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An Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman said at least two of the gunmen who stormed the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul on Saturday had been killed, and Taliban militants had claimed responsibility for a series of attacks on hotels in the capital over the past two weeks. In the latest in a series of attacks that have begun on the besieged west side of the city, authorities said Sunday that one of them was dead. Afghan security forces and the U.S. military said he was killed on December 16, his office said. An Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman said two security guards and a security guard at a hotel in the Afghan capital Kabul were killed and another wounded by a gunman who stormed Kabul's InterContinental Hotel on Saturday.
Afghanistan's Interior Ministry blamed the Taliban-linked Haqqani network, which killed 21 people in a 2011 attack on the same hotel. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed that five of the group's gunmen were responsible for the attack, though no one immediately claimed responsibility. Afghan officials have pointed the finger at the Haqqanis, who are allied with the Taliban but are mainly based in Pakistan, enabling Kabul to criticize Islamabad for giving sanctuary to militant groups. Walizada blamed roadside bombs often planted by Taliban insurgents for targeting Afghan security forces.
The harsh language underscored tensions between Kabul and Islamabad, and they regularly exchange accusations of harboring militants from other countries. Islamabad denies the allegations and insists its influence on the insurgents is exaggerated, but it has been unable to provide sanctuary to militant groups blamed for attacks in Afghanistan. Afghan security forces, whose security remains precarious, though U.S. and Afghan officials say the Taliban have been pushed back since the United States increased aid to them and stepped up its air strikes last year. The Afghan Interior Ministry's statement that Islamabad has "exaggerated" the insurgency's impact suggests that Pakistan is unable or unwilling to provide "safe havens" to militant groups blamed for attacks across Afghanistan, according to Walizada.
Violence has raged in Afghanistan since the Taliban and the Afghan government began peace talks in Qatar in September, and violence has continued in the capital Kabul and other cities across the country.
The Afghan Embassy in Astana is operated by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Doha, Qatar. The leader was seen expressing his support for the talks during the meeting and called for the talks to be moved from Qatar to Afghanistan. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani praised his commitment to peace talks with the Taliban and the Afghan National Army.
Get Allah's Hafez and wish Allah the best in the success of the peace talks between the United Nations and the Taliban in Astana, Kazakhstan, at the invitation of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, President and CEO of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ruler of Dubai. Receive Allah's "Hafez" for the successful conclusion of the peace negotiations between US President Barack Obama and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, according to a UNHCR statement.
And Allah's "Hafez" for the successful conclusion of the peace negotiations between the United Nations and the Taliban in Astana, Kazakhstan.
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The Intercontinental Hotel was attacked by Taliban fighters in 2011, killing 21 people, including 10 civilians. Like other Kabul hotels and guesthouses known for their attractiveness to foreigners, the hotel has been a target of the Taliban in the past, most recently in 2009 and 2011, when insurgents stormed it and took hostages, according to the UN.
Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying foreign troops, including U.S. troops, were targeted but that they were targeting it. Afghanistan last year saw its worst terrorist attacks in more than a decade, and the Taliban fought a fierce battle against IS fighters as they continued their insurgency against Afghan government forces. Under an agreement signed in Doha in February between the US and the Taliban, foreign troops are expected to leave Afghanistan by the end of the year to discuss the future of the two-year-old government and the Taliban with Kabul. Afghanistan's Taliban, promising to increase pressure on Taliban battlefields in the hope of bringing them to the negotiating table - an objective that has long eluded US, US, and Afghan governments.
Prince Amynes visit to Kabul also provided an update on the establishment of the AKDN mission in Afghanistan, formalizing an agreement on cooperation and development signed earlier this year by President Karzai and His Highness the Aga Khan.
First of all, I would like to thank the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for its generous support and cooperation in organising Prince Amynes' visit to Kabul, Afghanistan. I authorize you to register on the website of the Afghan Embassy and hereby invite you, together with your family members, to visit the designated registration centers. For the 15 visitors who have checked in and checked out at the Embassy of the Islamic Republic, we welcome you and your families.