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No changes in U.S. forces operations in Afghanistan: U.S. Military

13 Aug 2019 The Khaama Press News Agency

The U.S.

military in Afghanistan has rejected the reports suggesting that the U.S.

forces have drawn back operations against the militant groups in the country.

The

Newsweek magazine earlier reported that the U.S.-led operations against Taliban

in Afghanistan have significantly reduced or halted as the Pentagon continues

to plan for a potential withdrawal of thousands of U.S. forces from its longest

conflict ever.

The

magazine also reported that it has learnt from senior Pentagon officials that

U.S. personnel have been ordered to limit nearly all offensive combat

operations against the Taliban and cease advising the Afghan National Defense

and Security Forces as the Trump administration proposes cutting U.S. troop

strength in Afghanistan by nearly half to 6,000 as a means of finalizing

“technical” details among Taliban leadership.

However,

Col. Sonny Leggett, the USFOR-A spokesman, said “This article is inaccurate and

speculative, citing unnamed sources who are likely as far from the subject as

they are from Afghanistan itself.”

Col. Leggett further added “The characterizations of changes to our authorities and operations have no basis in fact. We have no such orders and have made no such changes.”

U.S.-Taliban talks conclude in Qatar:

This comes

as the 8th round of peace talks between the U.S. and Taliban

representatives recently concluded in Qatari capital of Doha.

The U.S.

envoy for Afghan peace Zalmay Khalilzad said in a Twitter post late on Monday

“We’ve concluded this round of talks that started Aug 3 between the US and

the Taliban. Over the last few days, the two sides focused on technical

details. They were productive. I am on my way back to DC to consult on next

steps.”

The Taliban

also issued a statement confirming the conclusion of the talks and further

consultation with the group’s leaders regarding the future steps.

However,

the two sides have not disclosed further information regarding the topics which

they would consult with their leadership.

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