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Taliban ends partial truce with US, announces to resume Afghanistan 'operations'

The Taliban Monday announced they were resuming offensive operations against Afghan security forces, ending the partial truce that preceded the signing of a deal between the insurgents and Washington.

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New Delhi Updated on: March 02, 2020 19:07 IST
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The Taliban Monday announced they were resuming offensive operations against Afghan security forces, ending the partial truce that preceded the signing of a deal between the insurgents and Washington.

"The reduction in violence...has ended now and our operations will continue as normal," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said. 

This comes days after US and Taliban finalised the peace deal after months of negotiation, to officially end America's longest war in Afghanistan that began in 2001 in the wake of 9/11 terror attacks masterminded by former Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden.

The deal was aimed at paving the way towards peace in Afghanistan after more than 18 years of conflict. The US and its NATO allies agreed to withdraw all their troops from the country within 14 months if the militants uphold the deal. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Taliban leaders attended the signing ceremony in Doha in Qatar.

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