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Taliban kill 126, hours before U.S. peace talks

2019-01-22 08:37
A Taliban attack on an Afghan military compound killed over a hundred security forces on Monday. Hours later the militant group announced it had met with the U.S. special envoy to the country. Matthew Larotonda reports. A car bombing and gun battle with Taliban militants at an Afghanistan military compound has killed over a hundred of that country's security forces, according to a senior defense official. And, it happened just hours before the Taliban announced that they'd met with a top American diplomat as part of ongoing peace talks. The official told Reuters that the attackers rammed the car bomb through a checkpoint. Two Taliban were killed in the following shootout. The meeting between the Taliban and U.S. Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is said to have taken place over a thousand miles away, in Qatar. Last week the Taliban threatened to pull out of negotiations because they refused for Afghanistan officials to participate, preferring instead to negotiate directly with the United States. There has been a marked increase in diplomatic efforts with the Taliban to stop the conflict in recent months, but the fighting hasn't stopped.