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Taliban reject Western charges as relations deteriorate

Added 12-05-21 12:03:02pm EST - “The Taliban on Sunday rejected criticism from the West over its killing of security officials linked to the ousted U.S.-backed government.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Taliban reject Western charges as relations deteriorate”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Afghanistan‘s Taliban leadership on Sunday rejected sharp criticism from the U.S. and a host of Western allies that the regime has embarked on a campaign of targeted killings of security officials linked to the ousted U.S.-backed government in Kabul.

The State Department, in a coordinated message with nearly two dozen European and Asian allies and the European Union, on Saturday condemned reports that the Taliban government has killed or detained without trial more than 100 former police and intelligence officers in the four months since taking control of the country in a lightning offensive this summer.

The retaliation campaign came despite pledges from the Islamist movement’s leaders of a general amnesty for members of the fallen government. Taliban leaders have cited the amnesty as a key reason to lift U.S. and Western economic sanctions and work with the new government as its struggles with deep economic and humanitarian crises as the winter months approach.

Despite some links, Western powers have yet to engage fully with the Taliban. The State Department statement Saturday evening  suggested that concessions such as diplomatic recognition remain far down the line.

The alleged actions “constitute serious human rights abuses and contradict the Taliban’s announced amnesty,” the joint statement read. “We call on the Taliban to effectively enforce the amnesty for former members of the Afghan security forces and former government officials to ensure that it is upheld across the country and throughout their ranks.”

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