The U.S. military in Afghanistan has said it would defend the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces in the event the were attack.

“USFOR-A has upheld, and continues to uphold, the military terms of the U.S.-TB agreement; any assertion otherwise is baseless. USFOR-A has been clear- we will defend our ANDSF partners if attacked, in compliance with the agreement,” the U.S. military spokesperson Col. Sonny Leggett said in a Twitter post.

He also added “The TB must reduce violence. A reduction in violence is the will of the Afghan people & necessary to allow the political process to work toward a settlement suitable for all Afghans. We once again call on all parties to focus their efforts on the global pandemic of COVID-19.”

The U.S. and Taliban representatives signed a peace deal late in the month of February after observing a week long reduction in violence.

The agreement was signed with an hope to prolong the reduction in violence and subsequently pave the way for the launch of intra-Afghan talks.

However, the Afghan authorities report daily attacks against the security forces in the restive parts of the country despite ongoing efforts to release prisoners and launch intra-Afghan negotiations.


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