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Violence in Afghanistan Worsens as U.S.-Taliban Peace Talks Plod On

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Fahim Abed
Fatima Faizi
Mohammad Nayeem
Ghulam Ali
Mujib Mashal
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On Wednesday, a powerful Taliban truck bomb exploded outside a police station in Kabul, the Afghan capital, killing 14 people and injuring at least 145 others as peace negotiations between the militants and American diplomats were underway.The United Nations said July was the deadliest month in Afghanistan in the last couple of years, with 1,500 civilians killed or wounded.While the United Nations blamed last month’s increase on large Taliban explosions, it said in an earlier report that Afghan forces and their American allies were responsible for more civilian deaths than the Taliban during the first six months of the year.Often, even heavily populated urban centers like Kabul feel like battlegrounds in a war that lost clear front lines long ago.The explosion on Wednesday, following repeated warnings from the United Nations about rising civilian casualties, was the latest to strike a heavily populated area during the morning rush hour. The Afghan intelligence agency said Wednesday morning in a statement that it had raided three cells of the Islamic State in different parts of the city, resulting in clashes with suspected bomb makers.Although the Taliban are responsible for much of the war’s insurgent violence, a small affiliate of the Islamic State has gained a stubborn foothold in the country’s east and has claimed that it carried out repeated suicide attacks in urban centers.The violence is intensifying as American diplomats are working out the final details of a preliminary agreement with the Taliban in the Qatari capital, Doha.

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