New report says Taliban attacks higher than usual following US-Taliban agreement

New report says Taliban attacks higher than usual following US-Taliban agreement 1

(CNN)In the month following the signing of the Trump administration’s peace deal with the Taliban, the insurgent group increased its attacks on America’s Afghan allies to higher than usual levels, according to data provided to the Pentagon’s Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

“The signing of the U.S.-Taliban agreement followed a successful week-long ‘reduction in violence’ by U.S., Coalition, Afghan government, and Taliban forces. However, immediately afterwards, the Taliban increased its attacks on Afghan security forces,” John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, wrote in his introduction to the SIGAR quarterly report.
The US-led international military operation in Afghanistan told the inspector general that from March 1 — 31, “the Taliban refrained from attacks against Coalition Forces; however they increased attacks against (Afghan National Defense and Security Forces) to levels above seasonal norms.”
“Although not all such attacks are expressly prohibited by the text, U.S. officials had said they expected the level of violence to remain low after the agreement came into effect,” Sopko said.

Source: New report says Taliban attacks higher than usual following US-Taliban agreement – CNNPolitics

Trump Lies After Event About Protecting Seniors

Trump Lies After Event About Protecting Seniors 2

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump did not hold an official coronavirus briefing on Thursday. Instead, he took questions from reporters after a White House event about protecting seniors — and, as he did at the official briefings, made a bunch of false and misleading claims.

Asked about his previous compliments for China’s response to the virus, Trump falsely suggested that the compliments had all come before the virus arrived in the US and before he had finalized a trade deal with China. And he dubiously suggested that he had quickly solved coronavirus testing problems, though many public health experts say he was slow to react and that the country is still far from a sufficient number of tests.
Trump repeated some old favorite inaccuracies about his travel restrictions on China and Europe (they weren’t full bans), trade with China (it’s not true that the US had never previously received any money from China) and the Veterans Choice health care program (President Barack Obama, not Trump, signed it into law).
Trump also made a subjective claim that the US’s per capita coronavirus death numbers are “very strong.” The US does not have the worst numbers in the world, but it has done far worse than some other countries — including South Korea, which had its first confirmed case right around the same time in January.

Source: Fact check: Trump makes a bunch of false claims after event about protecting seniors – CNNPolitics

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