KABUL, Afghanistan - The Taliban announced they killed four U.S. soldiers and wounded six in an insurgent attack conducted on the Bargram air base with two rockets on Tuesday. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed the reports in a statement adding that the explosion caused a major fire in the base.
News of the attack came shortly after the White House announced it would soon hold peace talks in Doha, Qatar, with representatives of the Taliban forces and the Afghan government. A US official was quoted as saying: “I think the US will have its first formal meeting with the Taliban, and the first meeting with the Taliban for several years, in a couple of days in Doha.”
According to the CNN, Washington will hold peace talks with Taliban representatives on Thursday. Meanwhile, Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai said on Wednesday he wouldn’t attend the talks. A statement issued by the Afghan government read: “ In view of the contradiction between acts and the statements made by the United States of America in regard to the peace process, the Afghan government suspended the negotiations.”
The peace process will likely last long because the US wants the Taliban to end their ties with Al-Qaeda, stop all acts of terrorism in the region and respect the Afghan constitution. Mohammed Naeem, a Taliban representative, said: “We support a political and peaceful solution that ends Afghanistan’s occupation, and guarantees the Islamic system and nationwide security.”
Afghanistan has staged a conflict that has been going on since 2001. The U.S. invaded the central Asian country following the 9/11 attacks.