Tuesday, 3 September 2019 13:09 WIB |
The Taliban claimed responsibility for an explosion in Kabul late Monday, just hours after a U.S. negotiator shared with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani œkey details of a deal that would see thousands of American troops leaving Afghanistan.
The blast in the Green Village compound, which houses international organizations and guesthouses, killed at least 16 people and wounded 119 others, said an Afghan government spokesman. Feroz Bashari said police rescued 400 foreign nationals from the complex and transferred them to a safe place.
Earlier, U.S. officials said they had reached a draft framework agreement with the Taliban that will require American troops to vacate five military bases in Afghanistan within 135 days of the signing of the document.
U.S. chief negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad made the comment while speaking to the largest private Afghan television channel TOLOnews. He said that 5,000 troops will withdraw from the bases. Currently, 14,000 U.S. troops are deployed to Afghanistan and there are seven known U.S.-run bases in the country.
œWe have reached an agreement in principle but it is not final until the president of the United States approves it, Khalilzad stressed.
He explained that Washington rented the bases from the Afghan government and violence will significantly reduce in areas from where the American troops withdraw.
Source: VOA news