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Taliban oppose US plan to delay troop withdrawal

Kabul: The Taliban strongly reject a possible postponement of the United States’ troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, a spokesman for the insurgent group said in an interview with dpa. “Our fighters will never agree to an extension,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said. “NATO, America and all sides have come to the conclusion that if they want to overcome the current crisis, the only good solution is the implementation of the agreement signed,” he added. In early 2020, the US promised to withdraw its troops by May 1, 2021. In return, the militant Islamists committed to peace talks with Afghanistan’s government. Observers accuse the Taliban of violating other promises made as part of the agreement. (dpa)