it deserves more time", the official added, suggesting an August anniversary of Trump's strategy speech may be a good time to reflect.

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Earlier this week, General John Nicholson, the top United States commander in Afghanistan, said security in Kabul would be "the main effort" for global powers helping Afghan defence and security forces.

The local ToloNews reported that the Taliban had claimed responsibility for the attack.

Pakistan is doing the "bare minimum" to squeeze the Taliban and terror groups, a senior USA administration official said Friday, despite Washington's threat to freeze two billion dollars' worth of aid.

The attack comes weeks before the start of the spring fighting season which is expected to be more intense this year as militants respond to intensifying USA and Afghan air strikes and ground offensives.

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The most recent was on March 9 when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a Shia-majority area of the city, killing at least nine people.

Although the Taliban has been largely silent on Ghani's proposal, U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis recently said that some elements within the terrorist groups are receptive to the offer.

"The Pakistanis have wanted to appear responsive", the official said on condition of anonymity, sketching out the need for increased pressure.

Over the same period, the watchdog said, the number of districts under Afghan government control or influence fell to its lowest level since December 2015.

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