Taleban meet with US general amid tensions over peace deal

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taleban have met with the head of United States (US) forces in Afghanistan to call for an end to what they say is an increase in American attacks since a peace deal signed in February, allegations the US military denied yesterday.

A US military spokesman called on the Taleban to stop attacking Afghan security forces and said American troops would continue to come to their aid in accordance with the agreement. He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

The peace deal is aimed at paving the way for the US to extricate itself from the 19-year war, America’s longest.

The spokesman confirmed that General Scott Miller met with the Taleban “as part of the military channel established in the agreement” to discuss ways to reduce the violence.