US Launches First Airstrikes Against Taliban Since Ceasefire Ended

US demands Taliban act to reduce violence

The US has launched two airstrikes against Taliban targets in Afghanistan on Thursday and Friday, the first such strikes since the Taliban had an Eid al-Fitr ceasefire deal with the Afghan government late last month.

Details on why these attacks were launched weren’t clear, but the US spokesman said they were defensive in nature, and subsequently demanded that the Taliban reduce violence. Despite this constant demand from the US, the amount of violence in Afghanistan is substantially down since the ceasefire.

The US deal was meant to stop direct US fighting with the Taliban, and by all indications, the Taliban has not attacked US forces. The US, however, has intermittently attacked Taliban forces, insisting they are sticking up for the Afghan government.

The Taliban and Afghan government are meant to have talks, but slow Afghan reactions on the prisoner release has stalled this effort. The Taliban has urged the US to try to convince the Afghan government to back the process, but so far this has not meant much.

Author: Jason Ditz

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