Afghan violence soars despite peace talks: watchdog

Kabul (AFP) – Violent attacks in Afghanistan surged by 50 percent over recent months even as the Kabul government and the Taliban launched unprecedented peace talks in September, a US watchdog warned Thursday.Despite brief lulls during two temporary ceasefires over the summer, fighting has raged across the country as the Taliban launched devastating attacks on provincial capitals and security installations, with fears the violence may jeopardise negotiations.Attacks against Afghan forces and civilians were 50 percent higher in the three months to the end of September when compared to the previ…

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