Unusually frequent fighting by the Taliban for the winter has forced the Afghan government to prepare more for the escalation of violence in the spring. International players in the region fear that all this, already fragile peace process, will pose even greater risks.
Almost a year has passed since Washington signed an agreement on the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. The agreement calls on all parties to reduce violence. However, there is an escalation of Taliban attacks, says General Scott Miller, Commander of the United States Forces in the ongoing NATO-led mission.
“Violence by the Taliban is far above historical norms,” Miller told Reuters. He said this did not contribute to the planned “historic turnaround” in Afghanistan.
“If the violence is not reduced, it will be very, very difficult to continue the peace process. It will be very difficult for any side to compromise,” he said.
At the same time, the ongoing peace agreements in Doha are largely deadlocked. Taliban leaders have already left Qatar, threatening to disrupt the talks.