• No peace until foreign troops leave Afghanistan: Taliban chief


    KABUL: The Taliban’s new leader told Kabul on Tuesday it must cancel a security deal with the United States and expel all foreign troops if it wants peace in Afghanistan. Mullah Mansour made the demand in his first message marking the Muslim festival of Eid-ul-Adha since taking charge of the insurgent movement after the death of talismanic founding leader Mullah Omar was confirmed in July. Despite internal struggles and the recent emergence of the rival Islamic State group in the country, the Taliban’s 14-year insurgency shows no sign of slackening. Recent overtures by the government of President Ashraf Ghani for a peace settlement have ended in failure.



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