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Aug 19, 2019 | 15:49 GMT

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Afghanistan: Killing of Taliban Leader's Brother Won't Thwart Peace Talks With U.S., Officials Say

What Happened: The recent killing of Taliban leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhunzada's brother will not derail ongoing peace talks with the United States, according to group officials, Reuters reported Aug. 17. Akhunzada's brother was killed in a bomb explosion near the Pakistani city of Quetta on Aug. 16.

Why It Matters: The Taliban's willingness to continue negotiations indicates that notwithstanding the Aug. 16 bombing, the group still perceives ongoing talks as the preferred pathway to achieve its objectives and end the war.

Background: The United States and the Taliban have attempted eight rounds of talks since at least October 2018 to secure a peace deal that involves a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and a pledge by the Taliban not to support terrorist operations by the Islamic State and al Qaeda.

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