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President Ghani: ‘Peace With Taliban ‘Meaningless’

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani hours after a powerful car bombing by the Taliban in Kabul, that killed at least ten civilians on Thursday said that peace with the Taliban is “meaningless”, It was the second major deal attack in less than a week by the hardline group that has already reached “agreement in principle” with the US following nine months of talks in the Gulf state of Qatar.

Today’s attack in Kabul which took place only few meters away from NATO military compound and US embassy killed at least ten people including two foreign soldiers with one of them believed to be an American and wounded 42 others.

“Seeking peace with this group who is still pursuing the killing of the innocent people is meaningless,” President Ghani said in a statement. Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah also condemned the attack and called it a “barbaric act”. He said the Taliban wants to win more leverage in the peace process by launching such attacks. Mr. Abdullah said that such acts by the Taliban will only increase hatred of the Afghan people against the group.