Top Pakistan Security Official to Visit Afghanistan for Crucial Talks

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The US military has released new footage of the anti-narcotics aspect of its battle against the Taliban: two new videos show A-10 aircraft bombing drug facilities to pieces in Afghanistan's Helmand province.

"Kabul is our main effort right now, to harden Kabul, to protect the people of Kabul and the global community that are here because of the strategic impact that has and the importance to the campaign", General John Nicholson, told reporters on Wednesday.

Deputy spokesman Nasrat Rahimi confirmed the Saturday attack, which was claimed by the Taliban.

Omar Zwak, spokesman for the provincial governor, said the attack took place in Nad Ali district and that the house that was hit was near to a police checkpoint. "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.

Pakistan has been providing secret support to the Taliban despite being pressurised and warned by the United States to take a decisive action against the terror groups, revealed United State Army General Joseph L. Votel.

Noting that the USA want to see actions against terrorist, the official said, the Trump administration was "prepared to take steps which we feel are necessary to safeguard our personal" in Afghanistan.

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They welcomed that the participants of the meeting recognised the Kabul Process as a forum and vehicle under the leadership of the Afghan government to lead peace efforts to end violence in Afghanistan.

"The Taliban are in the city", Nicholson said.

However, Khan's cousin, Khair Mohammad, said the cleric was a member of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan — the Pakistani Taliban.

There is an opportunity - now - to end the conflict. "And more than I've seen in any of the previous times I've been around this". "But there are elements of the Taliban clearly interested in talking to the Afghan government", Mattis said.

Taliban fighters still control large parts of the country and any new battlefield gains by U.S. and US-backed Afghan forces can not promise to overcome Afghanistan's yawning political divisions and entrenched corruption.