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Taliban attack second Afghan city as US envoy says deal is near

An official says the Taliban have launched an attack on a second Afghan city in as many days, even as a United States envoy says the US and the Taliban are at the threshold of an agreement to end America's longest war.

Anab Mehdi

Anab MehdiBy Anab Mehdi

Published on 1 Sep 2019 4:25 AM GMT

Taliban attack second Afghan city as US envoy says deal is near
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Kabul: An official says the Taliban have launched an attack on a second Afghan city in as many days, even as a United States envoy says the US and the Taliban are at the threshold of an agreement to end America's longest war.

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The attack Sunday comes a day after the Taliban attacked Kunduz, one of Afghanistan's largest cities, in a neighboring province and killed at least 16 people.

The attacks are seen as strengthening the Taliban's negotiating position in the talks with US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad.

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He is visiting Kabul on Sunday to brief the Afghan government on the details of a deal that is not yet final.

Anab Mehdi

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