Pompeo warns Taliban against attacking Americans

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned the Taliban against assaults on Americans, the State Department stated Tuesday, amid outrage over alleged Russian bounties to focus on US troops.
In a phone name Monday with Taliban negotiator Mullah Baradar, Pompeo “made clear the expectation for the Taliban to live up to their commitments, which include not attacking Americans,” a State Department assertion stated.
Pompeo was talking concerning the implementation of a February 29 settlement between the Taliban and the United States, which has began withdrawing troops as a part of President Donald Trump‘s bid to finish America’s longest conflict.
US officers say that the Taliban has abided by phrases to not assault the US-led coalition.
But it has saved up violence against Afghan authorities forces, casting a cloud over makes an attempt to begin talks between the 2 sides on a peace settlement.
Washington has been rattled by experiences, initially in The New York Times, that Trump was briefed over US intelligence {that a} Russian spy unit had supplied rewards to Taliban-linked militants to kill US troops.
Trump has insisted that he was not briefed however lawmakers of the rival Democratic Party and even some Republicans have demanded additional explanations.
The Taliban earlier offered an account of the decision, saying that Baradar advised Pompeo that the guerrillas “do not allow anyone to use Afghan soil against the US and other countries.”

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