Afghan peace talks 'close' to breaking deadlock: official

The Afghan government and the Taliban are “very close” to breaking a deadlock in peace talks, a senior Afghan official said on Saturday, adding that the US troops military presence was still necessary.Meanwhile, violence has raged in Afghanistan with a series of rocket attacks Saturday in Kabul, which killed at least eight people.The Taliban, who are Sunni hardliners, denied responsibility and the attacks were claimed by the Islamic State group.”We haven’t moved towards discussion of the main substance of negotiations, the main agenda,” Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of Afghanistan’s High Council…

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