The United States launched drone strikes in the provinces of Baghlan and Kunduz in northern Afghanistan on the eve of the meeting of Presidents Joe Biden and Ashraf Ghani, there are dead among the Taliban, Fox News reports, citing sources.
It is noted that two strikes were carried out a few hours before the scheduled meeting of the heads of state in Washington.
“An unknown number of militants of the (radical movement) “Taliban” were killed in the provinces of Baghlan and Kunduz, where the strikes were carried out,” the report says.
The overseas visit of Ashraf Ghani and the head of the Supreme Council for National Reconciliation, Abdullah Abdullah, take place against the backdrop of the Taliban offensive, which continues to seize new positions in Afghanistan, pushing back government troops. The head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, Deborah Lyons, said earlier that since the beginning of May when the withdrawal of US and NATO forces began, the Taliban have established control over 50 of the 370 districts of the country. As of mid-June, the United States has reduced its military presence in Afghanistan by more than half.
The US administration has been promising to complete the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan in full coordination with its allies since May 1 and until September 11. In 2020, Washington and representatives of the Taliban movement signed the first peace agreement in Doha in more than 18 years of war. It provides for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan in 14 months and the beginning of an inter-Afghan dialogue after the exchange of prisoners.