Afghanistan vows to crush Islamic State havens after horror wedding attack

Afghanistan vows to crush Islamic State havens after horror wedding attack

At least 52 people were wounded, Khogyani said.

More than 32,000 civilians in Afghanistan have been killed in the past decade. My bride keeps fainting.

"I've lost hope. I lost my brother, I lost my friends, I lost my relatives".

Mirwais Alani, the groom, told TOLO News, "I was supposed to return happy, but within span of two hours, they devastated my whole life".

'I can't go to the funerals, I feel very weak. Their combat mission formally ended in 2014 but they continue to train the Afghan military and conduct strikes on the Islamic State group and the Taliban.

In 2017, Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack on a mosque in a Shiite area that killed more than 50 people.

The Taliban, who are engaged in peace talks with the USA, has condemned the attack.

A spokesperson for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called the attack a "heinous crime against our people", Glasse says.

On Tuesday, community members searched people attending the memorials, and both Afghan and self-defense forces stood by as mourners at one memorial touched a banner displaying photos of dozens of the victims and wept.

Afghan weddings often include hundreds of guests who gather in large halls where the men are usually segregated from the women and children.

Late on Saturday, 63 people were killed in a suicide attack at a wedding hall in Kabul, which was claimed by the Islamic State group.

A US-Taliban agreement would not by itself bring an end to Afghanistan's war, as the insurgents would still need to make a deal with the Washington-backed government in Kabul.

The Taliban said they carried out that attack. No date for a new round has been set.

A major USA demand has been a guarantee that Afghanistan will not be used as a base for militant groups to launch terror attacks on American targets.

The latest attack underscores how hard the path to peace in Afghanistan will be: IS, who have a presence in eastern and northern Afghanistan and are fighting against both the government and US-led worldwide forces, are not part of the talks. Several key Republican lawmakers, as well as analysts on both sides of the aisle, expressed unease toward the overall policy of pursuing a deal with the militant Islamist group that US forces have been battling for the past 18 years.

In an interview broadcast by C-SPAN on Friday, Mr. O'Hanlon argued that there could be ways to negotiate a power-sharing arrangement with the Taliban, which controls significant portions of Afghanistan outside the capital. The mountainous province provided shelter for al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden for almost a year following the Taliban's ouster from power in late 2001, and USA forces struggled for years to capture and hold high-altitude outposts there.

There are concerns among Afghan officials and USA national security aides about the talks with fears Afghanistan could plunge into a new civil war that could see a return of Taliban rule and worldwide militants finding a sanctuary.

The Taliban, which the US hopes will help curb the IS affiliate's rise, condemned Saturday's attack as "forbidden and unjustifiable".

About 20,000 foreign troops, majority American, are in Afghanistan as part of a US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission to train, assist and advise Afghan forces.

Taliban had serious concerns that the U.S. condition for ceasefire at early stage was aimed at weakening the Taliban fighting capability in the presence of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces but Taliban had ruled out ceasefire until the USA publicly announces withdrawal of troops.

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