Spike in violence goes against Doha agreement: SIGAR


KABUL: The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) quoted the Pentagon as saying that “a surge in violence by the Taliban is not bearable and will influence the US-Taliban peace deal.”

According to the SIGAR’s new report, the Afghan government is looking for a lasting ceasefire; however, the militants wish to enforce their own conditions.

 “The Taliban is calibrating its use of violence to harass and undermine the Afghan government and security forces, but remain at a level it perceives is within the bounds of the agreement,” said SIGAR.

The Afghan National Security Council (NSC) had previously stated that the Taliban were conducting 55 assaults per day since the peace deal with the US in February – an increase by 50% in the past three months.

SIGAR and the United Nations in Afghanistan also confirmed that anti-government groups were responsible for 83% of civilians’ casualties, accrediting 38% of them to the Taliban.

Meanwhile, Lt. Gen. John Deedrick, the commander of Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (CSTC-A), admitted that the Taliban violence was too high and thus support the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) would continue.

“The Taliban violence is too high, and we are continuing to support the Afghan security forces and the government, and we will defend the Afghan security forces following the agreement,” said Lt. Gen. Deedrick. “We do conduct strikes and operations by the US-Taliban agreement, and we will continue to do so.”