Publish dateTuesday 28 April 2020 - 11:05
Story Code : 92548
W​ASHINGTON is considering the withdrawal of hundreds of CIA operatives from Afghanistan, while a new UN report reveals that 500 civilians, almost a third of them children, were killed in the first three months of the year.
Afghan security forces inspect the site of a bomb explosion near a damaged vehicle in Kabul
Afghan security forces inspect the site of a bomb explosion near a damaged vehicle in Kabul
WASHINGTON is considering the withdrawal of hundreds of CIA operatives from Afghanistan, while a new UN report reveals that 500 civilians, almost a third of them children, were killed in the first three months of the year.

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (Unama) said the figures included 152 dead children and 60 women.

Most of the casualties took place last month, according to the report, despite the signing of a peace agreement between the United States and the Taliban.

Unawa claimed that anti-government forces were responsible for 55 per cent of the killings during that period. But the Afghan government dismissed the claims, insisting that international troops caused more child casualties than the Taliban or Isis.

“To safeguard the lives of countless civilians in Afghanistan and to give the nation hope of a better future, it is imperative that violence is stopped with the establishment of a ceasefire and for peace negotiations to commence,” Unawa chief Deborah Lyons said.

But the Taliban has rejected calls for a ceasefire during the holy month of Ramadan.

The jihadists have accused President Ashraf Ghani’s government of failing to abide by the peace process, in particular the release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners.

Now Washington is considering pulling some 200 CIA operatives from Afghanistan in a bid to salvage the fragile agreement.

The US spooks have been conducting a clandestine war, arming and training proxy forces including the Khost Protection Force (KPF), a 6,500-strong unit of elite Afghan soldiers that has a strong presence in Taliban strongholds such as Ghazni, Paktia and Khost.

But that decision is reported to be under review, with the option of limiting CIA operatives to the US embassy in Kabul under consideration.
Source : Morning Star
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