Taliban agrees Afghanistan ceasefire to allow United States peace deal to be signed


The remains of U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael Goble, who was killed in Afghanistan, were returned to the U.S. on Wednesday.

"Sgt. 1st Class Goble was more than just a member of the 7th Special Forces Group, he was a brother of ours and a loved family member of the community in northwest Florida". His unit was in Kunduz province when the explosion hit, the Pentagon said.

Meanwhile, the US military in its daily report of overnight military operations with Afghan forces said that 30 Taliban fighter were killed across the country and several other insurgents detained.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, said they killed "a USA force member and injured an Afghan commando" in Kunduz.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack.

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In a move meant to seal the deal on a long-sought Afghanistan peace deal, which would see the USA withdraw from the country after 18 years, the Taliban has announced that they are approving a weeklong ceasefire across Afghanistan.

Earlier this year, the United Nations reported that an "unprecedented" number of civilians had been killed or wounded in Afghanistan from July 1 to September 30 this year, saying there had been 1,174 deaths and 3,139 injuries in that period. The insurgents are at their strongest point in the 18-year war, America's longest conflict.

Acting Gov. Sheila Oliver ordered all state and US flags to fly at half-staff in New Jersey to honor Goble.

The case was lodged on December 27 in the US District Court for Columbia by a group of US law firms on behalf of 385 Americans, including the families of US servicemen killed or wounded in Afghanistan by the Taliban and al-Qaeda between 2009 and 2017.

The Associated Press first reported, citing anonymous Taliban officials, that the temporary agreement had been announced, although the promised duration is unclear.

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Attempts have been made by the US to negotiate with the fundamentalist movement but US President Donald Trump abruptly withdrew from peace talks in the fall, resulting in a pledge to continue fighting from top Taliban militants.

The US-Taliban talks, held mainly in Doha, were aimed at allowing Washington to begin withdrawing troops in return for various security guarantees.

President Donald Trump eats dinner with USA troops at a Thanksgiving dinner event during a surprise visit at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on November 28, 2019.

Ten Afghan soldiers were killed in a Taliban attack on a military base in the southern province of Helmand on Saturday, officials said.

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